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Old 09-14-2008, 09:21 PM   #16
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check this out

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Old 09-24-2008, 03:35 PM   #17
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Great thread, +1 for the thumper, but which thumper?

And now for something completely different....

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=387955
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Old 09-24-2008, 06:48 PM   #18
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Question same dilemma?

I'm retiring from mx & thinking about the same bikes. If my mx withdrawals aren't to bad?
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Old 09-25-2008, 11:27 AM   #19
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The F650 Dakar is Quite possibly the best all purpose bike ever made. It is good at everything / great at nothing. I bought the first 2001 to arrive in the Northwest. 40K+ NOT ONE PROBLEM.

That said: I am buying a new 2009 V-Strom 650 as soon as one arrives next month. I have ridden them and I want one as my commuter bike...

My choice of the two. If someone said I could have either one for free.

I WOULD TAKE THE DAKAR. WITHOUT HESITATION.

It will go all day on the slab at 90 mph+. The 21" front rim makes it a more off-pavement worthy bike. While it is a bit of a pig you can do single track. (this is the weakest link with the wee-strom)

They are both Great so no matter which you choose you will enjoy it.

All the best. RIDE RIDE RIDE
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Old 09-25-2008, 01:01 PM   #20
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Don't get the wrong idea. the Wee-Strom will go in to some hard spots. I took mine over Tin Cup Pass in Colorado. It was the kind of thing that I am glad I did but that I wouldn't want to do again.





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Old 09-25-2008, 04:09 PM   #21
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I toured 5k miles this summer on my 06 F650GS in Canada and SE Alaska, most of it slab, lot's of gravel.



After getting a Russell saddle, I will tour for many more years on this bike. I love it.
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Old 09-25-2008, 09:13 PM   #22
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I toured 5k miles this summer on my 06 F650GS in Canada and SE Alaska, most of it slab, lot's of gravel.
After getting a Russell saddle, I will tour for many more years on this bike. I love it.
I've ridden a F650GS single and own a Weestrom. The F650GS feels *much* smaller than the Wee, with a much lower center of gravity. It felt almost like riding a kiddy bike compared to the Wee, which feels *big* and top-heavy. The F650GS, despite its heft, felt like a dirt bike. The Wee feels like a street bike -- indeed, feels an awful lot like my old Concours, except that the seating position is more upright and of course it is 200 pounds lighter :-).

Both get excellent gas mileage. The Wee has a bigger gas tank and slightly longer range.

Folks have taken a Wee lots of places, but in my mind it's a street bike that can handle some groomed gravel. I have my KLR for "real" adventures.
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Old 09-26-2008, 03:42 AM   #23
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I rode an '01 Dakar for over 7 years. It was a great gravel bike. My favorite after owning 2 KLR's and a XR650L. I don't do that much gravel anymore so I sold it and bought a '08Wee. I love it. The Dakar was never stable at freeway speeds like the Wee. The new twin spark F.I. Wee goes well over 300 miles on a tank. The Dakar light came on between 160 and 180 miles. Maintenance is a pain on the Dakar (oil change) but you get used to it. If was going to do 90/10 I wouldn't hesitate to buy the Wee. If I leaned more towards 50/50 I'd get the Dakar. Both great bikes in a different way. Disclaimer: The Euro is whipping up on the dollar and Suzuki dealers are in every little town. Something to think about when needing parts.

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Old 09-27-2008, 07:51 AM   #24
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Old 09-30-2008, 03:03 PM   #25
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Finally Pulled the trigger

On this:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=387452


Thanks to all for your input.
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