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Both DL650 & DL1000 64 1.42%
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:39 AM   #1801
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What Shinko tires do you use? The radial version or bias ply?. I am replacing the tires on the strom I'm buying.
I've been using the radials. They seem to wear as well and definitely handle has nicely as the Michelin Anakees I used to buy all the time. I'm using them on the GS too. I'm very satisfied.
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:45 AM   #1802
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I bought a 2012 DL650AL2 about a month ago and love it so far. Only bad thing is I am not finding enough time to ride, only have 600 miles on it so far.

Where exactly is this? I'm looking for some riding in PA for next w/e?
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:46 AM   #1803
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What Shinko tires do you use? The radial version or bias ply?. I am replacing the tires on the strom I'm buying.
I use the radial also. The front is still in great shape with 15,000. The back was a different story. I loved the tires, but I was on a trip and the temperatures were in the high 90's. That and my loaded bike my back was a slick at 5,000 miles. I would use the back again around town, but NEVER again for a trip!
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:49 AM   #1804
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Where exactly is this? I'm looking for some riding in PA for next w/e?
well, according to Panoramio......
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/10777250
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:13 AM   #1805
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We never see the 90s here....So i figure im safe!
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Old 04-30-2012, 06:09 PM   #1806
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well, according to Panoramio......
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/10777250
That is exactly where I took the pic
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:10 PM   #1807
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Just joined the club!

meet my '07 650. I named her Sasha :) I plan to vinyl wrap her. She's got 19k on her and I picked her up a week ago.
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Old 05-01-2012, 01:48 AM   #1808
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meet my '07 650. I named her Sasha :) I plan to vinyl wrap her. She's got 19k on her and I picked her up a week ago.
It's a purty blue one

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Old 05-02-2012, 01:14 PM   #1809
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Hello V-Strom guys and gals. This is my new girl Violet.

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Old 05-02-2012, 04:41 PM   #1810
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Hey guys I need some help.

I'm new to the V-Strom thing. I'm trying to figure out which would be a better fit for me, either the 1000, or the 650. I've been riding for a tad over 80K miles now in 3 years. I've ridden those miles on my 650 dualsport, 400 dualsport, 250 ninja, and my ZX10. I've also ridden my XR650L (single) for 8 months around the country. Riding and touring is nothing new to me. Now however I have a different set of priorities. If it was just me, I'd get the V-Strom 650. However my girlfriend wants to join me on trips and touring. So I'm currently torn between the 1000 or the 650.

About 60% - 80% of the time will be solo which the 650 would be just fine for. The times when my girlfriend joins me is just riding around with no luggage. I'm pretty sure the 650 would be great for all the solo riding and would be fine for the 2 up riding. I'm just fearful that it won't have enough power for touring 2up fully loaded with freeway speeds. Together she and I weigh about 330 pounds and would have about 40 pounds of gear.

Most of the riding around here, both solo and 2up is on the freeway with speeds of 70-80 mph. Currently we ride an '89 ZX10 sport bike, lots of power. I know I will loose that powerful feeling with both the 605 and 1000.

I'm sure the 650 will fit the bill for the 2up stuff, I just don't want to get out on the road for a long touring ride (2up fully loaded) and not have enough bike, and be wishing that I had the 1000. However the fact that the 650 gets such better mileage is really nice, and is a huge plus for it in my book. Not to mention the cheaper costs and insurance.

When I say touring I'm speaking of doing between 200-300 + miles a day at 50-80mph speeds.

Any and all help would be much appreciated.
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:48 PM   #1811
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I Used to own a Aprilia caponord for my touring but after a health scare I exchanged it for a wee.Best thing i've done in ages. awesome bike that can do almost anything you ask of it.

check here for more info.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:27 PM   #1812
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here's my new (to me) 650 vstrom. coming off an r100gs its a big change in grunt power, but im getting used to it. it came pre farkled, leaving me only to do luggage and little things.

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Old 05-03-2012, 04:28 AM   #1813
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Just picked up a 2012 DL1000 adventure. Got crash bars, -1/+2 sprockets, gel seat, and aux power coming from the dealer. Immediate plans are race tech springs and some commo. Likely the Sena stuff via ADV rider group buy :-)
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:05 AM   #1814
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Hey guys I need some help.

I'm new to the V-Strom thing. I'm trying to figure out which would be a better fit for me, either the 1000, or the 650. I've been riding for a tad over 80K miles now in 3 years. I've ridden those miles on my 650 dualsport, 400 dualsport, 250 ninja, and my ZX10. I've also ridden my XR650L (single) for 8 months around the country. Riding and touring is nothing new to me. Now however I have a different set of priorities. If it was just me, I'd get the V-Strom 650. However my girlfriend wants to join me on trips and touring. So I'm currently torn between the 1000 or the 650.

About 60% - 80% of the time will be solo which the 650 would be just fine for. The times when my girlfriend joins me is just riding around with no luggage. I'm pretty sure the 650 would be great for all the solo riding and would be fine for the 2 up riding. I'm just fearful that it won't have enough power for touring 2up fully loaded with freeway speeds. Together she and I weigh about 330 pounds and would have about 40 pounds of gear.

Most of the riding around here, both solo and 2up is on the freeway with speeds of 70-80 mph. Currently we ride an '89 ZX10 sport bike, lots of power. I know I will loose that powerful feeling with both the 605 and 1000.

I'm sure the 650 will fit the bill for the 2up stuff, I just don't want to get out on the road for a long touring ride (2up fully loaded) and not have enough bike, and be wishing that I had the 1000. However the fact that the 650 gets such better mileage is really nice, and is a huge plus for it in my book. Not to mention the cheaper costs and insurance.

When I say touring I'm speaking of doing between 200-300 + miles a day at 50-80mph speeds.

Any and all help would be much appreciated.
This might give you more information than you really want http://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...ve-thread.html

I went from a Vulcan 1500 cruiser to a Wee, and don't miss the extra power (and weight) one little bit. I find the power of the Wee plenty sufficient for those days when my better half comes along, but have to be honest in that we have not done any 2-up fully loaded touring. It might also make a difference where you will be doing the majority of your riding, flat lands, rolling hills, or extreme mountain work. There is usually no substitute for more power, but it always comes at a cost. Regardless, you should have a great time on either one.
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Old 05-03-2012, 10:44 AM   #1815
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I checked out both the Vee and the Wee when looking. If you are doing 200-300+ mile days two up and loaded you may want to think about the 1000. Low RPM's and speeds there is little difference IMO. Gas mileage is a factor but most Vee owners get around 40mpg. I have an 06 Vee with crash bars, and side and top cases. I could have gone with the 650 because I don't usually ride a passenger. The extra get up is nice at higher highway speeds.


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