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DL650 2,916 63.91%
DL1000 1,584 34.71%
Both DL650 & DL1000 66 1.45%
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Old 10-05-2006, 10:25 PM   #781
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Just picked up my 2007 wee-strom - very happy. I just need to get some luggage - hopefully gi-vi - just need to know where. Also need to know if the E460 will fit a brief case?


Lowes...$20
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Old 10-05-2006, 11:13 PM   #782
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Hey okie, glad to see you're too busy riding to worry about other things.
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Old 10-06-2006, 03:54 AM   #783
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I ran a VFR800, which I believed to be the best bike in the world. Then I started taking a pillion regularly (she now lives with me ) and the Honda suddenly didn't feel so great. Cramped, light at the front, even though Elaine weighs marginally less than a very small grain of wind-blown sand, and needing an awful lot of gear changing. A new bike shop opened up in our previously bike-shopless town, and lo, it was a Suzuki dealership - I took the VFR in for a service and asked if I could try the DL1000 demo. What was intended to be a 15-minute test ride turned into 2 hours, and 3 days later that gorgeous black demo was sitting in my garage, and my previously beloved VFR was up for sale.

I love reading the off-road adventures of you guys over there. We don't have anything like that level of opportunity in this crowded little island, and dirt-roading these big beasts isn't something that we think of much when we buy them. On our first serious day out on the V-Strom, Elaine directed me to an old friend of hers - to my horror, getting to the house involved a couple of hundred yards of muddy dirt track and an uphill drive covered in loose gravel. No worries - the big black monsta just creamed it as easily as if I was in my Nissan XTrail.

Just need to get some good rides on some testing roads in now - next year, France and the Pyrenees
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Old 10-06-2006, 08:20 AM   #784
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Hey okie, glad to see you're too busy riding to worry about other things.
I obviously don't spend a lot of time in the garage
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Old 10-06-2006, 03:58 PM   #785
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I just picked up a 2004 Wee with 10K on the clock. Should make a nice compliment to my 2005 Kawi ZX-6R sportbike. I'm not sure about this whole assimilation/collective thing, but it seems like a good, versatile bike for cheap. Once done sorting the seat, luggage, suspension and brakes it should be a fun little bike for exploring back roads, commuting and the odd two-up ride with the wife.
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Old 10-06-2006, 07:24 PM   #786
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you got that right garry, make a short list, get her tricked out and just right and start riding!

I think you be posting in some flea market thread in the short term...hmmm lets see ... might read "2005 Kawi ZX-6R sportbike for sale just don't ride it anymore...don't even want to..."

Good luck with the strom.
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Old 10-07-2006, 12:37 PM   #787
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thumpy saved you a lotta trouble...

" beat to death topic.. use search.

since you're new, I'll get you started. a few results with "dl650 compare dl1000"

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...compare+dl1000
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...compare+dl1000
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...compare+dl1000
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...compare+dl1000

good luck drawing your own conclusions..

(psst, get the 650 )"
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Old 10-07-2006, 12:59 PM   #788
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Thumb New Wheeee!

OK, so I have been lurking here for some time after having bought my Wee-Strom in the beginning of August. I came from the KLR world, but after having been using the KLR as it was intended, my chiropractor, after 4 visits right after one another, reminded me that I was not a young kid of 40 or even 50, and that if I kept doing the stuff I was doing, I would end up with permanent damage.
I was really lusting after the DL1000 but didn't have the money for it at the time, so I "settled" for the Wee. I have since found that I made the right choice and ironically I just got a call from my brother in Europe, telling me that some property we owned over there has sold, and I could now easily by the V, but I have no desire to.
I have put 9000 km on my Wee in a little better than 2 months, and some of that was on a tour with 2 buddies, one on a Tiger and one on a 1200GS. At no time did they have to wait for me, on the contrary, there were a couple of occasions when it got really twisty, that they told me to slow down a bit.
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Old 10-07-2006, 04:16 PM   #789
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Hey okie, glad to see you're too busy riding to worry about other things.
so *that's* why my house is a mess............
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Old 10-07-2006, 05:20 PM   #790
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Any feedback on how the 1000 is for 2-up riding?

I have a DR 650 for myself, but my wife would like to come along on some off-pavement rides too. Nothing too advanced, just forest/fire roads.......and we would love to ride the Al-Can someday.

Do any of you have any thoughts on using the big v-strom 2-up?
We use the Big Strom for 2-up rides - pulls beautifully up and over mtn. passes and on the big wide open runs. Did the Wilbers rear shock.
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Old 10-07-2006, 10:17 PM   #791
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We use the Big Strom for 2-up rides - pulls beautifully up and over mtn. passes and on the big wide open runs. Did the Wilbers rear shock.
have you done any long trips 2-up?
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Old 10-07-2006, 10:40 PM   #792
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have you done any long trips 2-up?
Just day trips - seven hours max with lots of stops along the way.
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Old 10-07-2006, 10:51 PM   #793
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we ride a lot 2 -up; for comparison my wife thinks the DL1000 is more comfortable than the ST1300. Both the 650 and the 1000 will do great 2-up I know a guy who rides 2 up on his 650 and pulls a small trailer and is very happy. On the other hand I can garuntee (putting on flame retardent suit) when you ride with other types of bikes and the boys really start wicking it up the 650 just does not cut it, this is from personall experiance. There is no replacement for displacement, that said I wouldn't hesitaite 1 second to ride 2 up on a 650 across the country

Just my $.02
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Old 10-08-2006, 02:49 PM   #794
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Well I did it

I just got a wee, so far I only have 20 miles on it!
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Old 10-11-2006, 10:14 PM   #795
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Hello Fred, so I take it the Wee Strom is working good for you??? I was the guy you were talking to and purchased the bike from. Well the dealer I was helping anyway. I've moved to Calgary now and am planning on upgrading to the 07 with ABS if things work out as hoped

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I did the big bike thing with a bandit 1200 - it got to heavy for my poor old body.
Went to a KLR 650 - right size/wrong bike.

(play small trumpet fanfare) Bought the DL650.

Hate the "wee strom" nickname. Stupid name for a great bike!
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