05 DL650 is not a sport bike.
I practiced a bit of hard braking today, while lightly loaded up w gear, but not more than 50 lbs; mounted where a rear top case would be.
The feedback in the handlebars is not pleasant. I feel the bike wanting to go to one side or the other. I was light on the rear brake, maybe I need to dig in more with the rear first; regardless, I rediscovered that hard braking (in a straight line) is not this bike's strength (something I probably knew already beforehand).
Which is another reason to not ride it like a sport bike; don't put those extreme performance demands on a bike that wasn't designed for it.
The new DL1000 or even the S10 are looking mighty tempting.. can't quite justify the switch yet, but maybe someone else can enjoy this 650 while it's got some life left.. I don't really want to own two similar motorcycles
'04 Suz. DL650 Wee
Ex's (in order):
'88 CBR, '92 FZR600, '86 GSXR750, '91 EX500, '87 VFR700F2, '94 CBR600F2, '01 YZF600R (Black), '92 CB750, '95 VFR750, '03 YZF600R (Silver)