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post #1 of 11 Old 12-25-2012, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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So I just got back from Athens, Greece last week and...

Wee Stroms rule the roads there. No kidding. After scooters, the Wee was motorcycle of choice. Heck, even the police ride them (and I don't care if you are carrying guns or not, it's still wrong for two men to ride on the same bike together). They were everywhere though I didn't see a single Vee (I did see one KLV, so I guess that counts).

If you are familiar with big cities, especially in Europe, it was quite the experience seeing scooters and bikes shooting in between traffic and pedestrians.


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I lived in Stuttgart, Germany from 2006-2009 but unfortunately I didn't have the motorcycling bug yet. I toured a fair amount of Europe FROM A CAGE I wish I had 'found' cycling before/during my three years while living there. Oh well, perhaps one day I'll return. I can't say I recall seeing a Wee-Strom while living there, but I was really naive to the whole two wheeled thing back then. I do remember seeing an awful lot of expensive BMW's though.

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It's surprising to me, given the economic situation over there, but Greece is one of the bigger EU markets for our V-Strom springs. Ahead of both France and Germany for that bike.

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It's surprising to me, given the economic situation over there, but Greece is one of the bigger EU markets for our V-Strom springs. Ahead of both France and Germany for that bike.
In 4 days of being there, I saw at least 4 dozen wee's. No kidding. Some of them may have been repeats but that is still a lot of bikes.

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you mean like this?

[QUOTE=strom lurker;886038] Heck, even the police ride them (and I don't care if you are carrying guns or not, it's still wrong for two men to ride on the same bike together).

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you mean like this? - in nearby Turkey (Istanbul)?
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lookin pretty good to me.

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I traveled to Greece 2 years ago for a few weeks and was shocked at the number of wee's among the many scooters. I had been thinking about a road bike, and had done some research before the trip. A week after returning home (US), I bought my 2008 wee and love it. Some of the scooter riders were amazingly scary but highly skilled.
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Visited my 22 y.o daughter who was studying in Rome last year . . . my first trip to Europe. It seemed almost the entire city of Rome was on small displacement scooters.

They fearlessly rode in between the buses, taxis and cars, weaving in and out to create their own lanes, lane splitting and "scooting" to the front at every traffic light. It was actually amazing, almost like a ballet.

With speed limits around 25 mph or less, very narrow streets, limited parking, and the spaces these scooters move in so tight, larger motorcycles must actually be a disadvantage. I have a new respect for scooters after that trip.

That said, I did see a bunch of Wee's (no Vees) parked among the scooters, probably the most of any "true motorcycle". All had large topboxes but no side luggage, no doubt due to the width. I also saw several Ducatis, but never saw a Harley (or any other crusiers).

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[QUOTE=kiwi_outdoors;886157][QUOTE=strom lurker;886038] Heck, even the police ride them (and I don't care if you are carrying guns or not, it's still wrong for two men to ride on the same bike together).

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you mean like this? - in nearby Turkey (Istanbul)?
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Heck, even the police ride them (and I don't care if you are carrying guns or not, it's still wrong for two men to ride on the same bike together).



That ain't right
That picture is so true!
I come from Istanbul, you should see the proud these police have with their motorcycles.

The good thing is they usually do not mess with motorcyclists, and you can do almost anything you want on the road.
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