Sitting closer to the pavement than bigger, badder adventure-twins, the DL is more agile than its long wheelbase, laid-back steering geometry and relatively hefty weight (458 pounds wet-30 lbs. heavier than an SV) would suggest. Real-world gearing and a torque curve to match make for instantaneous acceleration. It is a 650, which means you can expect to do some shifting to keep the wee one in its 6000 to 9000-rpm happy place. Thankfully, a cooperative six-speed transmission makes that easy. A healthy specimen should cover the quarter-mile in about 12.6 seconds at 109 mph-plenty quick for a Saturday in the twisty bits. The fork and shock are predictably adequate price-point bits, complete with predictable price-point limitations. The same goes for the brakes: good, not great. Still, for most real-world riding, the 650 is more than good enough.