Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Canberra-ish, Australia
I have owned both a 2006 DL650 and my current 2011 DL650. Both bikes have the following two issues:
- When braking hard with the clutch pulled in, the bike tries to stall. Actually managed to get the 2006 to stall once, but usually the rpm just drop to about 1000 before slowly climbing back up. I have read the same problem description in a online advertisement from someone trying to sell their Wee.
- Lumpy engine braking. Coasting to a stop in gear, letting the engine slow the bike, at about 3000rpm the deceleration temporarily lets up for about a second before beginning again. Very annoying in stop and go traffic.
Both bikes were stock when these issues were noticeable.
If it had only happened with one Wee I would put it down to a problem bike, but it these issues occur on both bikes. I also don't think it is anything to do with how I ride, as I have forgotten how many bikes I have owned in 26 years of riding and none have behaved like this.
In this respect, the engine on my old 2008 DL1000 was smoother, more predictable and more pleasant to ride with. Overall though I prefer the 650 for my urban commuting, but it has left me constantly on the lookout for what a suitable replacement would be (CB500X? Versys?).