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post #1 of 2 Old 09-19-2008, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
Junior Trooper
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wieght and wheelbase??

I am checking out Suzuki web site vstrom specs Comparing the 650 and 1000. According to the spec sheet the 1000 is lighter and has a shorter wheelbase.
1000 - 458 lbs and 60.4 inches

650 - 485 lbs and 61.2 inches

I don't understand the weight difference. My reasoning is that lighter and shorter wheelbase woud make the bike better in the twisties. Plus the additional power. question for people who have ridden both which one is better in the twisties and why?
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-19-2008, 12:14 PM
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The weight figures compare the dry weight of the 1000 to the wet weight of the 650. Go back to the 2007 specs and you'll see the 650 listed as 427lb or 434lb with ABS (if they ever correct the 427lb listing on most of their sites). Suzuki just started to list the wet weights for 2009 models and there is no 2009 DL1000 listed. The 2009 model, if it ever shows up, are left over 2008s as they don't meet the 2009 emissions standards in much of the world. The 650 is really around 30-40lbs lighter depending on the year of the 650 and whether it has ABS brakes. People who have owned both bikes say the weight difference feels like more than that. The 650 is more agile. Before the extra emissions associated weight was added in 2007, the 650's dry weight was listed at 417lb.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

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