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post #1 of 56 Old 11-26-2015, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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650 or 1K ?

I'm reading that the 650 is a better buy than the 1000 because of the lower price and lower Insurance costs.

I like the lower cost of ownership but I'm 6'1" and 230 lbs.

Do you think the 650 has enough power for a cross country trip (99% highway - no passenger - just me and my gear.)

What do you think?
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Yes absolutely. I have been somewhere in the 230 to 260 lb range in the time I rode my DL650's and never had an issue with power whether by myself, with a pile of crap in the back, with a passenger, or with an oversized passenger and a pile of crap in the back.

The DL650 is, in my opinion, much better than any pre-2014 DL1000's, and the new DL1000 is much like a higher powered DL650 but with much better suspension, brakes, dash, etc.

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You can get a 2014 1000 for almost the price of the 650. I'd say it's a no brainer. The insurance isn't that much worse. I own both the 2015 DL650XT and the 2015 DL1000 and pay only around $640 a year full coverage for both. The 650 is $224 by itself.
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Here's how I rank the stroms:
14+ 1000
12+ 650
Pre 12 650
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I'm reading that the 650 is a better buy than the 1000 because of the lower price and lower Insurance costs.

I like the lower cost of ownership but I'm 6'1" and 230 lbs.

Do you think the 650 has enough power for a cross country trip (99% highway - no passenger - just me and my gear.)

What do you think?
both are good bikes see if this helps

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I have been riding a 2008 DL 1000 for nearly 4 years now, and just last week also picked up a 2006 DL 650. I am enjoying the 650 so much I wish I had of bought one 10 years ago. In my opinion it is a far superior bike and much more enjoyable to ride. I am 6'1" and 260 lbs. Yes, the 650 is noticeably less torquey and powerful than the 1000 but it has the advantage in every other aspect. I can't speak for the newer generation of vstroms.

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I'm reading that the 650 is a better buy than the 1000 because of the lower price and lower Insurance costs.

I like the lower cost of ownership but I'm 6'1" and 230 lbs.

Do you think the 650 has enough power for a cross country trip (99% highway - no passenger - just me and my gear.)

What do you think?
The 650 has plenty of power for any kind cross country travel. I have taken both of mine to every state but Hawaii. Along with all USA 4 corners, these bikes have taken me across Canada & all over Alaska. So far, my 2012 has 50,000+ miles & my 2013 has 30,000+ miles. Both bikes have been trouble free. Both are fully kitted with side cases & top box, bash plates, engine bars, hand guards, etc. I usually travel with full camping gear & tools for maintenance & repairs. Typical trips range from 3-5 day long weekends of 1000 to 3000 miles up to 4 weeks & 12000+ miles.
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+1 for the 650
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I competed a 12,000 km trip last summer on a 2013 650. Power is not an issue but I would strongly suggest a good seat.

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You can get a 2014 1000 for almost the price of the 650. I'd say it's a no brainer. The insurance isn't that much worse. I own both the 2015 DL650XT and the 2015 DL1000 and pay only around $640 a year full coverage for both. The 650 is $224 by itself.
Who do you use for full coverage insurance? I just paid Geico $230 for liability and comprehensive but NOT collision.
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