Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southern Oregon
Ah yes, I had an 07 1000, liked it alot, it got taken out by a Pickup truck in late 2011. The 2012 650 changes were announced, so I ordered one sight unseen. I've wanted a newer 1000 since the changes in 2014, I finally picked up a 2014 Vee in July, and love it. (not the 2018, but close)
I like: ABS, Traction Control, new dash and instruments, updated styling, maximum torque at lower rpm than previous vee motor,
and, of course, after 50K on the '12 650, the power, better brakes, suspension, and height.
things I added immediately, skid plate from Happy Trails, Oxford Heaterz, Givi top box, Center stand, mirror extenders, Givi Airflow shield (excellent shield, I can hear the motor now)
the seat was OK for short rides, but I wanted something better. I bought the Shad comfort seat, did a ten day trip, and decided to go all out for a Russell Day Long seat, just picked it up on Monday. (The Shad will be for sale soon)
the 2014 seems smoother and more solid than my 07 did, but it's been a while since it was totalled.
Good luck with the purchase, I don't think you can go wrong.