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Hey guys,

I am a noobie here, I am considering getting the '12 DL650. It's going to be my third bike since getting bitten by the motorcycling bug.

I started off on a '78 Honda CB400. I loved that bike. Light, agile and just plain quick enough for the city traffic.

Then I got myself '05 Suzuki C50T. Fantastic cruiser. Completely satisfied my needs and I would have probably stayed on it if I was to only ride it in the city and on short weekend trips outside the city.

Before I sold it I took a 150 miles trip on it. My brother joined me on his '01 Bandit S. I had so much buffeting, even with the windshield on the C50, that it felt like Tyson was rabbit punching me non stop. We switeched bikes from few miles and OMG his sport touring bike actually felt more comfortable. Less noise and no buffeting.

I am sure that it was only the differance in the windshields and if I would have upgraded mine or added lowers it would eliminate the buffeting. But I am hot headed and I rushingly decided to get the new Wee.

However, before I pull the trigger at the dealership I have the biggest seller's remorse about getting rid of the C50. That bike was very comfortable, the wide handlebars, the floorboards, and being able to flat foot when at a stop made it really good for me.

I am worried about getting the Wee and not liking it. I don't want to sign the loan papers and ride off with my new Wee and hating riding the bike.

I can't flat foot it when sitting on it. I am worried about it since I feel a lot more assured and relaxed when I have to stop the bike in the traffic.

I realize that the Wee is going to be a lot more agile, quicker and will have a better suited suspension to the shitty roads on New York City. That's why I want to get the Wee but there's still this seller's remorse in the back of my mind.

I can't rent the Wee out, since nobody seems to have it as an option in the city. None of the dealers will allow me to test ride the Wee ( understandable from their point of view about liability and costs ). So I will be taking a huge risk buying the bike and not riding it.

So did you guys test ride the bike before you bought it? I have only sat on it at the dealership, but that doesn't really give me any insighet into actually riding this beast.

How did you figure out if the bike is for you and your style of riding?

PS- I can't wait for Suzuki Demo rides ( because the zook deals don't offer the option of test rides) and I want to take advantage of their 0% apr for 5 years. So I only have a month to figure out if the bike is right for me.
 

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I test rode my father in laws 09 Wee before buying my 2011, told me what I needed to know.
 

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Test rides here are as rare as free gas. I didn't get to try one.

Once I decided it fit, and with arthritis and bad knees - most don't, it moved way up the ladder. The price was a factor.

Then, I read all the reviews and decided it fit my style of riding, with no one giving a poor review.

So I bought it. Never looked back.

I miss the rip of my old Bandit, but don't miss the weight.
I don't miss the lack of pizzazz of the KLR I had in between.
 

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Yes:

I test rode the Vee, the Wee and the Bandit.

I rejected the Bandit (2006) because the ergonomics were unsuitable/uncomfortable for me. Wonderful bike in my opinion, but my knees are sort of beat up and my leg couldn't tolerate the rather tight knee angle it has. I wish it would. I really am fond of that bike and for the price I don't think there is a better, more reasonably priced or easily (and afford-ably) up-gradable Sport Tourer on the market today.

I almost got the Vee. But at the time of purchase I was very much a re-entry rider, and simply decided ... at several friend's urging that the Vee's greater power, speed and less linear power band would result in my killing myself too soon. They were likely right in that assumption. Both V-Strom's are so easy and enjoyable to ride that out-riding your skill level is very easy ... and something I did end up doing.

The result is that I ended up with the Wee and still have it along with several others that have come and gone in that time. It currently has a little over 62,000 miles on it. And despite having gone through a cruiser, a Honda ST1100A, Honda ST1300A in that period of time as well as purchasing an FJR1300A ... all with much greater power ... the little Wee is going no-where.

While I am fortunate in that I can (barely) flatfoot it, I know several people who can't and they still own one. Some have lowered them, some have either modified the stock seat or bought a lower one, and some of them simply stop with only one foot down. Regardless they love it and/or the Vee and keep riding them; despite that fact that they can't put both feet flat on the ground at the same time.

