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Hello all, as you can tell I am new to the forum. I have a KLr650 right now but plan on getting a sv when this beasts paid off. My question is, I'm a 6'2 255 pound guy. Will the sv650 have enough "oompf" to get me going where I want to? Someone once told me not to get the sv1000 cause it's overkill. Is this true? THanks all.
 

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Hi ccross, Welcome to SVR. Should be okay, there are some big guys here that ride SV's. ;)

Have fun and ride safe!
 

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Depends what you are looking for, but if you're happy overall with your KLR, you will be very pleased with the SV650. The 650 is more nimble than the 1000; but the 1000 does have more power. Either will stomp a KLR.

The suspensions on either the 650 or the 1000 will be too light for you, though. Plan on swapping in heavier fork springs and a stiffer shock.
 

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Soft = you won't be able to set the proper sag, you will get a lot of front-end dive on hard braking, and a pogo-stick effect when hitting larger bumps. It will be rideable, but not optimal.

Most every Japanese bike suffers from this, though. It seems most were desinged for 150-lb Japanses men. The difference is, the SV was designed for 120-lb Japanese girls.
 

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I test rode a 650 in Colorado and felt that it wasn't enough power, (6'1" and 200 lbs + altitude). This steered me toward the 1000 which I bought last year now living in GA. I love it. It is more power, but not overwhelming like the 1k supersports. The only gripe I have is the "flickability" or lack there of. My buddy rides a 650 which I have ridden every once in a while, and it is definitely more maneuverable in tight situations. Don't get me wrong, the 1k is no slouch... just requires more thought in the twisties.
 

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650 is plenty big, it has more power than the klr just about everywhere, and its geared well for it. I'm the same height, and weigh more, and I love mine.
 
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