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Current bikes - gen 2 FZ1, XR650L, 400EX, Wolverine

Looking for a good reasonably priced 2 up long distance platform so BigB suggested I join up and have a look around.

So tell me what to look for and stay away from, and let me know if you have a nice machine for sale.
 

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Welcome to the forum, Max.

I don't do two up touring but the DL650 will handle it with ease and so will the DL1000. I only know the Wee and am more than happy with my 2006 and we have done a lot of touring together.

Poke around, there's a lot of info here on both.
 

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What he said but with a DL1000, also a 2006.

Stroms are pretty dependable bikes and in most surveys/test rides they never get the top mark in any category but consistently finish near the top in every category. Think a swiss army knife with wheels.

Most common thing you will read on the difference between the 650 and the 1000 is that the 1000 is a bit better on long strips of highway at speed. you pay for that with less gas mileage overall though.

Biggest complaints;

Buffeting at speed, fixable with a change of screens.
small kickstand peg, fixable with something like this: https://www.adventuretech.biz/suzuki-side-stand-foot.html
No stock center stand on most models until recently
narrow mirrors, fixed with extensions; https://www.adventuretech.biz/suzuki-mirror-extenders.html
Long legged folk will want peg extensions too: https://www.adventuretech.biz/footpeg-and-control-lowering-kit.html

All easily dealt with for a bit more cash. All my links are to Adventuretech becasue Rick is a regular here and provides a good product, and I've purchased all of the above from him (except windscreen).
 

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2014 and later DL1000 Vstrom.
I purchased mine as a new/leftover for sport-touring and long-distance travel.
Huge torque, effortless acceleration, and relaxed freeway flying. Not a high-rpm screamer, but with the torque at 4K rpm, there is no need to wring its neck. Gas mileage is 45-50 mpg, but I dont ride a motorcycle to hypermile. With your bikes, consider the '14+ Vstrom1000 to the 650 as you would your FZ1 vs the FZ6.
I couldnt be happier with this bike!
 

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Bring that fz1 to NW Ohio, and you can talk me into an even trade for my Wee!! :grin2:

But seriously, good luck with your search!
 

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Thanks for all the info fellas. The FZ will probably be for sale and I’m not opposed to a trade. More interested in a 14+ 1000 but anything is possible at this point. I’ve owned it since 2010 and 750 miles. Longer than I’ve ever owned any bike. Kind of part of me at this point, but it hasn’t seen many miles since I picked up the XR.
 

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As we discussed, other than a 14 plus 1000, don't rule out the 12 and up 650. ;) I'll let ya ride mine of course, I'm pretty confident you'll be surprised.
 

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All good info but Max, keep in mind that the 650 is the better option if you are considering many miles on marginal dirt roads. That extra weight (and the high COG) is more demanding in the loose stuff.
 

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The center stand only comes "standard" on the V-Strom 1000GT. It's a V-Strom with every accessory already bolted on.
Brockie, that GT must be an Australian-model, maybe other markets as well. The center stand is shown on the '19 US-model XT1000 model.
 

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Never heard of this, certainly not true for the 2017-2019 650’s in the US market. Not necessary anyway.
I can't find the article where I read this, but I'm pretty sure some of the new 2019 1000s are now coming with a center stand. I'll stand corrected if no one can back me up.
 

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Never heard of this, certainly not true for the 2017-2019 650’s in the US market. Not necessary anyway.
I can't find the article where I read this, but I'm pretty sure some of the new 2019 1000s are now coming with a center stand. I'll stand corrected if no one can back me up.
I will back you up and also apologize for my earlier uninformed post. This article lists two models that come with center stands already installed: a 650 touring model (like the red color BTW) and the 1000XT:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/dirtbikemagazine.com/suzukis-2019-v-strom-1000-650-adventure-bike-spotlight/
 

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Brockie, that GT must be an Australian-model, maybe other markets as well. The center stand is shown on the '19 US-model XT1000 model.
You lucky people. Our 2019 1000XT does not come with a centre stand - but it is available as an accessory for $394.90.

A note to Richlandrick. Mirror extenders are also available for an extra $139.00 - and side stand extenders for an extra $169.00!
It is the side stand extenders that get to me - if they feel that the side stand foot is too small, why do they not add an extra 20c of metal to it?

Come to think of it why not design mirrors that do not need to be modified to work properly?

Perhaps Richlandrick might consider doing a lucrative deal with Suzuki Australia. :grin2:
 

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As we discussed, other than a 14 plus 1000, don't rule out the 12 and up 650. <img src="http://www.stromtrooper.com/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /> I'll let ya ride mine of course, I'm pretty confident you'll be surprised.
I’ll take you up on that. Was thinking of riding down to moonville to check out the tunnel this Saturday if weather permits. Interested?

All good info but Max, keep in mind that the 650 is the better option if you are considering many miles on marginal dirt roads. That extra weight (and the high COG) is more demanding in the loose stuff.
I have the XR650L for the off road stuff. Mostly looking for something comfortable, quick and easy handling for the wife and I to do some minor touring on with backroad capabilities. Ease of maintenance is also a consideration. Also considering an FJR.
So tell me what you would consider to be the advantages of the V Strom over the FJR?
 
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