Just wondering if the DL650 is the right bike for me.
I currently ride a WR250X. I've had it for about 2 years and 12k miles and most of the time absolutely love the thing - it's so responsive and quick, just like riding a mountain bike at 70mph.
The problem is, it's like riding a mountain bike at 70mph. I frequently take it on day rides of 200-300 miles and stick to exclusively VERY twisty minor roads. Take the X out on the freeway or even a normal two-lane highway, wick it up to 70, and it feels like I'm getting the crap kicked out of me after a couple miles. It's quite unpleasant for anything more than a few minutes. I think that the combination of turbulence from other vehicles, very twitchy steering, and the 2x4 seat make anything even remotely resembling straight-line riding at 60+ mph a less than rewarding experience. As long as I can devise a route that sticks to the curves, it is actually very comfortable and an amazing amount of fun.
However, I can't always and don't always want to have to come up with these crazy circuitous routes. I'm hoping for something that makes the less-than hairpin filled roads a little bit more fun, comfortable, and even (dare I say) relaxing?
I'm planning to keep the X for my hooligan bike, but am looking for something that's a little more realistic for eating up a lot of miles in a day, occasionally carrying a passenger, handling easy dirt/gravel roads, has good fuel range, and making 70+mph in a straight line a little bit more fun.
It's silly to come on a Strom forum and ask this question. I think I already have the answer. Just wanted to see if there were any other bikes that might fit my criteria better, get the thumbs up that I'm headed in the right direction, and introduce myself to the forum.