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I had a SV650 a couple of years ago and have owned 5 different HD's. I loved the SV but it seemed a little small with the wife on the back. Had plenty of power - just a small bike. My main concern with the 650 is that with hard bags & a top bag (loaded) with the wife, it might be hurting for juice. Although, I'm sure that a pipe, K&N & PowerCommander would make a huge difference. I'm probably not going off rode - just some dirt/gravel roads, mainly highway riding. Hopefully a long trip or two a year with the wife. I have read several postings about the fact the 650 doesn't come with hand guards or engine guards, but that shouldn't be to difficult to remedy.

So which will it be?
 

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If you have ridden many HD go for more torque with the 1000. Any question of riding two up even occationally go for the 1000. If your able to throw around a HD you will enjoy the nimbleness of the 1000. It's only 515lbs wet. At 90 hp and 60 ft/lbs of torque this is no furicious beast, especially when a top Liter bike comes flying past you. My bike tops out about 220 km/h. Go for the 1000 and you will not be disappointed. I like that Suzuki has brought out the DL650, but I cannot stand cheap swing arms on a bike.

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Scooter, could you comment more on the swingarm thing?
I don't doubt it, they have to be saving money somewhere, but what difference would it make?TIA Tom
 

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All bikes are built to a certain profit margin. The extruded swing arm will make little difference on the power out put of the 650. I'm a machinist and astetically I like the appearance of the cast swing arm on the 1000.
I also noticed that the clutch lever is not adjustable on the 650. They are both excellent bikes, but with me being 240lbs I think the 1000 is a better choice for the big person. They are both highly versitile bikes.

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I'm 5'7" and 150#, with a 31" inseam. I have the Suzuki/Givi bags on my '02 1000, and can't imagine what it would be like to give up 350cc. I sat on both bikes side-by-side at the dealer the other day, and really couldn't tell any difference in height or weight. I can think of a few occasions when that extra horsepower came in handy! I guess if you are limited by your finances, the 650 would be fine, but I think the 1000 represents and even better value. Just my $.02 worth.
 
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