I agree, I have a 2004 DL650 which I consider one of the best bikes I’ve ever owned. It is drop dead reliable, great for commuting, fantastic in traffic, very comfortable, handles the twisties as good or better than any bike I’ve ridden, and although some may disagree, a damn good looking bike.
My favorite bike I’ve ever owned was my 2004 KLR650, that KLR and I had many, many awesome adventures together. Though my V-Strom 650 is making a good case for changing that. I find I like it more and more each time I take it for a ride. I’ve got 32,000 miles on the clock, 10,000 of those are mine, and I can see putting at least another 100,000 on it without any major problems.