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post #1 of 22 Old 05-25-2010, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Question HELP 650 or 1000?

I have not ridden in about 5 years, but I owned a few other bikes all on the smallish side. 650, 750. I am 5 8 and 175 pounds. I want a bike that I am not going to grow out of fast, and I am afraid that the wee will be good for a short while but then I will want the 1000. Any thoughts for a guy of my height and weight, and also, I am thinking of using it on regular 1 hour rides to my office via highway, if that influences your decision.

Thank you for your advice. I am a little lost here....
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I have not ridden in about 5 years, but I owned a few other bikes all on the smallish side. 650, 750. I am 5 8 and 175 pounds. I want a bike that I am not going to grow out of fast, and I am afraid that the wee will be good for a short while but then I will want the 1000. Any thoughts for a guy of my height and weight, and also, I am thinking of using it on regular 1 hour rides to my office via highway, if that influences your decision.

Thank you for your advice. I am a little lost here....
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A couple of years ago I was looking at a Wee or Vee. Like you I have an hour commute, one way, so I was looking for a bike that would be a good fit for the ride. After lurking here, and reading about some of the running issues with the Vee, I went with the Wee. A couple of years later, and over 13k commuting miles later, I have no regrets with the Wee. It just works. It does what I need it to do, without the extra costs that would come with the Vee. I told my wife I bought it to save money on gas

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I have over 70,000 miles on my DL650. I love it! And if I had to replace it today I would buy another, and if there were no DL650 I'd buy a DL1000.

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My Opinion:
Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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You won't "outgrow" the 6fiddy all that easy, plus it's lighter than the 1k.

That being said...I regularly use my 1k as a commuter. The ride to work is 8.9 miles. Some days I get there really fast. :mrgreen:
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Get the 1K. Most who do have no regrets.
Is this to imply 650 owners have regret?.... I have seen plenty of 1000 owners on here switch to a 650...........

I had the opportunity buy either one and I chose a 650. I have no regrets. The reasons for the 650 go far beyond power. I went with an ABS bike and ABS isnt an option for the 1000. If the 1000 had ABS I would have gone that route. However, the 650 is very smooth, has plenty of power, gets better fuel economy with a longer range, is lighter and has fewer driveability issues. I was definatly more lured by all the beneits of the wee, but ABS was the final straw.

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My post has nothing to do with 650 owners.
If 1K most buyers regretted getting one, they would trade it in for something else soon after the purchase. If that were the case, Suzuki would not bother to produce it. Not only does Suzuki continue to produce the 1K, but they do so with superior components than the 650 has as well (from forks to passenger pegs).
I think my statement of most 1K owners not regretting it is valid.

Look at the OP's location, mine and Cigarski's. All of us are from NJ. If the OP needs to deal with highway traffic around here, the 1K will give him more than enough power. I can deal with the highway with my 650, but having ridden a 1K, I can say that there are times where that extra grunt can come in handy.

If he wants to giggle and grin like an axe murdering school girl while twisting the throttle () then the 1K is for him.

Let me clarify it again, my post has nothing to do with 650 people.
Most 1K people I've met and talked to have no regrets in getting the 1K.

I sense this is close to becoming another flame war over which is better!

Dirt_Dad 2009 has a DL1000 and his wife has a DL650. He is familiar with both. He rides his bike and is a fast rider in the twisties; but in the few times I have ridden with him he was not able to pull away from me in the twisities. (In the straights is another matter!)



I know of some DL650 riders that would get a DL1000 next time around, and I know some DL1000 riders that would get a DL650 next time around. Having said that, I think that the vast majority of riders that bought either bike love the bike and have no regrets.

There are great reasons to buy a DL1000 (Some reasons include more power, better suspension, and helmet holders) and great reasons to buy a DL650 (some reasons include beiong lighter, more nimble feeling and smoother engine.)

I think in the end it just comes down to what you like and which turns your crank.

..Tom

My Opinion:
Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

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2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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Both bikes have better power/weight ratio's than most cruisers, both bikes are fairly light weight, even the 1000 is lighter than a Burgman scooter! I went the Vee route simply because I wanted the taller seat height, better suspension, and don't care about ABS. Truth be known I'd like a little MORE motor, and wouldn't consider anything smaller for riding two-up. Keep in mind I'm not a small person, and leave my luggage on the bike all the time. I don't use half of the power most of the time, but when needed it's nice to just twist the wrist. Cheers--BB

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I find it interesting that every time this same exact question comes up each week there are people who have never spent time on both that are always ready to compare the merits of one over the other.

Clarification: There are people here, both on this forum and in this topic, who may have not spent time on both and whose opinions I do respect.

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