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post #1 of 7 Old 09-04-2018, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone prefer the 12-16's performance over 2017+

Just wondering if you have sampled both and found the older one was just better at something? For me, the looks of the old one are Superior, but the 2017 looks neat too. I like what I read about the redesigned one's features.

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-05-2018, 10:38 PM
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I'd race a L7 with my L2.

Haven't seen the L7's performance data yet either.

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post #3 of 7 Old 09-07-2018, 06:28 PM
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I spend most of my time under 5k rpms. There's a dip in torque on the new engine around 4k I believe. Has a bit more power up top though.

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-07-2018, 11:08 PM
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I can not speak for the 12-16 models. I went from an '05 to a '17 and WOW! what a difference! Its a different bike. Feels lighter, handles better, power is better everywhere. I like the new cams, the spacing of the transmission ratios, etc., etc., and so on. I liked the '17 so much I finally sold my Triumph Tiger 1050 as I just wan't ridding it any more. The DL 650 is better suited for the back road ridding I do here in Kentucky. No need for a bigger, heavier, or more powerful bike here where I live.
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-07-2018, 11:39 PM
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There is zero difference in performance between the gen 2 and gen 3 650's.

RPM is already plural.
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post #6 of 7 Old 09-09-2018, 06:49 AM
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Can anyone elaborate on the difference between wind protection. I have a 15' with a 20" Madstad and it is wonderful.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-10-2018, 09:11 AM
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I have 2012 Glee but test rode the '17 for about an hour. Power of the '17 is just a little better especially just off idle - I think it is the electronic throttle assist doing this but it feels strong with no flat spots anywhere. That said difference from Glee to '17 is much less than the difference from Wee to Glee. Wind protection standard is not as good as my Givi Airflow but better than standard Glee.
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