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post #1 of 27 Old 08-29-2016, 02:39 PM Thread Starter
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Just how top heavy is the 650?

I'll admit I'm a little put off by the term "top heavy" particularly after reading posts about learning to ride a Strom after coming from another bike and dropping it 3-5 times in the process.
I'm slowly circling in on the purchase of a '05 wee. I currently ride a DRZ400s. I'm 6'3 and about 190 geared up. Should I be nervous about this top heavy business?
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V Stroms are not so much top heavy as simply tall. Compared to Cruisers and standard bikes, Adventure style bikes tend to have a taller seat height. I don't find them any more top heavy than many other bikes, especially the newer generation DL 650 and 1000 as they are much lighter. If you are prone to dropping bikes there is something in your riding style that you might want to look at. Something as simple as a better pair of boots with better tread for instance. No one can hold up a bike once it leans over a certain amount, learning to not allow it to lean off center is something I am mindful of.
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Not top heavy at all, but being taller and holding over 5 gallons of gas might make it feel that way to some. My previous 1000's felt sluggish in steering, but my 650 is not top heavy or sluggish at all, and my opinion is the same of the new 1000 as well.
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At 6'3" - you won't have an issue. It's not as top heavy as an ST1100..not as planted as my CBF1000. Any time you have a big tank and long suspension there is an element of top heavy for the height challenged rider like me.
You will appreciate the height tho.
It is certainly going to feel heavier than your 400.
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Coming from a v star 1100 I was concerned to say the least but I have yet to drop it on asphalt. I've become proficient at picking it up off road but that's because I lack the skills as of yet. That being said only a left turn signal had bitten the dust so far. Love this bike wish I had made the move sooner. I think you'll love it too.
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I moved to the DL from a BMW R1100RT.

The RT was some 150 lbs heavier, and seemed lower in terms of center of gravity. But I've also owned BMW K bikes, and a Suzuki DR650. All of those were taller than the DL650.

At any rate, I'm 5'6" with a 29" inseam and I don't have a problem with the DL. I do need to add that I purchased a low-seat, but other than that it was mostly a mental adjustment.

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I don't believe my 650 is "Top Heavy" one bit. Just a tad tall, I mount/dismount like one would for a horse. 34" inseam.
You want real top heavy, stop by and take my ST1300 for two mile gravel ride before the pavement shows up and jump back on the DL which now feels like a Super 90. I had several machines that get the top heavy feel after filling up , the Strom is not one of those at all. Easy peasy to put on the C-stand too.
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I don't believe my 650 is "Top Heavy" one bit. Just a tad tall, I mount/dismount like one would for a horse. 34" inseam.
You want real top heavy, stop by and take my ST1300 for two mile gravel ride before the pavement shows up and jump back on the DL which now feels like a Super 90. I had several machines that get the top heavy feel after filling up , the Strom is not one of those at all. Easy peasy to put on the C-stand too.
Back in January of 2012 I rented an ST1300 in Los Angeles and rode about 1,200 miles in California and Arizona. My (then future) wife was on the back. Awesome bike.. great power, smooth, wheelies on demand, great for lane splitting on that super relaxing California 405. But no doubt you could feel that top-heavy weight on it. And yes my 2006 DL650 felt incredibly light when I got home!

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My 2011 felt top heavy until I got the suspension dialed in. The bike was set on the softest settings from the dealer. I set both front and rear to mid range and tuned it to match my weight and with/ without luggage. I stiffen the rear one mark for a full set of luggage. If you lower the back with kouba links do slide the forks down an appropriate amount.
I've dropped my bike twice. First hitting an oil slick during a U turn. I was down so fast I didn't even have time to think "Oh, Sh__!" much less say it. The second drop was a side stand roll off and I was 15 feet away.
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I came back to ridng after a 25 year hiatus.... picked my vstrom brand new....
Felt right at home... Can't find this top heavy balloohey.. Heven't droped or being close to yet...(knock on wood)
At your height and weight i think you'll be riding it without any issues!
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