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Hello everyone. I have my '12 HD XR1200X sold and am getting ready to get a Strom, more than likely a 650. I am 44 years old and have owned at least 25 or so motorcycles not counting dirt bikes. I have had the XR for two summers and have put less than 5000 miles on it. I like it but would get much more use out of the strom where I live. There is a lot of back country I can use.
I have a few questions when and if anyone gets time. First my favorite two wheeler has always been a sport bike as I love the twisties. I am simply too broke down to handle the croch rocket position hence the XR.

1. Is the storm fun in the curves? I hit deals gap at least 8-10 times a year.

2. I am 6'01" 200lbs. Is the 650 going to be enough? (I don't care about going fast anymore but I don't want to get run over either)?

3. I have decided on at least a 2012 model. Any thoughts?
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Check the site, there a few places where they discuss the pros and cons between both the 650 & 1000 cc bikes. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.

Lots of discussions on this very issue, so do a search and read on.
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Get a 2012 or newer DL 650. I suspect it will out accelerate your XR1200X, it will require more use of the gear box of course. In other words plenty of power. I have had mine on the Dragon and found it quite a lot of fun. It would benefit from a fork brace and better front suspension in the twisties ( what bike wouldn't? ). The brakes are good, not great, and the 2012 and up are all ABS equipped.

Speaking of Deals Gap and areas like that. Sometimes the most fun is in the exploring. Find a back road and see where it goes. If it turns to gravel so much the better. Explore at either a spirited or leisurely pace, this is what the V Strom does very well. Ready to head home? I have done 800+ miles in a day on mine. You will find the seating position to be very comfortable on the hips and knees for us.....experienced riders!

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I always research extensively before making a decision. I have been looking on here quite a bit. I was hoping that maybe somebody with the same concerns I have before buying one has a answer for each one. If not it will be okay I have kind of decided but was hoping maybe somebody could talk me out of it if I am making the wrong decision.
I kinda thought about the Yamaha Tenere as we'll but can't justify the money. Also Suzuki has always been my favorite and I have owned them all.
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Get a 2012 or newer DL 650. I suspect it will out accelerate your XR1200X, it will require more use of the gear box of course. In other words plenty of power. I have had mine on the Dragon and found it quite a lot of fun. It would benefit from a fork brace and better front suspension in the twisties ( what bike wouldn't? ). The brakes are good, not great, and the 2012 and up are all ABS equipped.

Speaking of Deals Gap and areas like that. Sometimes the most fun is in the exploring. Find a back road and see where it goes. If it turns to gravel so much the better. Explore at either a spirited or leisurely pace, this is what the V Strom does very well. Ready to head home? I have done 800+ miles in a day on mine. You will find the seating position to be very comfortable on the hips and knees for us.....experienced riders!
Thanks! That is what I was looking for. I appreciate it.
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I went for the DL650 after thinking about the Tenere 660, then decide the Wee was a better option for what I wanted. I also have a VZ1600 heavily customed but getting too heavy to throw around (read, I'm getting too old). With the 650 you'll use the gears alot more, something I'm still not used to but enjoy regardless. I miss the massive torque of the VZ but at least I will use that in the summer. Enjoy whatever you get, just keep riding or your body soon gets used to not doing it..................
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I went for the DL650 after thinking about the Tenere 660, then decide the Wee was a better option for what I wanted. I also have a VZ1600 heavily customed but getting too heavy to throw around (read, I'm getting too old). With the 650 you'll use the gears alot more, something I'm still not used to but enjoy regardless. I miss the massive torque of the VZ but at least I will use that in the summer. Enjoy whatever you get, just keep riding or your body soon gets used to not doing it..................
I have had a bike since I was 15 and can't imagine not having one. I worked a lot of OT last year which kept me from riding. I know I will make more use out of a dual sport than the HD. I don't enjoy working on them like I used too which is another reason I want the strom. The HD is just too much work to maintain with too little return. I am at least 350000 miles on two wheels so I have been in the saddle a lot. I would like it to be a little more comfortable now.
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I have had a bike since I was 15 and can't imagine not having one. I worked a lot of OT last year which kept me from riding. I know I will make more use out of a dual sport than the HD. I don't enjoy working on them like I used too which is another reason I want the strom. The HD is just too much work to maintain with too little return. I am at least 350000 miles on two wheels so I have been in the saddle a lot. I would like it to be a little more comfortable now.
Like yourself I've been riding since I was about 12, can't imagine not owning a bike. I mentioned to my wife not so long ago that when we are young we want a bike that puts us in the most scrunched up position as possible (elbows tucked in at the waist and heels touching butt) and as we get older we start stretching out the limbs and by bikes that are more accomodating to that feeling, until you end up with what I have, feet forward and arms stretched out. But I also like the V Strom, especially now that I modified the seat to make it flatter and higher, raised the back by 2" and lowered the pegs, I almost feel I'm ridng a horse.......with lights.
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Hello everyone. I have my '12 HD XR1200X sold and am getting ready to get a Strom, more than likely a 650. I am 44 years old and have owned at least 25 or so motorcycles not counting dirt bikes. I have had the XR for two summers and have put less than 5000 miles on it. I like it but would get much more use out of the strom where I live. There is a lot of back country I can use.
I have a few questions when and if anyone gets time. First my favorite two wheeler has always been a sport bike as I love the twisties. I am simply too broke down to handle the croch rocket position hence the XR.

1. Is the storm fun in the curves? I hit deals gap at least 8-10 times a year.

2. I am 6'01" 200lbs. Is the 650 going to be enough? (I don't care about going fast anymore but I don't want to get run over either)?

3. I have decided on at least a 2012 model. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance.
1. Yes the 650 strom is fun in the curves.

2. Yes it's enough but you may miss the torque of the 1200. At your weight may have to re spring the bike for the suspension to work properly.

3. The 2012+ bikes are coming down in price used. The extra dollars are worth it in comparison to the first generation, it's more refined.

As always YMMV.



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