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post #1 of 58 Old 02-23-2012, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Losing sleep-klr v. Wee

First of all let me apologize for this post! I know it's been cussed and discussed a hundred times in posts on this and other websites and I've read them all. But, I thought I would throw it out one more time as it might help me make my impending decision.

I sold my BMW RT which I had owned for several years. My back to back to back 500 plus mile touring days are over. This has left a glaring hole in my garage. So I decided I'd buy a lighter bike to ride around town. I even considered a Burgman but decided I'd be better off with a dual-sport of some type.

I've narrowed it down to a KLR or a Wee. The one who must be obeyed says I can only have one. I rented a KLR for a day a couple of months back. Put 250 miles on it and loved the versatility compared to my RT but it beat me up. I never could get comfortable on the thing. I'm told that with a few mods (seat, shield, pegs, etc) I could make it alot more user friendly. I've done a short test ride on a Wee and it seemed to fit me much better. The Wee ride was about 20 miles of pavement. I wished I would have had the opportunity to ride it on a dirt road.

The local dealer who sells both keeps asking me if I will be riding more on road or off. That's a tough question as some days I will be taking that 200-300 mile day trip and other days I'll be riding some of these great unpaved roads in western Colorado. I've got no desire to ride single tracks or jump rocks. I just want to explore some roads where I could take a 2wd pick-up.

My question with a KLR is will I be able to take those 200-300 mile day rides with a level of comfort?
My question with a Wee is will I be able to ride those milder/unpaved roads with a level of comfort?

Thanks in advance for any input and I need to move soon as my wife keeps mumbling something about using the money for new furniture.
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post #2 of 58 Old 02-23-2012, 01:20 PM
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You can ride dirt roads all day on a Vstrom.

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I've owned both.......2004 & 2005 KLR's (his & hers), and my current 2008 Wee. I believe your last sentences pretty much narrowed down your future riding routes: paved roads and some unpaved "roads" (i.e. NOT single tracks nor cow trails???). The KLR can get tiring after 150-200 slab miles COMPARED to the Weestrom. Yes, the KLR seems much lighter in the twisties and I prefer it for "grocery runs" around da hood, but the strom eats up miles without tiring the rider. Anything over 70 m/hr on the KLR can get "buzzy" and twitchy. I think it all boils down to what PERCENTAGE you plan on riding paved vs unpaved?? Both are able steeds.........both go to Alaska and back year after year.

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I should have added in my original post that my local dealer is selling new 2011 KLR's for $5299 and ironically at another nearby dealer there is a 2009 (non-abs) DL650 for sale for $5299. Skid plate, moto engine guards, Pelican topcase, and soft side bags with moto racks. 1500 miles.
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To me, the only question is how much do you want to spend... the KLR is considerably less money.... for a reason

Just saw your post.... I'd still take the WEE...

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post #6 of 58 Old 02-23-2012, 01:51 PM
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Thumbs up Unique viewpoint, perhaps ...

I have been riding for 50 years, and I do not like gravel and dirt.
Of course, I have encountered lots of gravel roads, but parts of me
tend to clench up a tad when I see that gravel is right ahead.

Now, there is a stretch of road that, one day, I will travel, unless I dawdle
enough that the government of Newfoundland and Labrador paves the
Trans-Labrador Highway. I didn't even know of that road when I bought
the Wee-Strom, but knowing what I know now, I would have been even
more sure that the DL-650 was right for me.

OK, bear the above in mind, and ride with me on a stretch of road near
Whitburne Newfoundland. The mediocre pavement ended, and there I was
on gravel, the first gravel I had met on the DL-650. The bike felt amazingly
stable, and I was more comfortable on gravel than I had ever been before.
I increased speed, and shifted up, and there I was, cruising along at 60 MPH
in sixth gear, and I kept it up for 5 minutes.

Understand, I was thousands of miles from home, in a foreign country,
with no medical coverage whatever, and just my skills to protect me;
nevertheless, I was confident and secure on unfamiliar gravel, at greater
speed than I had ever ridden on gravel before.

After about 20 miles, the gravel ended. Except for brief patches, and one
intentional ride on terrible roads, I have not done much gravel since, but
I surely enjoy the added confidence that this fine motorcycle bestows on
me when the surface is not to my liking.

I expect to ride the Trans-Lab before long,
and I expect to feel confident when I do it.

I sat on a KLR in a showroom recently, and I thought of the orangutan.
Catch a glimpse of one of these creatures, at speed in poor light,
and you may think you have seen a man. A closer look shows otherwise.

Similarly, the KLR, which suits many fine riders, is not the bike for me.

Your $, your butt, your choice. You now know mine, emphatically.
Keith

P.S. My bike is named COLORADO. It named itself.


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Wow. Make that WOW!

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I should have added in my original post that my local dealer is selling new 2011 KLR's for $5299 and ironically at another nearby dealer there is a 2009 (non-abs) DL650 for sale for $5299. Skid plate, moto engine guards, Pelican topcase, and soft side bags with moto racks. 1500 miles.
Helluva deal. Git that Strom!

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I have a 2009 KLR and a Vee. First vee, second KLR. I have spent extensive time in southwest Colorado, (Durango to Gunnison and all points between), and if you live anywhere near that area the KLR would be the hands down choice. The jeep trails will leave you less worn on the KLR vs the Wee, and the twisties are a hoot on the killr. Change out the seat, ( I went with a Seat Concepts), and a taller windshield if you so desire, and you will be good. Pre 2008s do need a doohickey swap, but all it takes is a little time and about the same amount of money.

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Sounds like the Wee is a no-brainer for your riding. It would be a tough decision if you were looking to do lots of road and some actual off-roading, but for gravel and dirt roads, the Wee will handle your needs no problem.
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I have owned both, not a wee a vee. I was so happy to sell the KLR and get another DL1K. Comfort, wind protection and SPEED!

I had a car lane change into me totaling my other Vstrom.

I rode to Panama w/ 2 other KLR guy's. The KLR's rock on dirt. They blew me away. But on the street......
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