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Old 04-23-2012, 08:10 AM
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No test ride here, but I did a lot of reading and honestly the 650 Wee has always
been a "possible" contender in my garage as a second bike to my BMW R1200 ADV. When the 12 came out wiith the new redesign and w/abs that sealed it for me. I went and visited two dealers. The first dealer had an Adv model which I looked over carefully and did not care for the Trax luggage system, engine guard design, and w/s design. And I just don't care for black bikes or cars. A PIA to keep clean, guess we all are a little OCD. I take care of my bikes, cars and trucks, I like'em looking very well kept.

Called a second local dealer who had a "faster Fox Orange color" on the floor. Drove 20 minutes to the store. Walked in looked the bike over and noticed it already had the GIVI Airflow w/s, GIVI tank bag, side pannier racks, and top case rack. Told the dealer to write up the sales agreement...done deal.

The bike was GIVI's display bike at the recent 2012 Spring motorcycle show here in Charlotte which I later learned from my Local GIVI rep. The dealership sold me the bike at MSRP and included the GIVI extras already mounted. (Which I do have in my sales contract) A very very good deal IMHO given that the extras which cost the dealer nothing from GIVI. It was a display bike for GIVI and on display a top of a turn style and roped off during the show, so no scuff marks or show scars or maul marks from people jumping on and off bikes..just perfect. It's funny i saw the bike at the show never knowing I would actually own it a few weeks later. Obviously, I could not pass it up.....So that's my Wee purchase story. No secret dealer purchases here, just a great transparent clean deal that I got lucky on.

Bought the bike rode it home. Love it!
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:48 AM
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I did test ride before buying. Local sale, private party, the bike was 7 years old at the time.

I came, talked it over with the guy, and then after discussing some basics, I asked if he'd be okay with me going around the neighborhood for a bit. If he had said no I would probably have walked away, but it's a case-by-case thing.

Having lived in NYC before this, I'd be a little nervous in traffic with a bike I couldn't flat foot that is as top-heavy as the Wee feels to me, but it's your call.

Definitely sit on it in a showroom, and see if you can imagine it with 5 gallons of gas in addition to the weight you feel... I'm 6'3", I can flat foot it fine and I still sometimes find it tough to maneuver on a duck walk, or pushing alongside.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:00 AM
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I did not test ride it before I bought it. Over the past couple of years, I've read all the reviews I could find and visited this forum quite frequently.
I really liked the looks of the new 2012...and it was not a sport bike, or a cruiser...so I bought it.
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:36 AM
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C50towner, first of all, how tall are you? Tuning up the seat and suspension to drop it a bit shouldn't be too difficult unless you are on the short side.

My first bike of this type was a KLR650. I test rode a privately owned BMW R1200GS and DL1000 before I bought a DL650, and took the DL650 for only a short ride.

The all-around nature of the DL650, modest price and high demand means that even if you buy it and don't like it you aren't risking much.

The Versys isn't offered with GPS, so the closest competitor to the DL650 would be the BMW F650GS (actually an 800).

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No test ride here. It wasn't offered by the dealer and I seriously doubt if it would have happened if I had asked. Some brands go out of their way to make sure you get a ride, Suzuki is not one of them in my experience (two purchases).

I've been happy with them though. Did a lot of homework.

The Wee can be easily lowered about an inch with new suspension links and a fork adjustment. Hopefully that would help your ground reach problem. It seems like a reasonable thing to write into the contract.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:33 PM
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After researching the forums and online reviews I test drove a 2011 model last July at a Suzuki Demo day for about 45 minutes and this really confirmed what I had already read. I would have pulled the trigger last July but was leaving the country for 2 months and decided to wait for the 12 models and make a decision on 11 vs 12 in the fall.
Phone around and see if you can get a test drive on a 11 model or a used one; they will feel close enough to the 12 models to give you a sense of what you would get.
I am 6ft, 32 inch inseam and can flat foot at stops and judging by the numbers who have dropped their bikes at low speeds and stops am happy that I can.
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I was in the same situation. I kept the c50t and also bought the vstrom 1000. I probably couldn't afford the payments on both of them at the time but I did it.

