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post #1 of 9 Old 08-27-2010, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Just got rid of a klr 650 and am going to buy a strom but not sure of wich one 650 or 1000. Some one give me a good sales pitch as to which one to buy
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-27-2010, 11:38 AM
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Might want to check the thread "650 vs 1000: the definitive thread" above. Or read through some posts in the V-Curious forum. Many reasons to buy either one. Good luck on deciding, it's a tough choice. Thanksfully it's a win win decision no matter which way you go.

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I was exactly where you are right now, 2 years ago. I rode the 1000 and 650 both and for $2000 difference, I couldn't justify the 1000. The 650 runs just as fast, doesn't pull as hard but if you're an old man like me that doesn't matter as much as it used to. I load my 650 down with bags, dry bag across the seat and top box. Hit the road, get mid 60's for mileage if I keep my foot out of it and couldn't be happier.

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Everyone has a reason for choosing what they did. My advice: try them both.

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It really comes down to more power vs. ABS brakes. Depending on your riding skill level, the ABS brakes on the 650 has it's advantages.
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Everyone has a reason for choosing what they did. My advice: try them both.
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Welcome to the board Yankee! I sold a KLR 650 to get a V Strom also. I have a 1000 now and I gave the 650 V Strom to my son. The 650 is the better all around bike. My 1000 has a lot of power, but that is the only thing I cannot get out of the 650 that the 1000 does. The 650 has twice the power of the KLR, cruises the big roads with ease, way better fuel mileage than the 1000. Nothing wrong with buying either one. The seat has to go on the 650. Both have the same issues with the windscreens. Front suspension is better on the 1000 ( it is different ) but the 650 can be upgraded. Rear suspension about the same. Fueling issues on the 1000 can be made tolerable with a Power Commander, Clutch chudder issues can be fixed cheaply now. Neither bike is a true off road machine. They are good enough on the highway to make up for the lack of true off road manners. They ain't a dirt bike!

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What are your riding needs?

Two years ago, when I was looking at the V Strom, I had the same question, which would be best to but? I looked around this site for a awhile, read posts on both bikes, and looked at what I needed from my bike. I have a daily 120 mile commute, so I wanted a bike that would fit the bill, bags, center stand, and fuel range were tops on my list. I ended up going with the 650, better fuel economy, longer range, and from what I had read, less running issues. Just over two years and 17k miles later, along with a few adjustments, windscreen, madstad, seat, Pilot Road tires, and fork brace, all is good Take an honest look at your needs and find the bike that will keep you happy

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