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post #11 of 19 Old 05-15-2019, 12:24 PM
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The DR650 sounds like what your looking for. More than capable of 600 miles day (personally have done that and more) able to do highway speeds (personally have done that) and much better off road than the DL and all around better than and at least 40lbs lighter the KLR. Valve adjustments are screw and nut so no shims needed. 2 quarts of oil

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It was my touring rig for 2 years and loved twisty mountain roads on this setup. For me the only shortcoming for me was rear tire life.
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The DR650 sounds like what your looking for. More than capable of 600 miles day (personally have done that and more) able to do highway speeds (personally have done that) and much better off road than the DL and all around better than and at least 40lbs lighter the KLR. Valve adjustments are screw and nut so no shims needed. 2 quarts of oil

Mine was outfitted with a 5.5 Acebis tank
Seat Concepts seat
Happy Trails pannier racks and Pelican 1550
Gold valve fork and shock internal sprung for my weight.

It was my touring rig for 2 years and
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Judging by your description, I don't think a V-strom is what you need. Not sure on the comfort level of those larger dual sports, but a KLR or DR or something of that nature that can do highway speeds is probably what you need. Sounds like AWESOME riding though!!!

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I tell people that the Wee I have is a great first real bike and a great last bike. As I am closing in on 70 the last statement has some experience behind it.
I run into "packs" at the Seattle Ferries. Commuters to the Peninsula. We line up in front of the cars as a courtesy of the State. All bunched together and waiting for the boat. Harleys, Versys's, a Buell Blast, Beemers (who stay on their bikes without removing their helmets, totally apart from the gang), Tigers and everything else that you can ferry commute on with the deep discount afforded.
The "gang" is in agreement. unsolicited, that my Wee is the optimum bike for enjoyment, on and moderately off road, reliable, comfortable and fun. I agree with the gang.
You can alway sell the darn thing if it doesn't fit.
I am on this forum. I am biased. But the "gang" isn't.
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post #15 of 19 Old 05-16-2019, 02:34 PM
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Judging by your description, I don't think a V-strom is what you need. Not sure on the comfort level of those larger dual sports, but a KLR or DR or something of that nature that can do highway speeds is probably what you need. Sounds like AWESOME riding though!!!

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Why do you say that? I don't know about the TAT but everything else is perfect for a V-Strom. And it does interstates very comfortably, which I cannot imagine being the word one would choose for a KLR or DR doing 85 for hours on end. I have never been on one but come on, a naked dual sport thumper?
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I agree with Hogges. I just did a couple off-pavement days with a 650 Vstrom, including some mud, a little sand, lots of rocky rutted double track, and it performed pretty well. I went to school in Columbia, so I have some idea what kind of terrain you're riding--kudos for stringing together 100 miles of gravel/dirt, BTW! Make sure to hit some pavement too, the 'strom is a blast in the twisties!

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Why do you say that? I don't know about the TAT but everything else is perfect for a V-Strom. And it does interstates very comfortably, which I cannot imagine being the word one would choose for a KLR or DR doing 85 for hours on end. I have never been on one but come on, a naked dual sport thumper?
I don't know. I just interpreted his post as the majority of his riding being offroad with the onroad portions (while significant) being much fewer.

If someone had said most of my riding is city and highway, but I enjoy stints of camping out in the woods here and there, I'd say a Vstrom seems great. Great road behavior and capable for comfortable offroad. I read his post as the opposite. So I would say look for something designed for offroad that is onroad capable, not the opposite.

Sure, you can take any bike anywhere, but if the Vstrom is a 80/20 bike, or even a 50/50 bike, I interpret his riding to be needing a 30/70 bike. Maybe I interpret the posters needs wrong. Or maybe I'm wrong about the bike. Just called it how I saw it.
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I enjoy running backcountry gravel and dirt roads, forest service roads, two-tracks, and some logging roads. I want to make a run at the Alaska highway to Prudhoe Bay. Also want to do the TAT and some other long distance trail rides.....But I also want to be able to jump on the interstate and do 85 - 90 mph and 600 miles at times, otherwise, I'd probably just get a KLR650 while some new ones are still around. Also, I like to camp off of my bike.
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I like mine. I've ridden GS events enough over the years to know that flogging 600lb motorcycles over singletrack trails and up the faces of cliffs isn't really my idea of fun any more, but my DL1000 2014 is just such a practical day to day motorcycle I don't feel like I will ever need anything else.
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Sure, you can take any bike anywhere, but if the Vstrom is a 80/20 bike, or even a 50/50 bike, I interpret his riding to be needing a 30/70 bike. Maybe I interpret the posters needs wrong. Or maybe I'm wrong about the bike. Just called it how I saw it.
Agreed. It really depends on where on puts the emphasis. For me, I wanted and got more long distance comfort than my Sportster could provide, which otherwise did dirt roads and even dual tracks just fine. The fun in the twisties was a freebie I did not even look for or expect.
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