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post #11 of 19 Old 06-18-2019, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the great replies!

Need to start doing some serious riding comparisons.
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post #12 of 19 Old 06-18-2019, 09:33 PM
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I rode Victory's for 10 years and had three of them, a Vegas, Kingpin and Vision.
I liked them, all worked well and were very reliable. Very comfortable on long trips.

I currently have a 2018 DL650, I like that its lighter and there are more options available. I've been able to do a few longer rides on the DL and I'm hoping to take it to the arctic.
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I bought a used older DL1000 because it was comfortable and handled my camping gear. The ADV style bikes are great for camping and hauling lots of gear. I picked up mine for less than 4K, they can be cheaply obtained with low miles with luggage and nice accessories. I kept the OEM gel seat for a couple years, even the stock seats do okay. Eventually I customized everything to fit my tall self, but it stayed mostly stock for a few months.
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Thanks for all the great replies.

Definitely have the bug for something lighter that I can take into some remote places. Still not 100% sold on whether it will be a Wee or a KLR, they're both such good choices.
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Thanks for all the great replies.

Definitely have the bug for something lighter that I can take into some remote places. Still not 100% sold on whether it will be a Wee or a KLR, they're both such good choices.

The only thing a KLR has over a Wee is rougher off-road ability. It's not good off-road in the sense of dirt bike good though. If you really want more dirt ability get an actual dual sport, i.e. Yamaha WR250R, KTM 350/500, Suzuki DR400, etc. they will be much better than a KLR.

I grew up riding dirt bikes in the desert. I had a Suzuki DR400 and it was pretty good on actual trails about 75% dirt bike(ish). Next bike was a 2008 KLR 650, it was a pig in comparison. Heavy, soft suspension, low power slow revving motor. I bought it because I wanted to do longer road trips. Put 60K miles on it. I was disappointed with it in the dirt trying to ride it like the DR.

Sold the KLR and got a 2012 Wee Strom. Rocket ship in comparison to the KLR. Worse in the dirt of course but on the road it would leave the KLR for dead. I ride it off-road about how I rode the KLR, dirt roads. It's even heavier than the KLR and has less ground clearance. Much more comfortable on the road. I would want to get off the KLR (and shoot it!) after about 1/2 on the road. I can ride the Strom all day long (and then shoot it!).
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To me V Strom all the way. Specially if you come from Victory. I would just wondered 650 or 1000?

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Had the same two in my final list. The KLR was just a little taller than I liked (5'10" 32" inseam), and I don't need the more off-road capability anyway. Both solid choices, but the Wee is a great bike and I agree you wouldn't go wrong with it.
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Thanks for all the great replies.

Definitely have the bug for something lighter that I can take into some remote places. Still not 100% sold on whether it will be a Wee or a KLR, they're both such good choices.
The question to ask yourself is: "Will the bike I choose let me ride comfortably to, and from, the remote places I'd like to explore?"

The KLR is a proven platform for riding remotely with gear. Every single owner I have met claims the KLR is comfortable for some highway use, but in every single encounter I can recall, they rode in using back country routes. Their actions prove the point that the KLR is really not known for it's street manners.

The Wee is a proven platform for touring with gear and it has excellent manners for dirt roads. As you get more remote, the weight becomes a liability. Gets tough to pick up a 500 pound bike once it has decided to take a nap.
With decent off-road oriented tires, crash bars, skid plate, suspension upgrade(s), the Wee can take one to some pretty remote places and in a great deal more comfort than the KLR

There, that settles it. Now all you need to do is decide.

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Off Road? Off Planet!

@Trail Trash is a member of this forum and has started a YouTube channel. He has unbelievable skill at handling a DL650 in laughably impossible terrain. I, too came from a road bike on to a 650 V-Strom, and I have taken it on some township and forest roads, but this guy...
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