Affectionately known as the Wee-Strom as it is the smaller of two V-Strom models, this model was introduced by Suzuki in 2004. The bigger brother V-Strom 1000 had already been out for a couple of years, but Suzuki created a new bike by pulling out and slightly tweaking the V-Twin from the SV650, then surrounding it in the street-oriented adventure bike package that riders have come to love over the years.
I’ve only ridden the newest generation of V-Strom for a review done for RevZilla, but I was surprised to find I liked the 650 more than the 1000, especially for the money. 2009 was the last year for the first generation of the V-Strom 650 (official model name of DL650), which truly was an impressive all-around bargain. For more information, check out this Smart Money piece on Motorcyclist about why the Wee-Strom is such a good (new or used) buy.
This example has 24,000 miles and it stands out because of the recent work, specifically a serious upgrade to the previously built-to-a-budget suspension. Up front, the seller has installed RaceTech fork springs and Gold Valves. The rear shock has been replaced with a Nitron R1 that includes the optional remote preload adjuster. In addition, you’ll get better EBC brake pads, 2 month old tires, a new chain, and three hard bags for all of your gear.
Find this DL650 for sale in St. Petersburg, Florida for $3,800 here on Craigslist.
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