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Old 12-31-2012, 06:33 PM   #31
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Differences between 2012 & 2013 vstrom 650

Looks like Ive decided a Wee is my next bike. Does anyone know if there are any major differences/improvements between the two? Thanks in advance, Gene
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:28 PM   #32
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I would be shocked if it was much beyond color. 2012 was a major re-design.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:40 AM   #33
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From what I have seen, the only change is the choice of color...I have a 2012 Adventure.
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Old 01-01-2013, 10:53 AM   #34
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That's a step in the right direction. I chose the Tenere in 2011, and among the key criterea was having enough electrical capacity to handle any heated gear your throw at it. The Wee and Vee were also on the short list, but they fell quite short in that regard. Did the issue with magnets coming loose from the flyweel ever get fully resolved?
I call bullshit. I rode half way across the US in January 2010 in the freezing cold and 8 hours of rain with full heated gear. Gloves jacket and chaps. It would run on low and medium no sweat. The bike can do it no problem.
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:41 AM   #35
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I hate to stomp on baby ducks but I had an '07, I thought the power was ok, not great, and the brakes sucked. Be sure to get the fork brace, it scared the crap outta me at high speeds until I put that on. It's a Swiss army knife, for sure, hopefully the newer models have improved some of the aforementioned issues. Just my opinion.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:29 PM   #36
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I hate to stomp on baby ducks but I had an '07, I thought the power was ok, not great, and the brakes sucked. Be sure to get the fork brace, it scared the crap outta me at high speeds until I put that on. It's a Swiss army knife, for sure, hopefully the newer models have improved some of the aforementioned issues. Just my opinion.
2012 is more stable at higher speed. Feels very planted actually.

2007 is okay at higher speed, too, in the context that it is a tall bike, and with a longer suspension than your average streetbike. Compare to a Transalp or Africa Twin, for example, and it does very well on the motorway. All big trailie bikes suffer at least a bit, when you get close to 100mph, if that's your primary need then don't buy this type of bike.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:31 PM   #37
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All big trailie bikes suffer at least a bit, when you get close to 100mph, if that's your primary need then don't buy this type of bike.
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Old 01-01-2013, 12:39 PM   #38
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All big trailie bikes suffer at least a bit, when you get close to 100mph, if that's your primary need then don't buy this type of bike.

100mph!

You'd have to be going downhill with a tail wind to hit 100mph on the '07, I'm talking 75-80mph, you know, passing speeds. Glad the '12s are better.
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Old 01-01-2013, 01:00 PM   #39
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100mph!

You'd have to be going downhill with a tail wind to hit 100mph on the '07, I'm talking 75-80mph, you know, passing speeds. Glad the '12s are better.
I can do the ton on my 09 ABS no problem, GPS indicated, big screen, side cases.

Don't do it much, but that's really about my "respect" for the law than a limitation of the bike.

I'm under 185 lbs in gear, though.
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I can do the ton on my 09 ABS no problem, GPS indicated, big screen, side cases.

Don't do it much, but that's really about my "respect" for the law than a limitation of the bike.

I'm under 185 lbs in gear, though.
Could be altitude too, I'm at ~6,000 ft.
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Old 01-01-2013, 02:43 PM   #41
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I never heard of the Wee until this video review below.

http://www.expeditionportal.com/vehi...strom-650.html
That was a great video. Thanks for posting it.
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:05 PM   #42
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That was a great video. Thanks for posting it.
Expedition Portal - is also a great adventure forum with ride reports of off-road vehicles.

http://www.expeditionportal.com
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Old 01-01-2013, 03:15 PM   #43
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From what I have seen, the only change is the choice of color...I have a 2012 Adventure.
Thanks for the info! How do you like the adventure? That's the bike I'm looking to get, if I could find a deal on the 2012 all the better.
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:23 PM   #44
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2011 dl650

I happen to have a White DL650 with less than 1000 miles on it. Great bike, But I dont have time to ride it. It has PCV, Akra, K&N and Gel Seat. If anyone should be interested Im in So Cal. PM me for pics or more info.
Sorry to interject here but Im sure you guys can appreciate this bike.
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Old 01-02-2013, 04:39 AM   #45
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Reposado1800,

You are correct, with your heated gear used at low and medium settings there is no problem. Even if you had heated socks or insoles you would have been fine. But many times we turn our heated gear up just a little bit each time and before you know it we have it on the max setting. Whether this is a problem or not depends on how long you are using it on high. After a seven hour trip last year with the gear ( gloves, jacket pants, insoles)between 75% and max setting the battery voltage was down to 11.6 volts. The bike started with no problems but I really wonder how much lower it can go before before it doesn't. I installed Oxford heated grips this fall and they can pull up to about 50 watts. Using them at 75% and heated gear at about the same it only takes a few hours for battery voltage to drop below 12 volts. Even this past Sunday when I went down to the coast, about 150 miles, 3 hrs trip. By 2 hours battery voltage was down below 12 volts. And yes I was using high beams a lot.

My most common long trip is a 380 mile trip from NC to Baltimore that is work related. I will be making this trip next Monday and with temps in NC in the 20's when I leave it will be another test of all of this. I can't afford to pull into a rest area and then not have the bike not start again which is why I carry jumper cables and a spare battery.

Depending on how high you turn it up and for how long you keep it there depends on whether you will ever have a problem. I realize most people probably will not push it as hard as what I do and they will never have a problem. But I think someone who is looking to buy a V-Strom needs to be aware that they can get into trouble especially if they have heated grips. I knew this before I bought the bike. I also decided that buying an extra battery and jumper cables would be an easy way to get going again if I did drain the battery too low. Whether this is worth for others is their decision.
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