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post #1 of 8 Old 07-05-2009, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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What else is there to consider?

I'm currently riding a nicely-farkled '06 KLR650 as my "beginner's adventure bike" but it's become pretty clear to me that the cons of the KLR outweigh it's pros.....at least as far as my intended purpose. It's a great bike, but my riding often entails mile after mile of interstate, and that just ain't the KLR's bag.

So hopefully, early next spring I'll get my next bike and that bike will most likely be the DL650. I've thought about the Versys, but the Wee seems like a better choice. Proven engine, reliable, plenty of aftermarket support, bigger front tire, etc.

What I'd like to know is what sort of mods/add-ons should I IMMEDIATELY consider? Crash bars are a given, but what ones for the Wee? Skid plate? Tires? etc. etc.

Basically, just what am I getting myself into if I got a Wee to travel the various state fire roads, etc.?
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Well, being that I just bought my Wee a week ago, I am a newbie here but thought I would add my two cents anyway. In the first week, I added a 46 liter Givi topcase, SW Motech crashbars, RAM gps mount with aquabox and Tomtom GO 720 and the SW Motech quick release side racks and have a pair of HB Gobi sidebags on the way.

Bike was already equipped with a skid plate and electrical hookups with fusebox. Also has braided steel brake lines and a Hagon shock and aftermarket springs. Also, has a madstad which is a must.

To me, the most vital add-ons are the madstad, hard bags and I will be doing a Spencer seat mod in the near future.

Hope this helps, at least a little.
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I haven't been on any fireroads but maybe I can still help.

If it were me in your shoes I'd first look at the crash bars as mentioned, skid plate, some sort of luggage to haul some gear and perhaps some different tires.

After that you could get into GPS, center stand, windshields . . . . and the list goes on and on!

Just my .02, hopefully others with offroad experience will chime in.

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Crash bars, TKC-80 or similar up front if you do dirt roads.

I've ridden with DR-650's and KLR's off road - provided it's a dirt road (not nasty single track the DL is fine. (I've done nasty single tracks - but it's really hard work - I advise against it.).

The DR/KLR will run about 10kph faster than a DL on dirt roads with equally good riders, but provided you cut your speed a little dirt roads are fine on teh DL.

The DL is more cumbersome, the main issue is it has a much wider turning circle - get stuck nose down in a tight no-exit track and you'll be hurting.

The plus of the DL is that you'll ride someone on a KLR into the ground on long trips - the DL is far and away easier on the rider - far better fuel range on the DL as well.

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I disagree... I think the KLR is perfect for your needs. Imagine how hard it would have been to get the V-Strom out of here...


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BWAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!

How ya doin' Rick? That was quite the visual shock to see my mug HERE!

But, that is the very reason (and I think I griped about this at RDV) I'd like to get away from the KLR. I would never have chosen that "road" (and yes, I do know there was at least one Strom in that bunch) had I the option. LOL That is NOT the kind of riding I'd prefer to do.

Plus, there is still the issue of taking the hardball to/from the dirt roads I want to mosey down.
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BTW, I'll be camping at Camp DeSoto the 24th and 25th of August. Gimme a shout and we can grab a beer!
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I definately will do that.

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