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post #1 of 12 Old 03-01-2009, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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So heres my deal. Currently I have an 02 cbr600f4i. Over the next year my commute will be growing substantially. I also plan on taking a couple decently long trips; one down through the ozarks, and another up to Canada.

I can usually ride the cbr for 3 hours at a time before I have to get off and take a break. I love the power of the inline-four engine and light weight, but dislike the lack of space to carry luggage, and the semi hard seat.

I am considering buying a dl650 for the following reasons:

-hopefully around 10mpg better than the cbr
-comfortability on extended rides
-more room for luggage
-and I can offroad a little if I have to....


What is your advice? Will I be disappointed with the lack of power in the dl650?....do I keep the cbr or trade for a vstrom?

I plan to test ride one as soon as the 6 inches of snow melts off the roads here in KC.

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You won't be disappointed

The DL650 makes nice usable power and the upright seating possition and smooth engine makes it a great long distance mount. One of my friends had a CBR600 and I put many miles on it. If you can put 3 hours on it at a time you should be able to ride the Strom all day.
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I kinda like the fact of being able to semi offroad the wee and the luggage options.
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cbr600 is one of the bikes I had a test ride on before deciding on the DL650.
Riding posture topped the list. Also, it helped me realize I'm not into the screamin' revs of the inlines.

On the other hand, the wee is find on any hard-pack surface, but has a heavy nose that doesn't like soft stuff.

IMO "adventure bike" aptly describes the wee. As a dual-sport, it's maybe 70% road bike, 20% off road. Not 100%? Nope, but I love it for what it is and don't dwell on what it isn't.

I'm sure that being 50 yrs young has no bearing at all on my perspective.

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What is your advice? Will I be disappointed with the lack of power in the dl650?....do I keep the cbr or trade for a vstrom?
Many here have a DL650 so the opinion will be a little biased.
It'll depend on how much power to think you need, only you can decide that.
As far as keeping the Vstrom, again if the power is sufficient for you you may not ride the CBR much if ever again.
I rode an FJR and FZ6 just before I bought my Wee. Both have more power of which I would "like" to have some of it in my Wee but I certainly don't need it. Every bike is somewhat of a trade-off in some respect.

Best is to ride one and decide for yourself. It's a fantastic bike.

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cbr600 is one of the bikes I had a test ride on before deciding on the DL650.
Riding posture topped the list. Also, it helped me realize I'm not into the screamin' revs of the inlines.

On the other hand, the wee is find on any hard-pack surface, but has a heavy nose that doesn't like soft stuff.

IMO "adventure bike" aptly describes the wee. As a dual-sport, it's maybe 70% road bike, 20% off road. Not 100%? Nope, but I love it for what it is and don't dwell on what it isn't.

I'm sure that being 50 yrs young has no bearing at all on my perspective.
ahh, I am 20, its all good.....

hopefully I get to test ride one tomorrow, its supposed to get above 30 degrees for the first time in about a week.
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So heres my deal. Currently I have an 02 cbr600f4i. Over the next year my commute will be growing substantially. I also plan on taking a couple decently long trips; one down through the ozarks, and another up to Canada.

I can usually ride the cbr for 3 hours at a time before I have to get off and take a break. I love the power of the inline-four engine and light weight, but dislike the lack of space to carry luggage, and the semi hard seat.

I am considering buying a dl650 for the following reasons:

-hopefully around 10mpg better than the cbr
-comfortability on extended rides
-more room for luggage
-and I can offroad a little if I have to....


What is your advice? Will I be disappointed with the lack of power in the dl650?....do I keep the cbr or trade for a vstrom?

I plan to test ride one as soon as the 6 inches of snow melts off the roads here in KC.
go for it. i got both for 2 more months the 650 will be great but if you miss the power get the 1000. i am sell the 650 to a friend . its a fast 650 . but the 1000 does not work as hard. passing gear 650 4th passing gear 1000 3rd with huge mid range speed an power. you cant lose with either one both great bikes. by the way these are not off road bikes. hard packed roads. i started to take my 650 off road until i hit couple inches of soft sand .not an off road bike. but you could try a off road tire. will be keeping the 1000 better for 2 up . hey put a stereo on it.

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post #9 of 12 Old 03-06-2009, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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pleased to announce i am picking up my dl650 this weekend
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pleased to announce i am picking up my dl650 this weekend
You may be too young to appreciate it! (How's that for ageism?)

I wish they'd had bikes this good when I was 20. Other than power, there are few areas where the bike can be criticized. As you may have read here, there's no clear consensus on whether the Wee or the Vee is the better bike, meaning they're both pretty darn good.
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