Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: St. George, Utah
Maybe I can relate to you a little. I had a 2004 Bandit 1200 and a 2008 V-Strom 1000 and now I ride a 2014 DL 1000. I have also owed numerous 750 sized bikes including a Magna, a Maxim and several Viragos, not to mention Goldwings, ST1100, and a Concours 1000. I felt like the 2008 DL1000 was very road worthy, and I did several fairly long rides with it. I wouldn't have hesitated to take it on a 2,000 mile trip and would have been quite comfortable.
This new 2014 DL1000 is better in almost every way than the old one and will cruise at 80 MPH with little effort. It is smoother than my old DL1000 with better power in the most used RPM range. It is so smooth, if I didn't know better, I would never have guessed it is a V-Twin. Anyone who complains about the vibration on this new bike is extremely thin skinned and maybe should stick to driving cars.
I wouldn't even consider trading my new DL1000 for a Bandit, as it has way better ergonomics. That is one thing I will rate very high on V-Stroms, they have one of the best layouts for a comfortable ride of any of the bikes I have owned, exceeded only by my Goldwing 1800.
The only thing I don't care for with the new bike is the suitcase they have installed for a muffler. I liked the old twin tubes a lot better. Otherwise, I love the looks of the new bike. Hope this helps.