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post #1 of 59 Old 07-11-2017, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Which Strom for long and slow riding

Hi all! New guy here. I just got home from a 9,300 mi. trip from Michigan to Alaska and back. I did the ride on a KLR 650. I could not have asked for a better ride, or, a better bike. However, I saw many V-Stroms on my trip and have put my KLR up for sale and will buy a V-Strom for my next bike. The question is, which one.

I weigh 250 lbs. so I'm not a light weight. I've been looking at V's for that reason. Seems with A V I won't have to worry about modifications with suspension or brakes, etc. I'll be riding alone 100% of the time.

Although I do quite a bit of local riding, I'll be buying a bike to handle 2 to 4 week trips. The trips are usually 50/50 motel and camping. I camp in good weather and motel in bad. So, I always have my camping gear with me. My travel loads are usually in the 50-80 lbs. range. Again, the V seems like a good choice.

The tricky part of the equation is my riding style. I like to stay off the interstate. I ride two lane paved and good dirt roads at 55-60 mph 90% of the time. The other 10% is on the freeway getting around cities as fast as I can. I've read where the V's don't necessarily like going that slow.

I'd really rather have a V over a Wee. I think I would be more comfortable. I think my aging knees would like the V better. I would not mind gearing down below 55mph, but not sure if I want to run 5th gear all day.

I really like my KLR, but two factors have led me to selling. First, it's just a little too tall. As I get older, it's getting to be a bear to get on and off. The V and the Wee are about 4" shorter - much easier to get on and off. Second, although it's never happened, I always worry about fixing a flat on the side of the road with with a tubed tire. Not having to take the tire off would bring me peace of mind.

So, the deciding factor would be how does the V handle 55-60 mph all day. If a simple sprocket swap would make the difference (I use 3 on my KLR) that would be fine.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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You have zero reasons for the 1000.
Get a 650 be happy.

Lighter, longer range on a tank - those two are reason enough, same l;uggage capacity
Not quite as off pavement capable as your KLR ( I have one in Aus ) but the Vstrom is far more hwy capable than the KLR
Vstrom 650 twin is VERY different than the KLR.
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Yup I recommend the 650 most certainly, I have owned 2 1000's and still like the 650 overall better.

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As a happy Vee owner and reading your post, even I would say go with the 650. I have ridden one with my girl and it will do the job nicely. It is a more refined engine than the 1000 and feels smoother. You will have zero regrets.

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Another 650 person here.
I'm also at that 250 mark.
I've also pulled a sidecar with the 650.
Fully loaded without the sidecar I can cruise at 75 all day and still get about 51 mpg.
Fully loaded with the sidecar at 75 on the Interstate, about 41 mpg.
The 650 will do everything you need.
I've owned a lot of bikes over the past 50 years and the Wee is one of the two best.

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I would say if you are going to do either:
- 2 up plus gear in the mountains
- lots of highway (interstates)
Then the 1000 might be a better choice.

But you're not. I'm your weight, and ride with that sort of gear. With the 650 you'll go long, either fast or slow Cheaper to run and I think more fun as well.
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I must admit I enjoy the power of the CBF1000 I've been riding while the Wee takes a rest but hate the more frequent gas stops.
We is generous ....near on 500 km from a tank if I'm careful.
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If you ride 2 up, get a 1000.
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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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