Both the DL's are designed for people around 160 lbs to 180lbs in my opinion.
I weigh 240lbs and previously owned a DL1000. I think the 650 will handle and brake better then the 1000, they share some of the same components. Either bike you will have to up grade the suspension unless you like a soft ride.
The best way to know if the 650 will work for you is to test ride one.
I'am also looking at the 650, my plan is to test ride one with a large duffle bag on the back.
Where I live the dl650 are hot sellers; I can't find one to test ride. I'm going to test ride a SV650 to get an idea of what the motor is like. My main concern for the heavier rider is that the motor will be over worked and may be stressed to much. If you are going to mainly commute or ride the bike with no gear or passenger the bike may work for you. I have a feeling I will go back to the 1000 because I like to carry lots of gear or ride two up. It will be hard for me to go down in cc's.
well, I went and bought the blue 650 today. No second guessing, this baby will easily do anything I want it to do. I am impressed with the smooth power of the v-twin. I only have 130 miles that I put on it riding it home today, but i'm looking for any excuse to ride it.
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