650 or 1000? - Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums
V-Curious A place for those that are thinking about buying a V-Strom to ask V-Strom owners questions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 14 Old 01-16-2010, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 8
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.
twowheels is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 14 Old 01-16-2010, 11:52 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Mr.Metal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 797
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.

2008 DL650 a.k.a. Road Warrior, member #16 of the Flat Black Club
2009 Aprilia Tuono 1000R a.k.a. Silver Thunder
Mr.Metal is offline  
post #3 of 14 Old 01-17-2010, 01:14 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
ozart's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Texas
Posts: 3,879
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.

Last edited by ozart; 01-17-2010 at 01:18 AM.
ozart is offline  
 
post #4 of 14 Old 01-17-2010, 11:22 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Vancouver, BC
Posts: 1,096
You did not mention if the 650 has the ABS option. It's not available on the 1000.

DL650A K7
StromTech is offline  
post #5 of 14 Old 01-24-2010, 11:53 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
BOURBON BOY's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: KY
Posts: 1,104
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

2012 Wee
BOURBON BOY is offline  
post #6 of 14 Old 02-23-2010, 01:29 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
tuckerman's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: NE PA
Posts: 65
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.
tuckerman is offline  
post #7 of 14 Old 02-23-2010, 01:43 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
kenneth_moore's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Fort Lauderdale FL
Posts: 2,452
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.
kenneth_moore is offline  
post #8 of 14 Old 02-23-2010, 02:00 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
CHIA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Van, BC
Posts: 1,249
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.
CHIA is offline  
post #9 of 14 Old 02-25-2010, 01:01 PM
Stromthusiast!
 
Rounhed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Boone, NC
Posts: 15
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.

[EMAIL="[email protected]"]JD Dooley[/EMAIL]

2008 DL1000
1999 BMW R1100 RT-P
2006 V Star Classic
1970 CB100
Rounhed is offline  
post #10 of 14 Old 03-01-2010, 06:22 AM
Stromthusiast!
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Blue Mountains, SYDNEY
Posts: 158
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.

Cheers
Graham

2010 S10

Last edited by GrahamD; 03-01-2010 at 06:29 AM.
GrahamD is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome