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post #1 of 11 Old 11-28-2009, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Specifically looking for threads that would tell me if the Vee can handle dirt roads as well as it does everything else... I am am experienced rider 33+ yrs on street bikes...
Warning no thread wars here just point me to threads already posted...as I could not find any that specifically addressed my concerns. Since my previous inquiry was deleted...so where are the threads? Thanks...

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Specifically looking for threads that would tell me if the Vee can handle dirt roads as well as it does everything else... I am am experienced rider 33+ yrs on street bikes...
Warning no thread wars here just point me to threads already posted...as I could not find any that specifically addressed my concerns. Since my previous inquiry was deleted...so where are the threads? Thanks...
I have seen this topic covered in a multitude of places, from tire threads to accessory discussions, to ride reports. No particular one comes to mind as being the best or most helpful... maybe others will have better recall.

I will say that the consensus on this board is clearly that the Vee (assuming you mean DL1000) and the Wee (DL650) are both quite capable on gravel, unimproved dirt, or forest/fire roads. I can personally attest to this being the case on the Vee, as I recently sold my KLR650 as there was just too much overlap. I found that anywhere I went on the KLR I could also do on the Vee. Neither is light enough or has the suspension for single-track or more aggressive off-road. But I go anywhere the BMW GS's go...

Mine is outfitted with a skid plate, engine guards, risers, and a few other accessories that improve life off the pavement. I also run Michelin Anakee II dual-sport tires, which I find to be remarkable performers. Best of luck. GLM

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Here is a good story about a wee doing the Trans Lab highway, it should give some insight into what the V-Strom is capable of.
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http://www.goldensextant.com/TransLab.html
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I have seen this topic covered in a multitude of places, from tire threads to accessory discussions, to ride reports. No particular one comes to mind as being the best or most helpful... maybe others will have better recall.

I will say that the consensus on this board is clearly that the Vee (assuming you mean DL1000) and the Wee (DL650) are both quite capable on gravel, unimproved dirt, or forest/fire roads. I can personally attest to this being the case on the Vee, as I recently sold my KLR650 as there was just too much overlap. I found that anywhere I went on the KLR I could also do on the Vee. Neither is light enough or has the suspension for single-track or more aggressive off-road. But I go anywhere the BMW GS's go...

Mine is outfitted with a skid plate, engine guards, risers, and a few other accessories that improve life off the pavement. I also run Michelin Anakee II dual-sport tires, which I find to be remarkable performers. Best of luck. GLM
Thanks for that...my reasoning is that I will be touring on slabs and two laners and want a heavier bike with better engine response for those situations ...but then again there will be times where I want packed dirt or gravel roads too...no goat trails or truly gnarly stuff just sane dirt roads....I have owned a 750 pound(loaded) ST1100 and it has the power and weight to be stable for the two laners and slabs but obviously not good for dirt.

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Here is a good story about a wee doing the Trans Lab highway, it should give some insight into what the V-Strom is capable of.
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http://www.goldensextant.com/TransLab.html
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Specifically looking for threads that would tell me if the Vee can handle dirt roads as well as it does everything else... I am am experienced rider 33+ yrs on street bikes...
Warning no thread wars here just point me to threads already posted...as I could not find any that specifically addressed my concerns. Since my previous inquiry was deleted...so where are the threads? Thanks...
Starting right now read every post that comes through on this website regarding all V-Stroms for at least 60 days and you can make your own informed decision.

I started reading everything about these bikes 6 months before I bought mine and there's not a better, more helpful, friendly and respectful V-Strom site than this one...........


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Starting right now read every post that comes through on this website regarding all V-Stroms for at least 60 days and you can make your own informed decision.

I started reading everything about these bikes 6 months before I bought mine and there's not a better, more helpful, friendly and respectful V-Strom site than this one...........
Ok I will...just neded a little orientation...Thanks:mrgreen:

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And in answer to the question about V-Stroms on dirt roads, I can definitely attest that the Wee can handle the kind of riding you are talking about without hesitation. From what I have heard, the Vee does pretty well at it, as well. I ride a lot of dirt roads around SW Michigan for the change in pace, and while road conditions play a factor (mud and deep sand get a little squirrely, due to the bike's weight and more road-oriented tires), the Strom handles them comfortably a decent pace (45 -50 mph on dry well-maintained dirt/gravel roads). I also have taken it down some forest trails that do qualify more as single track, and it did ok, although different tires would have been handy.

For sheer versatility, though, it's hard to beat - my final ride of the season today consisted of dirt roads and paved back roads, then an old field/forest trail that went from bad to worse (mud, fallen leaves a foot deep, downed tree branches, even ducking under a fallen tree that forced me to lean the bike way over to get under it). Finished it off with a run through some decent twisties and a stretch of highway running 85 mph. There are plenty of bikes out there that could do each individual thing better, but none for the money that I know of that do it all as well as the Strom.

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Well I've just read thru a couple of threads and my feeling is that the Wee will do everything I require. I have not ridden the Vee but have loved the 1 hour test ride I had on an '05 Wee...it seemed to me a moot point about how fast one exits a tight corner and hiway ridin can still be done on the wee although maybe not as well as the Vee...but then the dirt roads will more than make up for that. I will continue reading more on both bikes but at this point I think the Wee is the way to go...So Thanks for all the comments and keeping this from being another thread war..LOL

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good example of what a wee can do

look at randas rtw blog, mid 60s danish man who has really put the vstrom to the test all around the world. translate it to english, amazing what he has done and the places he has been on a wee. met him at a creekside campground about 3 years ago in alaska, quite a rider and bike combo for sure.
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