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Old 04-03-2006, 04:43 PM   #1
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After a long span of time without a bike I have decided to return to motos.
Bikes of interest are those mentioned above.
Aside from looks, price, etc. I have been checking the various forums for long term mechanical issues. A quick read of both of the Suzuki forums reveals quite a few issues. More so with the DL650 which is surprising for such a young machine. The F650GS seem to stand up better over time than the other two.
Anyone care to give an "unbiased" opinion.
Thanks all,
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Old 04-03-2006, 05:15 PM   #2
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read vstrom repot below...may change your opinion??
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Old 04-03-2006, 05:26 PM   #3
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I have not spent much time on other forums, but have yet to read or hear of mechanical problems with the DL650. There are people here putting significant miles on them with nothing other than routine maintenance.
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Old 04-03-2006, 06:33 PM   #4
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McB.....mebbe he read some of zzzzappp crapppp. so, sue 'em !!!
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Old 04-03-2006, 06:36 PM   #5
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zzzzappp crapppp ...

well stated But, I am neutral in my stance (or is that false neutral???)
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:07 AM   #6
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well stated But, I am neutral in my stance (or is that false neutral???)
Try falling down on the left side, I heard it will cure those false neutral blues...or was that the right side?
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Old 04-04-2006, 05:14 AM   #7
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McB.....mebbe he read some of zzzzappp crapppp. so, sue 'em !!!
read ALL my posts meathead. your IQ will escalate by 10%
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Old 04-04-2006, 06:15 AM   #8
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Not gone guys and not a BMW troll.

Got to admit that this is the most positive or pro WeeStrom site.
I read everything that goes up on this board. Great stuff. I just don't post often.
When you get to be my age you get more cautious about choices that's all.

My mind has been set on a Wee for some time now and once the snow melts off the roads up here I'll most likely be posting a picture of a new bike.

Dual purpose is nothing new. Here I am at age 16 with what I consider to be one of the best and most beautifull bikes I ever rode on both dirt and tar.



Care to guess what it is?

Started off with a BSA 250, then a Norton 500 twin, followed by this bike, then another wonderfull "do it all bike" a Triumph TR6C and finally the last bike before marriage and kids a AJS 500CC Srambler thumper with which I won the Canadian Jr's in 57.
There were also good bikes in those days.
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Old 04-03-2006, 06:45 PM   #9
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Care to point out all these problems A shade over 19,000 miles and the only thing I have done is oil, filters and a set of tires. Still on the original chain even I must confess the starter relay did crap out on me, but it's the only one I have heard of. The motor is damm near bulletproof.

FWIW I have a friend with the F650gs and I know she spent more on basic maintenance than I did for her first 19,000 miles. I also expect to spend less than what she has by the end of the season when my bike should have close to 40,000 miles.

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Originally Posted by Koach
After a long span of time without a bike I have decided to return to motos.
Bikes of interest are those mentioned above.
Aside from looks, price, etc. I have been checking the various forums for long term mechanical issues. A quick read of both of the Suzuki forums reveals quite a few issues. More so with the DL650 which is surprising for such a young machine. The F650GS seem to stand up better over time than the other two.
Anyone care to give an "unbiased" opinion.
Thanks all,
Koach
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Old 04-03-2006, 06:52 PM   #10
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A quick read of both of the Suzuki forums reveals quite a few issues. More so with the DL650 which is surprising for such a young machine.
You read differently than I do.
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Old 04-03-2006, 08:34 PM   #11
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Another troll from the Church of BMW ????

Maybe he should take a month and read through the Strikng Viking's ride
reports to check out just how many thing broke on his F650GS Dakar?
Tough conditions but a lot of down time nonetheless.

I know the DR650 holds up better in similar conditions. Even an 8 year old one. I think the Viking's bike was an '03?

But the DL650, well it ain't going off road with the Dakar or DR but its tough as hell and will outlast them both by double in road or bad road use. Bank on it.

Most singles that have had any sort of hard use, even if very well maintained
will need motor work by "around" 60,000 miles.

The Wee V will go over 100,000 easy, as does the DL1000. (See Louis in
Quebec!)
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Old 04-03-2006, 10:37 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Koach
After a long span of time without a bike I have decided to return to motos.
Bikes of interest are those mentioned above.
Aside from looks, price, etc. I have been checking the various forums for long term mechanical issues. A quick read of both of the Suzuki forums reveals quite a few issues. More so with the DL650 which is surprising for such a young machine. The F650GS seem to stand up better over time than the other two.
Anyone care to give an "unbiased" opinion.
Thanks all,
Koach

My unbiased opinion is that you oviously read too quickly. You might want to slow down next time you're browsing Suzuki forums and double check the bike you THINK you're reading about.

Or, you could just go and buy a F650. It's your money, buy what you want.
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Old 04-04-2006, 05:12 AM   #13
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Koach has been posting less than once a month since last July. The last four have been about Wee-Stroms.

I think he's gone again.
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Old 04-04-2006, 06:57 AM   #14
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Originally Posted by Koach
After a long span of time without a bike I have decided to return to motos.
Bikes of interest are those mentioned above.
Aside from looks, price, etc. I have been checking the various forums for long term mechanical issues. A quick read of both of the Suzuki forums reveals quite a few issues. More so with the DL650 which is surprising for such a young machine. The F650GS seem to stand up better over time than the other two.
Anyone care to give an "unbiased" opinion.
Thanks all,
Koach
Both Suzuki forums!?! Which ones? Just wondering, I need to see what is wrong with my bike. Oil, filters, lube chain, fill with gas, what else?
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:27 AM   #15
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Both Suzuki forums!?! Which ones? Just wondering, I need to see what is wrong with my bike. Oil, filters, lube chain, fill with gas, what else?
There's this V-Strom forum: http://www.stromtrooper.com/forum/index.php

and there's this one: http://11109.rapidforum.com/

I usually use the second one. There is some duplication between the two.
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