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post #1 of 25 Old 09-21-2008, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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650 or 1000?

I'm looking a Stroms very seriously but can't decide which to get. I'm a heavy guy(240lbs) and about 5'10". Will the 650 have enough umph to cruise at 75-80mph without too much buzziness? I've been riding for a year and logged over 10,000 miles my first year. I want the ability to pack up and ride on a 3 day trip. I started with an '02 Suzuki Volusia, then a '07 Kawasaki Nomad, then an '07 Harley Street Glide. Looking for something lighter, more fun, but still able to tour with comfort.

Any advise is appreciated
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post #2 of 25 Old 09-21-2008, 05:33 PM
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I'm looking a Stroms very seriously but can't decide which to get. I'm a heavy guy(240lbs) and about 5'10". Will the 650 have enough umph to cruise at 75-80mph without too much buzziness? I've been riding for a year and logged over 10,000 miles my first year. I want the ability to pack up and ride on a 3 day trip. I started with an '02 Suzuki Volusia, then a '07 Kawasaki Nomad, then an '07 Harley Street Glide. Looking for something lighter, more fun, but still able to tour with comfort.

Any advise is appreciated
being 5'10" @225 and on a Wee I can say "so sweat." I run a 17 tooth CS sprocket and cruse at that speed everyday on the freeways. I have a Happy Trails top box with my gear and sometimes I use a milkcrate with my pumps it and alland still no sweat.
This bike will pull you and your "stuff" without a problem.
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Does the 17 tooth sprocket raise or lower the gear ratio? I'm not sure what is stock. Thanks, Bill!
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15th is stock.

I am 6'2" and 235lbs and i got a 07 650.
I regret not getting the 1000. Its a great little bike and has more power than what you'll think it should for being a 650, but its a buzzy bike on the interstate at those speeds you listed. I put a 16th on mine and it helped, but not enough. I hate to go any bigger and lose any more low end.

If your going to be doing alot of riding at 70mph + i'd get the 1000.

Now with saying that i will also say i think thats a very opinionated thing.
I've come off all big bore bikes for more than 10 years and i think have got used to the low rpm lugging a big bore does down the highway. I thought i'd get used to it, but now after 10,000 miles i have not.

A buddy of mine came off a 79 Yamaha xs 650 when he bought his 650 Wee, and he thinks its great.

Because of the highway buzziness i am looking to get a new bike next year. DL1000 .. or maybe a GS1200 Adventure.

Theres my $.02 ... or was that $.04

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I get a feeling you're gonna be a 1000 guy.

You didn't mention price, fuel economy or ABS brakes which are the major advantages of the 650.

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I am big and the wee is for me but....

I weigh 250+ and the wee works for me, I can hit 80mph or more by the time I get on the four lanes. My wife and I have ridden ~700+ miles in two days before fully loaded, with a lot of 70-80mph. I will have to admit, fully loaded it loses a lot of its snap, but will still go as fast as I need. As for buzziness, it doesnt bother me, but this is my first bike.(18,000 first year!!!) Also, I don't know just how much more powerful the Vee really is, having never ridden one. I get from 50 to 65 mpg depending. If you do your own work, I have read that valve adjustment is easier on the Vee, but that is practically a one time thing ( I think) hope this helps. BTW, get crash bars regardless (maybe a bash plate too), they can save you a lot of grief (don't ask me how I know)
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Its a great little bike and has more power than what you'll think it should for being a 650, but its a buzzy bike on the interstate at those speeds you listed.
This has always confused me. I donít know what buzzy mean with the 650. At highway speeds you canít even hear the engine.
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This has always confused me. I donít know what buzzy mean with the 650. At highway speeds you canít even hear the engine.

No i'm not refering to noise, i'm refering to vibration throughout the whole bike. You won't notice it if you've never been on a big bike down the interstate, but if you have you'll know exactly what i mean.

I usually pull over to take a break from riding on a long ride due to my body being tingley rather than my rear end being sore.

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No i'm not refering to noise, i'm refering to vibration throughout the whole bike. You won't notice it if you've never been on a big bike down the interstate, but if you have you'll know exactly what i mean.

I usually pull over to take a break from riding on a long ride due to my body being tingley rather than my rear end being sore.
I used to own a HD and have been on a DL1000.

The Wee is much smoother.
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I used to own a HD and have been on a DL1000.

The Wee is much smoother.
Everything is smoother than a HD.

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