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post #1 of 32 Old 05-11-2008, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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I've been thinking about getting some sort of dual-sport for a while and what I'm stuck on is the on/off road capability of various models and how much it matters to me.

Current (street) bike is a Triumph Speed Triple and I've been mostly thinking about KLRs. Guess I'll test ride a KLR this Summer but I keep seeing stuff about the two v-stroms, most interestingly in the Touratech catalog and that keeps me wondering about them...so I may test ride them too.

What I know I want is a bike that will handle asphalt and gravel easily because I want to ride around a lot in the West, starting from the Seattle area and riding all over the US West, Western Canada all over and around Alaska. It'd be cool to also have the option to take fire roads around here. Even if the guys on KLRs would eat my lunch on fire roads, the v-stroms look like much better rides on road. How well do the vee and wee do there, once the rider has some chops?

And the 08 KLR sounds like it has an oil burning problem if you keep pushing it at high speeds...Kawasaki says 80. The KLR sounds like it's a pretty thoroughly debugged machine but there are definite weaknesses - what are the vee and wee weaknesses?

Thanks in advance, Don
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post #2 of 32 Old 05-12-2008, 05:52 AM
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I've never ridden the dl650. I ride my 1k on gravel roads everyday with no complaints, on road it is light years better than my klr. If you are accustomed to the power of the speed triple the klr may not fit the bill, after I've ridden the strom a lot and have let the klr sit when I get on it and grab a handful of throttle it seems really slow
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I had a 2006 KLR I sold with around 8,000 miles on it. I didn't have any problems other than those inherent in the design. The quality of components was so poor that I'll never even look at another Kawasaki.

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post #5 of 32 Old 05-12-2008, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Roadside repairs

I'm also wondering about the relative difficulty in performing roadside repairs on a wee vs. a KLR, e.g., dealing with a flat tire.
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The KLR is too small of an engine with too little weight to tour significant distances. You are talking about a single cylinder 650 that is not condusive to freeway speed.

The best bike is the V1000 that does it all....

2nd best if you need to save 2k is the Wee 650... It can with gearing changes comfortably run @ freeway speed and carry you and your stuff down the road with enough
power and weight..

I have the DL1000 and love it. I have no problems with hardpack or gravel on my Vee

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I had a DL650 which I sold due to medical reasons and then was torn about getting another DL650 or a new KLR. The KLR has a frame made of pressed oatmeal, uses inferior hardware, vibrates, has a ton of inherent problems, rides on tubed tires, and just lacks the smoothness needed for serious touring (IMHO). I bought a Dakar instead, owned it for a month and then bought another DL650. YMMV.

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The DL 650 has plenty of power and speed for the highway. I do 60 highway miles and 10 city miles on mine every day, commuting to and from work. The 650 also does gravel roads without any problems. The 1000 is overkill in most situations. My decision to get a 650 over the 1000 had nothing to do with money, I could afford either. The 650 is simply a better ride for me and my riding preferences.

The '08 KLR has serious oil consumption issues if you're going to ride it on the highway for any extended amount of time. That's something to consider.

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I'm also wondering about the relative difficulty in performing roadside repairs on a wee vs. a KLR, e.g., dealing with a flat tire.
No better or worse than any other bike, really. Buying the [optional] center stand helps.
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2nd best if you need to save 2k is the Wee 650... It can with gearing changes comfortably run @ freeway speed and carry you and your stuff down the road with enough power and weight..

I have no problem 2 up, top box and side cases loaded running freeway speed. Don't think the gearing has been changed, I'll check it out though. (picked it up used) 06 wee 650.

Also bout the same mpg as the 06 KLR I owned....round 55 mpg!

KLR was a fun bike but it was like buying a new 80's model machine. The brakes were carved out of oak. As a commuter and gravel road runner is where it is seemed best.

The Wee does all that and more. And the 2 grand you save over the Vee will buy tons of farkels.

I think if you look at quality, the Wee or the Vee win hands down.

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