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post #1 of 36 Old 02-14-2011, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Can it haul my big butt?

I sold on a Vstrom 650 but I'm 6'3 and 250 lbs... Wonder if I'll have any power issues when riding 2 up or carrying camping gear?

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I sold on a Vstrom 650 but I'm 6'3 and 250 lbs... Wonder if I'll have any power issues when riding 2 up or carrying camping gear?

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I don't know about 2 up with luggage, but I rode with a guy in the mountains of North Carolina on a 650, who is at least your size, and the bike did fine. He easily kept up with all of us. If you ride regularly with 2 and luggage, you may want to consider a 1000.
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Yeah, It will haul you down the road. But, you need the 1000 in my opinion.
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Theres lots of big boys on Stroms, but if you intend to carry a heavy load you may want the VEE. I am 300 plus and 6' 6" and my Vee does real well even with my luggage. I can flatten mountain passes with no problem, but I ride with guys on hyper fast bikes so I am never thought to be especially fast, I am devoted to the Vee because of my height. I have a Suzuki tall touring seat and I'm doing well--its nearly stock otherwise. Love the Vee.
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I have both the Wee and Vee.
I'm 6'3" 315pounds
The wee does ok for long trips with luggage and all if I'm not trying to run with bigger bikes, I usually am riding with a couple of Buell Uly's on long trips.
Thats what I got the Vee for.
The Wee ends up being my go to work and general commute and loan to my kid when he's in town and the Vee for long distance loaded down.
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Vote for DL1000

I'm 5'9" 200 lbs. I've got 25K on my DL650, and riding two-up with luggage, I run as fast as I want up any mountain pass. But there's not a lot of margin left over. Occasionally, running bigger bikes, I can't keep up at higher speeds fully loaded, and then I have a bit of horsepower envy.
You'd be better served with the DL1000.
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Another vote for the Vee. Consensus seems to be that the 650 is right for lots of people but the tipping point is two up riding or carrying extra weight. The extra power of the Vee really helps in that situation or when passing.

Unfortunately they're not bringing them into the U.S. anymore so it will get harder to find one.

I am continually thankful that I bought mine last July. A K6 with 3500 miles, she's a beaut.
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I'm 6'2" and shrinking, due to age and diet, and I have chosen the Wee. I am in love. I have tried it two up and found it to be adequately powered pulling strong through all gears. I hope to tour some, but honestly, we have made a few long rides on my Wing (sold) but not in the last 18 months. I thought to reduce my expenses and add more fun while being able to carry both of us. I know that when properly outfitted, we can both go but I don't know if or when that might be.

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650 is all you need...

Two of my long-distance ride reports with passenger, luggage and camping gear, running at 1000lbs (bike, gear and us);

https://www.stromtrooper.com/ride-rep...west-back.html

https://www.stromtrooper.com/ride-rep...oses-tour.html

In my opinion, the 650 has more than enough power. It just requires more frequent use of the gearbox than the 1000.

Also, Dave and Julie over on advrider.com post ride reports frequently, riding 2-up on their 650 with luggage and gear.

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Another big guy chiming in...

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Unfortunately they're not bringing them into the U.S. anymore so it will get harder to find one.
Well THAT explains why the numerous Suzuki dealer websites I've been looking at this afternoon don't feature the VEE in their "new" inventory listings!

Having spent too much time surfing the web, today, researching m'cycles for big guys (I'm 6'3", 35" inseam, 273 pounds), it was looking like the V-Strom1000 might be the answer to my prayers. I'm currently riding an '82 Honda Nighthawk 650 that I bought to re-learn how to ride a couple of summers ago. It's a sweet little bike BUT it's too small for me (legs are cramped and butt hurts) and it just doesn't have the get-up-and-go I need to cruise down a highway at 65-75 mph. It'll do it, alright, but it sounds like it's struggling AND I get buffeted by the wind turbulence such that I have to pull off the road frequently just to gather my wits.

Maybe the WEE would be big enough comfort and powerwise for short jaunts but it doesn't seem that it would be the best fit for me for days-long rides with luggage.

Oh well. Back to the proverbial drawing board, I guess. Doggone it!
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