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DL 650 finally at 100,000 miles, 160,934 km.

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by BlueSkyGuy, Aug 16, 2020.

  1. BlueSkyGuy

    BlueSkyGuy Been here awhile

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    Not much to brag about knowing many other have piled more miles but none the less after 14 seasons the V Strom 650 has arrived. I have to mention that it was delayed by a couple of my injuries that limited my riding. Suzuki builds a fine motorcycle and nearly trouble free.
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  2. Little Bike

    Little Bike Air/Clutz Sue Supporter

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    That’s great, mine has 30 something on it with few problems.
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  3. dinkydonuts

    dinkydonuts Been here awhile

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    At any point during ownership did you wish you had a DL1000?
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  4. BlueSkyGuy

    BlueSkyGuy Been here awhile

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    No I never missed the added weight or horsepower. I have done a lot of bad gravel and tracks equivalent to logging roads and every pound off-road really adds up. The performance on road is still impressive but for extended highway at speeds beyond 75 mph the 1050 would be better.
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  5. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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    I have 30k on my current DL650 and 28k on my last DL650.
    Remarkable bikes,
    In my ownership of those two bikes I have only needed to clean the starter button switch. And the stator recall.
    Everything else has been normal service items.
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  6. Lee R

    Lee R Man in a Box

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    That’s how I feel as well. I owned a DL650 in the past. I had a Triumph Tiger 1050 and a Moto Guzzi Stevio (1050cc) and went back to 650cc. I’ll take the weight savings, 87 octane, increased mpg, range, half the price chains, less tire use etc. You go the same speed in the twisty’s or on the highway on the 650.

    The only time I miss the added power is passing 5 cars at once, or going well over 100mph, things I do pretty rarely.

    I felt like I bought an engine that I was idling around on most of the time rather than using like I do with 650cc. If I were on the track all the time or the autobahn then I would say get the 1000cc.

    I do wish the 650’s got the brakes and suspension of the 1000’s though.
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