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Old 04-09-2014, 03:41 PM   #1
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Thumb Suitable upgrade from a Dommie

As my other thread, was thinking of upgrading the Dommie. I don't wanna do too much tough stuff as I have a knackered back, so was thinking of a bike to do the easier single tracks, creek crossings, maybe a desert trip as well as some Vic High Country and all the easier dirt tracks and fire trails and of course bitumen for traveling.

Was thinking of a VStrom, any other suggestions around the 650 size.

Thanks in advance for your comments.
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Old 04-09-2014, 04:19 PM   #2
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Rode my Dom for 100,000 km's and loved it - brilliant bike! Upgraded to a 640 Adventure which lasted 5,000 vibrating km's then to a DR. 30,000 km's on the first one then another DR for 100,000 km's and now 25,000 km's on my 3rd DR.
Mechanically even stronger than the Dom plus a few kg's lighter. Suspension is equally ordinary on both bikes.

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Old 04-09-2014, 04:45 PM   #3
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A personalised DR makes a brilliant bike.
A standard DR is a blank canvas that needs work.
I now have 3 years and 47000 km on mine and it has been a work in progress that I think is finally where I want it.
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Old 04-09-2014, 05:05 PM   #4
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A non-shaking KTM 625/640 is the best ride going IMHO.
The big qualifier though is "non-shaking". They are a try-before-you-buy bike. Some shake like buggery, some are fine, it's just a lottery really, but there are 625/640 models that came from the factory with a cush drive, they are the duck's guts.
The pick of them for the sort of riding most folks here like would be the 640 Adventure, but they are not for short people.
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Old 04-10-2014, 01:15 AM   #5
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Ok, so here's what I'm thinking.

I'm thinking water cooled and fuel injected.

I must admit, there is not a lot wrong with my Dommie, it has only done 26,000km from new, 1993, runs great, runs all day, is easy to ride and handle even over the harder stuff and has never broken down.

I am just not really happy with its fuel consumption (320 km from a 23 litre tank just gone to reserve)and some of the stories about oil consumption are starting to ring true. Being a mechanic for 30 + years, there is just a little niggle in the back of my mind that maybe there is something a bit better out there......somewhere...
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Old 04-10-2014, 02:57 AM   #6
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Ok, so here's what I'm thinking.

I'm thinking water cooled and fuel injected.

I must admit, there is not a lot wrong with my Dommie, it has only done 26,000km from new, 1993, runs great, runs all day, is easy to ride and handle even over the harder stuff and has never broken down.

I am just not really happy with its fuel consumption (320 km from a 23 litre tank just gone to reserve)and some of the stories about oil consumption are starting to ring true. Being a mechanic for 30 + years, there is just a little niggle in the back of my mind that maybe there is something a bit better out there......somewhere...
Tenere fits the description.
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:12 AM   #7
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Old 04-10-2014, 03:50 AM   #8
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:58 PM   #9
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Thanks for the tips, the XT looks good.
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Old 04-13-2014, 04:32 PM   #10
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I went from a dominator to a sv650. It's water cooled, very well made afaics and generally a generation more advanced than the dominator. It feels lighter and more manageable but it's probably less rugged.

It's worth a test ride but YMMV
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:20 PM   #11
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I went from a Dominator to a Transalp 600. Much better (faster and smoother) on the road and just as good off-road (on the same or similar tracks etc as the Dominator). A 650 Transalp would be even better :-)
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:41 AM   #12
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Well, an upgrade might be closer than I think. It threw a chain yesterday and now the clutch is not working properly and I think there might be a hole in the case from where the chain rushed through in front of the front sprocket. Gotta pull it to bits tonight to have a bit of a look after I pressure wash all the crud off.

Transalp? I'll look that up. Thanks.
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Well, an upgrade might be closer than I think. It threw a chain yesterday and now the clutch is not working properly and I think there might be a hole in the case from where the chain rushed through in front of the front sprocket. Gotta pull it to bits tonight to have a bit of a look after I pressure wash all the crud off.

Transalp? I'll look that up. Thanks.
The XLV650 has carby (19L tank 280k range), the XLV700 is fuel injected (should have a better range).
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The XLV650 has carby (19L tank 280k range), the XLV700 is fuel injected (should have a better range).
XLV700 has 19" front wheel, so it is more like a Strom or Versys but with only a 5 speed box.
http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...nsalp%2009.htm

XLV650 has 21" front wheel, longer suspension travel on the front, lighter weight.
http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...l650v%2005.htm


The 650 is by far the better choice of the two IMHO, and probably the one bike I would consider swapping over to from my '09 Wee-Strom.
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Question Upgrade from a Dommie...?

According to the mechanism of inner workings of the Oz ADV universe...

DR 650 is the only possible answer that there is...?
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