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post #1 of 16 Old 04-14-2012, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Big guy Question

SO here it is...finally talked my wife into letting me "kill myself" (riding) I have been riding dirt bikes in the past but haven't riddin for 22 years. I'm in love with the v-strom and its riding pos.,but my question is this... I'm 6'4" , 315 lbs, will a 650 work for me or do I really need the 1000? The 650 feel good, weight wise, but I have no delusions about my size. I like that its light, but am slightly intimidated by the 1000's weight since I grew up on dirt bikes. Your input would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-14-2012, 06:12 PM
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No problem with the 650 for a big guy. I just bought my third. No desire for a DL1000.

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post #3 of 16 Old 04-14-2012, 07:09 PM
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How could a big guy like you be afraid of 33 lbs? Once the wheels start rolling you will never know.

dl1000 460 / dl650 427

I love my 1000, but if I had a lot of city riding the 650 would be my choice.
My 1000's engine doesn't like tooling along below 3000 rpm.
Thank god I'm in the country and there's plenty of open road. On the other hand, 70 mph on the V is 4000 rpm verses 6500-7000 on the wee.
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How could a big guy like you be afraid of 33 lbs? Once the wheels start rolling you will never know.

dl1000 460 / dl650 427

I love my 1000, but if I had a lot of city riding the 650 would be my choice.
My 1000's engine doesn't like tooling along below 3000 rpm.
Thank god I'm in the country and there's plenty of open road. On the other hand, 70 mph on the V is 4000 rpm verses 6500-7000 on the wee.
Ok...well you got me. The price difference on a used 650 really has me hooked. But I'm glad to hear that the 650 won't breathe heavy under my backside. I would love a 1000, but economics rule here.
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I'm 290 an my wife is around 130. We ride two up all the time. The bike never feels slow.

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IMO opinion, you will need to get better suspension, at least for the front forks. I am 115kg and riding a stock bike versus mine, there is massive dive under braking.

Assuming you are in the USA, it will be cheap to get the suspension fixed up from what I read on here.

Other than that, the 650 will do you. It is in no way a fast bike, if I could have found a 1000 in my price range, I would have got it, but the 650 does the job...my friend on his CBR1000 always seem to get away from me up the hills...if you're ok with that (like me) the 650 will suit

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Love my 650's

The 650 will work fine for you,I am 6'4" and have ranged from 290 to 260 at the moment.You will also save on insurance and gas.I strongly prefer the 650 over the 1000 I had,but YMMV

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Wow. This thread really has me reconsidering my decision on buying a Vee. Will have to keep an eye out for a Wee at the right price.
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post #9 of 16 Old 04-15-2012, 09:18 AM
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A lot of guys just love them though,so just buy what makes you happy!
If a really killer deal came up and I couldnt find a Wee AND the clutch mod was done, I would think about it....(but I would probably try a Bandit 1200 ,FZ1 or ST1100 or girly Tiger first ...lol!)

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Nathan,
You might prefer the 650 with the gearing lowered one tooth on the front sprocket (from 15 to 14) to give it more low rpm power. A sprocket is cheap, easy to change, and there is room to adjust the chain, making it easy to experiment.

As said above, plan on re-springing both front and rear suspensions for your loaded riding weight. Even if you find the 1000, it'll need re-springing as well. While you can ride the bike as-is, it is kind'a like carrying 1000# in a half-ton truck everywhere all the time.

You might also consider a trip to Rich's Custom Seats in Kingston. In addition to comfort, he will shape the seat to better fit a 6-4 rider. Richland Rick's peg lowering kit and fork brace will also help (peg kit for the long legs and fork brace for fork support for the heavy rider).

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