Convince me not to give up my Strom for a more dirt-oriented dual sport
I've had my 2011 Wee for 2 1/2 years, put about 15k miles on it, and gotten it well dialed in for my ergonomic needs. It is the most comfortable, best riding, all-around my favorite bike out of the dozens I've owned during my riding career. I really don't want to give it up.
But I suck at riding on dirt. I've been a road rider for 30 years, with only a little dirt riding. I get nervous riding the Wee on dirt roads (using Shinko 705 tires), it always feels like I'm about to lose it. I'm sure I am too stiff and my instincts are wrong, and I'm not doing myself any favors.
Recently I got a DR 650 from a friend. Obviously that bike is much more comfortable on dirt, but I can't see making long cross-state freeway trips on it.
I have no desire to do hardcore off-road trails - just dirt roads, forest roads, etc. I'm hoping to make a trip up to Alaska next year, including riding the Dempster highway. I'm concerned that I may not get comfortable enough on my Wee to ride such roads. Also, I find that dirt roads tend to go from bad to worse quickly - so I could find myself beyond the Wee's abilities (or at least beyond MY abilities on the Wee). It makes me think a KLR might be a better choice for me, because it has (barely) tolerable qualities on the freeway, and more dirt capability than the Wee.
I got the DR to learn new skills, I'm just not sure if/when I'll get those skills so I'm comfortable taking my Wee where I'd like to go on it. Any thoughts? Former KLR riders who can compare the two?
2011 DL650 ABS, just getting started...