Whats your choice?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Marvin the Martian, Nov 11, 2006.

  1. Marvin the Martian

    Marvin the Martian Long timer

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    Dealer is offering up the following options,

    2006 DL 1000 non current
    2007 DL 650/ABS order now

    same price either way. Which would you choose?
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  2. Manuel Garcia O'Kely

    Manuel Garcia O'Kely Back at last

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    Grab the DL1000 quick.

    In almost 50K with ABS it's only saved my buns once - probably not worth it?
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  3. ShortOnSkill

    ShortOnSkill Long timer

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    You've opened a can of worms. Have you looked at some previous threads?

    :lurk

    Personally, I don't think there is a best choice. You really must ride both. I ride year round and would favor ABS.

    Just don't believe crap about the DL650 being underpowered or the DL1000 being sluggish in the corners. Many people post in an attempt to justify THEIR purchase. Some very vocal individuals on this forum happen to own DL650s.
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  4. GeoBiker

    GeoBiker Adventurer

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    Depending on what you currently ride (or don't ride!) and how much riding you might get in over the next several months... Get the DL1000 now and when the '07 650ABSs are more available, re-consider your options based on the kind of riding you are doing.. :deal
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  5. Dave Stueve

    Dave Stueve Buell of Appleton WI

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    Get a Uly instead:D
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  6. SPEd600

    SPEd600 GSDude was pwned

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    Well whatever you choose... you have been ASSIMILATED!!

    Just wanted to say it first for once, before that other poster got here. :webers


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  7. Marvin the Martian

    Marvin the Martian Long timer

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    I knew you would pop in with that. And your right although you know my thought on Buell's I have liked the ULY from the get go and a serious consideration (I have a history of picking on the Harley crowd). The Uly seems well done. Seat height was way up of the primary edition which from what Ive heard has been lowered for the under 6'2" types. Here are my issues;

    seat height
    longer wheel base (its coming I bet)
    19/17
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  8. ADVcruiser

    ADVcruiser J.D. McNugent

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    Simple!

    2up? =1000

    solo? =650
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  9. Prairie Dog

    Prairie Dog Been here awhile

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    Okay, let me don my flame resistant underwear.


    Now, be a man and buy the big bike! You'll never look back!




    :clap :clap :clap
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  10. fifthcircle

    fifthcircle Beer Knurd

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    If you need big power...go for the 1k

    If you want less weight to 'flick' around...wee (ABS would be cool too)

    I have the wee and wouldn't trade it for a 1k...not even a new one.
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  11. Roadwarrior

    Roadwarrior Taking The Long Way

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    I have a K6 DL1000 and by no means is it a "Power House". When passing trucks, or moving down the freeway in the fast line I find the power adequat. If your an experienced rider you will appreciate the extra power. Don't fall into the trap of listening to all the crap about the DL1000, from DL650 riders. My bike runs just fine "out of the box". Ride them both then decide.

    DL650 appeals to KLR type riders. DL1000 appeals to GS1150 type riders.
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  12. Queen

    Queen Long timer

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    I've owned both, if you can get the DL1000 for the same price and enjoy a bit more oomph, go big. :thumb
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  13. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    What kind of riding do you intend to do? How much do you weight and do you ride 2-up or heavily loaded often? What kind of bikes did you have before and how happy were you with their power/handling.

    Whatever the case, if you get the 1k pick up a much larger rear sprocket at the same time, its geared terribly high from the factory which takes a lot of fun out of it and makes it feel much less smooth than it should.

    have fun
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  14. ShortOnSkill

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    :thumb :thumb :thumb
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  15. rider33

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    they are both very good bikes, the Hestrom is the better deal.
    Whether it's best for you depends on who you are and what you plan to do with it. 240#, plus significant other, transcontinental,
    think big. 5'9", 182#, solo, mostly 500 mile trips or less, Wee.
    ABS is a major plus, that is unless you plan to take it off pavement. If you do, you are going to need to rig up a switch of some kind. The bikes are way more similar than different, pick the engine that suites your intended application. 'Pretty hard to go wrong either way really.........
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  16. GreatWhiteHunter

    GreatWhiteHunter Lovin' Life!

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    +1

    I agree with this statement just by what I've read on this site and others. My own experience and why I chose the DL1K had to do with options that I was considering instead of the GS.
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  17. forester

    forester woodswise w/gear

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    I think I would personally choose the 1000 if I had to choose between the two. HOWEVER, if you could find an 06' DL650 without the antilocks, you'd save yourself some money and save the bike some weight. 07s are heavier, even the non-ABS. Good luck, whatever you do, they are both great bikes!
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  18. SPEd600

    SPEd600 GSDude was pwned

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    So a non ABS 07 is the same weight as an ABS 07? I wouldn't go with those specs just yet. :lol3

    I don't own a strom so I'm not biased either way, but that 650 SV engine was being praised long before it was put into the strom chassis, and now even more so as this latest incarnation of balance between many different worlds. :deal
    There is no other mid size bike from any manufacturer in this class of "Enduro Sport Tourer", and the litre bikes don't even come close... unless they're in a straight line.
    I can appreciate a good bike when I see one.
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