Join Date: May 2008
Location: Meeting Creek, Alberta, Canada
Thank you everyone for your replys so far. I find when my thought just bounce around in my head I can never sort them out. But when I have to try to make them understandble to others by writing them out I find much greater clarity concerning my thoughts, needs, and desires. Of course every reply, on topic or not, does help. So now I am ready to see if I have a better idea where I'm at with this question.
So I'm going to go at this as a motorcycle comparision, but with conditions. Here are the conditions:
When the DL650 was my only motorcycle is was the perfect compromise. Now that I have a Goldwing I actually find a lot of overlap between the two. So for this comparision I will ask you to consider the two motorcyles (DL650 vs DR650) if neither of them will ever be used for long distance multy day pavement touring - EVER. I will not be using either bike much if at all in the city. From my house I have to drive two hours west, or three hours east, or five hours south to get to a city larger then where I live. North? I'd reach the acrtic circle and still not find a place larger than the town of 8000 I live in now. I also live two hours from the nearest four lane so neither bike will ever be used where speed limits exceed 100km/hr (63 m/hr). And don't forget, neither bike will ever see a passenger again as my fine wife will only ride on the Goldwing now.
Given these conditions, what do you prefer and why? The DL650 or the DR650?
- I already have a 2009 DL. It's paid for modded perfect for me and I know it's history
- I love it.
- good gas range for exploring back roads with few towns
- comfortable (but the Goldwing is more comfortable so I'll be using it for long highway droning)
- ABS - I like it
- I find it top heavy and hard to ride on loose gravel, mud, sand, or off road (but I do it anyway, only slow and not too often)
- Mine is getting to be high enough milage that I soon will not be able to sell it as there will be lots of wee's around with less
- Encourages me to blast into the city on a day off and look in stores the increases my stress and dissatisfaction (I want that, Oh look at that shiny new thing!)
- Life is too short to only ride one motorcycle. If I can't have them all I can at least have many of them one after another
- Limites the areas I can ride close to home
- would encourage me to spend more time exploring wilderness around home which decreases my stress and dissatisfaction.
- simple, simple, simple - The Goldwing I am now commited to maintaining for the long haul has so much plastic and complication that I would really like my solo bike being as easy to keep going as possible. Don't underestimate this point. For me it is huge.
- Can easily be modified in either direction, more dirt or more road, depending on how my riding habits evolve
- No overlap between the DR and the Wing. Two bikes for two distinct purposes. I had this when I had a cruiser and a KLR and Iliked it a lot. I can't ride foot forward anymore so I switched that up for the V-strom. Now that my wife has discovered touring on the Wing the DL will no longer tour.
- It's a bike I've never had. Who doesn't like trying out new things just for the fun of it? (this is why I will not get a KLR. I've already had one. It was great. I liked it second best after the DL650 but If Igo this direction again it will be something else)
- I might find it underpowerd for the road and to big and heavy for off road given my limited off road skills
- Having never had a Dr I don't know if I'll love it or hate it
- Will take some time and money to get it set up the way I like it. And no, I can't leave a motorcyle as I find it. They all must be farkled!
- Old tech (this is a pro too - simple)
The list could go on, but this is a good start. Debate the pros and cons for each bike. Where is my assesment off? What am I missing?
If money was no object I'd probably buy a Ducati Desert Sled, but I'm sure good sence would say I should get a crf250l ralley - so in the middle lies the Dr650.