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post #1 of 9 Old Mar 30th, 2007, 10:16 pm Thread Starter
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Good 2nd bike? DL650 or F650GS

I'm thinking about buying a second bike. The KLT is fine for touring and long distance but I'd like a 80/20 pavement/dirt road bike. Lots of dirt roads here in the Hill Country that the KLT doesn't like to run on. Still most riding will be solo on narrow windy paved roads.
I've narrowed my choices down to the BMW F650GS and the Suzuki Vstrom DL650. Opinions?

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post #2 of 9 Old Mar 31st, 2007, 1:38 am
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Kawasaki KLR 650 would be worth taking a look at...

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I believe you're going to find a better example of the Wee Strom at any given price. FWIW, between those two choices, I'd buy the Zook.

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I have a friend with a really nice KLR for sale in Lubbock. I can get perticulars if interested.

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If your sticking to dirt roads, get the DL650, if your going off/road at all, get the KLR650. The F650GS will be a little more dirt capable than the DL650, but the DL650 is the best for pavement and does ok in dirt.

Thats my 2cents.

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My friend has a v-strom and absolutely loves it. Plus the price is right.

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I like my F650GS. With a Corbin saddle it is quite comforatable on the highway. Easy to ride in town and dirt roads. A little heavy for single track.

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I loved my 03 V-Strom..... Never had any problems, easy maintenance and cheap to keep..........Prolly gonna get another one with ABS this time.

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Hello folks. Thanks for the input. I'm leaning toward the Weestrom - looking at two in Kerrville at Destination Cycle: a 2005 with 22k miles for $4995 and a 2006 with 4k miles for $5800.

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