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Old 11-16-2012, 10:35 PM
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Is there an obvious way to fix the horn button niggle? It happened to me again today, and it occured to me that it would be as simple as reversing the angle of the button.

It's tilted to follow the line of the handlebar, so it juts out further on the outside of the button, towards the bar end, than the part that's inside toward the steering column. It's that extra bit of sticking out near the hand grip that makes it intersect my thumb as it moves toward the turn signal button.

So if the angle were reversed - have it hang out more on the INSIDE away from the hand grip - it would be no problem. It would mean a slightly greater effort in terms of moving the left thumb to engage the horn, but it's way too easy as it is now.

Or heck, just make the horn button flat.

How hard could it be to make a substitute horn button for the OEM part and to install it?
How about you just install a Stebel Horn and then you will only push it accidently once or twice, that should cure the error of your ways.
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Old 11-17-2012, 06:50 PM
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I find that if I use the hand brake to exit the bike (which they teach you in the MSF course, I do not have a problem with the side stand. Other than that, this is one of the best bikes I have ever owned. Even as good (and half the price) of the BMW GS I just sold. BMWs are getting too expensive to buy and too expensive to work on. I looked at the new GS prior to buying the Wee, and the new GS is almost $20,000. The 600 mile service on the last new BMW I owned was close to $400.00. My service on the Wee was $183.00. Also, all the aftermarket stuff and OEM stuff is a lot less expensive.

In other words, I love my new 2012 Wee. Only minor Niggle is, when I coming to a stop and don't downshift quick enough, it makes it hard to downshift back to first gear. SO, I have to be careful to downshift to first gear prior to the bike coming to a full stop. I just came back from a ride to Colorado from Houston. On the first day of the ride back home, I rode from Salida Colorado to San Angelo Texas (703 miles). I was not sore and the bike did great handling my 300 pound frame and approximately 40 pounds of gear. I would also suggest an Air Hawk seat cushion for those of you that get sore bottoms when riding. They are expensive, but cheaper than a new seat.

Enjoy your new bikes and get used to the Niggles!!!
I've had to change my shifting habits too, not a big deal unless I'm making a quick stop and don't have time to downshift properly. I know how a MC transmission differs from a syncro car trans and the procedure to get it back down to first, but of the 10+ bikes (this is my first Suzuki) I've had over the years this is the only one thats given me this trouble. Other that that its a pretty smooth shifting trans.
I was moving bikes around in my garage today and was reminded how much lighter and less top heavy the wee feels than my KLR 650 when I'm pushing it around on the gravel floor.
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:35 PM
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Having owned the previous version, I have to say I miss the clock staying on when turned off. I used it as my garage clock for a long time.
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Old 11-17-2012, 09:45 PM
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Interesting avatar, SLT824. (Algonquin). Like to make it up there myself some time...

Oh yea, back to V-Strom quibbles! Hm, only thing so far is that retina-burning "frost warning" light. Finally did a ride this week cold enough for it to activate. It was interesting for a minute, just to see the air temp displayed, after that it became a nuisance. That's my only complaint so far!
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Interesting avatar, SLT824. (Algonquin). Like to make it up there myself some time...

Oh yea, back to V-Strom quibbles! Hm, only thing so far is that retina-burning "frost warning" light. Finally did a ride this week cold enough for it to activate. It was interesting for a minute, just to see the air temp displayed, after that it became a nuisance. That's my only complaint so far!
I agree, there should be a way to turn it off. Yes I know it's cold out there, that's why I have my heated jacket/gloves and grips turned on!
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:48 AM
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I must own up to honking merrily while doing a right turn yesterday.
HA HA HA I have no horn, blinkers, hi/lo beam, etc on my sportster, so any buttons on the bars at all seem to get in the way
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G'day fellow Glee owners, I purchased my bike a few months ago (traded a '06 CBR1000RR) and really love the bike (fox orange Glee) I was getting a bit tired of the bad surfaced roads sports bike thing and finally saw the light.
Totally different beast I know but one thing that is bugging me is the loose throttle tube. I have adjusted to recommended specs but the side to side "jiggle" of the throttle is annoying me a bit. I find the throttle moves so much (side to side) that it makes fine throttle control difficult.
Is it just me (or my bike) or is anyone else experiencing this? If so has anyone come up with a solution to rectify it.
My bar ends are in correct position BTW.

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I've seen a number of people mention this. I don't get it. Lateral movement has no physical effect on throttle control. I've also seen mention of throttle cable slack adjustment being important. The fact is the throttle pulls against a spring in the rotational direction so the cable is always taut. The only thing the second cable does is to pull the throttle closed if the mechanism sticks. It's extremely rare for the closing cable to ever do anything. I run my cable slack loose because I use an electronic cruise control. I have no trouble with throttle control.

The problem I see is the rider's mental set. Throttle control on a new bike, especially when running on poor surfaces, has the be gotten used to. Many riders grip the bars too tightly and add throttle and handlebar inputs they don't intend. Just for a test, try using the finger and thumb tips instead of grasping with the hand for a short distance. I'm convinced it's the rider, not the bike, that is the cause of throttle control problems. Also check the chain slack but don't make it too tight. Stroms are more sensitive to throttle control than some other bikes but it is well within a practiced rider's control.
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I noticed the slight lateral play but have got used to it. Never caused me any difficulties with throttle control, but YMMV.
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I've seen a number of people mention this. I don't get it. Lateral movement has no physical effect on throttle control. I've also seen mention of throttle cable slack adjustment being important. The fact is the throttle pulls against a spring in the rotational direction so the cable is always taut. The only thing the second cable does is to pull the throttle closed if the mechanism sticks. It's extremely rare for the closing cable to ever do anything. I run my cable slack loose because I use an electronic cruise control. I have no trouble with throttle control.

The problem I see is the rider's mental set. Throttle control on a new bike, especially when running on poor surfaces, has the be gotten used to. Many riders grip the bars too tightly and add throttle and handlebar inputs they don't intend. Just for a test, try using the finger and thumb tips instead of grasping with the hand for a short distance. I'm convinced it's the rider, not the bike, that is the cause of throttle control problems. Also check the chain slack but don't make it too tight. Stroms are more sensitive to throttle control than some other bikes but it is well within a practiced rider's control.
Hmmm.....thanks for your input....I think! Have ridden bikes constantly over many surfaces (both desert, forest, road and track) for more than 40 yrs practiced riding is well and truly underway. My concern was for the loose fit of the throttle on the tube and how I thought it was a little excessive. Maybe i could have worded my post a little better.
Will try a few things and post for anyone sharing the issue.

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