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Old 01-08-2013, 08:48 PM   #1
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Question Suzuki V-Strom 650...owners opinions?

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Ok, in my initial search for what I define as a "smallish-modest" sport touring bike, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 keeps appearing on the radar screen.

May I ask if any MH members own this bike, or have opinions? I may check out the "Adventure" version at Stubbs on SW Freeway although I am more interested in a used bike for less $$$$ than ten grand or so. There are some on cycle trader in Houston, and accessories like hard bags, etc are very abundant.

Main use: weekend and maybe up to four days of riding, and camping in TX Hill country, and coast: one rider only, good all around bike, reliable, proven design. A good complement to the farkle Moto Guzzi V7R that is more fun than a young Italian girl on a hot Sicilian day.....

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Old 01-08-2013, 09:20 PM   #2
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Have you tried advrider.com?
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Yep, just spent some time there..."wee storm" is a favorite...lots of info. It looks encouraging. Thanks
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Might also try the group over at twtex.com. I know there are several wee strom die hards over thereto.
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Two of the people I ride with have given the wee-strom two thumbs up, without reservation. One has flogged his all over Texas and beyond, camping and sport touring. The other rides a Ninja 1000, but rented a wee-strom in California. He is now a convert and proselytizes relentlessly.
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I'm planning a trip to the Rockies in September on a V-Strom. Can't tell you much about it's reliability although got this becuase of it's solid reputation, i can say one thing though. It is very comfortable to ride.

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I don't have a Wee myself, but I do have an SV650, so the same motor. For a twin, the motor is very smooth all the way up through freeway speeds. I only put a few hundred miles on mine before making it a track bike but the motor was easy to get along with on an all day ride. Add the better wind protection and more upright ergonomics of the Wee and I think you have a very versatile machine that won't break the bank either. I don't think you can go wrong with one unless you're going for looks!
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i wouldnt tour with anything less than 1000. smaller engine would get a lot more stress in longer durations. there's a v-strom 1100 isnt there? or 1300 something like that. would be easier to ride.
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i wouldnt tour with anything less than 1000. smaller engine would get a lot more stress in longer durations. there's a v-strom 1100 isnt there? or 1300 something like that. would be easier to ride.
That's what i thought before i got the 650, but the vast majority of people who have ridden and know about Vstrom told me that the 650 is more reliable than the 1000. I do have an SV 650 (track bike) as well, and it's got 36k miles on it, and still runs very strong.
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That's what i thought before i got the 650, but the vast majority of people who have ridden and know about Vstrom told me that the 650 is more reliable than the 1000. I do have an SV 650 (track bike) as well, and it's got 36k miles on it, and still runs very strong.
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I've got 30k on my TL1000. Same essential motor as Dl1000. Good motor. Insane torque. Folks love their SVs. I imagine folks would love that DL as well.
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Yes the VS does look a bit like a toaster oven on wheels...there is wide support for the quality build and suitability for a "light" sport touring bike....thanks!
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I have a 08 model they are built rock solid no issue with the 650 model. the 1000 has a few minor issue that can be resolved with a power commander and new map. 40k on mine and have only had to do basic maintance. below is a vstrom site. anything you may want to know
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i wouldnt tour with anything less than 1000. smaller engine would get a lot more stress in longer durations. there's a v-strom 1100 isnt there? or 1300 something like that. would be easier to ride.
not correct. people tour the world with the 650 and no issue with them loaded down and 2up. They have even roade the TAT and road of bones on them with a small bit of mods.
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Pardon the somewhat off topic, but the base Tiger 800, not the XC version, is the only adv tourer I know that fits your criteria of <32" seat height. It is better equipped and IMO the triple makes for a more efficient packaging on a adv tourer. 150cc more doesn't hurt either. Cult-like following is no less than Strom or GS.

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Pardon the somewhat off topic, but the base Tiger 800, not the XC version, is the only adv tourer I know that fits your criteria of <32" seat height. It is better equipped and IMO the triple makes for a more efficient packaging on a adv tourer. 150cc more doesn't hurt either. Cult-like following is no less than Strom or GS.

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The DL650 has a lower standover height than the Tiger 800. I can flatfoot on the DL650 but can't quite get my heels down on the Tiger. My dyno says that even though the Tiger 800 has a bigger motor, the DL650 is quicker. My guess is that could be changed by dropping a tooth in front on the Tiger. The Tiger also has a LOT of handlebar buzz.
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The DL650 has plenty of power. There is a 1k and it is not easier to ride. It's taller, heavier and not nearly as nimble as the 650. Don't get me wrong...the 1k is not difficult to ride by any means. I don't think ABS is available for the 1k yet, either, if you want that kind of thing. The same GIVI hard luggage is available for both bikes, too. The only real advantage I can see with the 1k is extra ground clearance, and you only need that if you're doing a lot of rough off-road riding.
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FYI, there is a 2011 Wee for sale at twtex:

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80666

If it were my own $7k to spend, I would this Ninja 1000 instead. Already has bar risers and lowering pegs. Add some panniers for a fine ST, with an emphasis on Sport.

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=80717
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