Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Port Perry, Ontario, Canada
My 2006 has over 202,000 km on it. My riding last year was about 57,000 km. I weigh in at around 240 lbs, 109 kg. I live near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I did two major rides last year. One was to the east coast where I put on about 5,300 km. The other was to Grand Canyon and Death Valley Area where I put on about 10,400 km. In both cases I carried a Topcase and a waterproof bag in the back seat area which had tent, sleeping bags, etc in it. I imagine I had around 50 or 60 kg of luggage altogether but didn't weight it.
On my west trip much of the temperatures were in the 32c to 39c (90 to 100f) with Death valley hitting 52c (126f). Towards the end I had a bit of Get-Home-itis when I was in Utah heading towards Bonneville Salt flats. I ended up heading straight home on the interstates. It was about 3,300 km. Speed limit in Utah was 80mph (about 135 kph) traffic was moving at around 90 mph (about 145kph) so I stayed with the flow, and as I got further east most of the limits were 75 mph (about 120 kph) and traffic usually flowed at around 85 mph (about 135kph).
The bike never missed a beat, it just used a bit of oil (I started the trip with 179,000 km or about 111,000 miles) and had no issues at all in spite of the speed, the heat, and the load.
The DL650 is plenty of bike!