I really love the c50t and it's still my primary bike. It's incredibly comfortable, good on gas mileage and is one of the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned. I still find it remarkable that the idle RPMs never change regardless of standing outside in sub freezing temperatures for a week, sitting for a week in high temperatures over 110, getting off the highway after a 6 hour day or simply putting around town. It is dead on no matter the conditions and cheap to maintain and operate.

With that being said, I dream of crusing around the desert southwest where I need a little more power and a little more offroad ability for those long fire roads. The vstrom fits that bill and I'll be able to start tearing up Utah next summer.

The c50t is fine for longer trips and better in town for me because I can't flatfoot the Vee. If you are looking at really long highway miles then the Vee maybe a little more bike. The 650 can easily do the highways but if you are running cross country two-up then you may want the vee. The 650 will do a little better on the offroad stuff but neither bike is going to challenge a motocross course.

I didn't test ride the Vee and I really don't regret it. The vee is a very fun bike. They are a little more finicky than the c50. I would try to keep both bikes. If you only had one bike, than the 650 is probably the one you are after (I believe the seat is an inch shorter).
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Yes, I was able to test ride before I bought mine.
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C50towner, first of all, how tall are you? Tuning up the seat and suspension to drop it a bit shouldn't be too difficult unless you are on the short side.

My first bike of this type was a KLR650. I test rode a privately owned BMW R1200GS and DL1000 before I bought a DL650, and took the DL650 for only a short ride.

The all-around nature of the DL650, modest price and high demand means that even if you buy it and don't like it you aren't risking much.

The Versys isn't offered with GPS, so the closest competitor to the DL650 would be the BMW F650GS (actually an 800).

I am 5,8".

When I sat on the DL 650 I was just supporting myself on my toes. Not a big deal if I am to only stop at the stop lights etc. but sometimes I am stuck in traffic where I can't even split lanes. If the traffic is moving only few feet at a time it's a real hassle with me not being able to flat foot. That's what I am worried about. If my commute would be traffic free ( which doesn't happen that often) then I wouldn't have a problem.

I have scheduled a test ride of a '12 BMW F650 GS on Wednesday.

I will report back on how I liked it. It seems kind of comparable to the V-Strom 650 and the BMW dealer is happy to let me test drive it. What a difference in change of attitudes vs the Suzuki dealers.
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I was in the same situation. I kept the c50t and also bought the vstrom 1000. I probably couldn't afford the payments on both of them at the time but I did it.

I really love the c50t and it's still my primary bike. It's incredibly comfortable, good on gas mileage and is one of the most reliable vehicles I have ever owned. I still find it remarkable that the idle RPMs never change regardless of standing outside in sub freezing temperatures for a week, sitting for a week in high temperatures over 110, getting off the highway after a 6 hour day or simply putting around town. It is dead on no matter the conditions and cheap to maintain and operate.

With that being said, I dream of crusing around the desert southwest where I need a little more power and a little more offroad ability for those long fire roads. The vstrom fits that bill and I'll be able to start tearing up Utah next summer.

The c50t is fine for longer trips and better in town for me because I can't flatfoot the Vee. If you are looking at really long highway miles then the Vee maybe a little more bike. The 650 can easily do the highways but if you are running cross country two-up then you may want the vee. The 650 will do a little better on the offroad stuff but neither bike is going to challenge a motocross course.

I didn't test ride the Vee and I really don't regret it. The vee is a very fun bike. They are a little more finicky than the c50. I would try to keep both bikes. If you only had one bike, than the 650 is probably the one you are after (I believe the seat is an inch shorter).
There are really only 3 reasons why I am looking into the V-strom as opposed to getting another cruiser.

1. The 0% apr for 5 years is very appealing and allows me to own a new motorcycle without the interest cost of borrowing the money.

2. V-strom has a better suspension and is more rugged for the crappy roads here in NYC. I often felt bad abusing the C50 by riding it in the city.

3. V-strom is definitely easier to veer through traffic than a bulkier cruiser.

Like I mentioned earlier I am really worried about not being able to firmly flat foot while on the V-strom.
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