Thats not a genuine comparason mate.Thats broad statements
KLR crap tourer
that would have got ya a few arguments at the KLRRR.
Thanks for that but more info please.
I didn't say the KLR was a crap tourer, I said it was crap for "serious road
touring" [I have just spent eight and a half hours on mine today, even though I didn't cover a huge distance I'd say it is a capable dirt road tourer. I could string a few days or a week together and ride back roads and dirt ok on it, I wouldn't like to do that on tar with it though].
The KLR suffers from too many vibes through the bars and footpegs for long hours on the seat, you need to be up and down and moving around on the bike to avoid the numbness.
They also burn oil if running at highway revs for long stretches.
The Wee/Vee Strom on the other hand, is a great highway tourer that is capable on dirt but not real comfortable for serious dirt trails as it is on the heavy side and needs better suspension travel and ground clearance [there are some here who will dispute that with photos and RR's as proof that it is a great dirt bike- I would suggest it comes down to rider skills for them and my "Joe Average" dirt skills are not up to muscling and throwing mine around like a motocross bike].
I can spend 12+ hours on the Wee and cover up to a 1000km in that time.
The Wee-Strom is super reliable and damned near bullet proof with next no recurring issues.
The KLR has known issues like the doohickey [engine balancer], oil burning and a couple of other things but there are fixes and upgrades available that won't break the wallet.
If you have to have just one bike, first decide what you will use it for most.
For weekends and trips involving more dirt than tar, with commuting thrown in, then the KLR would be a good option [many consider the 87-07 as the best due to better dirt ability, 08 onwards had suspension changes and new plastics that are more vulnerable to damage and more expensive to repair when dropped].
I have ridden both and have not found an 2008-2011 that goes as well as the earlier ones I have test ridden.
If the use will be more tar oriented trips with some dirt thrown in along with commuting then the Wee will be by far the better choice [or the Vee if you think you can't live without horsepower- the Wee is more than capable of two up loaded as well as losing your licence very quickly though].
If you can manage to convince the "Minister of Finance and War" to allow you to keep the KLR [if you have one] then get a Wee- with ABS- that is also set up and you will have the best of both worlds.
You should be able to get a Wee for around $6000 with ABS, less for the non ABS models [they are just as good but if you do go non ABS try to get an 07 or later- I think that is when they went to two spark plugs per cylinder].
There are also insurance deals available if you insure two or more bikes with one insurance company [I got my KLR comprehensively insured cheaper than I could get TPO insurance because my Wee is insured with the same company].
The only added cost to owning two bikes is the annual rego/insurance because you only ride one at a time so tyres/fuel/parts balances out between the two for dollars spent per km covered.
I just re-read your original post and think I have edited mine to cover what you asked.
Have you ridden a Wee yet? [PM me if you are in the Sydney area and I might be able to let you take a spin on mine].
SGTBob likes the saying that is in my sig line [as he copied and pasted it from there], he also obviously likes the fact that many members here have saying in their sig lines that are a positive outlook on life.
It seems to be an "attitude" thing that the members here generally are positive about many things in their lives.
This is one of the most supportive and "positive outlook" forums I have participated in.
Cheers and good luck with choosing a bike,