My post has nothing to do with 650 owners.
If 1K most buyers regretted getting one, they would trade it in for something else soon after the purchase. If that were the case, Suzuki would not bother to produce it. Not only does Suzuki continue to produce the 1K, but they do so with superior components than the 650 has as well (from forks to passenger pegs).
I think my statement of most 1K owners not regretting it is valid.
Look at the OP's location, mine and Cigarski's. All of us are from NJ. If the OP needs to deal with highway traffic around here, the 1K will give him more than enough power. I can deal with the highway with my 650, but having ridden a 1K, I can say that there are times where that extra grunt can come in handy.
If he wants to giggle and grin like an axe murdering school girl while twisting the throttle () then the 1K is for him.
Let me clarify it again, my post has nothing to do with 650 people.
Most 1K people I've met and talked to have no regrets in getting the 1K.
I sense this is close to becoming another flame war over which is better!
Dirt_Dad © 2009 has a DL1000 and his wife has a DL650. He is familiar with both. He rides
his bike and is a fast rider in the twisties; but in the few times I have ridden with him he was not able to pull away from me in the twisities. (In the straights is another matter!)
I know of some DL650 riders that would get a DL1000 next time around, and I know some DL1000 riders that would get a DL650 next time around. Having said that, I think that the vast majority of riders that bought either
bike love the bike and have no regrets.
There are great reasons to buy a DL1000 (Some reasons include more power, better suspension, and helmet holders) and great reasons to buy a DL650 (some reasons include beiong lighter, more nimble feeling and smoother engine.)
I think in the end it just comes down to what you like and which turns your crank.