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DL650's lament

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    garandman has a poll on strom troopers

    found a thread about one getting stolen...but the guy left the key in the bike, then the joyrider parked it near the police station.

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    Re: DL650's lament

    IIRC there was also one in Quebec where the key slot had been tampered with.

    One reason why they don't get stolen is that they will not fit in a regular cargo van without removing the mirrors and windshield. Not sure they would fit in s minivan at all.

    My theory is that Adventury bikes don't get stolen much for that simple reason.

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    Re: DL650's lament

    You found a DL650 that doesn't run?! What did they do to it?!?

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    Re: DL650's lament

    That's not a great deal.

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    ugh...now I don't know again...saw an acceleration video...does this thing lose momentum after 90mph?

    socal freeways safer if you can cruise at 80ish and pass ~100ish

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    Re: DL650's lament

    Busa or nothing.

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    interstate bike to Vegas for lunch may be ST or FJR sorta thing

    price point on DL-one a bit higher...I may just keep the fzr

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    Re: DL650's lament

    Yeah, you don't have realistic expectations out of a $2k bike. Sorry. You won't be happy with much until you prioritize what the bike needs to do, you want it to do, and things it would be nice to do.

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    Re: DL650's lament

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    does this thing lose momentum after 90mph?
    Momentum? No, keeps that.
    Does lose out to aerodynamics though.

    If you're looking for an autobahn / triple digits cruiser then this is not the droid you're looking for. Mine will make it to ~100 indicated fairly easily.. after that. I think the fastest I've had mine was 125-ish.. again, indicated. Real speed is probably -10%. It was completely tapped.

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    argh...the fzr does fine on freeway cruising/passing (dare I say, fun?)...so I may just keep that $900 bargain bike

    The dude put in a battery and bike is ready to go, so I am going to see it tomorrow...we'll see if the off-the-line torque impresses me

    I know, I know...spend more...I've just gotten away with spending less in the past and being happy that I go into every bike acquisition, confident that I can do it again

    so that '07 will re-sell for $2,000 if I don't like it?

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    Re: DL650's lament

    Rent one for a half day instead to try it out. Then either buy it or don't. Probably significantly cheaper than reg/tax/insurance then reselling it.

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    Re: DL650's lament

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    ugh...now I don't know again...saw an acceleration video...does this thing lose momentum after 90mph?

    socal freeways safer if you can cruise at 80ish and pass ~100ish
    The guys on the German V-Storm forum say they don't usually cruise at 160kmh (about 100) because fuel economy is so poor at that speed they have to stop too often. But that's usually with bags.

    I may have video but on the straight at NJMP I think I hit 112 on the SV650 and 107 or 108 with the V-Strom. If you didn't have bags or a giant windshield you can easily hit 100mph, and that's the trap speed in the 1/4 mi.

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    Re: DL650's lament

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    Momentum? No, keeps that.
    Does lose out to aerodynamics though.

    If you're looking for an autobahn / triple digits cruiser then this is not the droid you're looking for. Mine will make it to ~100 indicated fairly easily.. after that. I think the fastest I've had mine was 125-ish.. again, indicated. Real speed is probably -10%. It was completely tapped.
    That shit's dangeriss.

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    Re: DL650's lament

    I am sure it will cruise at 80 on expressways

    My 1000 without a windshield does everything returns about 42 mpg
    allegedly 650 are like mid 50's but then would be mid 40 at expressway speeds

    Get an aftermarket seat go everywhere all day

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    Re: DL650's lament

    I'd been averaging 54MPG across all conditions when I stopped measuring at like 29k miles.

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    Re: DL650's lament

    if you want passing power @90mph with a V-strom, get the 1000, in 4th gear, it will boot right up to 135 rather quickly

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    I saw the 650...All the other wee storms are $3,000++

    I will pay a lot for transaction fees in CA but I feel like I can get out of it for roughly the same price...He already paid reg to the end of next year so I will just pay the transfer fee and sales tax

    Going to sleep on it tonight and ride it again tomorrow...seems like it could make a nice commuter bike for a year

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    Re: DL650's lament

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    Riding position felt worse than a sportbike. At least on the sportier style, you can put more weight on your hands and the rest on your lower back. The DL felt like I was sitting on a stool with all the wind blowing at your upper body. I'm also too tall to use the wind protection. May try adjusting that later.
    It's an adventure touring bike, what the hell did you expect? The whole point is to sit bolt upright.

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    Re: DL650's lament

    Get the Givi windscreen. It's tall but that and a Madstad = amazing touring bike. Oh, and ditch that fucking seat.

    DL1k Seat is far superior for teh cheep. Taller/flatter.

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    Re: DL650's lament

    CalSci screen here. Huge improvement.

    Looks like 2-up riding may be a thing I do more one day soon. I think that may finally be the end of the DL650 for me.

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    Re: DL650's lament

    Quote Originally Posted by nhbubba View Post
    CalSci screen here. Huge improvement.

    Looks like 2-up riding may be a thing I do more one day soon. I think that may finally be the end of the DL650 for me.

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    Re: DL650's lament

    Learn from the mistakes of others. Get a vasectomy NOW.

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    Re: DL650's lament

    That DL looks to have quite a few farkles. Get a few more and you'll be good for 50k.

    DL1k seat (or $$$$$ RDL)

    Rox Risers

    CalSci/Givi windscreen + Madstad

    Proper springs for your weight/Racetech valves/fresh oil for the front end

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    Re: DL650's lament

    For a communist he gives OK advice

    I put on seat concepts on my DL1K better for all day

    My shock is out a Sasquatch and planning to just go 7.5 w fork oil down from 10wt

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    Ya he talks like an Asian boss - speaks very few words, to the point, accurate

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