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post #1 of 9 Old 06-28-2012, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Difference from a BMW F650GS thumper?

Currently have a 2006 BMW F650GS (thumper) and am wanting to change to something more peppy. The BMW has about 52 HP. I don't need a lot more power, but would like something that will bring a smile back to my face ; - ) I don't do any serious off-roading. I'd use it predominantly for a 32 mile work commute, on the street and for camping / touring trips.

Wondering about the 2012 WeeStrom Adventure - I'm not sure the power increase would be that substantial over the F650GS. Anyone come to this bike from the single cylinder Beemer?
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Currently have a 2006 BMW F650GS (thumper) and am wanting to change to something more peppy. The BMW has about 52 HP. I don't need a lot more power, but would like something that will bring a smile back to my face ; - ) I don't do any serious off-roading. I'd use it predominantly for a 32 mile work commute, on the street and for camping / touring trips.

Wondering about the 2012 WeeStrom Adventure - I'm not sure the power increase would be that substantial over the F650GS. Anyone come to this bike from the single cylinder Beemer?
I came from the older F650 (~47HP), apart from turning circle the DL is superior everywhere (on or off road).

What I really noticed was being able to ride all day, the F used to beat me to death with the wind after a couple of hours. While there are complaints about buffeting on the DL, it's no where near that level. Commute/camping/touring the DL is light years ahead.

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I did F650 > Vee, so there was also the displacement increase (:biggrinjester, but the biggest thing I noticed was that the Vee has much longer legs. I am stoked about a 650+ mile ride I took yesterday which I NEVER would have done on the F. It just beat me up too much.

I did ride the F like a dirt bike offroad, and I am far from there with the Vee.

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Bmw650 vs vstrom650

I owned them both and no comparison the vstrom is the much superior bike plus parts are cheaper and much easier to obtain
Vstrom better acceleration, cornering, gas mileage, longer legs on distence riding, much more reliable I dumped the BMW after 6 months and still have the vstrom after 6 years
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I stepped off the 1150GS on to an '09 Wee-Strom and do not miss the Beemer one bit.

The Wee tours effortlessly and is far cheaper to own (and performs as well as the GS did acceleration wise).

60,000+km in under 3 years and it has not missed a beat.

Commuting, touring and dirt trails can all be done without problems.

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Moved to a '12 Wee Adventure from a '11 R1200GSA. Love the Wee. Seems like a F650 to Wee transition should be (at least) equally smile inducing.


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A friend with a 2009 F650GS rode my Vee, now his BMW is for sale and he is applying the funds towards an '08 DLK.

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I came from the older F650 (~47HP), apart from turning circle the DL is superior everywhere (on or off road).

What I really noticed was being able to ride all day, the F used to beat me to death with the wind after a couple of hours. While there are complaints about buffeting on the DL, it's no where near that level. Commute/camping/touring the DL is light years ahead.

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I'd only repeat what Pete said. My last two riders where a Tiger 1050 and F650GS thumper. The new DL650 is the happy place between them.

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Currently have a 2006 BMW F650GS (thumper) and am wanting to change to something more peppy. The BMW has about 52 HP. . . . .Wondering about the 2012 WeeStrom Adventure - I'm not sure the power increase would be that substantial over the F650GS. Anyone come to this bike from the single cylinder Beemer?
Prior to my 08 650 Strom I had an 02 F650GS Dakar (FI, ABS, 21" front wheel). The F650GS was lighter, handled better (in the twisties and off road), and got better mpg, by about 10 mpg. Oh, it had a much better rear brake, too.

To me, the 650 Strom is more comfortable, accelerates faster, has better wind protection, and is almost comfortable two-up (with my petitie wife on the back).

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