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post #1 of 18 Old 10-21-2017, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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Purchasing Dilemma - '06 650 or '12 1000

Hey guys-

I am a soon to be V-Strom owner and need your final input regarding the two bikes I have narrowed my search down to.

2006 DL650
-16k miles
-Touring windscreen
-top box
-skid plate
-Fork brace

2012 DL1000
-20k miles
bone stock

About Me:

I've been riding on and off for 13 years. I have a great deal of offroad and street riding experience so I am not concerned about not being able to handle either one. The fastest bike I've owned was a 2010 CBR1000RR and I loved the power it had. Then work got in the way, I became more practical, and I haven't owned a street bike in 3 years.

I've extensively researched and have come to the conclusion that a V-Strom would be a great bike for the things I plan to do with it such as: Commuting in a downtown area (40% for now), 120 mile highway trips to my place out in the country (30%), and exploring country roads (30%). At this time I do not foresee myself doing any offroad riding on this bike any more serious than a fire road or gravel.

I weigh 165 and am about 6 feet tall.

Based on everything listed above, what would you lean more towards if you were me? Your input is very much appreciated.
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-21-2017, 07:31 AM
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I'm a new-to-the-Vstrom member and I recently purchased a 2006 DL650 with 30K for $2000. It came with 2 Givi monokey cases, highway pegs and a Givi tall windscreen.

For the prices listed...I'd spend the extra $400 for the 2012! It's newer, a larger engine and as far as mods you can always find some deals!

Good luck with your decision. So far I am loving the 650!
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post #3 of 18 Old 10-21-2017, 07:51 AM
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Does the 06 have ABS?
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post #4 of 18 Old 10-21-2017, 07:53 AM
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That seems a no brainer....2012. Farkle up later ....it's a very different machine in terms of development not to mention ABS

Except for fuel mileage - there is no reason for the older 650.
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post #5 of 18 Old 10-21-2017, 09:10 AM
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I personally prefer a 650, for a variety of reasons, but given those two options I'd go for the 1000 without hesitation. Newer and not much more money. Check it thoroughly, that price seems a bit too good.
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post #6 of 18 Old 10-21-2017, 09:21 AM
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The 650 has a balanced feel that makes it a joy to ride. The first gen 1000, while a great bike, doesn't quite get there IMO. The extra power is nice though.
It all comes down to what you enjoy riding, even though I prefer the 650 I have recommended the 1000 to a couple of friends because I knew that, for them, it would be the better choice.

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ABS is a deal breaker for me
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post #8 of 18 Old 10-21-2017, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Macdoc View Post
That seems a no brainer....2012. Farkle up later ....it's a very different machine in terms of development not to mention ABS

Except for fuel mileage - there is no reason for the older 650.
Sorry to comment. The 2012 VEE is the old model, no ABS as is the 2006 WEE also no ABS.

The Wee has the sweater engine and better fuelling, no need to fiddle with it.

Still a difficult choice given the difference in age. If the age of both were closer I would take the WEE.
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-22-2017, 03:25 AM
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Ask for a better price on the K6 Wee. State to the Wee seller that you can get an L2 Vee for around his asking price of his K6 Wee, so you are looking for a better price.
As an owner of a K6 Wee myself, there are times when a strong headwind makes me wish for more power. Then 99.9% of the time I do not need that extra power or the possible problems that the Vee is reported to have, aka stator magnets coming loose, stator failure, clutch chudder, lean fuel mixture, lack of low speed throttle control, etc to name but a few.
As in the case of my friend's Vee, once sorted the Vee is one hell of a bike. Maybe I'm totally wrong about my views on the Vee and you may get a trouble free bike, if you do decide to go that route. Good luck with your purchase.
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post #10 of 18 Old 10-26-2017, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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My apologies for the delayed response. I got locked out of my account and could not get back in until now.

As for the 06 650, the seller went MIA so it is off the table.

As for the 12 1000, I am going to look at it tonight with full intent to buy. I have read almost every thread on this forum regarding the DL1000 at this point, and have even emailed Suzuki regarding the rectifier replacement. I'm a pretty decent home mechanic, but some of the stuff I've seen has me a little wary of this machine. Should I be worried? How prevalent is the TBS issue for the 2012 DL1000's? Was it fixed by then? Are all bikes affected with the rectifier issue for this year?

The seller claims that EVERYTHING is 100% and that there are no issues whatsoever. I have to drive 50 miles to see the bike so I want to be as sure as I can possibly be. I will also have to ride the bike home tonight and that is 45 miles of highway so I hope I don't have any failures along the way.

Just looking for a budget bike that will get me to and from work reliably and also be up to the task of longer weekend trips. Let me know if you guys think I should go for it or pass.
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