SV 650 vs V-Strom 650 Curiosity Question

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by uconnapharm, Dec 10, 2005.

  1. nedodjija

    nedodjija Been here awhile

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    I believe that your input is very valuble.The numbers don't lie. I just know that when I had SV I always wanted to go faster then the trafic would allow. Not so much with DL. I love both bikes. If I had money the second bike would be SV650 hands down. What a value for the buck. Thanks for the specs.
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  2. Cat0020

    Cat0020 El cheapo

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    Not a problem.

    What you've experienced of "want" or "feel" to go faster seems to me like a personal problem; not related to one vehicles or another. IMO, if you prefer the ride of an DL, then your second bike should be something different, other than a V-twin just for veriety sake.. but that's just my opinion.
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  3. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff Man of Mystery

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    470ish pounds should be the wet weight for a DL650. Dry wieght is around 417 or so. ABS probably adds about 10lbs.
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  4. SpaceManSpiff

    SpaceManSpiff Man of Mystery

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    470ish pounds should be the wet weight for a DL650. Dry weight is around 417 or so. ABS probably adds about 10lbs.
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  5. shrubitup

    shrubitup Uncouth Sloth

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    Just picked up a SV650 '05 model naked. Did you know that you can add taller/wider bars to the SV to make it more upright? That's my plan. Several posts here criticizing the SVs bars. I'm gonna do it right and spend $20 whole dollars on some Bikemaster Daytona's. :dunno

    The DL650 feels like a pig on the street compared to the SV but that's only in my very limited experience on both bikes. Just happy to be free of the death machines called dual sports for road riding. :thumb

    I agree the SV wants to go fast but it's up to the rider whether it's appropriate to twist that throttle. That said, I can lug and chug and idle through parked traffic and then pull away like I robbed a bank. 0-60 in 3.5 seconds if necessary. :bueller
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  6. 650VTwin

    650VTwin Been here awhile

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    In a nutshell, the DL650 is taller, softer, and more roomy. The SV650 is lighter, zippier, and a lot smaller (not great for us talk folks). The DL's high seating position is great in traffic, and although it is top-heavy, the wide bars and upright riding position make it very maneuverable. I plan to keep both my DL and my SV for a long time -- the SV for around town and the DL for long trips.
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  7. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    The '09 ABS DL650 is 485 lbs wet, according to Suzuki Canada website (http://moto.suzuki.ca/Product%20Lines/Cycles.aspx). The same site lists the SV650S ABS at 445 wet, the naked bike at 11 lbs less, 434lbs.

    So the real weight difference between DL and SV would seem to be more like 50 lbs.

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  8. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    Anybody modded a DL motor to SV specs? This would be my plan if I got a Wee.
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  9. jon_l

    jon_l Long timer

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    If the DL650 engine isn't enough for you, it'd be easier and cheaper to just to get a (used) DL1000. And a lot more powerful.
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  10. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Old thread...

    But today I found a good deal on CL for an 04 SV650S, 3400 miles for $2000. I got sort of excited, because I'd confused it with the V-Strom 650 which I knew was a upright riding "do-all" type bike. Anyway, I was disappointed when I saw the SV and realized that it had such low handlebars. I wasn't sure what was "wrong" but figured that I'd mistaken the VStrom's "letters".

    Oh well, "live & learn".

    Btw, if anybody here want's a nice 04 SV650 the guy's in Charlotte NC (btw, the rear brake doesn't work. It feels "dead" like there's no fluid in the res or the seals are shot. Probably not much to fix, but I don't know. Besides that it's a sweet looking bike.) His add says $2600 or $2500, but he said $2000 was good since the rear brake issue. I just didn't want that type of riding position.
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  11. ArtCuisin

    ArtCuisin Adventurer

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    (I have an 03 SV650N, naked. I finally, after 30K miles, put some riser things
    on the bars. Not needed when naked, but much, much better when I have
    the Givi little screen for off-season riding, or the big, traditional National
    Cycle fairing when it is clearly winter. Just like the old days. :)
    I went from owning the SV to having four additonal streetbikes, and now
    I'm back to the SV. No plans to get rid of it.)


