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post #1 of 19 Old 05-20-2009, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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A Wee bit of info

I ride a Kawasaki 08 KLR 650 5 days a week, all year long. I put 23,000 on her last year alone. I got it because it was cheep, gas was expensive, and it could handle my off road adventures. I had to do a considerable amount of work and upgrades to make it decent. My only gripe is long distance highway rides and lack of freeway power. I like how nimble it is in traffic. I'm still under 40 hp even after all the work I have done to her. I like the off road abilities of her, but I have to face the facts that I'm on the road more, so I'm looking for a second bike. I do prefer the riding position of this type of bike.

Will the wee give me enough of a hp gain to be noticeable on the freeway, and does the ABS make a big difference in the rain? I've always wanted a liter bike, but do I really need it? I have lots of years and miles under my butt, but I haven't owned anything over 800cc. I'm 5' 11" and 180lbs.

I never thought of this bike as being much for off road until one came out of a difficult trail in Death Vally this spring, behind me. I was impressed!

I have to do more research on hp and torque on both models, and try to get a test drive somewhere. I did try out a Triumph Tiger, and that was a hoot, but a little pricey and it's English (worried about reliability).

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A wee has roughly twice the power of the klr. It is also heavier and so better suited to freeway travel. ABS is nice, especially for newer riders or people who often ride in adverse conditions.

The wee will also get about the same mileage, maybe a bit better even.

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I get 50-53 mpg on mine. That increase in power is what I'm looking for! I also like that I'm getting the seat 3" closer to the ground! I'm going to start looking for one. When I do get one I'll turn the KLR into a pure off road adventure bike.

The KLR has a few quirks especially the 08s. The balancer chain adjustment (AKA The doo) was prone to breaking and the new ones have a spring that is to long. Every one in the know always changes it out for the aftermarket one. Also we had a recall on the signals, wiring harness, and the rubber was bad on the 08s. Does the wees have any problems that should be addressed?
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Does the wees have any problems that should be addressed?
Yeah, the seat is coated with some substance called "stictium". It's really hard to get off the bike once you're on it.
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Do you consider reliability an annoyance?

04 Wee with all kinds of excess crap..
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I'm 5' 11" and 180lbs.
I have to do more research on hp and torque on both models,
I'm about your size, and I had a blast on my 6500 mile tour from Seattle to IL to TX and back, almost all interstate. It can eat up highway miles, alright. Don't expect great fuel economy at west Texas speeds, but I'm sure the KLR is similar in that respect.
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My buddy and I went from KLR's to the Wee for exactly the same reasons you mention, and we both still can't wipe that silly grin off of our faces. You will love the Strom.

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I had to put a bigger counter sprocket on so I could get any speed on the freeway, at 80 I'm at 5,000 rpms. We also don't have a 6th gear. Don't get me wrong, I love the thing, but it is what it is. All dual sport bikes are a compromise between dirt and street. The DR is a little bit better off road and the KLR is a little better on the highway.

The Storm looks like it will be great for trips and commuting, but still has the capability to explore some dirt roads. That is about 99% of what I'm probably going to do.

A co-worker told me I should run out and get the BMW GS1200 Adventure for serious off road. I asked him if he had ever done some serious dirt riding with a 500+lb bike. I also asked him for a loan for $20K so I could get it. :rolleyes: It's like the guys who knock me for not riding a Harley; I tell them when Harley starts making a bike (again) that can go off road, I'll get one.
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a 650 twin is so much smoother an engine than a single, at the end of the day you will be less tired on the twin. ive put some long days on 650 singles and find them tireing , pluss you have keep tightening bolts all the time so parts dont rattle off . there is nothing that feels and sounds better than lugging a big single though .

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My buddy and I went from KLR's to the Wee for exactly the same reasons you mention, and we both still can't wipe that silly grin off of our faces. You will love the Strom.
OK, so YOU know the little problems with the KLRs. Be honest with me, what are the quirks with the storms?
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