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post #1 of 10 Old 01-23-2017, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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I'm looking at a 2003 DL1000 with OEM luggage, top box, engine guards, plastic oil filter protector etc.
I'm coming from a Yamaha Roadstar cruiser. I ride a lot. Solo & 2 up, by myself & with a group.
To the point, I'm getting conflicting views on what size of Vstrom to get. I would get a Wee Strom if I felt comfortable it would perform well with 2 up and luggage.
Any & all suggestions would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-23-2017, 02:23 PM
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I'm looking at a 2003 DL1000 with OEM luggage, top box, engine guards, plastic oil filter protector etc.
I'm coming from a Yamaha Roadstar cruiser. I ride a lot. Solo & 2 up, by myself & with a group.
To the point, I'm getting conflicting views on what size of Vstrom to get. I would get a Wee Strom if I felt comfortable it would perform well with 2 up and luggage.
Any & all suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks.
A lot will depend on how much weight you will carry. The DL650 carried me (280 lbs. at that time) and camping gear just fine. My trips were fire roads, back roads and highway. You can't beat the MPG (50 or more) and the single tank range (275 miles). I have also owned a 2003 DL 1000.

The DL 1000 would be my choice if I did a lot of touring including highway riding, especially if I was carrying a lot of weight. The highway ride (for me) just felt more relaxed and planted. I also enjoyed the extra power for passing and accelerating to safer positions. The back roads and around town handling is about the same as the DL 650.

Bottom line, either bike could do what you want but they have different characteristics.
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how big are you? we tour 2up on Wee and it is fine loaded up to 90mph. Vee would be better at those speeds. Also better OEM suspension.

On a flip side it is heavier, less tank range, and more expensive.
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I've had both the DL1000 and a new 2016 DL650 and aside from more power, torque and acceleration on the DL1000, I feel they are very similar except for the fact that my DL650 gets up to 20 MPG more than it's big brother.

The amazing thing about my DL650 is the amount of torque at almost any speed, providing very good drive in any gear at any time. It feels like a well tuned 750 or 800cc engine. It is also much smoother and weighs a little less. It is fast too and would wipe the Roadstar 1600 or 1700 easily.

Just off the top of my head, from what I've ascertained, folks that have owned both prefer the DL650.

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Wee over Vee...

I had a chance last week to buy a '08 DL1K or a '11 Wee 650 for the exact same price.

I really thought I wanted to DL1K esp for the same price. It had less miles 13K vs 36K miles. I did alot of researching of both bikes over the past couple months. Just seemed to me as a re-rider/owner of a bike in well over 15+ years, the 650 was a better choice for me to get my riding chops back up.

I liked that the DL1K had more power to offer but that was also my concern. Didn't think I needed much more power of a 1000ccc bike over a 650cc, and it ain't really that much btw these two particular bikes, I;m told.

The DL1K was very clean, totally stock but for a center stand and rear rack. The Wee had a few performance upgrades, replaced worn parts w/upgrades there too and pretty farkled up nicely.

But after weighing it all out, I felt I could live with the 650 and if I want a more powerful bike later, I can look for a used one; further on down the road.
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I had a wee for a few years and loved it.

My bride and I are not big people and the Wee carried us and our gear without a problem until one day we had to do 950ks in as little time as possible (rush to hospital) I was doing a lot of stupid overtaking manoeuvres and with the 650 I found myself on the wrong side of the road for longer than I would have liked so I got home and up graded to a V2.

The 650 performs more like a 850 and will do most things well if you don't expect to much in a instant, if for some reason I had to drop back from the 1000 to the 650 I would not be upset.

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If you are talking Gen 2 V2 2014+ - definitely go DL1000 vs Gen 2 650. They were nearly rebuilt from the ground up with a plethora of changes including better mileage. I owned both. There is less than a 10 mpg difference now. 49 mpg on the 1000 to 58 mpg on the 650 riding the same Ozarks roads I normally ride. Everything is better on the Gen 2 1000 except maybe price and a little mileage. I ended up paying $500 more for a DL1000 over a DL650 Adventure but both were new previous years models and discounted heavily.
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If you ride 2 up much at all, get the big Vee. I had a 650, briefly. It's a fine machine and if I was a dedicated solo rider it would be just fine. However, you will appreciate the extra power of the Vee for 2 up riding, not to mention the fun factor. People may say the 650 performs like, or almost as good. Don't believe it. In terms of hardcore acceleration, you will notice the difference, especially during an overtaking maneuver on a 2 lane road. Old but true saying, there's no replacement for displacement. Trade the 41 tooth sprocket for a 43 and you're in business. Also as a bonus, you can do valve adjustments on the Vee without messing with cam chains. You're coming from a big bike with good power, and may not be happy with the small displacement version. It is true the Wee weights a bit less, costs a little less, and uses less fuel, but not to the extent that these factors should be the basis of your decision. Either way you're getting a very good motorcycle. Just evaluate each bike for what you truly intend to do with it, and go with whichever one you believe will inspire the most confidence as well as fun whether you're 5 or 500 miles from home. Happy riding.
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I have a 2012 dl1000, the last year of the first generation.
Between me and the wife, we weighed 500 pounds, and merging with crazy Fayetteville Arkansas interstate traffic was never an issue.
Now we've lost over 100 pounds between us and I can't tell the dl1000 even notices.
It just digs in and goes, next thing you know, your right in the traffic slot you wanted to be in.
I did install upgraded 4 pot brakes and Elka Shock in the rear, race tech springs in the front, and this bike is more comfortable, runs better and stops better, and is way more fun to ride than out gl1800 gold wing ever was.
The extra torque of the 1000 delivers more than the 650 riders can imagine.
Now.....I would love a 650 to go with the 1000 :-)
And change sprockets!!!!
Lower that gearing!!!

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The problem I have going from a Wee2 to a Vee2 is you can never go back. I am so used to the extra power on the hills and twisties here and I luv it.

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