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Old 11-11-2006, 10:27 AM   #1
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Question Whats your choice?

Dealer is offering up the following options,

2006 DL 1000 non current
2007 DL 650/ABS order now

same price either way. Which would you choose?
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:15 AM   #2
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Grab the DL1000 quick.

In almost 50K with ABS it's only saved my buns once - probably not worth it?
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:16 AM   #3
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You've opened a can of worms. Have you looked at some previous threads?



Personally, I don't think there is a best choice. You really must ride both. I ride year round and would favor ABS.

Just don't believe crap about the DL650 being underpowered or the DL1000 being sluggish in the corners. Many people post in an attempt to justify THEIR purchase. Some very vocal individuals on this forum happen to own DL650s.
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Old 11-11-2006, 11:35 AM   #4
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Depending on what you currently ride (or don't ride!) and how much riding you might get in over the next several months... Get the DL1000 now and when the '07 650ABSs are more available, re-consider your options based on the kind of riding you are doing..
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Old 11-11-2006, 12:25 PM   #5
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Get a Uly instead
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Old 11-11-2006, 12:31 PM   #6
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Well whatever you choose... you have been ASSIMILATED!!

Just wanted to say it first for once, before that other poster got here.


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Old 11-11-2006, 01:49 PM   #7
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Laugh Ha

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Get a Uly instead
I knew you would pop in with that. And your right although you know my thought on Buell's I have liked the ULY from the get go and a serious consideration (I have a history of picking on the Harley crowd). The Uly seems well done. Seat height was way up of the primary edition which from what Ive heard has been lowered for the under 6'2" types. Here are my issues;

seat height
longer wheel base (its coming I bet)
19/17

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Old 11-11-2006, 02:33 PM   #8
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Simple!

2up? =1000

solo? =650
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Old 11-11-2006, 02:58 PM   #9
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Okay, let me don my flame resistant underwear.


Now, be a man and buy the big bike! You'll never look back!




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Old 11-11-2006, 05:47 PM   #10
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If you need big power...go for the 1k

If you want less weight to 'flick' around...wee (ABS would be cool too)

I have the wee and wouldn't trade it for a 1k...not even a new one.
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Old 11-11-2006, 06:15 PM   #11
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I have a K6 DL1000 and by no means is it a "Power House". When passing trucks, or moving down the freeway in the fast line I find the power adequat. If your an experienced rider you will appreciate the extra power. Don't fall into the trap of listening to all the crap about the DL1000, from DL650 riders. My bike runs just fine "out of the box". Ride them both then decide.

DL650 appeals to KLR type riders. DL1000 appeals to GS1150 type riders.
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Old 11-11-2006, 06:25 PM   #12
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I've owned both, if you can get the DL1000 for the same price and enjoy a bit more oomph, go big.
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Old 11-11-2006, 06:26 PM   #13
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What kind of riding do you intend to do? How much do you weight and do you ride 2-up or heavily loaded often? What kind of bikes did you have before and how happy were you with their power/handling.

Whatever the case, if you get the 1k pick up a much larger rear sprocket at the same time, its geared terribly high from the factory which takes a lot of fun out of it and makes it feel much less smooth than it should.

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Old 11-11-2006, 06:37 PM   #14
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I have a K6 DL1000 and by no means is it a "Power House". When passing trucks, or moving down the freeway in the fast line I find the power adequat. If your an experienced rider you will appreciate the extra power. Don't fall into the trap of listening to all the crap about the DL1000, from DL650 riders. My bike runs just fine "out of the box". Ride them both then decide.

DL650 appeals to KLR type riders. DL1000 appeals to GS1150 type riders.
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Old 11-11-2006, 07:17 PM   #15
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they are both very good bikes, the Hestrom is the better deal.
Whether it's best for you depends on who you are and what you plan to do with it. 240#, plus significant other, transcontinental,
think big. 5'9", 182#, solo, mostly 500 mile trips or less, Wee.
ABS is a major plus, that is unless you plan to take it off pavement. If you do, you are going to need to rig up a switch of some kind. The bikes are way more similar than different, pick the engine that suites your intended application. 'Pretty hard to go wrong either way really.........
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