Originally Posted by ShawnT316
What have I missed?
Gas tank range. If your bike won't easily do a full round-trip commute, it's not suited for the job.
If it will do two it will be much more convenient--but harder to find.
1 1/2 commutes per tank might be the best you can hope for in your price range (without aftermarket tank). I expect a DL650 will deliver? I think the old one has 5.5 gallon tank, and if you baby it maybe you can get 55MPG? At least on non-winter gas.
I'd recommend a Versys, but it won't even get you 1 1/2 commutes. It does 2+ for me with it's 5 gallon tank, and I love it. But if I had your commute I'd want more range.