Truthfully, even though my DL650 is a 2006 and therefore doesn't have ABS, and as much as I think about owning the DL1000, until it is available with ABS I will probably never own one.

It sounds like are a newer rider. If that is true and you will forgive my unasked for advice, I would suggest you go with a motorcycle that has ABS available. You will be surprised at your dealer's demo day how mobile, quick, maneuverable and able to keep up with any highway traffic the DL650 is.

Regardless however, of the make or model of motorcycle you get, I really would recommend something that has ABS. Remember the only thing keeping you alive on a motorcycle (outside of awareness) is maneuverability, quickness/speed and brakes. Why voluntarily give up one of those 3 lifelines that help keep you alive? Particularly if you don't have years of experience, knowledge and muscle memory too fall back on?

And if you like it, I wouldn't worry about the height as that is an issue that can be easily rectified.

Good luck in your endevours.
 

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No - I did not test ride it

its got 2 wheels - thats all I needed to know

the owner demonstrated it for me

then I bought it

and the ride home was just fine

I had previously rented a similarly tall bike (F800GS) so I was not worried about the outcome
 

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It sounds like are a newer rider. If that is true and you will forgive my unasked for advice, I would suggest you go with a motorcycle that has ABS available. You will be surprised at your dealer's demo day how mobile, quick, maneuverable and able to keep up with any highway traffic the DL650 is.

Regardless however, of the make or model of motorcycle you get, I really would recommend something that has ABS. Remember the only thing keeping you alive on a motorcycle (outside of awareness) is maneuverability, quickness/speed and brakes. Why voluntarily give up one of those 3 lifelines that help keep you alive? Particularly if you don't have years of experience, knowledge and muscle memory too fall back on?

And if you like it, I wouldn't worry about the height as that is an issue that can be easily rectified.

Good luck in your endevours.
Yup this is my second season on a bike. I am ATGATT, the feature of ABS is one big pro in my opinion and big advantage in getting the V-Strom. I am just worried over not liking the Vstrom. I need to find a way to test ride one.
 

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I wasn't able to test ride my Wee before I bought it, but after sitting on the seat in the showroom, I knew it would fit me and the ride reviews here provided all the information I needed to pull the trigger.

The durability of the model and engine, combined with the aftermarket support you can find here as well as the availability of parts for customizing and my decision was easy.

However, you mentioned wind buffeting on your C50. Buffeting is included in motorcycling. Get over it. There are literally hundreds of people complaining about the windshield and buffeting on both the Wee and Vee. If you don't like the wind, get a convertible.

If you ride, you're gonna get wet in the rain, buffeted in the wind, and burned by the sun. It's the nature of of motorcycling. Oh, and if you're like me, you might even fall down...
 

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If you can find a dealer that has a used one, even a pre-2012, you might be able to get a test ride. It will feel close enough to the '12 for you to get a sense. I rode a used 08 around the dealership neighborhood and it was so different from my Triumph, I wasn't immediately enamored with it. But now, I love it and the Triumph is gone. The Wee will slice NY traffic way better than a cruiser and will do almost everything else better as well. Much more versatile. FWIW, I cannot flat-foot the bike either at 5-6.
 

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Yes. Owner knew I was serious as it was a 275 mile round trip, I had already insured the bike, had my trailer and an envelope full of cash. Did about 10 miles to check out functionality and it was a done deal.
 

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I had my heart set on a Wee. Test rode one and it was good enough and decided I would buy it. I saw that they also had a used Vee and as I was interested in buying a Vee seat I also test rode the Vee.

I made an offer on the Vee as soon as I returned to the dealership.

Personally I wouldn't buy a bike I couldn't easily flat-foot. There are plenty of bikes out there for shorter riders.
 

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Yes. Owner knew I was serious as it was a 275 mile round trip, I had already insured the bike, had my trailer and an envelope full of cash. Did about 10 miles to check out functionality and it was a done deal.
Hmmm...in Canada it's illegal to insure a vehicle that you don't already own. I bought my Vstrom over the winter, so I didn't see it running down the road. The bike was uninsured and did not have a safety check performed. It was a bit of a risk, but I paid a very low price. So far so good.
 

