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post #1 of 27 Old 01-27-2008, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
 
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I presume a good number of Strom riders have asked themselves this question.
Howsome-ever Slap me with some opinions Eh?
Because I have money down on a DL650

I currently ride a strong sport-touring machine (of German design), so my question is...

Will I be happy with the get-up-and-go the DL650 has?
Or, will my 6 foot 170 pound body be happier on the 1000? :rolleyes:
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post #2 of 27 Old 01-27-2008, 05:46 PM
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As you can imagine, that subject is well chronicled on this board. Do some searching and you will find out more than you'd ever want to hear. As one of the owners that has owned both, it is my opinion that if you are doing touring, you will appreciate the lower revving motor and extra grunt of the Vee.

The Wee at 63 MPH is turning 5000 RPM. Vee about 3600. Fuel mileage is 50 v 40. The Vee definetly feels like a bigger bike even though the scale says it really isn't.

You can't lose either way.

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Either one would suit you fine......maybe you should have test rode or asked this question "before" you put money down.

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I asked this question just a few days ago. Lots of good perspective here. If you get it all sorted out, let me know!

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Either one would suit you fine......maybe you should have test rode or asked this question "before" you put money down.
Tough to get a test ride in January in Minnesnowta.

But it was a Saturday afternoon and the January temps. had climbed to almost the freezing temp of water. Feeling a stiring in the knee-dragin', counter steering, balance section of my small but adequate brain... I found myself in the local motorcycle sales room. (Honestly, I just went to buy a new set of Z6s')
I sat on a nice used Uley, then I saw it ... What I thought must be a mistake on the price tag of a machine that looked perfect.
Not too much fairing, but enough,
2 cylinder midsized motor,
multi purpose tires,
Good ground clearance, but not too high.
When I sat on it the fat lady started singing. The rest, as they say, is History.
And yes, that is how most of my motorcycles have come into my life.

Just thought I would do some after the fact research, most of which has been pleasing thus far.

Thanks folks :-D
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post #6 of 27 Old 01-27-2008, 10:33 PM
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I went in to buy a 650 after seeing one with skidplates and knobbies.......... But my dealer only had two 1000s. I really dug the twice pipes. I'm 250, 6.2 so the DLK was an easy choice.


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a 650 is a 650 that is a 650. IOW's its a little weak but, with a practice, you can get used to it. g-luck with which ever bike you choose and ride safe. :-)
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You know in your gut the answer... All I am gonna say is you never go from a 1000 to the 650...

you can have the real deal or the cheapie .5 version...


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I went from an 1100 and a 900 to a 650. I couldn't be happier. You can't say "YOU NEVER go from a 1000 to the 650" then say YMMV. Allow people their preferences. You have yours and Brendan and I have ours.

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Originally Posted by dbOnIce View Post
I presume a good number of Strom riders have asked themselves this question.
Howsome-ever Slap me with some opinions Eh?
Because I have money down on a DL650

I currently ride a strong sport-touring machine (of German design), so my question is...

Will I be happy with the get-up-and-go the DL650 has?
Or, will my 6 foot 170 pound body be happier on the 1000? :rolleyes:
How do you plan to use the new bike?
Do you plan to replace the current bike or to compliment it?
Is ABS a factor?

More info would slightly reduce the frustratingly opinionated partisan infighting that this question inevitably provokes.

Perhaps you can test ride each before you take delivery.

Those who have owned, or at least extensively ridden each model probably have the most useful insight.

Based on my own informal survey of other contentious threads on this forum, I think that some of the more northern members are getting a little cranky this winter. So you may consider geographic region when evaluating responses.

Enjoy.

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