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post #1 of 12 Old 09-13-2008, 04:25 PM Thread Starter
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I just got my "M" endorsement and have decided that my first bike will be a V-Strom... So my question is, do I go 650 or 1000? I am 6'2", about 200lbs and most of my riding will be to and from work with longer rides on the weekends. So which way do I go? Opinions and advice welcomed. Thanks!
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Buy an older, smaller motorcycle and get some experience before you buy the wee or even vee. Sorry that's just what I believe. At your height you could handle a vee, but it's a pretty powerful, raw, and heavy motorcycle for a new rider. Don't really know about the wee since I ride a vee. Relax--there'll be plenty of people telling you that you can handle either one....
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Did you get your M endorsement from the BRC? If not, I recommend that one.

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"Did you get your M endorsement from the BRC?"
I did indeed take the BRC. Definitely glad I did.
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Well, I've only been riding two years now, one on the 650. Get yourself some tip bars if you drop her, and take it easy, and you'll be fine with the 650 (the "wee" strom) imho.

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The Wee and the Vee are essentially the same size. The Vee is a bit heavier due to motor size and added exhaust can, etc...

That said the Wee is more than powerful enough to do whatever you need, unless you plan to ride 2 up often, then I'd recommend the Vee.

As for a single person commuter. I am extremely happy with my Wee. I'm 6'0" 205.

Wee advantages: cheaper to buy, better gas mileage (I get 52ish) without any thought of conserving. abit lighter (handling) and slightly better off road (from what I hear), again I love riding around town and to work. I've played around on some trails just to try it out.

Vee's advantages: Torque and top end, reasons I'm probably better off on the Wee. I like speed.

I'm also new to riding (2 months now). The Wee is my first street bike. I've had no problems adapting to it. Just take it slow and be cautious and respectful. Stay within your comfort level.

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First my reco: the Wee.

Second, my reasoning...

I'm 6', 200Lbs. Took the MSF Safety course. Got the M-Class. All this before I considered what type of motorcycle I thought I could handle.

I've put about 4,000 miles on my bike in 2 months already. It's my first motorcycle, but I'm 30 years old now and my younger, dumber days are behind me...well mostly.

That said, have yourself a serious "come to jesus" meeting about how well you've done on the bikes in training. If you feel comfortable then by all means grab the 650, like others have said it's plenty powerful and will handle most of your needs (especially your needs now as a newbie rider...no offense meant).

But...if you at all feel a bit skittish I recommend the "normal" route of an older, slightly used bike before jumping on something like the DL.

It's purely a judgment call on your part. Nobody can really answer this one for you, only give you some (hopefully) valid input and let you make your own decision.

Good luck and I hope this helps!

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I just got my "M" endorsement and have decided that my first bike will be a V-Strom... So my question is, do I go 650 or 1000? I am 6'2", about 200lbs and most of my riding will be to and from work with longer rides on the weekends. So which way do I go? Opinions and advice welcomed. Thanks!
The DL650 costs less, weighs less, uses less fuel, is much more available, and runs better. The dealer where I ordered my 09 ABS has nine DL650's on order, and two DL1000's.

The DL1000 is faster. Lets put that in perspective. A DL650 does 0-60 in a little over 4 seconds and a quarter mile in around 13 seconds at 100 mph. If you need to go faster than that, get the DL1000.

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First my reco: the Wee.

Second, my reasoning...

I'm 6', 200Lbs. Took the MSF Safety course. Got the M-Class. All this before I considered what type of motorcycle I thought I could handle.

I've put about 4,000 miles on my bike in 2 months already. It's my first motorcycle, but I'm 30 years old now and my younger, dumber days are behind me...well mostly.

That said, have yourself a serious "come to jesus" meeting about how well you've done on the bikes in training. If you feel comfortable then by all means grab the 650, like others have said it's plenty powerful and will handle most of your needs (especially your needs now as a newbie rider...no offense meant).

But...if you at all feel a bit skittish I recommend the "normal" route of an older, slightly used bike before jumping on something like the DL.

It's purely a judgment call on your part. Nobody can really answer this one for you, only give you some (hopefully) valid input and let you make your own decision.

Good luck and I hope this helps!

This is kind of where I am at. I rode dirt bikes a little as a kid and feel like I took to the class pretty well. The Stroms appeal to me as a great all-around bike. Everything I have ever read and everyone I have talked to about them swear by them. I have been leaning towards the Wee for a while but someone recently mentioned that I should get something to grow into. It didn't sound right to me as I feel you should only ride what you can handle and right now, for me, it's probably a smaller bike (Engine wise). This is kind of why I reached out to you guys for opinions. Thanks!
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