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KLR rider in a quandry....

Hey, just joined this forum as a long-time KLR rider. I don't know if I need a mechanic or an attorney, but I'm thinking of leaving the KLR for another ride! Any advice on the Versys versus the Vstrom 650? I've only ever been with the KLR since I started and it's my first love, but lately I've been wanting a little more power and comfort in my daily routine. I'm planning on some long sojourns across the US. Interested in opinions...

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Hey, just joined this forum as a long-time KLR rider. I don't know if I need a mechanic or an attorney, but I'm thinking of leaving the KLR for another ride! Any advice on the Versys versus the Vstrom 650? I've only ever been with the KLR since I started and it's my first love, but lately I've been wanting a little more power and comfort in my daily routine. I'm planning on some long sojourns across the US. Interested in opinions...

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My last Bike was an 08 KLR 650. Loved it. Sold it predivorce, went to rebuy another andt the only bike i could find was the Versys or the Vstrom. Got a great deal on the Versys- nearly $2k less than the Vstrom I priced. My point is that This bike is so much better than the KLR-And I loved the KLR!!!

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I was in the same situation about a year ago. I ended up keeping the KLR and just adding the Versys. The KLR is an 03 model with a lot of miles. Although it's in excellent condition with lots of aftermarket improvements, it's not worth much as a trade in. So I put on a smaller front sprocket and with the larger rear rack and side bags, i use it for my grocery getter. Yesterday I hauled 28 quart bottles and 16 pint bottles of water home from Walmart. I use it for all my shorter trips and rougher rides. The Versys is set up for touring with a larger front sprocket, tall windscreen and side bags. This makes for a very nice combination and I expect to keep both of them for many years.

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I've ridden both. You can't go wrong with either one. I believe the V-Strom is avail in with ABS. Might be worth looking into. I think the Versys is better suited for 2-up short hauls. Half my riding is 2-up but I have 3 bikes so the Versys does not have to fill that role often but it can. The V-Strom will be better off road. Just my two cents...its ok if you disagree

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Like others before I had a KLR and a Versys, but the more I rode the Versys, the less I bothered with the KLR and it ended up in the garage most of the time.

Versys is OK on logging/forest roads, surprisingly quite good, even with Pilot Power almost slick tires, but it won't handle single track, mud or sand well-not with me on it anyway.

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I've done couple of hundred miles off road now and next set of tires will be more dual-sport focused.

Versys is an excellent tourer, great in the twisties-best I've ever had & gets about 50mpg all the time, even two up in the mountains.

Vstrom is also an excellent machine, might even be a bit better off road, but neither will do the type of rough stuff the KLR thrives on. The V suspension and alloy rims stop you going too wild off road.

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I say go with whatever feels more comfortable. Both the Versys and V Strom are good bikes. When I sold my KLR I bought a Versys because of brand loyalty to Kawasaki and a screaming hot price. Besides that, a Versys is just a lot prettier than a V Strom. Coming off a KLR, though, meant I was immune to the humiliation of riding an ugly motorcycle.
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I say go with whatever feels more comfortable. Both the Versys and V Strom are good bikes. When I sold my KLR I bought a Versys because of brand loyalty to Kawasaki and a screaming hot price. Besides that, a Versys is just a lot prettier than a V Strom. Coming off a KLR, though, meant I was immune to the humiliation of riding an ugly motorcycle.
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I looked at both the KLR and the V, hands down the V
With the V you have fuel injection, which where i am is important because we will go from 4000ft to 12000 in a few hours. I have a buddy with an 08 KLR, i ran with him the other day 250 miles. I can run off and leave him and do it in style. When you get in the wind with the KLR it is a little rough due to the single jug.

I just went thru this- you will not regret buying a V.
The vstrom is to pricey for what you are getting anyway.

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I too have a KLR ('07), it's my second one over the years and I love them......always will have one.
That being said, the Versys is a much better streetbike. Better brakes, more power (a bunch), smoother, etc. For serious mileage the Versys gets the nod but for knocking around on the dirt & gravel roads, the Killer can't be beat.
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Had the "new and redesigned" 08 KLR for 3500 miles. Liked it a lot. Made a mistake...rode a Versys...never looked back!

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I am like spklbuk, I had my 2008 KLR for just over 9000 KM and seen the Versys. I mostly drive hardtop and a few dirt roads, I seen the reviews on the V and that made up my mind! I was hooked

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