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post #41 of 45 Old 08-28-2019, 10:33 PM
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I went from a 2009 DL1000 to a 2006 Honda ST1300 and back to a 2013 DL650 over a 6 year period.

The DL1000 was nice on the highway but not as nice as the ST1300. The engine was a pain in low-speed maneuvering and the height/weight were tricky for gravel work, at least for me.

The ST1300 was wonderful on the highway, but hot in the summertime & heavy. Engine was very tractable and powerful.

The DL650 is a good balance. Light around town. On gravel, it's lower and lighter than the DL1000. The engine is much easier to manage at low speeds than my DL1000, although YMMV. I usually miss the power of the other bikes for the first few interstate miles on the DL650, but then I start to work the throttle a little harder and it does just fine. It's happy all day at 80, turning around 6000 smooth RPM.
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post #42 of 45 Old 08-29-2019, 03:07 PM
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The 650 is no sportbike, but it's very much fun on a twisty turny road. I did upgrade my brake pads to HH style, Fork Brace, and am running Metzeler Tourance Next tire - both changes really make the bike much more capable on the street, especially the tires where these in particular really shape up the handling feel.

I rarely drag footpeg feelers, but I'm more into casual twisties instead of full on white knuckling. That said, the Vstrom is a lonnnnngggg bike, with a lot of stability, yet it handles very lightly - it really shouldn't handle as good as it does.

You'll have fun on this bike in the twisties, just don't force this mule to run like a racehorse.

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post #43 of 45 Old 09-01-2019, 03:42 PM
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Twitchy throttle on DL 1000

The DL1000 was nice on the highway but not as nice as the ST1300. The engine was a pain in low-speed maneuvering and the height/weight were tricky for gravel work, at least for me.

Nearly all earlier 1000s run too lean at low throttle positions, making the bike difficult to ride in parking lots and heavier traffic. You need to get the ECU flashed or put a PCFC in them to adjust the low end mixture. Mine runs fine down to about 2,000, low throttle easy cruising around town. Never stalls. It's too bad the bikes can't come with a disclaimer about that low throttle issue because a lot of 1000 buyers end up selling them because of the low speed behavior of the engine which can be easily fixed.
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post #44 of 45 Old 09-06-2019, 10:23 PM
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I have a TL1000R, GSX-R1000 (02) and now a 14 DL1000. I ride the poop out of the DL. I have taken the GSX-R out about 7 or 8 times and 2 were at the track. I raised the rear 1", but I am 6'5"+ and I scrape toes all the time running Shinko 804/805 knobbies.... bike will keep you grinning..... If I could ride only 1, it would be the DL1000 hands down.

I have had the TLR out about 3 times in a year and a half, but mainly cause its a mint 99 and has a pile of miles so I am kinda taking care of her...

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post #45 of 45 Old 09-16-2019, 11:48 AM
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If you put on a good set of tires and also know how to ride safely you will have no issues keeping up with sport bikes and be more comfortable. But a sports bike it is not.

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