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I have not ridden in about 5 years, but I owned a few other bikes all on the smallish side. 650, 750. I am 5 8 and 175 pounds. I want a bike that I am not going to grow out of fast, and I am afraid that the wee will be good for a short while but then I will want the 1000. Any thoughts for a guy of my height and weight, and also, I am thinking of using it on regular 1 hour rides to my office via highway, if that influences your decision.

Thank you for your advice. I am a little lost here....
 

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I have not ridden in about 5 years, but I owned a few other bikes all on the smallish side. 650, 750. I am 5 8 and 175 pounds. I want a bike that I am not going to grow out of fast, and I am afraid that the wee will be good for a short while but then I will want the 1000. Any thoughts for a guy of my height and weight, and also, I am thinking of using it on regular 1 hour rides to my office via highway, if that influences your decision.

Thank you for your advice. I am a little lost here....
Wee:thumbup: One hour commute:thumbup: fuel mileage:thumbup: lower seat :thumbup: And last but not least as one of our Stromtroopers has pointed out, "It is more fun to drive the slow bike fast than it is to drive the fast bike slow!!":green_lol:
 

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Wee for Me

A couple of years ago I was looking at a Wee or Vee. Like you I have an hour commute, one way, so I was looking for a bike that would be a good fit for the ride. After lurking here, and reading about some of the running issues with the Vee, I went with the Wee. A couple of years later, and over 13k commuting miles later, I have no regrets with the Wee. It just works:thumbup:. It does what I need it to do, without the extra costs that would come with the Vee. :green_lol: I told my wife I bought it to save money on gas:thumbup:
 

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I have over 70,000 miles on my DL650. I love it! And if I had to replace it today I would buy another, and if there were no DL650 I'd buy a DL1000.

..Tom
 

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You won't "outgrow" the 6fiddy all that easy, plus it's lighter than the 1k.

That being said...I regularly use my 1k as a commuter. The ride to work is 8.9 miles. Some days I get there really fast. :mrgreen:
 

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Get the 1K. Most who do have no regrets.
Is this to imply 650 owners have regret?....:confused: I have seen plenty of 1000 owners on here switch to a 650...........

I had the opportunity buy either one and I chose a 650. I have no regrets. The reasons for the 650 go far beyond power. I went with an ABS bike and ABS isnt an option for the 1000. If the 1000 had ABS I would have gone that route. However, the 650 is very smooth, has plenty of power, gets better fuel economy with a longer range, is lighter and has fewer driveability issues. I was definatly more lured by all the beneits of the wee, but ABS was the final straw.
 

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My post has nothing to do with 650 owners.
If 1K most buyers regretted getting one, they would trade it in for something else soon after the purchase. If that were the case, Suzuki would not bother to produce it. Not only does Suzuki continue to produce the 1K, but they do so with superior components than the 650 has as well (from forks to passenger pegs).
I think my statement of most 1K owners not regretting it is valid.

Look at the OP's location, mine and Cigarski's. All of us are from NJ. If the OP needs to deal with highway traffic around here, the 1K will give him more than enough power. I can deal with the highway with my 650, but having ridden a 1K, I can say that there are times where that extra grunt can come in handy.

If he wants to giggle and grin like an axe murdering school girl while twisting the throttle () then the 1K is for him.

Let me clarify it again, my post has nothing to do with 650 people.
Most 1K people I've met and talked to have no regrets in getting the 1K.

I sense this is close to becoming another flame war over which is better!

Dirt_Dad © 2009 has a DL1000 and his wife has a DL650. He is familiar with both. He rides his bike and is a fast rider in the twisties; but in the few times I have ridden with him he was not able to pull away from me in the twisities. (In the straights is another matter!)



I know of some DL650 riders that would get a DL1000 next time around, and I know some DL1000 riders that would get a DL650 next time around. Having said that, I think that the vast majority of riders that bought either bike love the bike and have no regrets.

There are great reasons to buy a DL1000 (Some reasons include more power, better suspension, and helmet holders) and great reasons to buy a DL650 (some reasons include beiong lighter, more nimble feeling and smoother engine.)

I think in the end it just comes down to what you like and which turns your crank.

..Tom
 

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Both bikes have better power/weight ratio's than most cruisers, both bikes are fairly light weight, even the 1000 is lighter than a Burgman scooter! I went the Vee route simply because I wanted the taller seat height, better suspension, and don't care about ABS. Truth be known I'd like a little MORE motor, and wouldn't consider anything smaller for riding two-up. Keep in mind I'm not a small person, and leave my luggage on the bike all the time. I don't use half of the power most of the time, but when needed it's nice to just twist the wrist. Cheers--BB
 

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I find it interesting that every time this same exact question comes up each week there are people who have never spent time on both that are always ready to compare the merits of one over the other.

Clarification: There are people here, both on this forum and in this topic, who may have not spent time on both and whose opinions I do respect.
 

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I find it interesting that every time this same exact question comes up each week there are people who have never spent time on both that are always ready to compare the merits of one over the other.

Clarification: There are people here, both on this forum and in this topic, who may have not spent time on both and whose opinions I do respect.
However, some of the merits of one or another can be recognized without riding the 2. ABS, weight, fuel economy, etc.... are pretty much statements anyoen that read a manual could comment on.
 

