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post #1 of 32 Old 10-23-2009, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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Question Needing opinions...wee or 1000

I'm just getting ready to get my first bike and would like to have some input before doing so. First off I'm only 5'9" so I'll probably need to lower either one reguardless. I live in the Appalachian mountains in SW Virginia and intend on doing my leisure riding on some dirt roads but mainly on pavement and of course in mountainous terrains. I also may be getting a job that would require me to do some interstate and main highway type driving and was thinking of using this bike for that purpose too for the MPG help that it could offer. I have friends telling me to go with the 1000 but the question is beings that it's my first bike do you think there's a big enough difference between the 650 and 1000 that I should go with the 650 to start with? I don't know anyone with a 1000 to fill me on how well it rides compared to a 650. I do however have a friend that has a 650 and he says that it would get the job done for what I need. We all know how good it feels knowing that extra little bit of power is there if needed though...need y'alls input please!!! Thanks....
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The rule of thumb around here is if you're asking which one to get and mention mileage, you've already decided 650 and are looking for affirmation. You can't go wrong with either, except the probability of going wrong is only certain if you buy the 1000.

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If this is your first bike, don't get either one.

VStroms are big, heavy bikes, much too big for a beginner. Get a Ninja 250, a Suzuki TUX 250, a Buell Blast, something in that size range. Ride that (and drop it) for 6 months to a year, then come back and get your Strom.

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//We all know how good it feels knowing that extra little bit of power is there if needed though...need y'alls input please!!! Thanks....
Do you need to go faster than 0-60 in 4 seconds and the quarter mile in 13.5 seconds at around 100 mph?

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If this is your first bike, don't get either one.

VStroms are big, heavy bikes, much too big for a beginner. Get a Ninja 250, a Suzuki TUX 250, a Buell Blast, something in that size range. Ride that (and drop it) for 6 months to a year, then come back and get your Strom.
The big heavy 650 strom was my first bike. No problems. Ninja 250's are for rap videos and children.

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650 vs 1000

Hey, I am also 5'9" tall and have had both. I put 23,000 on a wee and really liked the bike. The only reson I got the 1000 is that I was doing longer trips 400-600 mile a day and wanted taller gearing. The 1000 in my opinion is much smoother because of the overdrive 6th gear. However, you can gear the 650 up a little if needed. At 5'9" I do not like the extra weight of the 1000 and it has not been lowered. I have fell over twice on the 1000 and never hit the deck on the 650. I took off my topbox and went back to saddlebags to get the weight (camping gear) lower. Works much better.
If I were buying used I would buy what ever is the best deal. Being it is your first bike the 650 may be the better choice. But you can't go wrong with either bike. Let me know what you do!
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You could also take a look at this topic:
https://www.stromtrooper.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=20341
which has seven pages of answers to the exact same question.

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I would say get the........um.... never mind.

Like jwt pointed out, you already answered your own question!

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Thank you guys!!

The input is appreciated. I will indeed be taking Ripsaws advice and will be getting the "best deal". A strictly sport bike isn't something that I'm going to be looking at. I'll be sticking to a Dual Sport to fulfill my needs. I appreciate the link to the forum SCraig! Keep the opinions coming folks.
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If you are set on a V-Strom for first bike, go with the 650. The engine and transmission are more compliant and forgiving than the 1000. The DL1000 is NOT a good beginner bike. Generally, if you have to ask which to get, you should get the Wee. Vee riders already know what they want.

In all honesty, neither DL is ideal as a beginner's bike, particularly for someone who stands 5'9". The DL is tall, top-heavy and quite unwieldy at low speeds. My advice would be to go buy a cheap, used dualsport like a TW or KLR. Ride that for a year until you get you chops, and then decide what you want. Most riders find that whatever their first bike is, it's not what they want after a year or so. Talk to anyone who's been riding for a long time, and you'll find that most of them change bikes pretty frequently.
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