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I just joined the forum and wanted to post right away. I am headed to the local dealership tonight to look at a 650XT with the extra luggage and such on it. I believe it is a 2015. I have been researching for a while now and I am I pretty positive that the V-strom is a better choice for me than the Honda NC700 and the Kawasaki Versys. I currently ride a 1987 Suzuki Intruder VS1400 so I know the power difference is likely going to be huge. But I am really looking for a reliable bike that I will use for 90% commuting with the occasional road trip. So far this 650 seems to fit the bill. I also have a newer car that I am trying to keep the miles off of. I typically put about 8000-10,000 miles on the bike every summer so I think it will suit me well economically.

That being said, anyone want to talk me out of it? I really haven't found many reasons against getting this bike. It seems to be proven at this point and that all you guys (and girls) love it. And the forum has been great in making my decision.

I am wondering, is it worth getting the upgraded package that include the luggage, engine guards, and windshield/screen? Or is aftermarket a better direction?
 

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you are in the right zone

You do NOT want the NC700

Many riders like the Versys but we're biased here to the Wee :D
 

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Sure love mine and I have ZERO regrets coming off multiple 1000 Stroms!
 

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I went to the dealer today and got offered a really good deal on the 1000, so now I am thinking I might go that route. It will be $200 more than the adventure package for the 650 XT. Can you really go wrong with either one? The 650 or the 100? I am coming off of a 53 HP bike so I am sure I will be happy with either.
 

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I LOVE my V2 (1000) I have never owned a Glee.
I did test ride one though.It was ok but the brakes suspension and power were far superior on the 1000.Plus the 1000 felt physically bigger and closer to my first gen 650.
For $200 more there would be no question for me.
I would buy the 1000 again.But , thats only my opinion and worth exactly what you paid for it lol.
BTW in the previous generation bikes I've owned 2 of each and preferred the 650...
 

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I went to the dealer today and got offered a really good deal on the 1000, so now I am thinking I might go that route. It will be $200 more than the adventure package for the 650 XT. Can you really go wrong with either one? The 650 or the 100? I am coming off of a 53 HP bike so I am sure I will be happy with either.
If your old bike is 53hp and you are happy with it you will be even happier with the 650 as it makes more power and is much lighter.

The 1000 is damn near twice as much power.

The one advice I would give you though is that it's not just a $200 price difference. The adventure model comes with about everything you need, the base 1000 does not. You will spend about $1500 - $2000 to outfit it similar to the 650 is stock.

If you don't care about the luggage, etc then it's a no brainier, but in that case you should really be looking at a base 650 to compare to the 1000 for price point.

I bought the 1000, and love the bike! Very happy with my purchase and it's better then the 650 in almost every way. The 650 has the advantage at the gas pump getting better mileage and running on 87. It also has the advantage when it comes to paying for insurance.
 

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I actually want luggage but I am looking at the Moose Racing luggage along with some others, and personally I think I like the aftermarket stuff better. That being said, the only bikes I am going to get the $2200 cash back from Suzuki on are the 2014s, and they only have the DL1000 left for those.
 

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What do you guys think about the traction control and hydraulic clutch on the 2014 1000 vs. lack of traction control and cable clutch on the 650?

The dealer was really nice. No pressure. He did say that he personally owned a 1000 and felt that it was better on the expressway for him. He said the 650 would be great but it sort of hits its sweet spot around 70-75 MPH.

In terms of reliability, it seems like both bikes are pretty reliable and have a proven engine in them.
 

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I could have gotten a 2014 DL1000 for about $1000 more than my 2015 DL650. I like the DL1000, but not $1,000 more. However, for $200 more, I would have probably gone that route.

That being said, I don't regret my purchase of the DL650 at all... ever. It is the perfect bike for me. Great ergos, great commuter, great on the hwy and backroads equally, great 2-up, great on gravel/dirt.

Although I like the looks of the Vee2 more, my Wee2 has my heart.
 

