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Old 10-12-2012, 11:26 AM   #9
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Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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Originally Posted by SloMo228 View Post
The two bikes are closer in weight and power than you might think. I'm not sure if these specs are 100% accurate, but here's a comparison:

2012 V-Strom 650: 65 peak HP, 485 lbs wet.
1983 CX650: 65 peak HP, 480 lbs wet.

I'm not saying that the CX is the equal of the Strom (the Strom will DEFINITELY out-brake the CX, and the frame is stiffer, and the electrics are better, and a bunch of other things), but it does seem to be in the same league, at least on paper.

I got those specs from these sites:
Aussies dynoed it in at 35.4kW (47 HP). My butt dyno agrees.

These guys tested the new Vstrom 650, dynoed at 66HP
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