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I'm really close to buying a new bike. At this moment I don't have the time to read through the board to find all the answers so hoping you folks will help me out. I was going to go buy a SV650 this afternoon but am re-thinking that.
I want a smaller cc machine (I own a GL1500 for touring) for commuting to work and fun.
I travel 60 miles a day on open freeways at between 70 and 80mph depending on flow, our limits are 70 to 75 in some areas I ride. We have a great deal of wind here in the high desert so one concern will be that I can pass a vehicle in the wind. I might be doing 70 or 75 with a head wind and then go for the pass, will it have the power to pull around reasonably quickly to get out of the way of faster vehicles? MPG is a big concern as well as comfort and of course longevity and dependability. I haven't owned a cafe style bike before so that would have been a big change going to the SV. Is anyone riding at similar speeds or conditions? What's your realistic MPG? Regular unleaded I would assume.

Any thoughts of help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you folks,
Scott
 

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Passing...no problem. I was out in a strong "Columbia Basin" head wind one day and went to pass a pickup. Just curious, I downshifted to 4th and opened her up. Up to 100 in no time before I backed off....then I saw the two sheriff's deputies who apparently were feeling kind and gave me a "bye". Two up or heavily loaded, it might not be quite as quick, but this little motor does get with the program. I will let someone else speak to the MPG, as I don't do this type of riding often.
 

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I commute about the same distance in similar conditions. The wind here blows off the lake and when it hits the highway the tree corridor causes direction shifts up to 180 degrees back and forth. It makes for exciting riding but once I got used to riding the Wee it became second nature to "auto correct" using body english. Passing trucks feels similar. The Wee does get blown around but it is manageable. I will admit to a few anal clamping moments the first season.

I got 57.5 Mpg (47.8 US) during a long trip through BC last summer loaded with camping gear. My average commute mileage is around 45-50 Mpg (US) depending on wind, load,speed etc.

The commute traffic is 2 lane averaging 70-75. Passing is effortless and very quick.
 

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My wife rides a SV650 and I ride the DL650. I think for what you need the DL650 will be much better. Put a 16T sprocket up front and maybe a larger screen with Madstad and a Murph's fork brace and some Sonic springs and........you get my drift. Just send me your Visa #, address, and I will handle the rest. The bike is good by the way!
 

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Thank you

for your replies, they help a great deal. I should have mentioned, I'm 6' 1" and ohhhh about 250 or so, hate to look. :)
So, really it's almost like two smaller people.
It will undoubtedly undergo modifications to make it more usefull. Bags are in the future. I ride all year, so undergo temps into the teens and up to 115.
 

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I'm 6-3 and 260 - Wee is a great bike for all round use. Mine's taken me across Canada and back at legal speeds + with all the camping gear totalling about 100 lbs with absolutely no issues. I've had 3 bikes in my life, this is the best for all round tractability, maintenance and reliabiity and just general fun.

Strongly recommend Sonic Springs, fork brace as complementary items for heavier riders - makes a very noticeable improvement in cornering feel and front end diving. Other than that, it's clean and lube the chain and regular maintenance.

Safe rides

Bob
 

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Another thought. I know this depends on the type of tires. How are you doing with tire mileage? How many miles? Softer rubber = less miles, I know.
 

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I was just at the dealer. He offered me a 2007 DL1000 for 8700.00 out the door. He has the 1000 in stock, doesn't have the 650 in stock. He could get the 650 and say's it would be about 7300.00 out the door. Not sure that the 1000 is really as killer a deal as he say's. What to do, what to do. I know I'll take some type of hit on the mpg which was one of the primary reasons for purchase. Going to search this site and see how folks are doing with actual mileage on the 1000.
 

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Ok, I picked up my 08 DL650 in yellow yesterday. Runs great. Seems to have a good amount of power. Naturally, I can't really push it yet but have had fun with it so far. I took it out for a little while and then dumped the break in oil. It seems to do relatively well in dirt too. Of course, with those tires I don't think I would want to tackle loose dirt surfaces, no real bite. I don't know about mileage yet since I was not really sure how much gas was in the tank when I started and you can't exatcly hold steady speeds yet.
 

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Another thought. I know this depends on the type of tires. How are you doing with tire mileage? How many miles? Softer rubber = less miles, I know.
High speed (75+) on the slab will eat tires. Took the stockers off mine at about 6k. Plenty of tread on the sides, but the rear was flat sided from a few slab runs (probably less than 1k worth).

Its not that big of deal, just be prepaired to see balled up rubber after dronning on the interstate.
 
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