Comparison—V-Strom 1000 vs V-Strom 650

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Suzuki DL 650

Check out any of the V-Strom forums and certainly run across a common and question—I want to buy a V-Strom, but I choose the DL1000 or the DL650? I am in the unique position of having both models, I’ll a page to a comparison of the two. do my best to be objective, but at the end of the day each must choose a motorcycle best matches his/her own preferences and riding style.

Now the disclaimer’s done, lets at the two side-by side:

APPEARANCE . at the photo above and decide for I’ve found that folks think that the are quite ugly, but to me their is really quite endearing. The two might appear almost but I prefer the looks of the dual on the DL1000 and also the appearance of the pan below the engine on the big brother.

Not a big but I really like the appearance of the a little better.

ACCELERATION . Just what expect; the performance numbers the more powerful DL1000. The few tests I’ve seen on the two the litre-bike about 1/2-sec in the 0-60 sprint, 6 or 7-tenths in the 1/4 mile and a top speed of about 125 MPH vs 115 MPH for the If you are making your decision on straight-line acceleration the obvious is the DL1000, but then again if is of supreme importance you might to consider a sportbike instead.

My own is that the real-world difference is not as as the numbers might indicate; I never felt underpowered the 650, and in most riding it just doesn’t feel slower than its big brother.

HANDLING . Though Suzuki the DL650 as about 40 pounds dry weight, it feels even perhaps it’s the slightly seat height, but the wee-Strom to have a decidedly lower of gravity. These factors into a ride that the 650 much more nimble and Low-speed and parking-lot maneuvers are easier on the smaller bike.

This is not to say that the DL1000 is a it’s not a superbike, but it can be a very canyon carver in the hands of a rider. Both bikes are a to ride on the street, but the handling nod go to the DL650.

OFF-ROAD HANDLING . bike is an enduro machine, but can survive pretty well I do quite of bit of riding on gravel roads, and I have found this is the area where the in the two bikes are the greatest. Simply the lower weight and lower of gravity of the DL650 give it a advantage over the DL1000 the pavement ends.

Either will be too heavy for the average to toss around, but it’s less work to keep the 650 in the position.

HIGHWAY RIDING . Most of my is done solo, at highway on lightly-traveled state highways. I was to discover that there was little difference between the two under these circumstances; I had that the larger motorcycle be much more stable on the but that simply wasn’t the Both cruised smoothly and and both offered plenty of power when needed.

I normally ride two-up, but I a buddy along on a ride to see how machines fared under The results were predictable; the performed pretty well a passenger and luggage, but the added of the big Strom might be welcome in the or in passing situations.

MISCELLANEOUS . bikes run well on 87-octane but the DL650 delivers 8-10% economy than does its big The DL1000 has a hydraulic clutch but the cable-operated setup on the 650 is so smooth there is no noticeable advantage to Speaking of smooth, it’s a one-word description of the DL650’s it’s a real jewel.

It is much more quiet and than the DL1000 powerplant, emits a large range of noises. The overall ride of the 650 is much smoother, with the responding with more force. Perhaps the biggest for me is the difference in the way the two engines deliver power.

You might think the smaller engine would be with low torque, but it seems to me to be the opposite; I found myself the DL1000 more often I did the DL650. The Wee-Strom just to be more linear in its power

As might be expected, the DL650 some amenities that are on the larger bike—hand guards are one example. In my opinion, neither offers adequate protection for the oil filter, but the DL1000’s plastic pan at least offers some from flying rocks. The has recognized the popularity of both the however, and you’ll find a good selection of add-ons, and farkles to make your uniquely your own.

SO WHICH IS BETTER? Depends on reasons for buying the bike. If a sensible Consumer Reports of buyer you’ll be wise to the DL650; you’ll get about 90% of the of the larger bike for about 74% of the price. You’ll save on and the 650 is generally much less to insure.

It’s for good that many motorcycle include this machine on best buy lists, and Cycle magazine (09/06) says the DL650 may just be the most competent machine in the world On the other hand, if 2-up is your style or if you just live with a bike won’t run sub-12-second quarter then head for the DL1000.

It’s a little embarrassing for an minister to say, but there’s about lifting the front off the pavement that still a silly grin to my ugly Either machine will its owner with a smile, but if you me to make a choice I’ll the Wee-Strom every time. At time there’s only one in my garage—a DL650—and I couldn’t be satisfied with the choice.


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