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However, some of the merits of one or another can be recognized without riding the 2. ABS, weight, fuel economy, etc.... are pretty much statements anyoen that read a manual could comment on.
Not necessarily true. Other than the ABS (which would be enough to cause me to go to the other one) you have to RIDE them both to understand the differences. They are not that clear cut, they are not that obvious. The ergonomics are "Different" between the two. How the feet feel on the pegs, how everything feels is just "Different". The difference in weight is barely noticeable except when stopped. The difference in power is significant. People who have not ridden both can only guess at what the differences between the two are. To understand what they differences are you have to have ridden them both.
 

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Dirt_Dad © 2009 has a DL1000 and his wife has a DL650. He is familiar with both. He rides his bike and is a fast rider in the twisties; but in the few times I have ridden with him he was not able to pull away from me in the twisities. (In the straights is another matter!)
It's true. I cannot seem to shake Tom on the twisty sections. I prefer to think he some kind of super rider and I shouldn't feel bad that he keeps up. Truth is, my wife also usually keeps up. I would insert my theory on why this happens, but it's too far off topic.

I routinely ride both bikes. I spend 95% of my time on the Vee and the rest on the Wee. Overall, for me, the primary difference is throttle response. Sure, the ergos are different, but this bikes are easily customizable to fit any individual, so that's a wash. The difference in throttle response does change how I ride each bike.

The Wee: Smooth...very smooth. A true "Joy of Motorcycling" bike. It just feels really nice to be on it. Spin it up to 7,500 rpm and above and it becomes a pretty spirited ride. You won't mistake it for a big displacement bike, but very fun in the twisties (think V-Tom). If big throttle response isn't what gets you excited the Wee is hard to beat...period.

The Vee: The 1000 is a grit your teeth and nail the throttle kind of bike. You just want to slam that sucker into the twisties and grin like an ax murdering giddy little school girl. It's joyously evil, and I love it. (Thanks to T3/T4 Hybrid for keeping that quote somewhere I could find it)

Both bikes are truly great. Just depends on how you want to ride.
 

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Thanks ALL

I know that the comparison question has been asked before, but I really was not satisifed when I read those strings. For a guy of my height, it sounds like that would be the biggest advantage to the wee. My inseam is 30, and looking at the V, it looks tall to me and I will just have to ride each to be sure that the height of the V does not throw me off.

The abs brakes are definitely an issue especially with highway miles.

I guess I am leaning towards the wee, but I will try to get to both. I went to Suzuki in Cherry Hill, NJ and they have no new V Stroms. They can't get them until 11. They are carrying the Versus, and while they love the Vstroms they tried to steer me there. I just don't feel as good about a Kawasaki even though the price is really low. Under 5k for a 650.

One testament to the 650 is that used, the price of the wee and v don't vary much. They are very close even though new there is a bigger difference.

Thanks again. I feel like part of the community and I have not bought one yet.....
 

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One of the things that swayed me towards getting a Wee was seat height because I too have a 30" inseam. After buying my Wee, I got quickly used to the seat height however I found the low seat too uncomfortable. Ironically, I have since swapped my Wee seat for a Vee seat and now find that fine, even with a 30" inseam.

If I had my time again, it would truly be a coin flip between the Vee or the Wee - power versus smoothness. With the demise of the Vee in Europe due to emissions standards, I truly hope Suzuki comes out with a new Strom in the 800 cc band, with ABS and traction control options. Now that would be a great machine.
 

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The bikes are the same size, only the seat is different. If you decide to get a 650 don't get it because of size as the seats can easily be changed and either bike will accept lowering links if you need to lower the bike.

..Tom
 

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You should buy a Banit 1250.

Lower seat and lots of grunt.
 

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Sorry for stealing the thread.
I am considering to buy a VStrom. I am 210lb and 6'3" (longer legs). I plan to use it for long distance adventure riding with some easy off-road sections. I will be riding loaded and occasionally with my wife.

I want to keep the total weight as light as possible for off-road sections and 650 will be light enough, but I'm not sure if I may beg for more power when loaded.
Also, if I go up to 1000cc, Varadero will be on my list along with DL1000.

Thanks,

Binsel
 

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Sorry for stealing the thread.
I am considering to buy a VStrom. I am 210lb and 6'3" (longer legs). I plan to use it for long distance adventure riding with some easy off-road sections. I will be riding loaded and occasionally with my wife.

I want to keep the total weight as light as possible for off-road sections and 650 will be light enough, but I'm not sure if I may beg for more power when loaded.
Also, if I go up to 1000cc, Varadero will be on my list along with DL1000.

Thanks,

Binsel
It's really going to come down to what is important to you.. many 650 riders feel the DL650 has plenty of power for them and love revving the motor and working with what they have, many DL1000 riders really love the tremendous surge of torque that goes with it. Both bikes have many riders that ride two up or with large loads. I had the "opportunity" to give a friend who crashed his DL1000 in Ohio a ride back to Toronto area. The ride was over 500 miles of interstate with speeds ranging from 75 to 85 mph. When the two of us got on the bike I think we were over GVW (I'm around 245 lbs before clothes) PLUS I had my top and side cases on the bike. My friend was really impressed and surprised by the amount of power the DL650 had.

..Tom
 

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For me it is repairs, dependability and maintennce. I agee they are different and can be aftermarketed to fit just about anybody. My present bike (Buell)has left me alongside the road 2 times and almost a third. I just do not trust it anymore. Wife has a Wee. Great bike, with a few changes (suspension, new seat and not much more) would work great for me. How easy are the two to work on, what are the querks/issues with either. I like the stator output of the newer Wees and duel spark plug, but how does that compare to the Vee.
 
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