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post #1 of 12 Old 03-08-2008, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Is the DL650 to small?

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I am thinking of getting a DL650 but I'm not sure if it will be to small for me. I am 6'3" and a good 310lbs or so. I intend on riding to work small town USA and doing some riding with my friend. He has a DL1000 so I know there is no way in heck I'm going to be able to keep up with him if he gets into it. So what do you think is the 650 to small for me, to under powered. I will be riding solo so there will not be a second person on the bike. I like the price of the 650 and the mpg. The extra power of the 1000 might be nice but I just dont know if 30 extra horses is worth the extra 2 grand. What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-08-2008, 06:43 PM
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Well, to nitpick its "too small" not "to small". But to answer you I don't think you will have a problem. And your buddy won't get away from you as much as you think. The 1000 has tons of torque but they rarely "get away" from the 650, at least in my experience.

I am not 300lbs but I'm 200lbs and usually carry a lot of gear on my trips. There is no point where I have any problems although when I take all the gear off and go riding I often comment on how much better behaved she is.

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Hi Wuff and welcome to stromtroopers. I've ridden with a couple of guys on here who had made quite a few mods to their 1000's and were better riders than myself. They would slip away from me in the curves but i was surprised to find that in the 30-70mph straits our roll on times were close. They really didn't start to pullaway noticably until we were headed torward the triple digits....then they were gone.
For the lower costs, lighter weight, better reliability and fuel mileage....the "little" strom would do you just fine. Your weight won't be much of an issue IMO
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post #5 of 12 Old 03-08-2008, 10:12 PM
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...The extra power of the 1000 might be nice but I just dont know if 30 extra horses is worth the extra 2 grand. What do you guys think...?
That bit right there say DL650 to me.
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Hi Wuff and welcome to stromtroopers. I've ridden with a couple of guys on here who had made quite a few mods to their 1000's and were better riders than myself. They would slip away from me in the curves but i was surprised to find that in the 30-70mph straits our roll on times were close. They really didn't start to pullaway noticably until we were headed torward the triple digits....then they were gone.
For the lower costs, lighter weight, better reliability and fuel mileage....the "little" strom would do you just fine. Your weight won't be much of an issue IMO
With that said.....I'd give my left nut for a thou...

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Thanks for all the thoughts so soon. Grey thanks for your thoughts on my use of to, too, and two lol. Little OCD kicking in there. Sounds like the 650 is going to be the way to go. I was a little worried about my weight and a little gear on it. Always been told not to go less than a 750 on most other bikes I have been looking at. I'm getting ready to hit 40 at the end of the year so I don't need to go so fast that I miss the flowers on the side of the road, but I wanted to make sure I had enough ummp to get the heck out of the way if I need to do so. Keep the replies coming. I hope to make the final decision at the end of the month.

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If at all possible, try to ride both, I had the same decision to make last month, I ended up with a 2007 DL1000, discounted $1,000.00, new, but last years model. I came from a 90 c.i. v-twin, (also suzuki) and I love the power, and performance of this bike. I rode it for about 1,000 miles, and we picked up a 650 for my wife last saturday at a dealer 30 miles from home. She let me ride it home for her, (it was raining, and cold....) and I knew immediately, I made the right choice. Hers is lighter, but I don't find that to be an advantage, on pavement, I came off an 800 lb. road barge, this 1000 handles great... The suspension on the bigger bike "feels" more plush, to me. The power and torque on the 650 is there, but different, it revs much higher, I know, that's expected, but I just prefer the feel of the bigger motor. I'm a bitg over 6'1", 190 lbs, and once used to the taller bike, hers feels cramped. I suppose it wouldn't, if it was what I got used to, but, ride both, if possible, My last bike, I had for 4 1/2 years, put 53,000 miles on it, had lots, and lots of fun, a couple extra grand worth? maybe.... hard choice,
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Always been told not to go less than a 750 on most other bikes I have been looking at.
The bikes of days gone by are much different then the bikes of today. An original Goldwing had 40hp. The older HD full dressers had about the same. The 650 has 65hp or so. Plus fuel injection and all the latest stuff. As far as power, more then enough. Even though real men ride 1000's. :mrgreen::mrgreen:
For what you describe your riding will be, the 650 will be great!!

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I'm 6'4" probably 280 lbs geared up and I love my wee!In the last 5 yrs I've has an 82 Suzuki GS1100GK,85 Yamaha 1200 Venture royale,and a Suzi DR350.The Wee has plenty of power to keep me happy.I commute daily from about Late April to Early November.I also own a Suzuki Swift which gets 10mpg better than either the 11 or 1200 bikes did,so it was kinda hard to justify commuting on the bike!
The wee uses much less fuel (damn near the same as the DR350 did!) and insurance is cheaper.I have ridden the Vee as well.My personal choice would be a Bandit 1250 if I was going to go back to a litre bike again though.However,I dont see that happening anytime soon.I LOVE my weestrom!
Incidentally I felt most comfortable on loose gravel roads on the 1100 GK if you can imagine!
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