I am sorry you had that experience, it is uncalled for! Sadly there are those who love to chit on others parades and push what they personally feel. I think they do this stuff just to get attention!
I have owned bikes since 1964..I started at an young age! I owned a bike shop (off road brands from Europe and Japan) and have competed (and did quite well I must say) at moto-cross, hare scrambles, and even some trials and flat track just for the hell of it! (Why not!). I have owned and ridden more motor cycles than I can count, everything from a little Hodaka Ace 100 up to a BMW K1200GT with a lot of stuff in between. I am not bragging, many have done the same, but I do want to make a point: There are many of us who have owned a pile of motorcycles and now have found the DL650 suits us well. I worked hard all my life and now am in a situation where I can afford any motorcycle I might want. I sold off my high dollar BMW's and Triumph and have settled into my little Vstom 650. Why? Because it does exactly what I want it to do, haul me and my favorite gal around the back roads of Kentucky with out fuss or hassle. It doesn't break down nor require dealer servicing for hundreds of dollars a year. I can care for it myself, a job I enjoy putting around at. Its my second DL650 as I traded in my 2005 after twelve trouble free and enjoyable year.
I don't care what the latest snob appeal bike is. I don't care if someone wants a BMW or KTM or whatever...I don't. Its their money and their choice. I have been down that road and enjoyed those bikes too. They are great motorcycles if you don't blink at the price or the cost of service. But now its my Wee that has my heart as it is just the bike I need. As we always say; the perfect motorcycle is the one you are riding right now! Yes, there are "better" bikes out there if you can define what "better" really is I suppose. My Wees have been great bikes and have served me so well since 2005. I really love my current one, a 2017, as its a step up from my original 2005 model in many ways; lighter, more powerful, handles better, great dash that allows me to adjust the traction control and other settings all with my left thumb. Its so much fun! Multi level traction control, ABS, gear indicator, lots of info on the dash and you can change it with your left thumb. They gave this bike a lot for the money. Yes a KTM or BMW can have more flash, but you will pay two or three times more for it than a Vstrom.
I'll keep my Wee....we are bonded....
'17 DL 650 Vstrom, Best value ride of all time. (replaced our '05 Wee)
'07 Triumph Tiger 1050 Feel the Power! Culled from the herd...gone but never forgotten.
BMW K1200 GT, Gone but never forgotten
BMW K100 RS, Beautiful German engineering
Husky 250WR, (1986) Last of the real Huskies made in Sweden
Bultaco's ...for those of you who remember....
A long list of so many others.....
Happiness is having a motorcycle with more power than you will ever need.
Last edited by Hans471; 07-05-2019 at 12:14 AM.