Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: J'ville, Alabama
I think the DL1000 is a good all round two up bike for mild exploring. I came off a KTM 950 ADV which I used for the same thing. I prefer some decent Givi or Shad luggage over the OEM stuff.
Riding two up on a DL650 would not be very fun to me, the bikes are really the same size, very close in weight etc. The DL1000 has much more torque. Unless your looking for slow with limited passing at highway speeds, look at the 1000's. The only downside is fuel economy, having 54 mpg averages are nice, my old 1000 gets 40 mpg average. I'm 230 pounds, add a passenger and a 650 ain't going to keep up with a DL1000 period. Been there, done that. People knock the 1000's too much, they run great set up right with a Power Commander. I don't know if I will ever return to a 60 hp bike, I rather have some performance. Riding should be fun, getting stuck behind slow cars is not fun to me. Its nice having an all round budget bike that can go quickly or putt around with camping gear on dirt roads. I find my seat has good passenger comfort, good room, fairly wide seating. Add a top box and its a decent place for a passenger. I run a Seat Concepts seat kit on mine, IMO all stock seats need replacing. I ran stock for a while, had to upgrade!
To me the Strom is an acquired taste many come to after riding bikes for years, its not exciting or pretty or cool or fast etc. Its just a mid weight touring machine in a ADV style that doesn't mind gravel roads. By far my favorite bike for the money, in the last few years I've been riding thumpers to a FJR1300 cross country. Still have the V-Strom, it works for me. I like the high revving V-Twin and simple maintenance. The older bikes are cheap and reliable when kept up, lots of used parts around. Fairly cheap to set up well, I did the suspension, engine guards, seat, wind shield, alloy handle bar, lowered pegs, fork brace etc.. still have less in it than my last new DR650... Bought my 06 for $3700 with luggage and a few extras. So far is been a huge value even though I've had to fix a few major things. My Strom is still cheaper and does the same thing that my KTM ADV did. I never go off road on such a bike, thats what thumpers are for. Used bikes are a gamble, I had to put about $1,000 in mine to make it reliable. But not everyone looses a stator..
Last edited by Sagebrush; 02-14-2015 at 09:15 PM.