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I LOVE my 2016 DL650 ABS but lately I've been looking at maybe moving up to a 14, 15, 16 or 2017 DL1000:surprise:

I had a brand new 2002 DL1000 in the 'Dull/ ugly Grey' color for a while and liked it but moved on. Maybe 20 bikes later, I bought my DL650 10 months ago and seek honest opinions and I'll start first:

Having owned both the small and Big Strom's, I find that the 650 does as good or better job as my 1000 did years ago but with obviously less torque, HP and acceleration and it gets much better fuel mileage.

Any opinions? There are still some new Dl1000's out there now for decent prices.

Coming from a 2012 Triumph Rocket 3 Roadster that I sold before I bought the 650, I am missing a serious rush of wind in my face that a bigger engine affords!:grin2:

Thanks!

Sam:smile2:
 

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I've seen new 14 1000s as low as $7500. But minimum farkles such as bags, crash guards can easily go between $1000 and $2000. My current bike has over $3000 in farkles. I'd love to get a 1000 rather than my 650 but changing out the farkles can get expensive.
 
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There is a Khaki L4 around here for $7799.00

Spend the savings in painting it.
 

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You are in Missouri. Big Motorsports in St. Charles had a khaki 2014 DL1000 and they would dump it for a song if it is still left. I got my 2014 DL1000 red for $7450 there OTD in October 2016.
 

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That sux. If it is a new leftover I would ship for about $300 if you find one $1500 lower at one of the giant dealerships that deal. It would pay for the Farkles.
 

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Wees are great little bikes that can do just about everything well.
Why not keep the Wee and add to the motorpool?
 

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I think it's worth the trade to a new gen 1000 for the fully adjustable suspension and power. The suspension is a big step up IMHO. I wouldn't buy a '14 though. First year. Go '15 or later. Depending on your budget, the new '18 looks pretty sweet.
 

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I thought the beak took a step uglier. The turn signals were raised so it looks like an ears from an angle. It changed from a bird of prey to a relative of Shrek's? lol I am just not a big beak guy. I liked my 650 front better or the 2014 1000 for that matter.

 

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The Dl650 has the advantages of weight (30 lbs lighter) and MPG (about 30% better). I have owned 2 DL650s and loved them both ; however, mv V2 DL1000 is my favorite bike, by far.

The V2 has exciting power but not crazy. The suspension is phenomenal and is a super smooth touring bike. Going over 80 on the Interstates is no problem. The motor is not even breathing heavy and she is very stable in the crosswinds. The brakes have great stopping power along with very strong engine braking. The additional traction control is another nice safety feature. As far as winding roads and dropping into corners, the Dl1000 and DL650 are very similar in handling.

When I first hopped on my new 2014 V2, I did not feel like I was just on a bigger DL650. It was a different bike and a different experience. The V2 is a keeper, for me.
 

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I went to buy an ST shaft drive and ended up with a new leftover 2014 V2 last fall. The main reason was price. Another minor annoyance was ST engine noise at idle and the additional weight. I use a Crampbuster now but most of my trips are under about 300 miles so cruise control wasn't very important to me. I got my V2 for $7450 OTD. I was looking at about $11-12k best deal for a new leftover 2015 ST back then. I couldn't justify that difference so someone else got the shaft.

That is when I decided to stick with a dry wax chain lube on the V2. It takes about two minutes to spray on with a centerstand. If the chain/sprockets do near 25k I am happy. (actually, I never have kept the same bike that long and like trying different ones) lol I really like the V2 so I make break my own rule.
 

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I just went from a 650 to 1000 and its definitely a lot more bike. I only found one leftover in my area, a 2016 but the OTD price was only $2000 less than I wound up paying for my 2018 XT so I went for it.

So far I like the 1000 a lot. Much more power but not ridiculous so. The ride is great and feels just as nimble as the 650, only slightly heavier up top. . Love the instrumentation. It was a little tall for me so I got the 1" lowering like from Adventuretech and dropped the forks 3/4". Perfect for me now. I also have a new seat coming from Terry's Custom Seats.
 

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You are in Missouri. Big Motorsports in St. Charles had a khaki 2014 DL1000 and they would dump it for a song if it is still left. I got my 2014 DL1000 red for $7450 there OTD in October 2016.
SECoda, I just now saw that post. That Khaki DL1000 is the very bike I bought for $6799...and they left the Suzuki side cases and brackets on the bike by mistake. Yes, they certainly have good deals at Big St. Charles....LOL
 
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