I test rode a Desert Sled at the super bike races at Laguna Seca last summer. Really nice bike! It felt very well put together, polished, and refined. The suspension is really good...not too firm, but also really good control. I was a little underwhelmed by the engine though. It felt really soft (for lack of a better term)...it was smooth, but just had no sense of urgency to it. I'm not a guy who gets on a bike I've never ridden before and immediately pins the throttle or goes nuts on it; I prefer to get to know a bike and get comfortable with it. Yet on that roughly 8-ish mile test ride, I bounced off the rev limiter twice, trying to get a little more power out of the engine. Maybe the stock gearing is really tall, but the V650 feels stronger to my highly-tuned butt-dyno.
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