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Just to add another thought... I'm a noob here, having just purchased a '15 650 XT ABS, and I have to say I'm thrilled! Totally an impulse purchase, but the dealer dropped all of the additional charges, plus offered 0% interest for 60 months... I added a couple of farkles at purchase- The center stand and the SW-Motech bash plate. They took 10% off the price of those, so they were just exorbitant, not obscene. ;-) Aside from being pretty awful in crosswinds, it's a really great bike, and i find myself choosing it over any of the other seven bikes in the garage more often than not... Oh, one more thing- I commute in the SF Bay area, where whitelining is legal. I've removed one of the bags to be able to make safe passage between the cars. With both bags, the bike seems like it has wider 'hips' than a Gold Wing! LOL

In short- buy it! You'll love it!
 

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OP, I may be of assistance. I test rode several bikes over the last few months. If you have a little time for reading, go to the thread link below(the link starts on the 6th page), post 53 is my first test ride review. Then over the next few pages, more reviews of all the "comparable" bikes. Until the last page with the decision ;) but you know already by my sig what I decided.

http://www.stromtrooper.com/v-curious/237810-considering-weestrom-6.html
 

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Just wanted to update everyone, I got the 2014 DL1000 in the Khaki color, and I love it. 450 miles down so far, 600 mile maintenance scheduled for Saturday then I get to rev it a little more.
 

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Just wanted to update everyone, I got the 2014 DL1000 in the Khaki color, and I love it. 450 miles down so far, 600 mile maintenance scheduled for Saturday then I get to rev it a little more.
Thats awesome and congrats! Giving away your money to the dealer I am assuming for a glorified oil and filter change.......and go ahead and rev the piss out of your bikes, as it makes no difference from you riding it like an old lady. :fineprint: :grin2:
 

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Thats awesome and congrats! Giving away your money to the dealer I am assuming for a glorified oil and filter change.......and go ahead and rev the piss out of your bikes, as it makes no difference from you riding it like an old lady. :fineprint: :grin2:
Ok, now I have to ask. I was going to do this oil change and the 600 mile maintenance myself but didn't find a factory service manual readily available. I am more than skilled enough to handle anything on the bike, but not sure what could possibly take an hour and a half to finish this first check on the bike. So now you have me wanting to cancel and try it again myself. I am also getting the noise when in neutral clutch basket rattle thing when I am in neutral without the clutch depressed. But I am assuming that is normal.

Anyone have a write up on what is exactly done during this first 600 miles maintenance check and oil change?
 

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Ok, now I have to ask. I was going to do this oil change and the 600 mile maintenance myself but didn't find a factory service manual readily available. I am more than skilled enough to handle anything on the bike, but not sure what could possibly take an hour and a half to finish this first check on the bike. So now you have me wanting to cancel and try it again myself. I am also getting the noise when in neutral clutch basket rattle thing when I am in neutral without the clutch depressed. But I am assuming that is normal.

Anyone have a write up on what is exactly done during this first 600 miles maintenance check and oil change?
All you need to know is in your user manual, save yourself some money and get to know your bike a bit more intimately. :grin2: I have bought several new bikes, and not a one has ever been to a dealer for the 600 mile maintenance or any repairs.
 

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I did just get off the phone with Suzuki, and they say it will not void my warranty if I do my own work for this first maintenance check at 600 miles. Getting mixed stories from the dealer, who said that if they didn't do it I would not have the warranty this last go around.
 

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I did just get off the phone with Suzuki, and they say it will not void my warranty if I do my own work for this first maintenance check at 600 miles. Getting mixed stories from the dealer, who said that if they didn't do it I would not have the warranty this last go around.
They are not being honest with you, all you need to do is keep receipts of oil and filter and a record of what you did. They would have to empirically prove that anything you did or did not do was the cause of a warranty claim.You will be fine, they just want your money.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnuson–Moss_Warranty_Act
 

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No extended warranty. Suzuki themselves were honest with me over the phone. And they said I just need to complete the items listed under my maintenance schedule for 600 miles. Suzuki did mention that they would highly recommend going with their filters for the oil change, I forget the wording, but that they haven't found any filters which they approve as equivalents or something?
 

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I did the 600 service on my dl650, can't speak for the 1000 but...

I got the service manual from the dealer and it lists everything required. The owners manual tells you what to do but the service manual spells it out. For instance the owners manual says inspect and tighten the chassis bolts. The service manual lists every one, provides the torque specs and has pictures. All but two were within specs.
 
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