Living the Stereotype
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Henderson County, NC
Keep the KLR, it's like a Jeep with a 6" lift and mudders.
The V-Strom is like a Subaru.
If you have a lot of upper body strength, abs of steel and great drit bike skills, riding single track on a V-Strom you might keep up with a DR200 ridden by someone's grandma.
Then after you enlist grandma to help you lift the bike's 450 lb. shattered hulk out of the mud on the steep single-track, you can paint the busted-up fairing in black pickup truck bedliner.
On the other hand, when you're out exploring the world with your sport-touring buddies and you encounter a gravel road, as they double-back on their ST1300's and Concourses, you can blast down the gravel straights at 65 mph be waiting for them with a big-ass grin.
I ride with folks on GS's and V-Stroms of both flavors, the KTMs and KLR's eat our lunch on the gravel and we avoid the "dirt" altogether. I think the KLR and DL1000 compliment each other nicely.
For the price of the GS you can get the DL1000 and a little trail bike for your S.O. and have money left over for luggage, GPS, tall windsheild, etc.
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Stromin'Nroman NC28729, USA
DL650A K7 (Greywolf Moto Lab's R&D test mule) June 1, 2012 - present
DL650A K7 April 23, 2007 - January 6, 2012, RIP
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