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Wee Strom & F650GS (single) - who's toured on both?

Discussion in 'Parallel Universe' started by jwnsc, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. earthroamer

    earthroamer Stuck in Pindadesh

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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.

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    After getting a Russell saddle, I will tour for many more years on this bike. I love it.
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  2. elgreen

    elgreen Crotchety Contrarian

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    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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  3. Troutrider

    Troutrider Vicarious Adventurer

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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.

    Troutrider
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  4. andy29847

    andy29847 Dirt Road Rider

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    More shorts scrubbing action :D

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  5. jwnsc

    jwnsc Hang in there. Supporter

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