Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
The 2012 model is better, and I did sell a K6 (with around 120,000km on it).
However, my bike was due for replacement in the next year anyway. If the L2 hadn't turned up I would have looked more seriously at the S10 or Tiger 800's so it was enough better to sell me there - but had my K6 had < 100,000k's on it I would have kept it longer.
So yes, I did make the switch- not "just because", yeah it's a nicer bike, particularly off the seal, but it's not like a night and day difference.
The engine is nicer, and I certainly notice it's better two up, but it hasn't been quietly bored out to 1000cc's, it just makes slightly easier work loaded up, a bit more torque at lower rpm and better engine management so throttle response is a lot nicer.
And IMHO, the L2 ABS is fine on dirt. Doesn't magically make you a better rider or the bike weigh 100kg's less, but it has stopped one or both ends of the bike from sliding when it would have been awkward.
Last edited by PeteW; 07-17-2012 at 01:56 AM.