Try the new one, I have an 07 and have loved it from day 1, but it was a really well maintained bike that only had 14,000 ks on the odometer (it now has almost 30,000 after about 22 months of being with me!)
I don't think my dads bike is in bad shape, but he does ride it hard. I found it a little slow and the engine felt like it was doing a lot, but the bike wasn't putting out much power at highway speeds. In the spring I'll see if I can arrange a demo ride on a new one.
Can you put a finger on what you didn't like? Is it something that is an easy farkle fix or if it's that the Wee is civilized you could find a Vee to test out.
I love the Wee as a commuter and for trips around town. If I'm going to ride for a thrill or more than 100 miles I want the more visceral Vee under me.
I think everyone should have both.
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I'll definitely keep my current bike, but am leery to buy another bike I won't enjoy as much, and not ride it. Compared to what I have, the bike just didn't seem "fun" and for me, that's the point of riding. I'm excited every time I back my bike out of the garage and want every bike I own to make me feel that way. Currently I ride a Ducati 796, well farkeled, as you guys might say.
I don't think I'd want the Vee, as I'm a small guy and want it to be manageable, regardless where I take the bike.
I have the 2012 DL650 and absolutely love it, I have done over 18000km in 11 months.
That consists of day rides and road trips.
You can't beat the reliability and value for money you get with the DL as well as after market accessories.
I suggest you try the new one as a comparison to your dad's and see what you think then.
I'll definitely ride a new one in the spring and go from there. I agree it's the best all around bike, especially for what I want it for. We're planning a 13000 km ride in 2014 from Calgary to Cancun and back and my bike isn't the best choice. I love it, but for that long on the road, and the roads we'll come across, I want the comfort, reliability and repairability of the wee. I don't think the naked Monster will enjoy the Mexican roads very much.