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post #1 of 22 Old 06-22-2016, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
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I am considering a Strom purchase to replace my '87 Transalp (replace is harsh ... it's going to sit next to my Alp )

Used units are few and far between in my part of the world plus I want to go new(ish) this time round. I'm not partial to either the 650 or the 1000,

Dealer in town has the following available:

2015 DL650 demo (approx 300km / 190mi) - warranty already started on unit, need to see if it would be 5-yrs less whatever's been used or if it falls into the normal 1-yr.

2014 DL1000, 5-yr warranty, priced $1000 (Cdn) above the 2015 Demo

2015 650XT, 5-yr warranty, priced ~$2000 (Cdn) above the Demo / $1000 above the DL1000

On all I would put on sump guard and center stand,

XT has side and top rack plus cases and engine guard, and the plastic hand guards. The spoked wheels are sharp but I don't put a premium on them.

On the demo or the 1000, I'd outfit with side racks and likely use my first gen Givi Trekkers; probably put top rack & box on the down the road list; Bark Busters; and engine guards, and possibly windscreen & mount upgrade.

From reading on the forum, looks like the 2014 1000 has a few gremlin's but nothing that isn't / wouldn't be covered by warranty.

I'm a bit into the overthinking stage so figured I'd reach out for some advice. Thoughts?

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post #2 of 22 Old 06-22-2016, 07:55 AM
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Allways get a out the door price and make sure to say any and all Tax,title,handling fees and extras and so called fees some what to add after the deal is done.A friend just made a out the door he thought and they added a #200 paper fee.Taking the papers to DMV and giving you paper and title when you pick it up.I would have backed out myself.
In 1974 a out of state dealer beat all three in state dealers I checked by $500!!I phoned again before leaving making sure it was the total and it was.Luck with me as best dealer I have ever ran across was here from 1976 till 2016 when he sold out in Jan.. He is allso one of the best friends I have and we hit it off from day one both being old car nuts as well as loving bikes.Got over half my over 30 bikes right here at home.
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If you don't need that extra hp then go with the new XT. It really is a perfect all-around bike.
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R_Rick, It really depends who you are. I do not like the XT cases as they stick way out. If you go with the demo, 2K can outfit some really nice cases and probably all the other gear you want. If you need the extra power of the dl1000, you gain better suspension and brakes to boot. Suspension and brakes are dependent on your riding style of course.

Given the three choices you provided, I would take the demo bike and use the 2k to farkle it up.

Any of the three however are very good choices.

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Tell us more about how you ride. Any two-up (maybe look to the 1000)? Do much off-road (the XT may make more sense)? Are you going to sell the bike relatively soon (you'll take a hit on the 2014 being another year older)?

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I am primarily solo rider with occasional 2-up (2-up limited to short ~1/2 days on back roads). Bit of off road; lot of fire roads / gravel / etc. Tend to keep bikes for 5+ years (20+ yrs riding and I'm now looking for number 4). With our dollar in the toilet against the US, aftermarket farkles are pricey compared to US pricing (tack 20 to 25% on for exchange). I ride a 30-year old Alp - HP and speed aren't at top of my priority list, I do value comfort. When I'm riding I don't tend to stop for much other than food and fuel (and the odd picture) and enjoy putting on 300 to 500 mile days.
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My choice then would be the demo. I thought the 650 has a little smoother engine.

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My choice then would be the demo. I thought the 650 has a little smoother engine.
I'm leaning toward it - I can put together a decent kit with the $2K+ difference between it and the XT.
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I did ask dealer what warranty is left on the demo - said it has the remainder of the 1-yr (~10 1/2 months) and not eligible for Suzuki's 5-yr special. If I can believe everything I read on the 'net about the overall reliability of the bike, I'm not too concerned with losing a month of warranty against standard 1-yr. Will possibly give me some bargaining room on accessory deals (just double checked my notes - diff between the demo and the XT is closer to C$2900, not $2K). I'm certain I'll have 5-mins of buyers remorse regardless of which I choose then will get on with riding.
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For the 1000 dollars over the demo 650 I'd opt for the new 1000.

you'd still have a 1000 left for a skid plate, Center stand and racks for your existing bags
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