(Not) another 650 vs 1000 thread
Hello all, I'm looking to upgrade to a V-Strom as my second bike from a KLR 650. I like going offroad around Oregon but have never attempted anything a Jeep wouldn't work in. I also plan on doing some 2 up touring (280 lbs combined weight, ultra-light packing) featuring offroad. I'm here today because I test rode a new 2017 V-Strom 650 at a dealer available for $7,000 and loved it. However, he also showed me their 5,000 mile 2014 V-Strom 1000 (w/ Givi crash bars, luggage, handguards, exhaust guard) available for the same price as the 650. Every 650 vs 1000 thread I've seen has had to work with the caveat that the 1000 is usually several thousand dollars more.
I think for the type of offroading I do, the 1000's better suspension and grunt will be worth more than the 650's agility. However, my main concern is the 1000's reliability and longevity. We couldn't get the 1000 started up at the dealer today and after some research it appears to have the well-documented stator issue (lights were violently flickering, engine choking while holding starter.) Are there any other major issues I should expect or ask them about? It's going to be "fully serviced" before I test ride it, so I'm curious if this will include checking/replacing the stator before it's sold. I also plan on keeping my KLR since it's fully farkled and I don't need to trade it in to afford either Strom, so the 1000 makes more sense as being more different-er.
In conclusion: Is a kitted 2014 Vee a better pick over a 2017 Wee at the same price?