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post #1 of 22 Old 05-08-2017, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Hey fellas,

I'm considering a V-Strom and wondered if I should get the 650 or 1000? I'm leaning toward the 1000. I'm 6'5" and have ridden bikes my entire life, everything from dirt bikes to large cruisers. I'm new to adventure bikes and never owned a Suzuki but from the help of Google, it looks like this is a solid choice.

My riding plans are not a ton of off roading, but probably some. It'll be mostly a fun bike and not a commuter.

Any advice is appreciated.
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post #2 of 22 Old 05-08-2017, 10:23 PM
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The 650 is a very good bike. The 1000 is better in almost every way, and at a higher price. More power (more fuel consumption), better clutch, better brakes, better suspension, very good frame geometry, more electrical output. You won't go wrong with the 650. The 1000 might put a bigger smile on your face.
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Buying new - 650
Plenty of power, latest improvements, large-ish aftermarket of stuff out there already, less $. The new 1000 is very strong tho.

Buying used - 1000 (pre- 2013)
Power for a 6'/5' rider, large aftermarket, likely to come with goodies(1" wider seat too), similar $ for same model year 650. Not as "sewing machine" smooth as the 650 tho.

Suzuki V-strom is a long lived, mostly trouble-free either size, relatively easy to work on, Swiss Army Knife of motorcycles.
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Boxers or briefs.....good luck with that question. They both have strong points to sway you. They will both fit you about the same.

The 1000 is nice the 10% of the time you are a knuckle dragger.
The 650 is nice the 90% of the time you are behaving yourself.
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The 1000 is nice the 10% of the time you are a knuckle dragger.
The 650 is nice the 90% of the time you are behaving yourself.
What does "knuckle dragger" mean above?

I have a 2015 DL1000. I have put lots of mileage on my two DL650's. The 2014+ D1000 is nice pretty much all the time that a DL650 is nice (except for fuel range) and adds a lot of "niceness" in many other situations. There is pretty much no situation where a 2014+ DL1000 isn't as nice or better than a DL650.

That isn't taking anything away from DL650 - I think I would happily have one again in the future- especially if I could have the suspension, brakes, dash and traction control.

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knuckle dragger = gorilla, caveman, Neanderthal, etc. One who tries to twist the right hand-grip off the handlebars. I fit squarely in this category.

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I'm 6'4" and ride a K9 Wee (650). I weigh in at 16 stones. It has the get up and go to cruise with me on board at 120 kph. I love how nimble it feels under me.

I'm relatively new to riding, but couldn't be happier with it.

I do ride tall in the saddle, so the buffering is a bit of a bitch, but I'm still out on the road.

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I'm on #10 V Strom. After first 2 Vee (1000) I've switched to Wee (5) now I'm on my Wee2 #3 and never looked back. But 2014 and up 1000 might be different story, if you don't care about higher initial price, higher insurance cost and higher price of premium gas.
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I have owned both the V1 dl1000, 2 DL650s and now I own a 2014 V2 DL1000. This is my favorite bike, to date.

The DL650 offers better fuel economy that results in a longer range between fill-ups. And, it is 30 pounds lighter and less expensive than the V2. Other than that, the V2 is superior in every other way, power, suspension, brakes, etc.

The V2's power is really down low with quite a bit of torque. You can get up to speed, lickety split with some arm stretching. That V2's ability to quickly accelerate to the safest road position is something that I really value. You hit that throttle and you're gone. The suspension offers one smooth ride and is really stable at speed. The ride quality on Interstates is incredible and inspires confidence. The brakes have great stopping power and along with very strong engine breaking makes is even better.

Add the safety features of ABS and traction control and the V2 just offers one great all-around bike at a very reasonable price.

Would I buy it again. Absolutely!
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Thanks for the replies! This is great information!

I hope to demo ride a new 1000 this week.. I test rode a Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 on Saturday. It was a nice bike, but I didn't fall in love with it by any means. Seat was very uncomfortable, but I suspect this will be the case with most bikes and stock seats.
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