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post #1 of 10 Old 04-13-2008, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I just registered on this site and have a question that I am sure has been asked before but I didn't find the answer I was looking for in the search. I am considering selling my 04 BMW R1150R and getting a wee strom. The reason is, I want someting with a much better dealer network and a lighter bike. I bought an 08 KLR a few months ago and the 1150 has hardly been ridden since. The KLR is a great bike but they call them thumpers for a reason. From what I have read the wee is silky smooth and would be better on the highway. If I do sell the 1150 and get a wee I would set the KLR up more dirt oriented and the wee more for the street. How many have gone from a larger bike like the BMW to the wee and did you regret the decission.

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post #2 of 10 Old 04-13-2008, 12:30 PM
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I have a 04 KLR and a 07 V-Strom 650, I'm totally happy with both bikes, I also ride with four other riding buddies who have the same two bike. That should answer your question.

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post #3 of 10 Old 04-13-2008, 12:38 PM
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As to 'downsizing'.......... I started the street scene with a Honda VTX1300. Very nice bike for the money, plenty of power, comfortable / silky smooth ride, etc. Yet for my eventual decision on favorite type of riding, it was entirely too heavy and lacked some of the fun that I wanted. Over the last couple of years I have taken to sport touring and just picking a direction and going for an unplanned for amount of time. I got Baby V for its sportier ride, better gas mileage, more multipurpose-oriented riding capability, and above all, for its 'difference' in style from the normal cruiser I see all the time. About the only big thing that I notice is how wind affects a lighter bike.

With respect to the thumper world, I also have a KLR650 which is my 'off-road' bike that allows me to get someplace off the beaten path legally and enjoy the enviroment much better that a dual purpose bike allows. Also, maintenance on them is relatively easy and cheap to do yourself. Albeit, I sometimes feel that the KLR is a bit heavy and top heavy for really enjoying the dirt. I have been thinking of downsizing it to get another more flickable bike for the offroad.

I think that having a dual sport and a dirt bike are the ideal combination FOR ME. I may in the future go back to getting a heavier bike more geared to plush riding but for the moment, the inner kid in me is having a ball.
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If your worried about the down size then get the 1000 V-Strom. There really is not much that separate them. Around $1000 to $1500 dollars, 31 pounds, and 1". I see you have plans for the bike and freeway riding with that alone I would go with the Vee over the Wee. No offense to the Wee riders but there is no replacement for the extra torque and the lower less frantic engine for cruising at freeway speeds. Just my 2 cents.

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Many have done what your considering, and I don't recall hearing any regrets. The 650 Strom doesn't run like a small little engine, it is actually quite impressive....the 1000 runs very well.

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post #6 of 10 Old 04-13-2008, 01:39 PM
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I went from an 1100cc fuel injected Moto Guzzi California to the DL650, and I have not regretted it one bit.

The Guzzi had rear wheel hp on the dyno (64-65hp) almost the same as the DL650 (62hp), but much more torque that the 650.

Yes, the Guzzi had incredible low end power, it could take off from a stand still in 3rd gear (on my first ride on it...) and it felt like you were being shot out of a cannon. But at traveling speeds, the VStrom is much more comfortable with better ergonomics. My body (specifically my lower back) did not allow me to travel without serious discomfort more than 200 miles per day on the Guzzi. On the VStrom with my upgraded Sargent saddle, I've done 650 miles in a day. I'm planning a Saddle Sore 1000 later this spring.

The DL650 gets up to freeway speed alarmingly fast, faster than +90% of all cars out there, and it will sit happy at 80-mph for hours on end. Back country paved roads are eaten up by it, unpaved roads are easily traveled as well (especially with a tire upgrade).

I've got 6000 miles on my '07 that I bought last June after 2.5 years with the Guzzi. I wax nostalgic for the old goose on occasion (Italian bikes have that effect), but the VStrom has not once put a frown on my face.

I think your idea is sound- the KLR for the rough stuff, the DL650 for long road hauls. Sounds like a lot of good times will be had in your future.

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BMW to Strom

I had a beautiful, low mileage,(60K) R80RT and it was a lovely riding bike, (I thought).After I rode a friends Wee occasionally, I bought one for myself. The BMW stayed in the garage for the next 6 months until I got around to selling it. After learning what a well mannered bike did, riding the BMW was kind of like taking the tractor into the fields again, no comparison.
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-13-2008, 03:14 PM
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My bikes are listed in my sig line below. I kept the Connie (my first bike) when I bought the Wee and I'm glad I did. I ride the Wee more in the warm weather and the Connie most in the 11 1/2 months of rain we have here in the Northwest. The Concours weighs in at over 700 lbs with farkles and fuel, and it's a top-heavy pig at low speeds. Transition from one to the other is no big deal for me, but then I have skills and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Actually I find it refreshing to change from one bike to the other. Each has it's own good points. After a week or two on the Connie, it's just plain fun to hop on the Wee and it's like riding a bicycyle except no pedalling. Then, a few days on the Wee, and I really appreciate that big barn door fairing on the Connie keepng the cold wind off. You will have no regrets buying either flavor of 'Strom.

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post #9 of 10 Old 04-14-2008, 01:00 AM
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i'm going from a 150 hp suzuki gsx1100 to a wee. i rented one fro a day to make sure downsizing engine power wouldnt be a big deal. i love the wee.
it feels just right. you won't regret your change. not unless you regularly ride near 200 km/h (the wee starts runnign out of steam around 180)
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post #10 of 10 Old 04-14-2008, 07:04 AM
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More of the same... I rode a re-bored XS11 (upped to 1200cc ) and stepped down to a wee for the economy, I've never felt like I lacked power or accelleration at any time and I commute for an hour each way to work through winding mountain highways.

You did say you were looking for a better dealer network. I've read on this forum that Suzuki aren't the best company as far as warranty support etc goes, but parts and farkles aren't hard to come by, and service is a local issue anyway.

Best of luck mate.
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