I don't remember what OLD means
You can call me old, and you can call my 2006 Wee-Strom old,
but we are 80 years young (72 of those years are mine) and we
are headed from Florida to Ontario at the end of this month.
My 2006 DL-650 has carried me into Michigan six times,
three times into the Upper Peninsula and thrice into the other one.
I still have not found out what an inhabitant of Bad Axe MI is called,
but the burgher to whom I suggested "Begonias" scoffed at me.
Anyway, I cannot help you decide, but I can point out that my DL-650
has carried me through snow and fog and rain, yes lots of rain, and
plenty of fine weather as well, and I am mighty pleased with it.
What has made my motorcycle fail?
Well, I had to store it outside for three weeks, and a mud-dauber wasp
built a dam that diverted rain into the gas tank. Hence the bike would
not start until the diluted gas was replaced with something inflammable.
And what has made it overheat?
A professional mechanic left the fan motor's plug unconnected
when reassembling the motorcycle after setting valve clearances.
Apart from those all-too-human failings, I have had 78000 miles of
trouble-free riding, and I look to many more enjoyable miles.
My motorcycle is named COLORADO for several reasons,
and I am very proud to be its enthusiastic fan.
Whichever Strom you purchase, you are likely to have a good time riding it,
and to be overwhelmingly glad that you purchased it. I have a suggestion
that may have come from Benjamin Franklin (or maybe not).
Decide that heads means old and tails means new, and then flip a coin.
Do not be decided by the outcome of the flip; instead, consider how you FEEL
about the outcome of the flip. You may react, "DANG! I wanted the new one!"
If that particular event happens, then by all means get the new one.