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Right now I have a 2006 V strom 650 with 27000 miles on it. I have put heated grips, givi engine guards, givi e21 sidebags, center stand, and a corbin seat. I just about got it set up how I want it. Then last week I stopped at the local dealer, he has a 2012 650 adventure left over. I really liked the bike. Just wondering if any of you guys have any opinions, about going up to a 2012.
Are the 2012's a nicer riding bike?
 

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Your bike is just now broken in, you have it set up nice, and I am sure it is paid for.......keeper for me. :mrgreen:
 

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Must be nice to have a enough Benjamin's laying around:yesnod: I'm not knocking, I'm jealous. Why not get something different? Always nice to have an option. Just sayin'
 

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Take some of the money you would spend on the 2012 and buy new springs and cartridge emulators for the front forks. You will have a better riding bike than the 2012. Spend a few dollars on the windshield if you have not yet done that. The difference is not that great and since you have a nice '06 I don't think what you cannot change is worth the cost.

Unless you want ABS.....
 

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Great point on updating the suspension. I did try a taller windshield, I went back to stock. Always thought about a madstad bracket.
 

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My opinion here is there will always be new models coming out and different features with all bikes and you can alway upgrade to a 12 model when there used and then you will probably want the 2016 model. So just ride whatever it is that makes you happy and comfortable cause there's always going to be bikes for sale!


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Have you taken a look in the 2012+DL650 forum? There are several people (including me) that rode the original DL650 and have now changed to the 2012+ model. A lot of good information for you to digest.

My take is that I loved riding my 2006 DL650 for over 125,000 miles, and the bikes still runs well. But I love my 2012 even more in the 51,000 miles I have put on it over the last two years. My 2006 had many changes including changed front springs, cartridge emulators, and a different rear shock. It worked well, but I don't feel the need to make changes on the 2012 (and I am around the 240lb mark.)

If there wasn't a changed 2012 I would likely still be happily riding the 2006, but I'm happy I changed.


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I traded in my DL1000/2007 for a brand new DL650/2013.
I never thought about buying a brand new bike, but since the price was good, I decided to change.
I'm enjoying the new bike, I like the ABS, the new panel (with gear indicator), the new visual is very appealing for me.
My DL1000 was not farkled (the most expensive thing was the PCV).
Unfortunately accessories are being very expensive for this new model from Suzuki, so this is something you must keep in your mind.
Anyway, as someone mentioned above you must ride and do what makes you happy, this forum will give you very different views, but in the end it is your money and you to take a decision.
In my case, yes I'm very happy, in fact today was the first good day to ride, so I could do some brake-in.
Have fun
 

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I went down to the dealer today to take another look at the new 2012, it was gone. He said they have sold 2 v stroms. I am going to do a couple more things with mine and keep riding it. Thanks.
 

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I went down to the dealer today to take another look at the new 2012, it was gone. He said they have sold 2 v stroms. I am going to do a couple more things with mine and keep riding it. Thanks.
Smart choice me thinks...... As someone said previously, you're looking at a 2012, then it's the 2013 models, then the 2014's, etc.

The grass isn't always greener when it comes to motorcycles (toys). I picked up my '08 Wee in '09 with 500 miles, bone stock for $4,500. I have somewhere around $3k in farkles, ok, probably closer to $4k counting the suspension work, but that said, it's still only a $8,500 investment. That's a whole lot cheaper than a new bike, even a new Vstrom, and my bike is setup perfectly.... for me. Buy the 2012 and you still have to fix the suspension, put on a real skid plate, guards, change the seat, handlebars, risers, etc........
 

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Vee to V2 maybe as seems some real improvements

FRom the side lines I don't see the gleestrom very much different

You have been doing about 4k a year would that change.

Get the extra money take the family on a trip
 

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More than 4k a year

I bought the bike 3 years ago May. It was like it came off the showroom. It had less than 4000 miles on it. So in 3 years I average about 8K a year. Not to bad when I still have 6" of snow at my house.
 

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It might be you lucked out, saved some money. I sold an 06 650, which I liked a lot. Now have a 2013 650 which is a great bike, but would be still satisfied with the 06
 

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It might be you lucked out, saved some money. I sold an 06 650, which I liked a lot. Now have a 2013 650 which is a great bike, but would be still satisfied with the 06
 
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