Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Santa Clara, CA
Don't buy a 'Strom to replace a dirt bike. Buy it because it's an incredibly competent street bike that doesn't totally lose its composure doing some light gravel road duty.
The DL650 has 63 horsepower (as measured at the rear wheel), so even two-up it's enough to get you down the road at a reasonable pace. The DL1000 has 90+ horsepower so will do with even more gusto. They have the same frame, just different engine, so seating position and such are all the same (well, the DL650 comes with a lower seat than the DL1000, but you can swap them out). MPG for the DL650 averages 50-60mpg, MPG for the DL1000 averages 40-50MPG. The DL650 is available with ABS (well, once the 09's hit the floors, the '08 ABS models are already all sold out), which will keep you from going down when the roads are slick and wet and you put on your brakes. The DL1000 isn't.
So pick your poison...
DL650AK8. MadStad windshield bracket, Phillips +80 H4 bulbs, Rox risers, Givi top-plate and side racks, SW-Motech center stand, Suzuki handguards, Suzuki gel seat, Rick's Shelf + Powerlet outlet, Powerlet outlet on left for heated vest, RAM mount for Zumo, Pat Walsh skidplate/engine guard, generic Hardley highway pegs, Scottoiler, Symtec grip heaters, ProGrip 714 gel grips, Rick's Mirror Relocators, National Cycle V-Stream windshield, auxiliary fuse panel under seat