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It started with a KLR, sold it and bought a Husky TE 610,so much better offroad,but not the bike I want to ride on the road too far. I have a big cruiser,but I want something I can ride to the N.Ga, mountains,ride the BRP,and hit a little gravel if need be.I thought the Wee would work fine,but I see some good deals around town on some Vees.The dealers have none to look at.My guestion is how much bigger is the Vee, does it ride Bigger,should I stick with a WEE? I love the way you can sling the Husky around on the road, just not for 300 miles. I'm keeping both bikes,I need to fill the gap,thanks.
 

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Buy a Wee.

It is all the bike you'll ever need..............until you need something bigger.

This is the most controversial and debated topic on this forum. Tnere is even a sticky devoted to the issue. It is probably best to start there.
 

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To Wee or not to Wee

I have owned both, put 35,000 on a 03 DL1000, I really liked it a lot, accidently ended up with a 2007 Wee, absolutely fell in love with it. One does not need the extra weight and expense of the 1000, I have owned 45 bikes since 1998 the Wee is in the top 3 of all of those bikes.

Top 3 950 KTM Adventure 650 Wee Strom R1 Yamaha

I call my Wee a Oklahoma Sport Bike.......Kieth :var_39:
 

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If you do a little searching you will find endless discussions of which one.

I've also owned a KLR650 (many here have) and many, many dirt bikes. I also currently have both a DL650 and a DL1000. I'll sum it up this way, both Stroms are nothing like a dedicated dirt bike. They are far more street oriented, but still passable on any dry dirt road or flat trail. Stock tires and even tiny amounts of mud are lethal on either strom. Both ride about the same in the dirt, no significant difference due to weight...they are both pigs.

On the street they are two totally different bikes. The 650 is a pure "joy of motorcycling" bike. Relax and just be amazed at what may be the smoothest engine ever put in a bike. Not fast, but more power than you would expect from a 650. A very "nice" riding bike. The 1000 is ideal for a more aggressive rider. If you love hammering the throttle and getting kicked in the chest by a good dose of torque then the 1000 is a much more satisfying bike. It's no super sport bike, but it's more fun because you can actually use all the power it has to offer.

Both bikes are equally "flickable." A skilled rider will not have any problem flicking the 1000. Both bikes (with a few mods) are excellent mile munchers and can travel all day without any problem. They are very different bikes, but both outstanding in their own way.
 

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Read Dirt Dad's post and memorize it.
That's all you really need to know.

Unless you want ABS brakes which is only acvailable on 2007 and later DL650's, but not the 1000's.

If you spend too much time researching this topic here, you'll think that we are just a bunch of snotty kids that can't play nicely and you'll likely just get confused.

If you make it up near Asheville, NC drop me a line.
 

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I've owned 3 in this order -> '04 DL650 with 40k, '04 DL1000 with 28k, and now an '07 DL650.

Dirt_Dad pretty much nailed it comparing the bikes. For me the smoothness of the 650 is what its all about and why I'm back on one. The 1000 does have that punch you in the face kind of power, but the 650 is not a let down by any means. In the short 9 months I owned my 1000, I got purely aggravated with the rough FI on my 1000 and always felt like I was checking/adjusting the TPS and yearning for that smooth engine that I fell in love with on the 650. I finally gave in and sold the beast. The dual spark head on the 07 is just awesome. I don't regret at all going back to a 650.
 

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In the same boat

I have done the mandatory reading of the Vee vs. Wee rages on this site and others. I'm in the same boat as many that are having to choose between the 2. My dilemma is probably no different - I struggle to accept that I will be satisfied with "just" a 650. Based on what many many people say I probably won't be disappointed with either. If that's the case why shouldn't I "go big" ? I truly appreciate the feedback from those that have both bikes and what they liked about each and why they are with their current bike. I have an opportunity to buy a new '08 Vee for $8700 (Can$) which is just a couple hundred south of a new '09 Wee SE (with cases etc)..... As many big guys like me have asked will the 650 be enough to satisfy over the long term ? Or will I yearn for more and regret not going with the Vee ? I'd love to be able to test ride both but cannot. They both fit me like a glove and just feel right.
I'm not dousing gas on the old comparo's, just looking for some helpful and objective feedback from those that have had BOTH bikes. Happy Holidays.
 

