Before I got my dl650 I was thinking of the dl1000. I liked large bikes because I liked the power, and i like to ride large bikes and keep the revs down. Also i trust myself on large 1000cc bikes to keep in control. When i was riding a speed triple i met up with two brothers, one was a dl650 and a dl1000. I rode around the dl650 kept catching me on the speed triple, the dl650 guy was super good. We exchanged bikes, then i got on the 1000 and it was a pig compared to the dl650. Quite a big difference. I didnt even ride it offroad, but that initial ride i became more interested in smaller bikes. I didn't buy a 650, i bought a ninja 250.