Hey guys, i appreciate this discussion, sorry I didn't reply to any of the topics.
The tables have turned a little bit. I just got selected by a big german motorcycle magazine, they offered me to test the new Pirelli Angel GT2 on my sv650x. I accepted and got them on last weekend, meaning I have to ride them down now to be able to give a feedback in octobre. The bike change will occur after that anyways.
I somehow am stuck to the DLs because of various reasons.
First I love the sv650's engine and just hope that the dl650 is comparable (i know, a bit less hp but more torque). I will dftly. testride them. The second thing is that I just really like nimble and not so tall bikes. I don't feel comfortable on one of the very tall bikes. The V-Strom650 AND 1000 felt 1000% better then the usual suspects (Africa Twin, KTM1190+, KTM1090+ (esp. the "R" variant), BMW F700 to 1200 GS (all of them are monsters between my legs except the older F80GS).
And third is price, all other options are just crazy expensive why it is possible to get an used V-strom 1000 from 2014 for 7k€ (BMW starts at 8k€, the KTM and AT at 9k€). The V-Strom 650 XT from 2017 is also ~7k€ (that is why it is so hard, amazing looking and brand new 650XT vs. not so pleasant look and used 1000). Additionally I kinda feel the need to go back to offroading in the last couple of weeks (its only legal on dedicated areas here in germany sadly, but I can register at a club and just practice a bit nearby). With a brandnew DL650xt i will probably not do that, with a used DL650 from 2012+ I don't so much if it gets hurt a little bit. Also the 2012 model is okayish looking (not the XT one, the beak with the side to side lamps is just...not my thing, no offense) and very cheap (4k€).
Said that, the BIG adventure bikes are too much for me and too expensive (meaning tiger 1200, Yamaha SuperTen, BMW F1150GS - F1250GS, KTM1290 etc.pp. are out).
I testrode an AT 2 weeks ago and i hated it. :X
It is probably the best offroading option (next to an KTM1090A R maybe) for me but I just didn't like it at all. The gears are weird, the power is not really noticable compared to my sv650x and there are simply too many settings. When the seller started to explain to me the 3 driving modes, 7 tractioncontrol settings and how to turn ABS off i already was like "i dont need this".
The V-stroms are just...SIMPLE. And i like that.
It seems like it gonna be a tough year for me, deciding what i want