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post #1 of 21 Old 07-08-2012, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Is the v strom what I'm looking for????

Currently on a 2011 KLR 650 (commuting, dirt roads and some highway trips) but it seems my riding has turned to more highway (4+hrs) in the saddle at a time and wanting something more for the road than the KLR.

How much better are the stroms on the road than the klr? Does the wee/glee have enough punch at freeway speeds to "go with the flow" or better yet to get out of the way? Strom's seat better for long hauls? Which bags and/or top case? How does the strom compare with the klr as to ridin in cross winds? How about two up comfort for say 4+ hrs?

Ain't made up my mine as to the vee, wee or even the Fz1. Just got my feelers out...

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post #2 of 21 Old 07-08-2012, 08:11 PM
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Both models will do 2-up easily, the roads you describe are what they are meant for. They are not dirt only bikes, so don't expect to do hare scrambles on one. The 1000 will cruise all day long at 80+ mph on a interstate, the 650 will do the same but not as relaxed, meaning at higher RPM'S, but still no problem. Luggage is very subjective, and you have tons of options, some even pull trailers. Seats are also VERY subjective, I love mine, but some want something else--the key is you can buy almost anything you want for a Strom, to do whatever you want. Both models are almost bulletproof, and very reliable. To sum it up, your KLR is more a dirt bike, a Strom is more a universal bike that can do a lot more-but isn't a ride specific machine like a sportbike or touring bike. Test ride one if it's a option. Cheers--BB

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I just got back from a 3400 mile to Colorado on my 2012 Wee adv. Loaded down like a pack mule. Ran interstate at speeds of 75-85 mph without a cough--of course at those speeds the fuel mileage dropped to around 49-50 mpg.
Crosswinds. The only crosswinds that gave me any real trouble was the mile long stretch of about 60-70 mph crosswinds I ran into in the north part of Texas. I don't think even a heavy GoldWing would have handled those winds very well. Damn near blew me off the road.
My buddy with a KLR 650 was also going to go but could not get off work. No doubt he would have made it but the higher speeds would have been tough. Of course the KLR is much better off the pavement than the Wee.
I've had two big Harleys--a Fatboy and a RoadKing. The Wee gets moved around a little more in the ( normal ) wind than the RoadKing did but it's also a lot lighter which makes it easier to handle.
I never once felt like I rode the wrong bike.
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Having owned a 2009 KLR...I can say the V-Strom rides great on the highway in comparison to the KLR. The KLR felt like a dirt bike on the highway to me.

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Having owned a 2009 KLR...I can say the V-Strom rides great on the highway in comparison to the KLR. The KLR felt like a dirt bike on the highway to me.
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Having owned a 2009 KLR...I can say the V-Strom rides great on the highway in comparison to the KLR. The KLR felt like a dirt bike on the highway to me.
Ditto.

OP, you are on a well-trodden path. You'll have to ride them and decide for yourself.


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I've owned a KLR, a Vee, and now a '12 Wee. They are 3 really different bikes, IME.

The KLR is a tractor. It's ABLE to go on the highway - it's not any good at it. I got rid of my KLR because of the terror and fatigue it induced on the highway. I loved that bike, tho: cheap, simple, drop without damage, take it anywhere.

The Vee is a touring bike, IMO. 90+hp (KLR is something like 35hp), it wants to GO. First gear is tall; 6th is lugging at 65mph. WOT will push you back in the seat and/ or loft the front tire. Scary in dirt/ gravel for me, tho. It's heavy. If you drop it, expensive stuff breaks.

The Wee (the '12, anyway), IS halfway between - in weight and hp. It's a light bike with a manageable engine which inspires confidence on gravel and dirt. It's a heavy bike with a powerful engine to take on the highway without fear. Add ABS, 50+mpg, and super reliability. What's not to love?

As stated, a LOT of KLR guys end up on Stroms.
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I am a VEE owner and look at as a hypermotard for quick transit of 2ndary roads.

I also explore and wanted dirt ROAD capabilities which she has

If I only trod better roads and slabs I would have looked at a sport tourer but the Stroms will serve
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I have owned the KLR and now a Vee. The V-Strom is more suited for my style of riding and a more comfortable ride to and from work.

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