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post #1 of 13 Old 11-30-2014, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Is a DL650 right for me?

Hey everybody. I currently ride a 2012 Xt250, Ive owned it around 14 months and have put close to 4800 miles on it. I've found it to be a good learner bike, nice and light. Its shortcomings are really showing anymore though. Small tank, lack of power for highway riding etc. I'm strongly considering a Vstrom. I'm 5'8" 175lbs 30" inseam. I've sat on one a few times and felt comfortable enough on it. I like to ride back country roads, some gravel, secondary highways, and commute. My wife would also like to ride pillion some eventually also. Does a Vstrom 650 sounds like it fits the bill?
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post #2 of 13 Old 12-01-2014, 10:49 AM
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I like my 650 well enough. Comfortable touring machine. Some will say it lacks power for two up work. But for years, before bigger horsepower was the norm, folks got by riding 50 hp 750's and 800's and the like all over the country.
I pulled a side car rig with an 800cc rated at 50 hp. I up graded to a 1000cc engine and got 70 hp. Oh,, boy.
So if you are not easily jaded, the Wee will work fine.
Oh, those old bikes didn't have fuel injection or ABS which almost everything has now. Big improvement.
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Hey everybody. I currently ride a 2012 Xt250, Ive owned it around 14 months and have put close to 4800 miles on it. I've found it to be a good learner bike, nice and light. Its shortcomings are really showing anymore though. Small tank, lack of power for highway riding etc. I'm strongly considering a Vstrom. I'm 5'8" 175lbs 30" inseam. I've sat on one a few times and felt comfortable enough on it. I like to ride back country roads, some gravel, secondary highways, and commute. My wife would also like to ride pillion some eventually also. Does a Vstrom 650 sounds like it fits the bill?
Having had an '11 vstrom 650 for three years and 30,000 miles, I would say YES! The 650 will do all you want well. Although I do not ride two up, I have seen many riders with passengers, and it looks like they do just fine both on dirt and blacktop. I am 5'8" tall with a 29-30" inseam. I did lower the '11 650 with 1" lowering links, and this worked for me. This past winter, I craved more power for no good reason at all, and traded in for a '14 Vstrom 1000. Same great bike, just faster with better brakes, traction control and a few other goodies. I did get the low seat, and that works for me. From what you share in your post, I highly recommend the Wee. I am sure you will be happy with your choice.
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If it is your first bike in a larger displacement or is your first bike in a long time, you will be amazed. It has the right stuff, in terms of carrying capacity and power, unless you are expecting modern sportbike abilities.

I am very happy with mine. -Having the level of support that is present on this forum is a great plus, as well.

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If your significant other is of modest proportions (for reference I'm about about 5'9" and 210lbs, so 175 to me counts as "modest proportions") then the 650 will serve just fine. If you really hate stirring the gearbox for quick overtaking when two up the 1000 has an advantage in torque, but if you're accustomed to playing with a 250 single you'll be happy with the 650's output and flexibility.

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Small tank, lack of power for highway riding etc. I'm strongly considering a Vstrom. I'm 5'8" 175lbs 30" inseam. I've sat on one a few times and felt comfortable enough on it. I like to ride back country roads, some gravel, secondary highways, and commute. My wife would also like to ride pillion some eventually also. Does a Vstrom 650 sounds like it fits the bill?
I'm 250# and it lugs me around on the hwy just fine. My wife rode with me yesterday for ~4 hours (30mph-65mph) and didn't complain once. At no time did I wish for more power.
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I'm your size and have loved my DL650 for the 2 years and 30k miles it has taken me, including 2 trips to NL and one to Labrador.

Funny thing, I just purchased an '09 XT! I was looking for something to ride the many unmaintained dirt roads through the 2 nearby State Forests and discontinued roads in my own and adjacent towns. The 1 to 2 hour pavement loops are getting a bit long in the tooth...

On the flip side, interestingly, the Wee at $9k new and farkled looks like more than twice the bike as a $5,500. new, farkled XT. I love 'em both...:beatnik:

Weather and firewood gathering have only allowed me one decent 40 mile ride, and it was a blast! Don't sell your XT! It really makes bike size all relative. The Wee feels like a Valkrie after hauling the XT around. And that little bike rides amazingly smooth at 60 mph. I think its the perfect complement for my Wee. I have no idea how many miles I'll put on it come Spring, but I'm sure looking forward! :thumb up:


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I should add that I have lowered my Wee 3/4" and added 2" Rox risers to take some straightness out of the arms. I also got a Seat Concepts seat. The stock seat on my '11 felt like a plank after an hour. All good now!


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Dl is good

My DL650 is the first road bike I have owned for many years. It has smooth power and good handling at speed. It weighs a lot more a than a dirt bike and your weight is a lot less than the bike's mass. They react more slowly than a dirt bike and tend to go straight ahead unless you use a lot of effort than needed on a smaller bike. The suspension on the two bikes are similar ( low quality in comparison to a modern dirt bike) .

I like my DL but I love my DRZ400 too.

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Sadly, my wife is not game for riding two-up, but I heartily agree with the above posts. Plenty of horses and more fun than one can imagine. I have a 34" inseam and I will lower my bike. So as has been mentioned, lower the bike and I doubt you will be in the least bit disappointed.
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