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post #1 of 42 Old 10-14-2013, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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Help me decide - 650 or 1K

I'm a new rider( Just finishing up my license ) with some dirt experience. I'm 6'1" and 275lbs.

I want to use my bike for long distance touring....week long trips, etc. I also want to bring my wife sometime with me. She's 5'6" and slightly north of 160lbs.

Will the 650 handle what I want to do or should I go with the 1000?? Not interested in going off road. It's mainly long trips with camping gear.

I'm concerned with the upgrades the 1000 needs to make it comparable to the 650 in handling,etc.........HELP ME!!!
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post #2 of 42 Old 10-14-2013, 02:09 AM
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IMO, a liter bike has too much power for a new rider. Either bike would need to be re-sprung.
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Long distance riding with a passenger is one of the best justifications for going with the larger bike. It can be done on the 650, but it can be done better on the 1000.

Keep in mind that you are likely to want to modify/improve some aspects of the 1000 that you would not have to worry about with the 650. The 650 is overall more reliable and cheaper to own and maintain.

I'm the same hieght and nearly the same weight as you and the 1000 fits me like a glove. I still sometimes think I should have gotten the 650 though (but I don't have a passenger and do mostly commuting).

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I'm a new rider( Just finishing up my license ) with some dirt experience. I'm 6'1" and 275lbs.

I want to use my bike for long distance touring....week long trips, etc. I also want to bring my wife sometime with me. She's 5'6" and slightly north of 160lbs.

Will the 650 handle what I want to do or should I go with the 1000?? Not interested in going off road. It's mainly long trips with camping gear.

I'm concerned with the upgrades the 1000 needs to make it comparable to the 650 in handling,etc.........HELP ME!!!
For a new rider ,650 is enough , you can update it after sometime
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The 650 will do fine two up, but not ideal IMHO. You FOR SURE will need new rear shock and stiffer front springs, these bikes are made for a 150 lb person.

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New rider or not, you will spend about two hours riding before you are ready for the 1000 so I would just go ahead and get it. Based on your size and what you are planning to do with it, the Vee would be my choice....and it was.

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I weigh the same as you. Last year I went for a good long ride into Canada on my wee. No side cases but did have a small top box.

The bike did fine but, I was not satisfied with it. It kept up Ok with the pack for the most part but was lethargic on uphill terrain at speed. Also, passing semi's etc (although successful) was at its limits. I would not categorize it as fun. Large pucker factor.

If it had side cases or another person, it would have been downright dangerous. Just not enough power.

Now, if you intend to take it easy all of the time than perhaps you can make it work. But, I don't see that as reasonable thinking as you will sometimes find yourself in places you didn’t intend to be.

One up with minimal luggage is totally doable. More than that, not so much.

The 650 is a better bike for a whole host of reasons that you can find all over this forum.

The 1000 is required based on your trip requirements as you have defined them.

Invariably people will pop in and defend the wee saying that it can do just about anything. And, for the most part they are right. But, traveling with a loved one in tow requires a bike that is not operating at the edge of its capacity in my opinion.



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post #9 of 42 Old 10-14-2013, 03:08 PM
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The 1000 is too big for ANY beginner. Get the the 650 and a few thousand miles under your belt before you consider carrying a passenger. At that point, you should know what kind of bike is appropriate for your riding style.

Please wait until you are comfortable on the motorcycle before you have a passenger. Their life is literally in your hands. The mistakes you make as a new rider will only be worse with your wife on board.
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Very important points about rider and passenger safety, and...

...Buy something comfortable and lower cost, maybe an older 650 or maybe something else. Have fun on it and put lots of hours and lots of miles on it. When you're a more skilled rider and the all-new 2014 DL1000's are out decide if you want the 650 or new 1000.

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