I'm curious about the Veradero, and have had my DL-1000 for a couple of years, and still love it.
The 2010 Veradero is $1300 LESS than the 2009!
From $14k5 to $13k2.
Haven't dug into the details to see if they cut features or not, but that's interesting.
On Suzuki's site, I see that they've removed the pricing on the vStrom, which was in the $13k range too.
Both bikes are spec'd very similarly.
The vStrom clunks like a Harley going 1st to 2nd, but otherwise the transmission is pretty OK. And I think that's the bike's weak spot. But the bike "loosens up" a lot in the first few thousand miles.
So, the size, features, and pricing is very similar.
Not surprising, given the dual-sports are the only sector of the M/C market that is growing.
But there are 2 big factors:
* Options for the vStrom are plentiful and reasonably priced, letting you start with a factory bike and make it your-own spec bike.
* Resale. While sport-bikes and cruisers plummet in value, I bought a new bike because I couldn't find a used one cheaper. The Suzuki vStrom might have the lowest cost-of-ownership of any bike when you figure in how much you can get back in a few years.
I have no data to go on for the Veradero. It should hold its value, but being "unknown" there might be a smaller re-sale market, and hence lower prices.
Drive em both, and buy the one that feels best to YOU.
Consider advice from others, but you're buying it for yourself foremost, not to impress anyone else. (if that was your aim, you'd be joining the cruiser hoards)
Good luck, and let us know what you pick (And why!)
2008 [B]DL-1000[/B] Silver/Blk ... been riding every week since getting it (including snow and driving sleet ... not intentionally though)
Sold: '05 [B]Yamaha YP-400 Majesty[/B] (amazingly practical and fun ... 1-up ... on smooth pavement)
Sold '82 [B]Suzuki GS650E[/B] (amazingly loud and thirsty)
Sold '69 [B]Yamaha DS-6 250-twin[/B], 2-stroke, street (30 years ago)