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I had never seen a Vstrom before I bought mine. Never heard it run, no test rides.... Good grief.. I read up on the Strom on this site. Time I went in I new what I was getting....
 

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I owned a 09 KLR650 before this. Sat on a Vstrom in the dealership and read reviews on the forums. Never rode it, never heard one run, went and bought one.
 

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I had an 04 KLR.........
 

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nope no test ride here

But I bought it new, and pretty much knew what I was in for even though I'd only seen a couple of them. In the not too distant past the only bike I had was a tl1000r, long story short. Rode it on a 2 week trip, during the trip I thought to myself this would be so much better if I could have this engine in a more comfortable bike. Later that same day I met a guy on a Vee, turns out suzuki already built what I wanted (mostly). So when it came time for another long trip and a new bike the choice was very easy for me.
 

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I did not test ride first but I've had the benefit of owning over 40 bikes before I bought the first one in 2005. Maybe 50 by now. I wish I had test rode the first one because it had a bad coil and was missing when I picked it up, got fixed, but annoying.
You absolutely should test ride one if possible before hand because you have no idea what you are getting yourself into. If you can find a place that rents one that would be even better. if none of that is possible then you have to decide if you want to roll the dice or not.
If you're attracted because it will bounce around on crappy roads better, you're right it will. It will also be quite different from your cruiser in a number of other ways. I don't think anyone can describe it adequately for you or if you will like it, its too personal.
 

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Wee test ride

I had a Honda VFR 800 sport touring. My buddy bought an 07 wee and soon after, while out for a ride, we switched off bikes for a short distance. That's all it took for me. It was so comfortable and cornered so effortlessly that I put my VFR up for sale the following week and bought a Wee shortly thereafter. I have not one regret. This is by far the most rider friendly bike I've ridden and I'm 55 and got my first bike for my tenth birthday. You may have to do a few things to tailor it to yourself ( I bought bar risers that also move the bars back some, lowered the pegs and had the seat reworked by seat concepts). You may need to install a lowering link to get your feet planted but trust me, you will not regret the bike. Myself, I've never purchased a new bike in life. I let someone else take the bath on the depreciation and buy it a year later with low mileage and in like new condition and save a few thousand dollars. I paid $3600 for my 07 with 14 thousand miles on it. It came with all the OEM luggage as well. But all new bikes have to be purchased by someone, so if new is what you want, go get it and enjoy!!!
 

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I test rode a few - back to back as such to compare various mods. I also rode them back to back with my other choice (Bandit and GSXR750).

I did not compare the dl1000 as I didn't have the oppurunity.

The GSXR was quickly passed on, I always wanted one, but now am older (mind you... I seem to be young for a DL650 rider at 31), couldn't be bothered dealing with sportsbikes.

The Bandit was very nice.

The DL had more clearence, better posture (upright) for my dodgy back. Apart from power (duh!) the DL 650 won in every way I could think.

Once I decided I wanted a DL, I then borrowed a mates (which incidently I ended up buying) to compare stock vs modified suspension (Racetech front + elka rear). Ended up with the one with suspension.

It would be nice to have more power...but then I may not have my license for as long, and the 650 has enough power for what I do (except chasing a mate on a CBR1000 / MV Agusta Brtaule 1090 up hill).


Personally, I wouldn't buy a bike without test riding. I might buy a bike without riding that exact one, but I would definatley want to ride the same type of bike before buying it. Otherwise, you may find you hate it, no matter how much anyone else loves it. Plenty of people love Harleys....doesn't mean I will.
 

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Over a period of time and some consultation on this site I convinced myself that I wanted a Wee. But decent 2nd hand ones appeared to be hard to come by and when I found my Vee it offered a lot more bang for my buck - kitted out with luggage, scott oiler and low kms.

I rode down to Wellington (approx 100km away) with a mate on the back of my Connie and then test rode it. Enjoyed the test ride, haggled some ($500 off) and then my mate rode it home for me - done!

Then I started farkling...
 

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vstrom

I read the forum, test rode for 3 miles, turned around, it felt good so i bought it.
 
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