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post #21 of 45 Old 03-21-2019, 06:48 PM
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I just came back from a short ride with my girl. My sv650x pulls us like a big one. This and the fact that I can buy a brandnew 650XT for the price of a used 1000 from 2014 makes me think again.
You will BOTH be so much more comfortable on either Strom.

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You will BOTH be so much more comfortable on either Strom.
I know.
I am only considering ADV-Bikes with atleast 19" front wheel from 650-~1050ccm. So far, I managed to get out a few bikes.
In the end i stranded with the Africa Twin, KTM 1050 Adventure, Triumph Tiger 800/1050 Sport and the 2 V-Stroms.

I testride the africa twin on the 6th april. The KTM was not really what I like, too pushy/angry and not comfortable engine on a long run.
The V-Stroms, I couldn't ride yet. The 1000 I maybe am able to ride in May, the 650 I will testride when im bringing my sv650x to the inspection. Here is where the problem lays. In June (after my upcoming 5000km England trip in may) I need to bring my sv650x to the inspection (12 months) to the dealership (to keep the warranty). The dealer already told me, they can buy my sv650x in order to sell me the v-strom 650 XT or 1000 XT without doing the inspection first (saves me ~400€). I dftly don't have enough money for the 1000 then, therefore I either buy the 650 in june or pay for the inspection, keep the bike a little longer and sell it in december/january to buy a 1000 early next year.
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... I dftly don't have enough money for the 1000 then, therefore I either buy the 650 in june or pay for the inspection, keep the bike a little longer and sell it in december/january to buy a 1000 early next year.
As an current owner of a 2015 DL1000 that I love riding and that has over 161,000 km on it I think it's hard for you to go wrong with the **DL650** right now. I am sure you would also love riding the DL1000 later. I guess it jsut depends on whether you can enjoy your current ride enough now to keep riding it.

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From a different perspective: Is a litre bike (aka the V-Strom 1000) overkill for someone who made his license in 2017 and rode ~10.000km since then?
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That, my friend, depends on your level of self-control. You could ride a Hayabusa without incident if you dont ride it beyond your abilities. Trust me--the DL1000 is no GSXR1000. In common motorcycle-speak, the DL1000 is no "Literbike".
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Test ride them both. My bet is you'll buy the 1000.
In 2017 I brought my '12 650 in to my local dealer for some work. They offered me a 1000 to ride for the few hours they'd be working on my bike. Two weeks later, I traded in the 650 on a brand new 2014 1000. Purchase price was $8000, with $5000 off that for my 650 (31,000 miles ). Net price $3000 for a brand new liter VStrom with 0 miles on it. No doubt, the 650 is a GREAT BIKE. Loved mine, but, for me, the liter bike topped even that! Good luck with your decision. Let us know! :-)
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1000 engine is much better in terms of low down torque, 650 I had to rev too much. For 2up 1000cc anytime.
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Truthfully, the engine of either bike will prolly out-accelerate most cars and keep up with traffic at 75+ MPH, even two up. The biggest limitation of the 650 is that they are notoriously under-sprung, even for one rider over 170#. I can't speak to the 1000 since I haven't owned one. If you do pull the trigger on a 650--and it has it's own merits over the liter bike--the first thing you will need to do is upgrade the suspension with respect to springs and forks/shock. RaceTech is a good place to start.
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Yearly insurance cost is really the only financial consideration, once the sunk cost of buying the bike is over with. Gas mileage difference is inconsequential. I pay $420 / year full coverage on the DL650. I got a quote for the DL1000 when I was shopping and they wanted almost $900. Displacement is the name of the insurance game.

That 400+ in savings per year buys a lot of gear, tires, lube and coffee. Fast forward 10 years and that's over $4000.

I haven't driven the new DL1000. I did test drive a 2014 and I found it a little rough around the edges, and a lot of engine vibration. When I got on the 2015 DL650 immediately after (I drove them back to back) it almost seamed boring... too smooth, so I bought the 650 on the spot
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I just came back from a short ride with my girl. My sv650x pulls us like a big one. This and the fact that I can buy a brandnew 650XT for the price of a used 1000 from 2014 makes me think again.
FWIW, I rode an SV650 before the DL650. Hands down the DL650 handles better, I can throw it into a corner harder and with more confidence... a really well balanced bike. I was, and still am, quite surprised at how it handles.

For two up, the DL650 is a big upgrade over the SV650.
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