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will I yearn for more and regret not going with the Vee ? I'd love to be able to test ride both but cannot. They both fit me like a glove and just feel right.
I'm not dousing gas on the old comparo's, just looking for some helpful and objective feedback from those that have had BOTH bikes. Happy Holidays.
From my point of view it's really pretty simple. If you have an aggressive style to your riding. You like to go into the corners quick and grab a lot of throttle half way through the turn while gritting your teeth and wearing an evil grin...get the Vee. Or if you just love being on a bike and you really don't care how quickly you are getting from 20 mph up to 70 mph then the Wee is a truly wonderful bike.

The only other significant difference between the bikes is the crosswind performance. The Vee is noticeably more stable in crosswinds. But both bikes benefit greatly from a fork stabilizer. With the stabilized bike my wife has no real issues with crosswinds.
 

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Vee or Wee

It may not be of concern to either of you guys questioning Wee or Vee, but there is a noticeable difference in fuel mileage as well.
I purchased the Wee, on it's first trip Memphis to home ( South Carolina) 700 miles, pretty much all interstate.
I averaged 47 mpg at cruising speeds of 80-85mph with the occasional run up to 100mph just to check out the bike.
I've only put 1500 miles on the bike, but so far it's the smoothest engine of any bike I've owned.
Plenty of power for one up or two cruising!!!!!!
 

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Don't

Don't buy either if you have any real off-road aspirations. Both are too big, too heavy, too little ground clearance, and the Vee in particular is too powerful. Mine has nearly lured me into trouble a couple of times on gravel roads. Yeah, they're good on smooth dry dirt roads, and OK on gravel, although they'll make you nervous if the gravel gets large or deep. Both are very good on pavement, with certain benefits to each. Easy to keep the Vee in a rev range where the engine is happy, and the power can be addictive, if you're susceptible to that sort of thing. The Wee is smoother, lighter, gets better mileage (especially if you can't resist twisting the grip) and is all a reasonable person would want. Guess I'm not old enough to be reasonable, yet.
 

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Get the Bandit 1200 or 1250! :mrgreen:
 

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Buy Both !!

Just buy both the DL650 And the DL1000. All the money you save by never having to buy another motorcycle will more than make up for all the agony you are putting yourself and all of us through. I have a 2004 DL650 bought new and my favorite all time motorcycle, ever. This spring, I'm ADDING a 2009 DL1000 to my "Fleet". I know this is the only way to solve this age-olde (since 2004 when the DL650 came out) dilema. How can you go wrong ?
 

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Just buy both the DL650 And the DL1000. All the money you save by never having to buy another motorcycle will more than make up for all the agony you are putting yourself and all of us through. I have a 2004 DL650 bought new and my favorite all time motorcycle, ever. This spring, I'm ADDING a 2009 DL1000 to my "Fleet". I know this is the only way to solve this age-olde (since 2004 when the DL650 came out) dilema. How can you go wrong ?
I agree completely. Our two stroms are the best bikes we've ever owned. The perfect solution. Even fully farkled they are still less than one Harley. What a bargain.
 

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Thanks for starting the post

I currently ride a KLR. Great bike, but not enough on road. I was seriously considering the new KTM Adventure, but have started leaning toward the Wee. After a lot of reading this, and other research, I think the power difference between the KLR and the Wee will be huge difference in what I am accustomed to. And, it appears the Wee is slightly better than the Vee off-road. I don't know about your off-road skills, but I look like a three-year-old girl learning to ride a bicycle for the first time, and I don't want to give up too much of the dirt capabilities.

I am curious, however. What is the difference in fuel mileage/distance between fill-ups, between the Wee and Vee?

Thanks for all the information you guys/gals have put out - M
 

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Both bikes have the same size tank. The Wee gets about 10mpg better mileage at speeds below 75mph. At high speeds, they are pretty close.
 

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I have owned both, put 35,000 on a 03 DL1000, I really liked it a lot, accidently ended up with a 2007 Wee, absolutely fell in love with it. One does not need the extra weight and expense of the 1000, .....QUOTE]


Ditto.....

If I was a pavement only guy, I would probably go for the 1000, but being that I love ADV riding....the Wee is the bike to have. That extra 50 lbs and 100 hp.....just aren't good for dirt riding.

Check out my ride report in my sig on WF08. The Wee can do a lot more than most riders think.
 

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Go for the Vee, more power is always better!!!
It's one reason I got the Wee. More power gets me into trouble. I tend to use whatever is available when passing.
 
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