The only way you will know is to ride one, I have a '12 650 and '14 1000 in my garage right now, stop by, we'll go for a ride through the river valleys, over the coastal mountains, to the coast, and trade bikes on the way back.
Seriously , I've let several guys ride my bikes, one guy at work, near my age had a Gold Wing, with a long inclined driveway and sharp turns ending in a gravel parking area. They are comfortable capable awesome bikes, but weigh about as much as a small Honda sedan.. He rode my 650 and loved it. Givi V35 side bags, Givi B47 top box, heated grips, aftermarket seat, and 250 mile range. I do 4,000 mile trips every summer, and for about $10K new with accessories, I've been very happy with it.
As nice as that bike is, having owned an older version of the 1000 Vee, I missed that extra power, so I recently picked up the 2014 1000. It goes beyond the motor, with better brakes, suspension, and more planted stable ride. It also sits a bit taller, which I appreciate, it just seems like more bike all round.
2012 was the year Suzuki did a complete remodel on the 650, ABS, trip computer, gear indicator, new dash, motor refinements, new styling.
2014 Suzuki did the same with the 1000, huge motor refinement, trip computer ABS, TC, new style, etc.
You don't live in Oregon do ya ? , I'm going for a ride later this morning, stopping at the Suzuki dealer in Grants Pass, heading for the coast through the redwoods, riding north on Hwy 101 then home on a 400 mile loop....
They also increased the stator output on the '14 Vee, to 490 watts, leaving about 270 -300 available for accessories.
The DL650 was always a little light on electrical output, I could run heated grips and a vest together, but that was about it. If my wife was along, she got the vest, I bundled up.
You really want to ride both bikes, they are very different, beyond just the extra 350 CC motor size.
Last edited by Byronw; 06-28-2019 at 10:11 AM.