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post #1 of 17 Old 02-18-2016, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Want to buy a Vstrom 650 this year - need some insight

Hello all. I've decided on getting a 650 Vstrom this year. I always buy preowned. I am wondering what the differences are between model? I can get a 2011 / 2012 one for roughly the same price. What's the difference other than the slight looks? There seems to be a model in 2011 that looks both similar to the old look and similar to the latest look, what is this model?

Secondly, is there anything i should modify or look for when buying one second hand ? Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 17 Old 02-18-2016, 01:01 PM
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This probably won't be helpful, but... my 2 cents.

I'm a new DL650 owner, so... not too experienced with the former models, but I test rode a preowned and heavily modded 2009 and a 2011 (both old body style) before buying a 2015 650 with 0 miles. Got a solid price and financing. Between the 3 bikes I test rode, the rides all felt pretty much the same. It's my understanding (someone correct me if I'm wrong, please) that there aren't too many differences other than the updated body style and the digital instrument dash.

The older bikes I looked at had aftermarket windshields (buffeting at speed has seemed to be a consistent issue across model years), hand guards, engine guards, skid plates, hand warmers, :|:|:|:|ing amp meters, center stands.... a ton of extras. I thought these additions were what I wanted, but their installations were done by the owners and didn't look very well done. I went with the stock 2015 because I didn't want to have to reverse engineer all those (electrical) additions if they ever failed. Plus, new bike. It's mine and I don't have to guess at how it's been treated in the past.

Not sure what the diff's are between 11 and 12. Test ride em! Good luck!
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There are quite a few comparisons between the 2011 and 2012 out there on the web. 2012 is the first year of what is effectively a 2nd generation of the Vstrom 650 so it is somewhat different. Many (most?) accessories are not transferable between the two models.

I rode an older model bike first, and like Pickle_Beard opted to buy a new '14 so that i knew the history and could make it mine. If you find a good deal on a clean low mileage gen 1 bike that comes with a service history i wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger though.

Here is one comparison:
2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 Adventure First Ride - Motorcycle USA
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I owned an 07 and now have a 2013. A few things:

- the gen 2 has much less buffeting/wind issues that the original design. Even with the stock windshield. With a good setup, side-by-side, the gen 2 is greatly improved.

- the gen 2 does away with the oil cooler. Just one less thing hanging off the bottom.

- the 07 was the first year with dual spark plugs and all years since have that design. Regardless, gas mileage is about the same, albeit a slightly smaller gas tank on the gen 2.

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The 2nd generation 650 is old enough now that it's depreciated into the same used bike price range as the '11 and older, so I'd definitely get a '12 model or newer.
And, I'd get it before riding season starts in your area (assuming you're not in the deep south where that is not a consideration.) Prices will be firmer as more buyers will enter the market.

I'd also one with the farkles you really want as they're a bargain when they're already on the bike, compared to buying and installing them on a stripped down model. If you're planning on overnight trips, get one with bags and top case. In any case, try to get one with a center stand and crash bars. My 2 cents.
Oh, by the way, you might the right decision with a 650 Vstrom...
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I have an old one, '04. Love it. Find a beautiful bike in the color you like and spend the savings of a used bike on farkles.

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There are plenty of used bikes for sale here on the forum too.
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post #7 of 17 Old 02-19-2016, 11:18 AM
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- the gen 2 does away with the oil cooler. Just one less thing hanging off the bottom.
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Not true. The 2012+ DL650 has an oil cooler.. it is a coolant/oil heat exhanger located in between the oil filter and the engine.

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Not true. The 2012+ DL650 has an oil cooler.. it is a coolant/oil heat exhanger located in between the oil filter and the engine.

..Tom
Yup and it is a much better all around engine too in my opinion.
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Not true. The 2012+ DL650 has an oil cooler.. it is a coolant/oil heat exhanger located in between the oil filter and the engine.

..Tom
Perhaps I should have said that the 2012+ doesn't have a "separate" oil cooler

It is accurate that there is an extra appendage hanging below the radiator on the pre 2012 bikes...

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BarnicleTed, I am a recent new owner and did some test rides prior to purchase. I wrote a little about the experience on the old 650 and the new 650 here:

https://www.stromtrooper.com/v-curiou...eestrom-6.html

After that, I had the opportunity ride a few more bikes and compare them a bit, continue through the thread if the others interest you.

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