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Old 01-02-2014, 01:58 PM   #1
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2013 V-Strom ABS Adventure

I currently have a Concours 14 and am looking at a 2013 V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure that I can get at a great price. I want a more adventure oriented ride to take "mildly" off road. From everything I've read this bike gets great reviews. That being said I keep looking at the BMW GS Adventures too....but there is a big $$$ difference. Are these bikes that much different from each other?

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Old 01-02-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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The 800GS Adventure is better for off road riding . . . Spokes, ground clearance, suspension etc.
You may want to check out the Tiger 800XC too.

The DL650 is fine for Forrest Service roads . . . and will keep up with the GS on the pavement. It has one of the best reputations in the industry for smooth, trouble-free operation.

You could buy a DL650 & DR650 for the price of the 800GS Adventure.







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Old 01-02-2014, 04:03 PM   #3
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after a few decades of bmw ownership, various GS's and such, I absolutely love my 2012 weestrom adv!! It's no dirt bike, but forest service roads are no problem, and is great on twisty paved roads. it's not even too bad on the slab, though anything over 80 will have gas mileage plummeting. I have no regrets from buying mine and can't wait to take some more trips with it this year!
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:47 PM   #4
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If you are comparing a DL650 with a new wethead GS they are a world apart and it is really an apples and orange type of comparison, not fair to either bike.

Comparing the DL650 to the GS800 then things are a bit closer and if both bikes are equipped with the same tires/skid pan, there would not be a lot of difference between the 2 bikes. The 800 would have a bit more hp & torque but if you reference that to 1/4 mile times they are within 1/2 sec of each other. In real world driving not a real big difference and you'd want to ride both to see which one suited your riding style.

I have a 2013 DL650 Adv and really like the bike. I've also owned a BMW R1100R ( not a gs ) and it has a lot more torque than the DL650, so you drive it differently.

It usually comes down to buying the bike that fits your requirements or wants and price doesn't always matter, because you'll second guess your self until the cows come home if you buy purely based on price.
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Old 01-02-2014, 05:57 PM   #5
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Great thoughts and advice guys. Will let you know what I decide to do in the next day or 2.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:07 PM   #6
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Wihile your looking, don't forget to check out the Moto Guzzi Stelvio.

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Great thoughts and advice guys. Will let you know what I decide to do in the next day or 2.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:25 PM   #7
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Alan,

Don't rule out the standard DL650 w/ABS. The Adventure is nice, but there are a lot of options for outfitting and farkling a basic Vstrom. I bought a 2012 DL650 and have had a great time setting up my bike. I bought the Suzuki panniers off eBay and bought the SW Motech mounting system from Twisted Throttle. Adventure Tech has some nice kit for lowering the footpegs and bracing the forks. Touratech makes some great items including the skid plate.

I've upgraded the suspension with Cogent Dynamics DDCs, fork springs, and World Edge rear shock. I installed ROX vibration dampening risers, and replaced the original seat cover with one from Seat Concepts. Madstad windscreen adjuster, Suzuki center stand and hand guards, and I'm ready to go just about anywhere. I could have paid more and bought the 700/800 GS, but wouldn't have had the enjoyment of or the money.

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Old 01-02-2014, 08:52 PM   #8
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I also bought a standard DL650 ABS. In my opinion, the aftermarket accessories are often better deals than the Suzuki parts. So far I have installed Givi crash bars and skid plate, and will soon be putting on some Barkbuster hand guards. There are also lots of great options for side cases and windscreens.
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Old 01-04-2014, 05:05 PM   #9
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Well I ended up going with the 650 Adventure. For the price I was able to get it at I was able to add some bits and pieces. Waiting on the matching top case, skid plate and center stand. The ride home took a 3 hr detour and was amazing. I was concerned about the power drop from the Connie, but after my ride home I'm hooked on the wee-strom.





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Old 01-04-2014, 05:39 PM   #12
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I have the exact same colored bike but with the lower factory engine cowling and Suzuki top box. I've put a center stand on mine and a Corbin Seat.

Good looking bike in my mind.
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Old 01-05-2014, 12:38 AM   #13
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Looks just like mine, Welcome to the club.

I call mine the "magic carpet", cuz I feel like Aladdin smoothly coasting through life on this thing.

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Old 01-05-2014, 12:45 AM   #14
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Nice looking bike...in the fastest color of course.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:04 AM   #15
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I call mine the "magic carpet", cuz I feel like Aladdin smoothly coasting through life on this thing.
I had to swith Michelin Pilot Road 3's on mine, cos the OEM rubber sorta sucks, but now I've gotta agree, she does everything with ease.
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