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I currently have a 2014 KLR 650 and while I love it's simplicity and reliability, I ended up doing more touring and highway riding than offroading (read: none) and realized that I could use a different bike. Even with proper modifications the KLR is pretty rough for actual highway touring. I have been browsing used bikes for a few months and the V Strom 650 seems to be an affordable solution. How is this bike for a 300+ mile trip at 65-75mph? What would you guess the RPMs are at these speeds? Does the engine feel strained after a few hours of highway cruising? I don't need something as powerful or agile as a sport bike just something to comfortably cruise on. I love my KLR but for what I do with it I feel like I'm leading it to an early grave. Thanks.
 

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Lots of riders, myself included, moved on from a KLR to the 650 strom.

Highway travel is great, comparatively. I've done quite a few 500+ mile days on mine. Revs from 65-75 will be anywhere from 5000 to 6000, and the engine will cope just fine.

The Strom's handling is one of its strong points. It hands-down beats the KLR on twisty roads and is a lot more fun while delivering the same fuel efficiency, and longer wearing with a stronger engine.

The strom should last over 100k miles easily without needing a rebuild, and I find that it's easier and cheaper to maintain. The tires last longer (and are tubeless, thank god), the oil change interval is longer, and you don't need to mess around with a carb.
 

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Lots of riders, myself included, moved on from a KLR to the 650 strom.

Highway travel is great, comparatively. I've done quite a few 500+ mile days on mine. Revs from 65-75 will be anywhere from 5000 to 6000, and the engine will cope just fine.

The Strom's handling is one of its strong points. It hands-down beats the KLR on twisty roads and is a lot more fun while delivering the same fuel efficiency, and longer wearing with a stronger engine.

The strom should last over 100k miles easily without needing a rebuild, and I find that it's easier and cheaper to maintain. The tires last longer (and are tubeless, thank god), the oil change interval is longer, and you don't need to mess around with a carb.
Alright. I'm looking at a 2009 with 26,000 miles right now with a few farkles and by the pictures it looks to be in great condition. I know the V Strom is more affordable but does this seem low? Like there-is-something-hes-not-saying low?
 

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Alright. I'm looking at a 2009 with 26,000 miles right now with a few farkles and by the pictures it looks to be in great condition. I know the V Strom is more affordable but does this [$2500] seem low? Like there-is-something-hes-not-saying low?
With this meager description and no clue on the location, I was guessing $2800-$3k if non-ABS model so maybe a bit low. Not necessarily nefarious as some people price to sell especially headed into Winter. Some people (especially coming from sport bikes) think 26K miles is a lot of miles but its not for a V-Strom. On the other hand it might be due for tires, chains and sprockets so ask the seller maybe he'll tell you what it needs.

Edit: Re 300+ mile trips are fine on a V-Strom, might need to get a better seat though. YMMV
 

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Not many clean ones ever go for less than that. Sounds like good buy. 26K is not much on these bikes(If maintained an stored properly).
 

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I have both machines and while I can do 500 km days on the KLR in Australia thanks to a Sargent seat it's pretty wearing where I can pull off 900 km days on the Vstrom at speed and in comfort.

You won't regret it - very different machine. Not anywhere near as capable off pavement but sooooo much better for the rest.
 

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I paid $2450 for my high mileage 2010 with ABS.

I'd strongly recommend that you find a deal with ABS
 

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No idea on your financial status but the 650 underwent some changes for 2012 including ABS, and a bit stronger engine, which might make the newer version, known as a Glee rather than the earier Wee, a more desireable choice.

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Sounds like the dl650 would suit your needs perfectly. Solo or 2up loaded with luggage it will cruise all day at highway speeds or twisty mountain roads.
 

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On the other hand it might be due for tires, chains and sprockets so ask the seller maybe he'll tell you what it needs.

You probably want to talk about the service records. Hopefully he can show you that he did the valve checks, and changed the oil and filter on time. You can pretty well see what kind of condition the chain, sprockets and tires are in.
But to me service records on a used bike are paramount.

And I've done plenty of 3-500 miles days, and even a few 7-800 mile days on both of the Vee's I've owned. Never felt uncomfortable and not overly tired at the end of the day.

And you might want to include ABS on your Wee.

Good luck on your search.
 

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You will think the DL 650 is a Gold Wing on the highway after having the KLR!

The DL 650 can be quite the highway mile eater. I personally have done 800+ mile days on them in comfort. You can run an actual 75-80 mph on them all day long. While not as good off pavement as the KLR, it will still be ok on anything that is remotely called a road.

Reading what you wrote, I think you are going to be very pleased with a DL 650 V Strom!
 

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I've had a few KLR's and they are affectionately refereed to as tractors for a reason, the KLR can do highway speeds but it can be painful. The Vstrom handles highway miles effortlessly if most of your riding is on the street or a trail now and then you will not regret the upgrade.
 

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I too, came from a klr, and ride in the dirt quite a bit, but not much single track. The difference between the two is huge on the street- night and day. In the dirt, the difference is much, much smaller. I actually think the wee is better on gravel (and I’m on stock tires vs proper dual sports on the klr). As the terrain gets worse, the klr wins, but not by a ton- it’s still a pig.


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I ride the most with a old bunch 12 of us 63-76.We do ride more than most old guys you will see.All of us have at least two bikes and sure average is three.I have five that run and lic., insure three.More 650 Vstroms in the bunch than any.Most of us been to Alaska and back on them. Camp gear and all we need is our MO. 650 KLR would be second most owned bike but I have never owned one.Rode them and far better in the soft gravel or mud than a Vstrom but so far behine them in all day on the road.
I have a 011 bought new in 012 and a 09 bought last Dec.. 011 has 60,000 now with still the factory plugs,battery,but did burn a stater at around 40,000. The 09 was a one owner like new with skid,center,Givi shield,set backs,and nice soft side boxes.It has 26,000 and was $2,700.
I think all 011 came with ABS. It was a option long before that. Sure not a deal breaker for me.
 

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I currently have a 2014 KLR 650 and while I love it's simplicity and reliability, I ended up doing more touring and highway riding than offroading (read: none) and realized that I could use a different bike. Even with proper modifications the KLR is pretty rough for actual highway touring. I have been browsing used bikes for a few months and the V Strom 650 seems to be an affordable solution. How is this bike for a 300+ mile trip at 65-75mph? What would you guess the RPMs are at these speeds? Does the engine feel strained after a few hours of highway cruising? I don't need something as powerful or agile as a sport bike just something to comfortably cruise on. I love my KLR but for what I do with it I feel like I'm leading it to an early grave. Thanks.
The 650 'strom is more than adequate for what you describe.

The ergo's took a bit of tweaking for me for me to ride "all day comfortable" but depending on your inseam length, arm reach, and other subtle personal factors you may find it a perfect fit from day one.

The V'Strom engine is comfortable in the high rpm's, and it has plenty of oomph. The models have not changed drastically from year to year and the aftermarket is strong so you should be able to personalize it without any problem.
 

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I'll play the anti-bike guy and say I would be skeptical of an "unknown" DL650 with 26000 miles. If maintenance has been done properly it's not too big a deal . So ...if I knew the owner and knew how he cared for his bikes I may be glad to buy it. But I would NOT buy a high miles bike from a total stranger. And miles are miles . Miles cause wear and miles cause depreciation . I ONLY buy low mileage vehicles and never regretted it. Friends have bought high mileage vehicles and discovered the hidden problems soon after the purchase. Caveat Emptor ........you will be taking a chance that could cost big money. Just tossing out another opinion.
 
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