Join Date: Jul 2019
Location: Victoria British Columbia
When I was researching these sport adventure bikes, the price of the DL1000 was one of the key attractions. It doesn't matter which bike or model you buy, everyone does some particularization to make the bike theirs. HD riders routinely spend significant coin to change their ride before it leaves the shop.
My 2012 DL1000 was pretty much outfitted, but I have done some mechanical work (new clutch basket, engine and chassis maintenance) to baseline the bike. An STS signal system, Holeshot Tuner, and some gauges but these are for me. The suspension is being upgraded for myself as well. Once the maintenance/upgrades are done to my 2012, will be looking at a cruise control system in a year or two.
Should get quite a few more Kms out of this one before another is needed, only 65K Kms on my 2012. If you're not into doing your own work, a new(er) bike is always the best way to go, and hopefully with warranty. If you're into doing your own work, an older model that is less complicated can be the ticket. The more sophisticated the bike, or any vehicle, the more reliant you are on the dealers.
My '85 Goldwing Limited Edition FI model is quite complicated and because of age parts are a challenge to source. The 1500 has more relays and electrics than I want to look at, and hopefully it behaves such that I do the maintenance required and don't have to get into the various parts and pieces to troubleshoot. Can't fathom a new Goldwing and the complexities it comes with.
Think the new 1050 needs a couple of years to get the kinks worked out and some real world long distance riding reviews before jumping in. As I mentioned in a previous post, maybe a 1050 for my 70th b'day some 5 years down the road will be in order.
I agree with Big Boy, not at this time.
2012 Suzuki DL1000 VStrom
1985 Honda Goldwing GL1200 Limited Edition
1995 Honda Goldwing GL1500 Special Edition