It is not a deal-dependent interest - just curious... actually, what I should have asked is for a complete technical review, similar to what motorcycle consumer news did for the 2004 DL 650 - very thorough - I have not seen this kind of review of the 2012 DL. I realize that acceleration is not what the DL is about - I owned a 2009 for two years... although, I was initially intrigued to find that the '09 had 0 - 60 time of 3.98 seconds - pretty cool!
It is not so much about off the line speed as much as a useful power band - especially in the twisties - without having to shift so much. I am also interested in overtaking speed in the higher gears - for passing safety on the 2 laners.
Call me crazy, but I am interested in returning to the DL after having ridden a Concours 14 for the last year... one reason is that bone stock - without a Power Commander, flies out, and less restrictive pipe, the Connie seems to actually be slower than the DL in the areas I mentioned I am concerned about. I find that I have to shift about the same with the Connie to stay in the power band...
Another concern for me is stability in the wind, and also weather protection... I have looked at the 2012 DL, and I wonder about both of these areas - given the trimmed fairing and being taller than the old DL...
I am also thinking again about off road, and in that vein, the lighter '12 DL is welcome - although, why does mother Suz. insist on us paying an arm and a leg for off road stuff that should be standard?
Sorry for straying from the thread - any info. welcome...
Since I've had both.
You'll probably love the better power band. Roll on passing rather than shift down and pass for example. Like I said, the difference on a drag strip may not show much, but it's a much easier ride.
Reaction to wind is less, but I put a fork brace and steering damper on the first week so it never got tested at highway speeds stock. I also havn't had it up to seriously illegal speeds, but it feels more stable passing trucks 'quickly'.
Rain protection isn't as good, but wind protection is better. In light rain you'll get damp shoulders and outside legs, with the 06 it was damp shoulders and outsides of knees. No significant buffeting stock. The big win for me though, in heavy rain ice cold water doesn't pool in my crutch to the same extent.
Off road it's a lot better, lighter, steers better, more stable. For me anyway the ABS just works , the big win isn't stopping distances, though I don't lose much if anything there, it's the back end of the bike not wagging around when I lock the rear. I've hit the anchors hard both ends on gravel and the bike just pulls up in a straight line, if I had the balls to do that to my K6 it'd be pretty ugly even if I didn't drop it.
The off road stuff isn't expensive to add.
Personally I'd avoid the Suzuki lower guard, it does nothing to stop crap hitting the bottom of the bike, and my K6 looked like it'd been taken to with a ball peen hammer before I put a sump guard on. There's a lot of stuff comes UP off the road and hits the bottom on dirt roads.