I can't get away from the DL650

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Reposado1800, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. betitou

    betitou Thumperized!

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    This thread makes me love my Wee even more if possible! :raabia
    Next step for me, since I have the crash bars and some other stuff, is mounting those Shinko 705 or maybe Heidi K60 and try some dirt so I can bring nice pictures back! :wink:
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  2. amk

    amk Been here awhile

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    Nobody pays me what I ask for my Wee. That is the only reason I ride it.
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  3. steveWFL

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  4. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Ok, how about a 2012-> Wee..? I´ve had a K7 (in fact still got it!), a K9 orange, and now the new one. Not hugely different, but nicely improved here and there :evil
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  5. BlueLghtning

    BlueLghtning Riding is my passion

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    I've ridden the 2012+ DL650 and its certainly nice, and definitely some nice improvements over the previous generation, but at this time not my next bike.

    I've wanted a BMW 1200GSA for a long time, but the price has always stopped me. More recently though, the Triumph Tiger 800XC is where I think I might be headed next.
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  6. sierraoffroad

    sierraoffroad Long timer

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    this is why I love mine so much. 2nd gear at white horse gear NH.
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  7. sierraoffroad

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    someone pm'd me a good question: is this bike any good in gnarly terrain? I answered with based on rider experience this isn't the machine for deep mud or harsh offroad conditions. use the right tool for the job. this is a terriffic all around machine, and will only ask for oil changes and gas on occasion.
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  8. betitou

    betitou Thumperized!

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    A good answer for a good question! :D:evil
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  9. Rusty Rocket

    Rusty Rocket Life behind "Bars"

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  10. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    The biggest fear I have had is getting pinned under it after a bad get off. Never had one but almost did a couple of times. This bike punishes mistakes like a hung over cotton plantation boss.
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  11. Pecha72

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    In challenging conditions it's about the rider first and foremost. Sure, I'd much rather tackle deep mud on a MUCH lighter off-road bike, but the same thing can be said about every middle or big class "adventure" bike. All on the heavy side.

    I like to think of the V-Strom as a streetbike, that has a few small advantages for off-road use compared to Bandits, CBF's etc full street machines. Like 19 inch front, a tiny bit longer suspension (good on bumpy roads) and bashplates, crashbars etc. much more easily and widely available. Oh yeah, the "enduro"-type seating position and spacious ergonomics are also an upside for me.
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  12. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    It is hard to see around the huge nose cone when in the rough stuff.:evil
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  13. AlexL

    AlexL Newbie Adventurer

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    I wonder if DL650's are flying off the shelves right now? I saw Suzuki is currently running 0% financing and a trip to my dealer shows considerable mark-down off MSRP. Planning on pouncing on a 2012 Wee tomorrow myself :clap.
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  14. PeterW

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    The 2012 one solves that.

    Pete
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  15. goodcat8

    goodcat8 I can pass this guy.....

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    At times the clarity of "IMHO" or "To each his own" is clearer than ever.
    I find the vstrom 650 to be a great entry into the "adventure" bike segment.
    Incredibly affordable in entry fee and maintainance.
    Ample "do-all" motorcycle.
    Quick in the 6-7k rpm range. Not fast, but quick
    And so on and so on.

    That being said with only 10k miles on it I'm ready to upgrade. Everything on the DL is budget. So if you're on a budget or simply don't mind lower spec everything she's perfect. That's not a slam. The wee is my 21'st motorcycle and I can honestly say its one of my favorite. But more so because of the world it opened me up to as opposed to the motorcycle itself. If that makes any sense.

    Ill take a slightly higher entry cost and maintainance schedule in exchange for a more visceral experience. But like I said, this is IMHO and to each his own.

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  16. Jeathrow Bowdean

    Jeathrow Bowdean Been here awhile

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    I bought the 2011 wee last year for a cross Canada trip from Alberta to Ontario, then all the way back to British Columbia. It's the best 25.000 km's I have ever put on a stock motorcycle.

    I did some Bark-Buster hand guards/ Givi slide up wind screen/ Heundie K-60 tyers/ 12 v out let/ Crash bar foot pegs/ Throttle lock/ and a air pillow for the distance. My stock suspention feels soft, and the body loves it !!!

    V-Stroms are turn-key motorcycle with the options to make it your own at an affordable cost like someone said. I use my wee for 80% highways/ 20% dry gravel roads in Western Canada and it has never let me down.

    It looks sporty for the hyw and evil when in the off road mode !!!

    From Jeathrow Bowdean
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  17. trailerpark ninja

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    Maybe I am missing something by not spending another $10K on a bike, but I am glad; I suppose my ignorance is bliss.

    I bought a Wee from an inmate here in 2010. It had been through AK and Canadia, with 30K on the odometer. It came with crash bars, a skid plate, HT boxes, and heated grips.

    I have a 40mi commute to work every day, and 3-5 days out of the week, 6 of those miles are off-road, down a couple of tank trails and a dried up creek bed ("dry" being a relative term). With my sub-par Shinko 705's and my less-than-ideal Wee, it gets me to work every day, carrying all manner of crap with me, and having a blast.

    I've taken it down miles of highways, mining roads, forest service roads, staircases, creek beds, etc... I love it. I've put 40k mi on the bike in the last 3 years or so, and I am deployed for 9 months out of every 18. Every now and then my eye starts wandering to a bike that might be more capable for this or that purpose, but I always end up just buying more stuff for the Wee.

    No doubt there are bikes out there that are better at anything and everything, and for some people, it's worth the extra money. If I had the disposable income to pay cash for a Tiger, I would probably do it. However, I really don't feel like I am missing anything with the Wee.
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  18. supertino

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    I had an '05 wee that I put 21K on in two years. During that time it shared a garage with my '05 FZ-1. I toured all over the country and and did track days on both bikes. The wee was a better bike in almost EVERY catagory except horsepower. More comfy,better mileage,more fun at the track, etc. It was heavily farkled when I traded it for a VFR. To this day one of the biggest mistakes ever. The VFR was a very good bike...but, the Wee just does everything very well.
    I have owned 19 bikes since 1970 and to this day I can honestly say the wee was the best value for the money. I have a Triumph Tiger 1050 now and will probably go back to a wee soon. All my friends have huge- horsepower sports tourers and used to kid me about my lack of horspower. After our first group ride through some very tight and twistie roads in TN/NC they were all very quiet as I waited on ALL of them at the next intersection. BTW, when I owend my wee I was 6'1" 285 lbs.
    I'm still 6'1" but now weigh 220. Can't wait to see how a big weight loss helps the suspension. Talk about overtaxed!
    Cheers,
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  19. firebrick

    firebrick Been here awhile

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    Going to go ride a new strom on friday. I like how its been characterized here. I rode the 800 tiger and trying not to love it as Ive always had issues with bikes that have too much power. Right now my ninja 250 is my go everywhere bike and ill be interested to see how I like the 650 strom. It may be too heavy for what Im looking for. I may need to test ride the cb500x when honda brings it out. This is why you have more than one motorcycle, too many decisions.
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  20. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    If an owner doesn't replace the shock and upgrade the forks they have no idea what they are missing.
    The stock shock is absolute crap as is. The forks are sprung and dampened bad too. I took the plunge and went for the Progressive 465 shock with remote preload adjuster. It works great. If the Progressive shock is great imagine what an Elka is like.:evil The forks can be easily fixed with the cartridge emulators and springs and fork brace. Very easy and great results.
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