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Hey all, new here. I've had to sell my baby (1990 GMC Jimmy) due to a move and other factors. Still hurts a good bit. Bright side is, I'm now able to purchase a bike. I used to ride cruisers but mostly because they weren't sport bikes. I don't have a specific love for them. I haven't ridden in about 10 years now. I'm 45, 6'0" and about 230. Usually a little lighter but recently.....you get me. I really like the ADV style bikes for the upright riding style and the ability to explore a little if I want to. I'm honest with myself though and know I'll likely be on the pavement 80% to 90% of the time. I had been looking at the KLR650 but I think that would be better if I was thinking about off road more.

So now I'm looking at the V Stroms. I have two options really. There's a used 2014 DL1000 near me for just under $8k with 1000 miles on it. Seems clean. The other option is try to get a decent deal on a new Wee. Any opinions to get one over the other? Seems like a great deal on the bigger bike but, I'd like to get it a little cheaper. I'll be paying cash so hopefully that'll help. Any reason to get one over the other? Better traction control? Issues with the 2014? I've researched the new Wee but don't really know how it and the 2014 Vee stack up against each other.

Thanks in advance for any help offered.
 

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I recently sold my 2005 Wee (bought new) and upgraded to the new 2017 DL 650. It was well worth it. I do not have a 1000 VStrom but I do have a Triumph Tiger 1050 so I can compare the Wee to a liter sized bike. All I can say is this: My 650 gets a lot more use than the larger displacement bike. Why? Just more fun and easier to ride. But, it depends on what your expectations are. I will say the new model Wee is an improvement of the former model. More power, better handling, nicer contolls, even sounds better. I like my new Wee so much I am putting my 1050 Tiger up for sale. The Wee does all I could ask of it. Ooh, and much of my riding with two up as my wife loves bikes.

The Wee outsold the 1000 DL by a long shot every since it came out. But, everyone is different so I can't say buy one over the other. I can say for a fact that the 2017 Wee was a great move forward and I have no regrets parting with my nice trouble free '05 model to upgrade to the new one.
 

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New Wee? 2017 or previous model?
I was looking at the newest 650 from 2017. Seems like a lot of upgrades this year. Plus I read that they made some of the accessories more universal between the 1000 and the 650 now which makes it a lot easier when looking for stuff.

Question about the 650 though, is the traction control the same for the new 650 and the new 1000? It looks like the 1000 has traction control specifically for maintaining traction while cornering. Is this the same for the 650? If so, that may be the deciding factor for me. Nice to have technology helping to keep you from the single vehicle accidents. Especially for someone like me who hasn't ridden in ten plus years.
 

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I recently sold my 2005 Wee (bought new) and upgraded to the new 2017 DL 650. It was well worth it. I do not have a 1000 VStrom but I do have a Triumph Tiger 1050 so I can compare the Wee to a liter sized bike. All I can say is this: My 650 gets a lot more use than the larger displacement bike. Why? Just more fun and easier to ride. But, it depends on what your expectations are. I will say the new model Wee is an improvement of the former model. More power, better handling, nicer contolls, even sounds better. I like my new Wee so much I am putting my 1050 Tiger up for sale. The Wee does all I could ask of it. Ooh, and much of my riding with two up as my wife loves bikes.

The Wee outsold the 1000 DL by a long shot every since it came out. But, everyone is different so I can't say buy one over the other. I can say for a fact that the 2017 Wee was a great move forward and I have no regrets parting with my nice trouble free '05 model to upgrade to the new one.
Thanks for the response. That's some great insight. I'll be using this bike mostly for around town, joy rides and the extremely occasional fire road type exploring. I have a young child and won't be able to get away as much as I like. I may ride it to work from time to time but very rarely I would imagine. That would probably be the only highway riding the bike would see.

The only trouble I have with the Wee is, finding a dealer. There was a dealer here in town but, I've heard they may be going out of business. They used to be a Kawasaki/Suzuki dealership but have sold off all their Kawasaki merchandise and they have no new Wees or Vees in stock. They may simply be turning into a used dealer. I'm not sure. I headed over to another place a bit from town just to inquire about the new 2017 650s. These guys were pretty firm they would not sell below MSRP. I don't really want to spend over $9k on a bike. Neither does the financial committee (my wife). I know deals can be had but when there really aren't any dealers around, that may be harder. Hence the used Vee that is here in town. Listed right at $8k, I feel like I can talk them down a bit. Used bikes mean softer prices to me.
 

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Just from reading these forums I would contact Romney Cycles in West Va for a price on a new 650, as they are reported to be outstanding in terms of low prices and no BS.
If you are at all mechanically inclined and willing to learn, you will not need a Suzuki dealer going forward, except for possible recalls. https://romneycycles.com/

Mark
 

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I just sold my 2004 KLR this summer after it took me up and back to Alaska. I now have a DL1000 and love it. It's a little top heavy but is a good fit for me. From the way you describe your use, a DL650 would be the way to go. Certainly there are used Wee's in excellent shape in your area that you could pick up for less than the DL1000. Actually, there's a new leftover 2014 Vee at my favorite bike shop advertised for $8,400. I don't think $8,000 for a used bike is that good of a deal.

I rode to Alaska with a guy that rode a used 2012 Wee. He's a big man and the Wee served him well. No issues the entire trip.

Find a used second generation Wee and you'll be a happy biker.

Be Well! KKORO
 

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I just sold my 2004 KLR this summer after it took me up and back to Alaska. I now have a DL1000 and love it. It's a little top heavy but is a good fit for me. From the way you describe your use, a DL650 would be the way to go. Certainly there are used Wee's in excellent shape in your area that you could pick up for less than the DL1000. Actually, there's a new leftover 2014 Vee at my favorite bike shop advertised for $8,400. I don't think $8,000 for a used bike is that good of a deal.

I rode to Alaska with a guy that rode a used 2012 Wee. He's a big man and the Wee served him well. No issues the entire trip.

Find a used second generation Wee and you'll be a happy biker.

Be Well! KKORO
Thanks very much. I think I'll aim at a new 2017 Wee. Will be nice to have a warranty anyhow and the price isn't much different. Just looking around a little on cycletrader shows some very reasonable new bikes.
 

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good choice IMHO. At the beginning I had 1000 twice and then 5 Wee and 3 Wee2. never looked back. cheaper to buy and cheaper to run.
 

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Just looking around a little on cycletrader shows some very reasonable new bikes.
Beware of the pricing on Cycle Trader. Almost every "too good to be true" price will have $500 to $1500 in added fees when you show up.

Not all are like that. Seems Romney Cycles is an exception.
 

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If cost is an issue at all, used Stroms, especially used Wees (say, 2012 and newer to get anti-lock brakes and a few other minor things), are very price-competitive and they last so long with (usually) so little trouble that I've never, so far, seen the need to buy new. This time of year, especially, I'd think there would be 2012 / 2013 Wees around for very reasonable money. Something over half of new cost. Might not be an issue to you, but buying used Stroms has worked out very well for me.

Good luck regardless.:smile2:
 
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