    But the real purpose of my post is to ask those folks that own both whether
    the vibration level is noticeably different??? When I owned three four-cylinder
    bikes, I thought the SV vibrated. Now, I don't think about it. But I think
    I read that the Wee had a heavier (actually, it said more inertia, which I guess
    could be different), crank so I was wondering whether the Wee was a LOT smoother
    as I would hope.

    I think I may move to the Wee--because life is short--when the SV gets to 150K or so.

    Thanks.
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  12. notrivia

    notrivia Adventurer

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    The primary difference between the v-strom and the SV650 is the front wheel size. The V has a 19 inch wheel for rolling stability over rough terrain. The Sv has a "normal" 17 incher. IMHO 17 inch wheels revolutionized handling. On the old pipe-frame, thin tired, 19 inch bikes of yore, a turn in was like waiting for a boat to adjust to the helm. The 17 incher, along with modern wide tires and the stiff space frames, changed the handling '"ratio" to immediate responsiveness.

    So, if you go with the heavy V-Strom of 480 pounds with the 19 inch front wheel, you're responsiveness will be significantly slower than the SV of 430 pounds and a 17 incher.

    The difference in vibration is neglible, not an issue. Your main consideration is the handling and whether you want the large 5 1/2 gallon tank of the V or the 4 1/2 of the Sv, the difference about 50 cruise miles.

    I chose the SV. Handling to me trumped gas tank range. The SV has enough to be practical.
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  13. Jeffn

    Jeffn Been here awhile

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    Ok 2 years later and I have a line on an 06 SV nude w/lo miles, 3500ish. That's bout the price also, 3300. Sound like a nice way to get back into a street ride after 1/4 century off? A Tiger's my 1st choice but a lower entry price could be the smart move if I end up finding my nerve's gone for the street (in a small town in FL w/loads of doped up seniors).
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  14. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown I ain't nobody, dork. Right?

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    Bought my 06 naked 1 year ago. $2950, 10k miles.

    Put 7k on it. Awesome bike. 55mpg. I put dirt bike bars on it, gel seat, hard top box and it is comfy. Go for it
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  15. Jeffn

    Jeffn Been here awhile

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    Nice. What's realistic for 2 up, 100 miiles? This would be for late middle age geezers in reasonable shape..and don't say fjr///!:D

    HEre's the ad copy:
    2006 Suzuki SV 650 - $3800

    Only 3200 miles. Like new. Always garaged. Second owner. Yosh slip on. Suzuki rear cowl (have seat and handle also). Needs nothing. New tires less than 800 miles. All service up to date. Ready to ride-newer tires also.
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  16. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown I ain't nobody, dork. Right?

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    Most 2up I have done is a 130 mile day. Frequent stops, not too bad.

    Not much room. I am 6'1 and she is 5'8.

    However, this is the best 2up bike I own.
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  17. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown I ain't nobody, dork. Right?

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    Test ride it. That trumps internet research :evil
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  18. Jeffn

    Jeffn Been here awhile

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    Poignant words.

    Though it's helps hearing others experience-your mileage may vary.
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  19. EastBoundAndDown

    EastBoundAndDown I ain't nobody, dork. Right?

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    Check out SVrider.

    Fella on there, username MG66 tours 2up on an SV650S.

    It's a serviceable 2up bike.
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  20. Ironfish653

    Ironfish653 Combat Commuter

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    If two-up rides are going to be a frequent occurance, go with the V-Strom. Either the SV or DL -spec engines has enough power to handle the weight, and still keep up a respectable pace. The longer wheelbase also means less affect on the handling, with passengers on board.
    The DL has far better passenger accommodations, and cargo room than the SV. It's the best 2-up bike going under 1000cc.
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