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post #1 of 14 Old 01-16-2010, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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650 or 1000?

650 or 1000? The dealer here has a new 07-1000 for sale at the same price as a new 09-650. They tell me they have a hard time selling the 1000 but sell ~15 650s for every 1000. There is also a good priced low mileage 2003 1000 on the market.

Is there a downside to the 1000? Is the 1000 going to be top heavy. I love the riding position of the 650 and it fits my perfectly but I want a bike for the city street, highway and touring, not off road. Hopeing someone can shed some light on the differences.
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-16-2010, 11:52 PM
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Do a search. Seriously. If I had a dollar for every time a thread like this was started, I'd have two 650s in my garage.

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post #3 of 14 Old 01-17-2010, 01:14 AM
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Here ya go.

If all you want it for is the street, it basically just boils down to whether you want the fuel mileage of the 650 or extra power of the 1000.

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post #4 of 14 Old 01-17-2010, 11:22 AM
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You did not mention if the 650 has the ABS option. It's not available on the 1000.

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post #5 of 14 Old 01-24-2010, 11:53 AM
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The short answer= depends on what you are using it for. If you're heavy and do a lot of two-up ridding the 1,000 is hard to beat. Lightweight ridders and off roaders the 650 is a better choice. Any tall bike will be top heavy, but I really don't notice the weight at all, feels like a toy after some of my old bikes I used to ride. Either will do almost any job you can think of. Cheers--BB

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post #6 of 14 Old 02-23-2010, 01:29 PM
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I was told if I rode 2up get the Vee, single and more dirt get the Wee. Wife won't ride and I bought the Wee, no regrets...Good luck.
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post #7 of 14 Old 02-23-2010, 01:43 PM
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Both great bikes, the Wee is glass-smooth and handles great, the Vee is exciting and can really haul ass. It's a no-lose choice.

Of course, if you buy the Wee, you'll spend the rest of your life wondering...

Go hakafugu yourself.
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post #8 of 14 Old 02-23-2010, 02:00 PM
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I sold a 1200 sportier type bike to get the 6-fiddy, and am happy with it.

The lil engine is bulletproof, silky smooth, and has enough power to keep up with most in the tight twisties.

My insurance is much less, and tires last at least twice as long as my previous bike, which is a bonus.

The 1000's extra weight can be felt at lower speeds, but is a non issue on the highway.

I don't do any off-road stuff, just liked the nimble light weight handling, really flick-able in the tight stuff.

Like others have said, they're both great bikes, tons of fun.

The 650 will have easier resale, as it appeals to a much broader spectrum of riders, from newbs to experienced riders....there's a reason you're dealer says they sell them 15-1 over the 1K's.
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post #9 of 14 Old 02-25-2010, 01:01 PM
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I went for the 1K

I had the same scenario and opted for the DL 1000 with no regrets. I live in the mountains of western NC along the Blue Ridge Parkway and use it as a two-up tourer, daily commuter (six months a year) and general all around fun machine. I'm told that my bike has a sixth gear but I've never seen it. I live 50 miles from the closest interstate so I rarely see 4th gear.

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post #10 of 14 Old 03-01-2010, 06:22 AM
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As above, If you are a big bloke go the Vee, If you are not the Wee.

The Vee covers a lot of ground really well but is a bit more of a handful in the dirt so that limits the knarlyness that is available, but it would be quite capable of towing a small DAK DAK, two up with luggage and a 20litre drum of fuel

If you are mainly on your own the only real advantage on the Vee, apart from the grunt, is the better front suspenders.

Engine is sweeter on the Wee and would be amazing after the KLR. The Vee really feels like you have two thumpers in the bike at legal highway speeds. (3K-4K RPM)

Regards the top heavy nature.

This has a bit to do with having 25Kg (or whatever they are, they are heavy bastards) of standard muflers up high, not so much the increase in engine weight, which is right down low.

My bike with staintunes installed has been measured at 205Kg Wet with 1/2 tank of fuel and GIVI crash bars.

So the aftermarket exhaust also saves a fair amount of high up weight and they sound better if that is your thing. I run them baffles in. That is about as much noise as I need on a long trip.


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