I had an '02 DL1000 for about 3 years and sold it last summer (I know, big mistake..) after about 30K miles. Summer is getting close so I am looking for another bike. I have been checking out:
new '09 DL650 - $6600
used '07 DL650 with 10K miles - $5000
used '07 DL1000 with 6K miles - $7200
I also found a locally advertised '06 FJR with 6K miles for $7,500. If I go for the V-Strom, I'll need to add at least a centerstand, some hard luggage, larger windscreen and new seat so that'll be at least $1000. I don't have any experience with the FJR but it seems I wouldn't have to add any necessary equipment right from the start.
While I loved my DL1000 and went on some long distance trips (Michigan - Nova Scotia and all over the southwest when i was living in California), it seems the FJR is much more bike for about the same or little bit money (used). I am sure I would really enjoy a 4 cyl, ABS and shaft drive.
In the previous posts, are you talking about the <=2005 or >=2006 FJR?
I do enjoy exploring dirt and gravel roads and think I will really enjoy the DL650 for this and other local trips, especially in the UP of Michigan and northern Ontario. But I also enjoy weekends doing 750 miles and the FJR seems to be the perfect tool for this.
I have read about the many improvements for the '06 FJR. How does the seating position compare to the Strom? I sat on n '05 FJR once but found it a bit cramped for my legs. Does the adjustable seat height on the '06 FJR make a big difference.
I know they are very different bikes and I always thought the FJR was way out of my price range. But now they are pretty close to each other in price. I am confused which way to go!
I have been a forum member at VSRI in the last 4 years and this is my first post here. Seems like a lot of friendly and knowledgeable Stromers are here as well.