Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern Oregon
I'm lucky enough to have one of each in my garage, I traded my LC1500 in for a 2007 Black DL1000 in january, after a 15 minute test ride, I knew I had to have it, I didn't have an opportunity to ride a 650, but didn't want to go down so far in displacement. Last month we sold my wife's VZ800, bought her a brand new yellow 650, she let me ride it home (in the rain.) It's a great bike, and we have been two up on the 650, 400 lbs total, and plenty of power, to be sure.... but, on my 1000, coming out of corners, or passing on the highway, That bigger motor is just.... really fun. I knew on that first ride home I made the right choice with the 1000, but I just like that blast of power and torque, with little or no action on the shifter. Having ridden the 1000 for a month or so before the 650, and being 6'1" tall, I like the higher seating on mine too, but the 650 is not cramped, just a tad shorter. If gas mileage is important, and gut wrenching torque and speed isn't, go with the 650.