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post #1 of 17 Old 04-18-2010, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Question for ex KLR-istas

I rode a wee for the first time yesterday. My question is... after riding the KLR, did it take long for you to get used to the more "crouched" position the wee requires? It just seemed odd to have my legs drawn up under me that much. Does it cause any discomfort when riding a distance? I know that folks ride them across country all the time, but it still feels... different.
I'm not extraordinarily big/tall... I'm 6'2", 34" inseam, about 250 pounds or so.
Is it something that I just need to get used to?
My wife would kill me if I traded the KLR that I'm comfortable on, for a wee, then had to trade back.

By the way, I LOVED the way it drove... smooth, powerful, quiet... my goodness it is nice. It's just the leg position thing..
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-18-2010, 11:13 AM
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Get your Wee and keep your KLR. Thats what I did.

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post #3 of 17 Old 04-18-2010, 12:15 PM
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I have a 650 v-strom and a KLR 650, plus I just bought a BMW 1200GSA. Let me say that the KLR, v-strom, and the BMW are three totally different bikes. I would have a hard time selling my KLR, of a three bikes it would be the last to go. The KLR just puts and smile on my face every time I ride it, I guess because I'm an old dirt bike rider and brings that feeling back of days past. I know what you said about the v-strom and it's all true, just super smooth and probably the best buy for the $'s, but if you are only going to have one bike then you will have to decide which type of riding you are going to want to do. Both my v-strom and BMW GSA do well off road, that is graded dirt roads, not single track stuff. Let your riding preferences choose the bike you need to be on. I know you asked about the comfort of the v-strom, I'm 6'1" and the bike is comfortable for me. I have a ridding buddy that is 6'5" and he has never said of being uncomfortable on his 650 v-strom and he road it to Canada from Texas and back.

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Swap out your seat for a tall touring seat or a suzuki gel seat and that will give you some additional leg room.
Also...keep the klr if possible. I, as well as many others on the forum, have both. i find that they are almost exact opposites. The strom excels on the street/highway and does ok on groomed fireroads. The Klr is far better on dirt and acceptable on the highway. For longer road trips I always take the strom...It's just better suited for long distances. For shorter rides or when i feel like being a hooligan...I jump on the Klr.
I wont sell either one of them.
P.S. I'm 6'4" with a 36" inseam

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post #5 of 17 Old 04-18-2010, 02:26 PM
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You will get used to it.. I went from an 04 KLR to an 06 DL1000. I liked the change because it was so different, more sporty perhaps. And like the KLR I sometimes rest my feet on the rear pegs... I am so much more compy on the DL that I can ride all day and still be able to walk..... The KLR just wore me out on longer trips... I am also 6' 2" and 250ish...

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post #6 of 17 Old 04-18-2010, 09:13 PM
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Sold my 07 KLR and bought my 08 Wee and have never looked back. I tried the tall touring seat, didn't like it, too soft, traded for a DL1000 seat, was better, but still not what I wanted. Finally bought the Suzuki Gel seat and that was all I needed. Only other thing I did was replace the stock handlebars with High ATV handlebars. Big difference in riding position. Love my Wee, rarely think about the KLR. Good luck with your choice. You can't go wrong with either bike. Both are great bikes.

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I traded my 08 klr650 for an 02 dl1000, then bought a dl2008.... vstrom is the best bike i've ever had in terms of riding position, comfort, power, reliability, price....i was bored of klr after 6 months, lacks power, lacks 6th gear, lacks wind protection, it's ok for off road i guess but heavy to be jumping around or for motocross...

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post #8 of 17 Old 04-18-2010, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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yes... I really wish I could keep both of them, but finances simply won't permit it.
99% of my riding is street/hwy. I occasionally take a dirt road or two, but it's just not often enough to be a major factor in my bike choice between the two.
I like the thought of being able to cruise 300-400 miles with no comfort issues, which I believe the wee will provide. The KLR is ok, but a little buzzy over 65-70mph.
I suppose I will get used to the leg position, especially if I can change seats... I did a search for the Suzuki gel seat, and all I found was a type of insert with a cover.. is that what you are talking about? or is there a complete seat that I replace the original with?
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Add my vote for keeping the KLR and adding the Strom. I have my KLR set up for severe trail riding and the DL1000 for sport touring--I now have a extremely good choice of bike for near any riding I might do. The KLR has two pair of rims, one set with knobs and the other set with Avon Distanzias--talk about versatility! But going long distance I use the Strom--it fits so well.

I am 6' 6" and a bit over 300 lbs.--I give both bikes a hard life!

For extra legroom I used Ulysses pegs--they were a near bolt-on and give added reach for long miles--one inch lower is a big improvement.

I just picked up a '77 GL1000 (Goldwing) --it was to be a hotrod/bobber bike, but it is shaping up so nice I may have to leave it stock and find another more beat up bike to use for a hotrod.

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yes... I really wish I could keep both of them, but finances simply won't permit it.
99% of my riding is street/hwy. I occasionally take a dirt road or two, but it's just not often enough to be a major factor in my bike choice between the two.
I like the thought of being able to cruise 300-400 miles with no comfort issues, which I believe the wee will provide. The KLR is ok, but a little buzzy over 65-70mph.
I suppose I will get used to the leg position, especially if I can change seats... I did a search for the Suzuki gel seat, and all I found was a type of insert with a cover.. is that what you are talking about? or is there a complete seat that I replace the original with?
Suzuki gel seat can be purchased here http://www.oneidasuzuki.com/store/pa...50-dl1000.html or ordered at your local dealer. They also sometimes pop up in the classified section of the forum.
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