2 up to Alaska on a wee, who has done it?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by sect8dr, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    The issue was gravel roads, and I'm not convinced an Electra Glide (since you're using it as an argument) is a worse gravel-road bike. Really.

    I'd have to really ride the two, or ask someone else to, but the Wee for its height mixed with its suspension may make it worse, or at least a more dangerous ride, for all I know.
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  2. glasswave

    glasswave Been here awhile

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    In your first post you state that the vStrom is a "fake adventure bike , Street bike, Track bike, commuter bike." In your next post, you say it's one of the best commuter bikes ever. Is this due to poor English skills, hyperbole, trolling or BPD?

    Anybody that cannot ride a vStrom down a 2wd gravel road has some serious technique problems, this trip (Al-Can to Prudhoe Bay) has been made on Goldwings/scooters/cruisers for heavens sake! Do consider any other ADV marketed bikes to be literal death traps on 2wd gravel roads or do you simply hate your vStrom?

    Also, to what do attribute this insta-deathtrap type handling? Geometry, suspension clearance, balance?

    If you had hoped to make the point that the vStrom was not nearly as good on gravel as other bikes you've ridden, you might consider not spewing such outlandish bullshit!

    :rolleyes
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  3. bisbonian

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  4. Denalidirt

    Denalidirt High Plains Drifter

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    I own a Wee, I live in Alaska, I've ridden the Wee to Cancun Mexico, I've been on the Alcan 20+ times, I own a KTM 950adv and I hate the Wee. As much as I dislike the Wee as a daily rider/commuter/pleasure bike it is a sold machine. In the hand of the right person it can keep up with and pass 990 riders. It is a great bike. It will take more effort, more time and more attention to the road than a GS rider will have to put in but at the end of the day you will sleep under the same stars as anyone else on the road.
    Be careful and know yours and the bikes limit.

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  5. glasswave

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    Seems like a fair assessment. Who wouldn't start hating their wee 200km into washboard gravel road when they were thinking "I could be on my KTM ADV and going 20% (or more) faster?" OTH, if you can't afford a KTM, a strom can be a decent gravel/tarmac cruiser, given a competent rider. Some suspension UG's can help tremendously tho'.
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  6. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=252582

    Mine.
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  7. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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  8. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Thanks Dave. I think a set of TKC's would have helped a lot. :D
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