As an MSF instructor, but not, of course, speaking in any way for the MSF or any other entity, I wouldn't be afraid to recommend the DL650 for a first-time bike for a really tall rider. I wouldn't recommend the DL1000 though.
I'd recommend getting the cheapest used one you can find and putting some crash bars on it, because you will have drops and other mishaps the first couple years, especially low or zero-speed parking lot drops. The Vstrom is a pretty tall bike with a high center of gravity and a relatively long wheel-base, thus has more difficult low-speed handling characteristics than many, if not most street bikes. When you get it, first thing you should do is get out in a parking lot and practice those low-speed turns, remembering the skills you learned in the U-turn box in the BRC course.
Main thing is though, to keep yourself out of trouble, remember what you learned in the BRC; keep your scan way out ahead, don't ride over your own capabilities, and keep using the SEE techniques you learned in class. Oh, and get yourself some good safety gear up front.
You'll do fine. Good luck to you on your riding future!
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Last edited by SVDon; 03-08-2009 at 10:16 PM.