I'd like to bring this thread back to life;
I owned a '05 DL650 as my only motorcycle from 2009 - 2017, using it for everything: errands, commuting, day-trips, and some multi-day adventures, even 2-up loaded with camping gear.
In 2016, I rented a '14 DL1000 touring New Zealand for about 7-days, 2-up with gear.
In 2017, I rented a '17 DL650 touring Slovenia for 12-days, 2-up
In 2017, I sold the '05 DL650 and bought an used '13 Super Tenere that came equipped with some nice aftermarket stuff making it very practical for what I use it for.
For starters, I'll say the Tenere is an all-around better bike performance-wise, citing a few things that set it apart: Shaft drive, Inverted forks, Two drive modes (Sport/Touring), Excellent brakes (very smooth ABS function), (electronic suspension and cruise control available). The higher weight is actually nice for long highway cruises.
The latest generation DL1000 model is a very competent machine as well, and I'm starting to find I liked the Suzuki's V-twin motor characteristics slightly better than the Yamaha's parallel twin (you may have to ride each to understand what I'm talking about). Don't get me wrong, the Tenere pulls great, and is incredibly smooth for being a parallel twin, but the Chip-Controlled-Throttle makes it feel like I'm riding a computer (connected to a throttle body). Both Suzuki's rev-up more quickly.
I've been pondering going back to a newer model ('17+) DL650, but then quickly realize I already have a higher-performance machine (the Tenere) in the garage, and the slight savings in fuel mileage and weight is probably not worth what I'll lose. I'm basically just back to the idea that something "new" is going to make me happy, and that I'm "missing out" on what another bike could potentially offer.
I've been mulling over some lighter weight models for urban use (Honda CB500x or NC750x) but quickly realize the DL650 is a competent, balanced package of performance, cost, and reliability. I'd like to think I'll be back on one when I'm done with the Yamaha.
'04 Suz. DL650 Wee
Ex's (in order):
'88 CBR, '92 FZR600, '86 GSXR750, '91 EX500, '87 VFR700F2, '94 CBR600F2, '01 YZF600R (Black), '92 CB750, '95 VFR750, '03 YZF600R (Silver)
Last edited by klimber; 04-09-2019 at 01:55 AM.