So I'm halfway through the process Niteryder started
- I sold my 2008 DL650 last year because:
1) like many others, I just couldn't stop thinking about the next bike,
2) I felt it just gets too wrung out at highway speeds (I live in Utah, so I'm talking 80 mph on long rides),
3) after all the farkles I put on it, I got to where I could only ride 45 min or so before my back hurt, and
4) a friend died in a motorcycle accident and I thought I was done riding.
Now it's spring, and I realize I'm not done riding. I think the back issue was related to a) a SeatConcepts seat (which lowers the standover height), b) 2" risers and a different position for the handlebars, and c) not lowering the pegs (ie, totally messing up a geometry that worked great at the outset).
I spent the entire winter off-and-on checking into bikes - FJR, R1200's (RS and RTs), anything and everything, Every bike I looked at, I compared to my 650 (and they all came up lacking - not roadworthy, not dirt-worthy, etc.). I finally stopped into the pusher (local Suzuki dealer) and just straddled a 2019 DL1000. What a difference the redesign made in the center of gravity! It is way easier to "pick up" off the kickstand than my Wee ever was, and felt great. It was a rainy day and I didn't have time for a ride, but I'm looking for a dealer who'll let me take a 14-19 DL1000 out for a couple hours, to see if my back is better when I'm back to a bone-stock configuration. My interest is definitely piqued, although the $7k for a used 2014 is going to turn off my "CF-No" (that would be my wife).
So I have a few questions:
- Did the 1000 come with ABS ever, before 2014? Can I pick up something older and get that safety feature? That's a deal-breaker for me, and if I have to skip this season in order to save up, I will do it.
- Is the 1000 actually less reliable than the 650? A few have mentioned it requires more maintenance, and maybe implied there are reliability issues the 650 doesn't exhibit.
- Did the redesign address any of the "buzziness" of the 1000? That really irked me when I was test riding bikes and bought my '08. The 1000 had this buzziness right around where I'd want to change gears each time. If that's the only "catch" in moving to a 1000, I'll live with it - I am pretty sure the extra power and lower RPMs at higher speeds are what I'm looking for, and I'll take the hit if I need to.
Bottom line, I'm looking for a slightly more powerful version of my Wee - great on the road, reliable, cheap to maintain, usable on dirt surfaces occasionally, doesn't cost me my retirement, and lets me ride at lower RPMs on the highway. I travel to Southern Utah a lot, and want to be able to ride the bike down there, which means 4 of 5 hours spent at 80+ mph. Once I get there, I want to be able to head out a forest service road to a trailhead.
Thanks so much for any answers you can provide!