I currently own 5 motorcycles . Two of them are DL1000's . I also have a GSXR 1000, XR650R supermoto and a 650L .
I have spent most of my life on motorcycles and I am not young Lol. For me and the kind of riding I like to do the DL
with some mods is hard to beat. The roads we spend most of the time on are twisty and bumpy. The DL works great on these roads.
What I like best is the motor and how it pulls off the turns and is not fussy about what gear it is in. I would also like more power
but as is with some mods if feels like it is putting out more HP than it actually is. With the DL you get to use all of the power.
More HP would be nice but I do not want to loose the grunt
When I ride my GSXR on the street I never use all the power it has and spend most of the time below 8000 RPM.
It all depends on where you are riding. When I go out to the garage on Sunday morning nine out of ten times the DL is my choice.
It is comfortable, fast enough, has wind protection and I can ride it all day. it has become my favorite of all the bikes I have owned.
For riding in the twistys aside from suspension, brakes, gearing, tires and lowering the front. I like to use a DL 650 seat. It is a little lower
and makes me feel more into the bike rather than on top of it. I also do not put any more gas in the tank than I need to. For sporting rides this makes a difference. I will usually fill just above the metal piece in the center of the tank. The bike was never designed to be a sport bike but with a few mods it does surprisingly well.