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post #1 of 11 Old 08-17-2016, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Take off torque; DL650XT

Hello Forum

I'm on the market for a new bike. After about a month of research, I decided the v-strom is best in class for my needs. Im 175# so I think I'm focused on the 2016 650XT model. However, i have a burning question (or two).

I live in Long Beach (Los Angeles metro). As many know, traffic is horrible here. As such, I made the jump to biking several years ago. Currently, my ride is a 2013 750cc honda shadow phantom, which I regret buying. My primary complaint is take off torque. When we filter at lights, drivers expect us to quickly be out of their way. Torque helps us quickly do that; my bike has no take off torque due to the drive shaft.

My question is, for lane splitters, when light turns green, is take off torque adequate for impatient LA drivers? Is take off torque adequate for you?

Next, when vehicles get on freeways here, traffic permitting, most people punch it to 80. it's just how people drive here. As such, freeway driving, especially in carpool and lanes 1 and 2, people can push us to go faster. How well does the 650 handle doing 85? is the bike screaming? my 750 is screaming when i hit 80 (of course, no OD to help out). I ask because I'm not opposed to getting the 1000.

All input appreciated.
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-17-2016, 08:57 PM
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it will run 90 all day long and take off power is great, the 1000 is a fair bit faster though if you are really worried about it. The Vstrom has about 25hp more then your shadow, so you should notice a huge increase.

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Take off torque is one of its strong points.

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I lane split in the LA area traffic too and the Wee has no problem leaving all the cagers behind.
I even put a 16 tooth sprocket on the front to drop the rpm on the top end. More relaxed at 70.
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Torquey in all the gears- I even take off in second without any problems, and it will do it in third without much clutch slipping at all.

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stoked that i keep hearing good things about this bike. thanks for the input. much appreciated.
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-19-2016, 09:44 PM
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I can't speak for the newest generation but I love my 09 wee. But that being said I ride pretty regularly with a tiger 800 (roadie) and a fjr,And a few crusiers and I'm definitely the one on it the hardest to stay with them off the line. It's not that I can't go but especially the tiger just walks from me if I accelerate at my normal rate and he at his. Just my experience I don't push my bike when commuting so maybe it's just me. And the newer bike may have allot more down low. My 09 only has 19k on it so it's not worn out our anything either.
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The 650 gets to 60mph in under 4 seconds. There aren't many sports cars that fast.
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Your Honda Shadow's slow take-off is not due to the shaft drive, its down to its weight and available rear wheel torque. The Strom 650 is lighter and more powerful.
Shaft, chain or belt are just different ways of transferring the motion of the gearbox output shaft to the rear wheel. The difference in efficiency is so little as to be negligible.
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The 650 gets to 60mph in under 4 seconds. There aren't many sports cars that fast.
Yep it does taking it to red line but in everyday use I think it's a tad over that.
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