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post #1 of 7 Old 11-07-2014, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all, I'm new to the street riding scene. When I was 14-17 I had a Honda XR200R dirt bike. Last year I decided to get back into trail riding after 20 years without a bike. I bought a 2003 Honda XR400 and it satisfied the urge to a degree. The problem is I have to trailer it 45 min to ride it. A few months later I got a great deal on a 2003 XR650R which I've since plated. I took a motorcycle safety course in the spring and have taken a few short rides ( less than 20 miles each) on back roads to build my skills/confidence. My XR650R still has dirt tires so it's not great over 65mph. I just bought a set of XR650R wheels with 100% street tires on ebay and are waiting for them to arrive. These new wheels will hopefully make the bike more street civilized.

So now I find myself drawn to the V-Strom 650. It looks like the perfect next step towards a 90% back county road cruiser/explorer which can handle the occasional dirt road.

I'm 6'5" @ 260lbs. I like tall seat heights.

My plan is to ride my XR650R for the next 4-5 months and then purchase a new 2012+ DL650. I like the idea of the Adventure bike (color, panniers, crash bars, etc). Being tall I figure I may need to buy a taller seat, peg lowering Kit and aftermarket wind screen. Am I on the right path?

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post #2 of 7 Old 11-08-2014, 06:12 AM
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if you buy a 2012 or newer, you won't need to buy a taller seat, peg lowering Kit and aftermarket wind screen. You may need highway bars for an occasional leg stretch. my opinion only.

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There's going to be a BIG difference (about 100-130#) between your XR650R and a DL650.

If you're mainly doing "easy" gravel roads and/or flat/straight dirt, the DL will be fine, and won't require much of an adjustment. But if you're currently doing forest single-track, then the DL will require a bit of a learning curve.

Considering your riding experience (as stated above) is on small/light bikes, I felt it should be mentioned.
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There's going to be a BIG difference (about 100-130#) between your XR650R and a DL650.

If you're mainly doing "easy" gravel roads and/or flat/straight dirt, the DL will be fine, and won't require much of an adjustment. But if you're currently doing forest single-track, then the DL will require a bit of a learning curve.

Considering your riding experience (as stated above) is on small/light bikes, I felt it should be mentioned.
I'm keeping the XR4 and the XR650R for the dirt so the Vstrom will be strictly a paved or graded dirt road traveler (most likely less than 5% non paved).

I'm currently using double take mirrors and they are all but useless over 45mph due to vibrations. I'm hoping the Vstrom allows me to ride more, get out and see more of the world without my hands being numb after 20 miles).
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There's going to be a BIG difference (about 100-130#) between your XR650R and a DL650.

If you're mainly doing "easy" gravel roads and/or flat/straight dirt, the DL will be fine, and won't require much of an adjustment. But if you're currently doing forest single-track, then the DL will require a bit of a learning curve.

Considering your riding experience (as stated above) is on small/light bikes, I felt it should be mentioned.
I'm keeping the XR4 and the XR650R for the dirt so the Vstrom will be strictly a paved or graded dirt road traveler (most likely less than 5% non paved).

I'm currently using double take mirrors and they are all but useless over 45mph due to vibrations. I'm hoping the Vstrom allows me to ride more, get out and see more of the world without my hands being numb after 20 miles).

Besides the Vstrom 650 I'm also considering the Kawasaki Versys or even a Yamaha Super Tenere if I can find a really good deal on one.
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I think that you are exactly on the right track.

With a bit of dirt experience and different tires the V-Strom can handle little used roads and tracks but your aim is to travel further, not go trail riding. Mud or soft sand is where I draw the line.

The V-Strom is reliable and a bargain compared to the much more expensive and exotic competition which is usually no more capable anyway. Many comment on the windscreen buffeting and there are many suggestions on these forums.

I am 5' 11" and purchased a Saddlemen Track CF seat when after a year or two my too soft stocker sacked out. My new seat is slightly higher but firmer and you can move around - it feels more like on rather than in the bike.

I'm also an ex dirt biker wanting to travel the less used byways. Buy yourself a bike, ride it, and then add the farkles that you want. Happy adventures!

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I have just noticed your comment above about also considering the Kawasaki Versys or Yamaha Super Tenere. If you intend to do some dirt or rough roads I would rather have the KLR650, and the Super Tenere is in a different league and 100lbs heavier wet. Lots to think about before making a decision - best to read some ride reports/comparisons.

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