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post #51 of 59 Old 05-27-2019, 07:19 AM Thread Starter
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And another question: Does anyone have a 2017+ V-Strom with panniers? You can see on pictures that the panniers are quiete high (which is nice because then the bike is not as whide) but doesn't the pannier cut into the passengers legs then?

Can anyone copy?
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post #52 of 59 Old 05-27-2019, 09:41 AM
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I went back and forth re 650 or 1000, and with a lot of being on interstate and turnpike experience decided the extra power at ultimately lower rpms would be a better ride.

The 1000 is very "torquey" even at 70mph and has immediate power when needed at higher speeds to adjust in traffic and cruise comfortably.

Yet still nimble enough at slower speeds on roads with (gag me) too many stop lights!

I have been extremely happy with the 1000XT. Ultimately the cost was only a couple grand more, less even, as I was able to get a new 2018.

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post #53 of 59 Old 05-28-2019, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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I am 99% certain that it will be a v-strom 1000. I really fell in love with the look of the XT-Versions because of the wheels. Sadly those are more expensive (not really but generally newer -> less cheap used ones).
For used XT-Versions (i love the 2019 black/gold one but thats too new and too expensive, the yellow ones are candy aswell) i pay about 2k more then for used 2014 models.
Testride tomorrow will show.
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post #54 of 59 Old 06-12-2019, 08:16 PM
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For the 2018 model year 650 and 1000, do you guys notice any more heat on the rider on the 1000 compared to the 650?

I live in the south and that really matters to me... so the cooler bike would be better, but it's not a deal breaker if the difference is minor. I ask because I test rode the Triumph tigers and they about cooked me, so no thanks on those...

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For the 2018 model year 650 and 1000, do you guys notice any more heat on the rider on the 1000 compared to the 650?

I live in the south and that really matters to me... so the cooler bike would be better, but it's not a deal breaker if the difference is minor. I ask because I test rode the Triumph tigers and they about cooked me, so no thanks on those...
The 2018 isnít any different than the V2 in that regard, and living in Houston, I can attest that you will not cook. Local runs to the store and anything under 40mph during the summer months gets shorts, light shirt and helmet. No way Iím wearing long pants or sleeves while sitting at a daisy chain of stop lights. I can feel the heat on my legs while sitting at a light but itís not what I consider bad or painful. Canít relate to the current generation 650, but I can say that coming from a ctx1300 V4 with the cylinder heads at each knee, the V2/v3 is not near as hot.
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The 2018 isnít any different than the V2 in that regard, and living in Houston, I can attest that you will not cook. Local runs to the store and anything under 40mph during the summer months gets shorts, light shirt and helmet. No way Iím wearing long pants or sleeves while sitting at a daisy chain of stop lights. I can feel the heat on my legs while sitting at a light but itís not what I consider bad or painful. Canít relate to the current generation 650, but I can say that coming from a ctx1300 V4 with the cylinder heads at each knee, the V2/v3 is not near as hot.
HA! Thanks, bud. It appears you and I ride in similar conditions, as I am in New Orleans. The blistering humid heat down here is no joke, and a bike that throws a ton of extra heat on the rider makes riding pretty much unbearable. I found the Tigers very uncomfortably hot in just a 20 minute ride, so my DL650 is much preferred in that regard. And for that reason I have to be very cautious about moving up to the 1000, as I don't really know what to expect in terms of additional heat as compared to the '12 650.

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I test rode a Tiger XcX a couple of years ago and the heat on my thighs was a real concern. Even in the microwave oven of Phoenix in the summer my DL does not contribute heatwise.
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I test rode a Tiger XcX a couple of years ago and the heat on my thighs was a real concern. Even in the microwave oven of Phoenix in the summer my DL does not contribute heatwise.
Yep, that's what turned me off from upgrading to the tiger. I really liked the bike otherwise, but for the heat in which I ride, that bike would have been torture. My '12 DL650 will throw some heat out on the lower leg, but it's definitely tolerable, and with riding boots you almost don't notice. That's why I wonder how the DL1000 is. Hopefully nowhere near as bad as the tiger, at least based on what Houstrom46* posted it seems not to be that bad.

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The 1000 throws more heat than the 650. Nothing outrageous though. I rode in 32 degree heat the other day, with shorts and could feel the heat. It was bearable.
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