Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Twin Cities, MN, USA
Kind and Honorable Gentlemen,
Consider for just one moment- what in the world can the overpowered (my term, I'm not speaking for others) Hayabusa do that the 62hp of the DL650 can't do, except launch you into the stratosphere?
The 650 is amply able to propel you to 100 mph faster than +90% of all 4-wheeled vehicles on the road. It's able to haul you and an equal weight in gear and supplies to nearly any corner of the globe. It allows you to sit upright and natural for 1000 mile days. It sips gas like the Queen of England sips tea with international dignitaries.
Yes, I've read all the recent articles on the Hayabusa and the Bandit 1250 and the new Kawi's, and outstanding machines they all are and I'd be proud to have each in my stable. But for reasons other than a lust for high performance, why does anyone need more than what a DL650 already offers?
You need to spend more quality time with your VStroms, some loooong ride days, and many, many commuting days, then you'll come to fully understand and appreciate all the wonderful things this marvelous motorcycle has to offer.
I'm not looking to stir the pot here (okay, maybe a little bit, but I still can't ride yet because of the snow), but I've got my turnout gear on, so let the flames begin.
Twin Cities, MN, USA
'18 DL650XT, previously '07 DL650 and others
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-Me, Steve T.