650 V-Strom vs Yamaha XT660X – Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle…

14 Jan 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on 650 V-Strom vs Yamaha XT660X – Stromtrooper Forum : Suzuki V-Strom Motorcycle…

I tried to do a bit of cut-n-paste from the XTX site. it’s a bit of a mess to wade through. my apoligies

XTX vs Suzuki DL650 V-Strom

How would you compare the XTX with the Suzuki V-Strom.

I’m quite new to bikes and also quite tall – 6’4” and leggy … so from what I understand, both the XTX and V-Strom, being tall bikes, would be a good fit. I also get the impression that both are quick, agile bikes – good in the so called “twisties”. That appeals to me – high speed does not.

What appeals to me about the V-Strom is the V-twin engine that gives you an extra 20hp over the 660 single. I also wonder if you get more for the buck with the V-Strom … since it shares its engine with the popular SV660 … an economies of scale issue. – I wonder if it is not a more refined machine over all. On top of that, it is clear that the V-Strom would be a much more comfortable bike for longer trips and touring.

I wonder how these two bikes would compare on a twisty road? Could the V-Strom stand its ground?

Anyway, I’m feeling more and more serious about getting a bike … and these two are standing out for me. I really see them as being quite similar is many ways but still quite different. Any thoughts on the matter will be appreciated.


my advice to you would be to think about what you want the bike for.

although a little similar the xt and dl are very different bikes and meant

for different things. if you are thinking of touring and also do a fairly

long commute then i’d lean towards the dl.

if back-road scratching, short commutes and hooning around are your thing

then the xt is better. if you’re going 2 up the dl is better, my missus having sampled a number of bikes HATES the xt for riding pillion.

having owned an sv650 the v-twin engine is really great, i wish something

but again it depends who you ask, everyone has a different opinion on

bikes so it really is up to you!


like a wet fart in the night,

the black xt swoops in and

lets rip a raspberry of lawnmower proportions,

oh remus, where aret thou now remus.

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Country: i would say get both bike on a test ride and see what u find the best one that suits you. as everyone has different oppinions on dufferent bike and your the only person who nows what you want out of the bike your gonna spend your money on.

good luck



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Country: Matt, I agree totally … ideally I would test ride both and evaluate first hand how I feel on each. Unfortunately, I don’t feel that I have the experience as a rider to really be sure … give me a couple of pairs of skis or ski boots and I would have no trouble knowing which ones are right for me. Hence, I thought some forum readers may have had some experience on both these bikes and may be able to compare and contrast the riding experience.

Googs – I do really like the sound of “back-road scratching, short commutes and hooning around”. I’ve heard many use the expression “grin factor” to describe the XTX … I want that. So, how much grin for each bike is what I want to know.

The XTX appears to be a “soft” supermotard. It has very little sportsbike in it. The V-Strom 650 appears to me to be in between a supermotard and a sportsbike … you get a chunk of supermotard and a chunk of sportsbike … and you can tour on it too.

So you may lose some “grin factor” in some twisties but perhaps you get more back with the extra 20hp from the smooth V-twin. And on the V-Strom sites owners seem to rave about the 650 in the twisties similar to you guys.

Also, it seems unfortunate that as soon as you get the XTX you are compelled the change a pile of things to get the best ride. When reading V-Strom sites it appears that the bike is very good strait out of the box. The main mod is to lower it for shorter riders.

That sound like a good sign for me since I am too tall for most bikes.

By the way, I am playing devils advocate here – I really do think the XTX is a kick ass bike – I’ve been only inches from putting my money down on it on a couple of occasions.


16/01/06, 22:42 #5


Wheelie Champ


Yamaha XT 660 R Supermotard

I went from a ZX7r and a ZX12r to the Xtx and havn’t regretted it yet, you dont need to alter much on the bike really it all comes down to personal preference. To be honest i think that alot is expected of the bike, most people have ridden multi cylinder sports bikes before getting on an Xt and i suppose the little problems that most talk about here on the forum are part of its character it is never going to be smooth. But i suppose being an owner of an xt i am biased, dont like the suzuki much.

You can tour quite well on the Xt but motorways can get boring stick to the twisties.

Matt is correct, you need to really ride both.

When you test ride a bike take it on the type of roads you are going to be riding on and also ride it how you will, just because its a demo it doesnt mean you have to be all sensible and ride like an instructor. I have done this before and bought a bike thats disappointed me.

With regard to the 2 bikes.

The DL is more useable than the XT and the XT is more focussed.

The DL will probably drink more fuel and go through consumables quicker than the XT.

You are nice and tall but the DL is a very large bike, pretty heavy and wide. The XT is slimmer and lighter. In turn the XT might be more manouverable on the road than the DL due to its power to weight ratio.

Yamahas have poor paint finishes but Suzuki rot. Theyre about the same there.

Another advantaged touched on here is the useability of the XT. Pillion isnt much fun and motorways are hell. I have a tall screen on my XT and its good but the bike doesnt enjoy maintained high speed on the motorways.

The DL will breeze them and a pillion with enjoy its perch more.

I have only had my XTX for 3 days and am loving it even though its in the garage with a slight problem. Getting used to a single is quite difficult at first, I am used to the engine breaking from riding my V-Twin but its gonna take a while to get to know this bike and its characteristics.

Go have a test ride on them both and take it from there. Let us all know how you get on though




Country: Interesting thread.

The thing that would put me off the DL is the weight of it, from reading the specs its a good 20kg heavier than the XTX. It might have a more powerful engine but then its got to power a heavier motorcycle.

The DL has a 19 inch front wheel, 2 pot front caliper, detuned SV lump etc, i reckon you’d be better of comparing the DL 650 to the XTR instead of the XTX.


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