StromTrooper banner

1 - 20 of 22 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hey fellas,

I'm considering a V-Strom and wondered if I should get the 650 or 1000? I'm leaning toward the 1000. I'm 6'5" and have ridden bikes my entire life, everything from dirt bikes to large cruisers. I'm new to adventure bikes and never owned a Suzuki but from the help of Google, it looks like this is a solid choice.

My riding plans are not a ton of off roading, but probably some. It'll be mostly a fun bike and not a commuter.

Any advice is appreciated.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,437 Posts
The 650 is a very good bike. The 1000 is better in almost every way, and at a higher price. More power (more fuel consumption), better clutch, better brakes, better suspension, very good frame geometry, more electrical output. You won't go wrong with the 650. The 1000 might put a bigger smile on your face.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
657 Posts
New or Pre-owned

Buying new - 650
Plenty of power, latest improvements, large-ish aftermarket of stuff out there already, less $. The new 1000 is very strong tho.

Buying used - 1000 (pre- 2013)
Power for a 6'/5' rider, large aftermarket, likely to come with goodies(1" wider seat too), similar $ for same model year 650. Not as "sewing machine" smooth as the 650 tho.

Suzuki V-strom is a long lived, mostly trouble-free either size, relatively easy to work on, Swiss Army Knife of motorcycles.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,702 Posts
Boxers or briefs.....good luck with that question. They both have strong points to sway you. They will both fit you about the same.

The 1000 is nice the 10% of the time you are a knuckle dragger.
The 650 is nice the 90% of the time you are behaving yourself.
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
13,211 Posts
...
The 1000 is nice the 10% of the time you are a knuckle dragger.
The 650 is nice the 90% of the time you are behaving yourself.
What does "knuckle dragger" mean above?

I have a 2015 DL1000. I have put lots of mileage on my two DL650's. The 2014+ D1000 is nice pretty much all the time that a DL650 is nice (except for fuel range) and adds a lot of "niceness" in many other situations. There is pretty much no situation where a 2014+ DL1000 isn't as nice or better than a DL650.

That isn't taking anything away from DL650 - I think I would happily have one again in the future- especially if I could have the suspension, brakes, dash and traction control.

..Tom
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
271 Posts
I'm 6'4" and ride a K9 Wee (650). I weigh in at 16 stones. It has the get up and go to cruise with me on board at 120 kph. I love how nimble it feels under me.

I'm relatively new to riding, but couldn't be happier with it.

I do ride tall in the saddle, so the buffering is a bit of a bitch, but I'm still out on the road.

Have a big day!

Sent from my LGUS991 using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,725 Posts
I'm on #10 V Strom. After first 2 Vee (1000) I've switched to Wee (5) now I'm on my Wee2 #3 and never looked back. But 2014 and up 1000 might be different story, if you don't care about higher initial price, higher insurance cost and higher price of premium gas.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
269 Posts
I have owned both the V1 dl1000, 2 DL650s and now I own a 2014 V2 DL1000. This is my favorite bike, to date.

The DL650 offers better fuel economy that results in a longer range between fill-ups. And, it is 30 pounds lighter and less expensive than the V2. Other than that, the V2 is superior in every other way, power, suspension, brakes, etc.

The V2's power is really down low with quite a bit of torque. You can get up to speed, lickety split with some arm stretching. That V2's ability to quickly accelerate to the safest road position is something that I really value. You hit that throttle and you're gone. The suspension offers one smooth ride and is really stable at speed. The ride quality on Interstates is incredible and inspires confidence. The brakes have great stopping power and along with very strong engine breaking makes is even better.

Add the safety features of ABS and traction control and the V2 just offers one great all-around bike at a very reasonable price.

Would I buy it again. Absolutely!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter #10
Thanks for the replies! This is great information!

I hope to demo ride a new 1000 this week.. I test rode a Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 on Saturday. It was a nice bike, but I didn't fall in love with it by any means. Seat was very uncomfortable, but I suspect this will be the case with most bikes and stock seats.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
196 Posts
'15 DL1000 rider here, tall as well and very happy. At the price the V2's are going for I wouldn't even look at the DL650. Many hear are partial to it and have experience with the older model 1000. I never rode the predecessor but most agree the new bike is in an entirely different league.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/182567332119

Don't compare MSRP's. Leftover V-stroms can be found for nearly 40% off. The one above was $13,999 new and is $9k. You can ship a bike anywhere for ~$500.

