Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Vancouver Island
I just completed 12 000km on my 2015 Wee: MB - AK - MB. I've lowered the pegs, raised the handlebar, changed to a givi airflow windshield, added heated grips and upgraded the seat foam. I was refueling at 250 - 340km between stops. Most I put in was 19.4L, after riding 2 hrs with a 60 km/h headwind! Never worried about fuel as I carried a 1Gal rotopax.
I was fully loaded with camping gear as well. Once I switched to Shinko 705s, I was happily seeking out gravel roads and off the beaten path campsites. My ass or back never complained. 5'10", 30" inseam 215lbs in the buff.
Would a 1000 have made it a better trip? Probably not. I never went above 135 kph and was refuelling less often than those on R1200GS.
The 1000 I'm told has better front suspension and brakes. Maybe its a little taller too? Would that be worth an extra $2000? Not sure. It would come at a cost of lower range. I spent $2000 on waterproof riding gear, heated vest and bike mods which allowed me to ride all day, rain or shine, sometimes 1200km, in total comfort.
I'm looking at doing some IBA LD rides. Might change up the front sprocket for those (cruise 75-85 mph) , but wouldn't for normal camping trips (cruise 55-70 mph) as it would make navigating short technical sections in 1st gear diffucult. I find I need at least 12 kph in 1st gear with the clutch out.
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2015 VSTROM 650 X ABS EXP
Previous rides: 2012 KLX250S, 2006 VT1100C2, 2002 KX125, 1999 SV650, 1987 GPZ305
Bikes I wish I had: Ducati 916, Harley Road King, KTM 500 EXC, BMW R1200RT, Honda CRF1000L, BMW R75
Last edited by marcham; 07-12-2017 at 09:22 AM.