Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: San Antonio, TX & Moosehead Lake, ME
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
I can't speak to the 300 or the V1K but the 650, although not perfect, is one of the best all around bikes I've owned in something like 55 years of riding and owning American, British, German, Italian and Japanese motorcycles.
The V650 isn't too heavy or too light, the wheelbase isn't slow-steering cruiser long or twitchy super sport short, the engine is entirely acceptable for long, high speed trips and returns good fuel economy. Mine is a first generation 2008 model and isn't the most beautiful machine on the market, but it's saving grace is that I can't see the front of the bike while sitting on the saddle. The Gen Two, in my opinion is even uglier and the Gen Three qualifies as a UJM. But to each his, or her, own.
I have a short inseam (29 inches) so I installed the Moto Werk lowering block and also lowered the forks in their stanchions as recommended. I also installed Moto Werk's foot peg lowering blocks to give a little more leg room, a Givi windscreen, and Givi V35 hard cases with AdMore Lighting's LED kit that replaces the stock Givi reflectors (that yields a LOT more rear lighting and that's a good thing). The result is a bike I feel very comfortable with and enjoy riding a great deal. I suppose this qualifies as a favorable testimonial.
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Pig Killer, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Last edited by Arion; 06-24-2018 at 10:00 PM.