I'd recommend being honest with yourself on your riding. I planned on doing some off-road too and long trips and it's just never really happened. If I didn't need bags I would probably sell it and get a super naked. But the bike is phenomenal and versatile. Suzuki's are very easy to ride, reliable, and probably the best value for your money out there.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
'15 DL1000 rider here, tall as well and very happy. At the price the V2's are going for I wouldn't even look at the DL650. Many hear are partial to it and have experience with the older model 1000. I never rode the predecessor but most agree the new bike is in an entirely different league.

Don't compare MSRP's. Leftover V-stroms can be found for nearly 40% off. The one above was $13,999 new and is $9k. You can ship a bike anywhere for ~$500.

I'd recommend being honest with yourself on your riding. I planned on doing some off-road too and long trips and it's just never really happened. If I didn't need bags I would probably sell it and get a super naked. But the bike is phenomenal and versatile. Suzuki's are very easy to ride, reliable, and probably the best value for your money out there.
Thanks for the info, I am kicking around a new one, but found one here in town that looks decent..

I think the guy is asking top dollar, which I won't pay. I might see if he's open to offers.

I have seen a number of leftover 2014's, 2015's, 2016's and now 2018's are starting to hit showrooms.. Whats up with all these leftover bikes?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
127 Posts
That's a great deal. I agree that the DL1000A is the best deal right now if you want a fun, versatile adventure bike that is superb on-road, capable of some off-road.. and doesn't break the bank. I've had lots of big bikes and this 2014 DL1000A is the most all around competent and fun I've had in a long time. Unlike many competitors, it's not over the top with gizmos, overly heavy or plagued with reliability issues.. just a fun competent, reliable motorcycle.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
109 Posts
'15 DL1000 rider here, tall as well and very happy. At the price the V2's are going for I wouldn't even look at the DL650. Many hear are partial to it and have experience with the older model 1000. I never rode the predecessor but most agree the new bike is in an entirely different league.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/182567332119

Don't compare MSRP's. Leftover V-stroms can be found for nearly 40% off. The one above was $13,999 new and is $9k. You can ship a bike anywhere for ~$500.

I'd recommend being honest with yourself on your riding. I planned on doing some off-road too and long trips and it's just never really happened. If I didn't need bags I would probably sell it and get a super naked. But the bike is phenomenal and versatile. Suzuki's are very easy to ride, reliable, and probably the best value for your money out there.
Hey,
If you buy this one, definitely ride it home. Don't get me wrong, the northwest is beautiful. Arkansas has some great (what they call mountains) hills, twisty roads, very nice people and great small towns to visit. If you do and would like another rider, I might be persuaded to ride with you a couple days(if you're interested). I live in Oklahoma and take a trip to AR every now & then. Welcome to the forum!
Jim
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
795 Posts
I love my 650, but if you are going two up, loaded or in the mountains your mpg will be about the same and you will be glad you have the extra power, nicer suspension, better brakes.

My bike was perfect for my priorities - (I commute as well as "Adv tour") - I like getting 55-60 mpg commuting, but fully loaded the mileage drops down to about the same as the liter bike. (High 30's to mid 40's). I think the 1000 has a smidge more cockpit space too.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
795 Posts
P.S. Legend has it the 650 is smoother than the 1000. My 650 has the smoothest engine of any of the bikes I test rode. I didn't ride the 1000 or any triples.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
13,211 Posts
P.S. Legend has it the 650 is smoother than the 1000. My 650 has the smoothest engine of any of the bikes I test rode. I didn't ride the 1000 or any triples.
...
It's no legend simply fact... the DL650 engine is smoother than the DL1000 engine. The 2014+ DL1000 is(if my memory serves me) much smoother and much more refined than any earlier DL1000.

All of them (especially the DL1000's) feel like tractor motors compared to my wife's Triumph Tiger 800 triple.

But then I don't notice the vibrations of my DL1000 unless I just hopped off the Tiger or am going out of my way to think about it.

In other words vibration in any of the above mentioned bikes simply isn't an issue for me.

..Tom
 
1 - 20 of 22 Posts
Top