I'm Back! New 2011 DL650 Desert Ride!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Warren, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Warren

    Warren Been here awhile

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    Well, yesterday I picked a new 2011. It's been 6 years since I've had a wee and really missed it. It was such a beautiful day in San Diego I decided to make a desert run!

    Here was my track: Basically Alpine, Lakeside, Ramona, Santa Ysabel, Ranchita, Borrego, down to Plaster City and home - Just a little over 200 miles...

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    The gallant steed awaits:

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    Much like Alpine - You never know what you are going to see in Ramona:

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    Heading down into the desert!

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    Ah, a nice Mexican lunch at Los Jilbertos!

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    Decided to stop at the shoe tree, right at 78 and S2:

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    Just me, my wee, and the desert you see:

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    Some desert flora for your enjoyment:

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    The ever unwinding road beneath you:

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    That's it folks! See you around the board!
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  2. steve_k

    steve_k Long timer

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    Great to see you back in action Warren! I have a feeling your break-in will be complete in 1 or 2 more rides.

    Whats on the farkle list besides the Suzuki bags?
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  3. Warren

    Warren Been here awhile

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    Well, the bags are coming but I'll decide later whether to install or sell (I still have some Givi stuff around as well).

    Otherwise, centerstand, hand guards, perhaps a Madstad bracket for the windshield, fender extender, and a lot of fuel... :D

    Hurry back home so we can ride!
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  4. houndawgg

    houndawgg Been here awhile

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    Surprised that you didn't hit Julian. I was out there Thanksgiving week, visiting an 'ol NJ girlfriend from Del Mar, who took me there, Cuyamaca & Barrego(bikeless). We picked up some apple & pumpkin pie for the holiday.
    If you wouldn't mind telling, where & what did you pay for the bike out the door, before tax. I'm looking here in NJ for a 2011 leftover Wee. I'm guessing your getting the bags from the promotion, right?
    Ride on.
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  5. Warren

    Warren Been here awhile

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    Yes the bags are coming (got them free - No $199).

    My price:
    $7499 ($600 off MSRP)
    $582 Tax
    $185 DMV fees

    $8266 OTD

    No setup/prep etc. Probably could have done a little better but I really liked the honesty of the dealer and it's a very fair price. Vey's in El Cajon - Scott is a great guy.

    Just glad I found one - The 2012 is not my cup-of-tea...
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  6. RedRockRider

    RedRockRider Long timer

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    Nice lookin' Wee. Congrats! Also checked out your TW posts. 603 miles to Bullhead City, AZ. Nice. :D
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  7. houndawgg

    houndawgg Been here awhile

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    I found one locally for $7400, out the door, before tax(bag price not added in), but they didn't even mention the saddlebags, which annoys the piss outta me. I'm going to see if I can find a "live" 2012, that I can see in the flesh today. I like the 2011's looks better also, but I'm investigating the motor improvements of this years model and if they're impressive enough, I may go with one of those.
    In that case, I may even fly back to San Diego for another visit and buy one, then take a nice long ride back to NJ. Good riding to you.
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  8. Humunn

    Humunn Where Next?

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    Great pics. We are heading down your way soon to take in Death Valley. Looking forward to seeing this area!
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  9. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Nothing like the Anza Boreggo SP. The serenity of that desert area just keeps drawing me back. I was down there last week after a quick loop up to Mt. Palomar. I may be down that way this week after a loop through Joshua Tree NP.

    The bike looks fantastic. Hope to see you post up some pics after the add-on's. You decided to go with the 650, not the 1000. Wondering what brought you to that decision.

    Enjoy the new ride-beautiful!
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  10. Warren

    Warren Been here awhile

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    I had a 2006 DL1000. After I rode a buddy's DL650 back then, It was apparent that the DL650:

    1. Had plenty of power
    2. Was a waaaaaay smoother running bike
    3. Had much better throttle response
    4. Had more range due to much better MPG's
    5. Was lighter and you could feel it when slow and and in the slippery stuff
    6. Cheaper insurance :D

    The DL1000 is a beast and a nice bike, but the DL650 outshines it for me in ALL areas other than out-right acceleration...

    So I sold my DL1000 back then and bought an '06 DL650 and put about 15K on it - Should have never sold her but I was trying to help a VP at my former company get into motorcycling and he wanted it bad.

    The only reason I would consider the DL1000 was if I were going to do serious 2-up touring - Even then the Wee does fine so it'd be a tough call: Loaded up the Wee will still roll at 85+ all day no matter what you throw on her.

    Just my 2 cents...
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  11. ceke

    ceke Been here awhile

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    I think I saw you at the 79/San Felipe Rd intersection, we were the strom and ninja turning right to Warner Springs. I took a few months off from riding my strom last year, it was terrible :evil. Welcome back.


    obtw, I bought my 05 Vee in 05 from Veys as well, great bunch of guys. And I totally agree on the 650/1000 comparison. My daughter is off the back of my bike now and I'm definitely going to a 650 soon.
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  12. Warren

    Warren Been here awhile

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    If you saw a guy in a bright neon yellow jacket and white helmet it was surely me! I stick out like a sore thumb.. :evil
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  13. ssmschulz

    ssmschulz Sherpa Rider

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    How do the 650's handel gravel and dirt roads. I am thinking US Forest service roads and two track roads rougher than you would take a car down. I need a nice tourer.
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  14. Warren

    Warren Been here awhile

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    Tough call depending on your capabilities... Forest roads and gravel pretty easy, two-track highly variable... Just need to take your time.

    She's tall and heavy and a lot of it up top. Get that inertia heading the wrong direction and there is no saving it. :p3rry

    All about trade-offs... I'd call the V-Strom a 90/10 street/dirt bike for the average rider...
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  15. houndawgg

    houndawgg Been here awhile

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    I went to see the 12 model Monday, and it's alright. More modern looking than the previous Wee's, but like you said, not really my cup either. I couldn't find out "exactly" what the engine differences are. All the dealer could tell me, is it's the engine, that the Gladus used and it was smoother a low end. They wanted somewhere around $7900 out the door, before taxes. If an Adventurer model was available, I probably would have gone for it, even at about $1100 more.
    Three dealers later, I knew I was buying the white model they had. I could feel they wanted it sold that day. They gave me a satisfactory deal.
    $7095, plus $150 doc. fee, $199 for the saddle bag promo, $511 tax.
    I was going to pay cash, but they went 0% finance.
    I'm planning on a NJ to west coast ride, maybe June timeframe, possibly cruising around your turf, and visit my 'ol girlfriend again. I'll shout at you, if I'm in the area.
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  16. Warren

    Warren Been here awhile

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    Awesome! I would have loved to get a white one - Pretty sure I got the last 2011 in San Diego (at least that I could find).

    Hard to believe they could improve on such a wonderful engine - But who knows...

    If you do head out here drop me a line! Lunch is on me!
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  17. houndawgg

    houndawgg Been here awhile

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    That's funny, I would have taken a black one, but the white is nice in the sunlight. It's got pearl in it and really looks good.
    I wish it were a little later in the year and I'd be heading out there now, but gotta wait for the Rockies to be more friendly.
    I will let you know if I end up getting to the SD area on my adventure.
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