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post #1 of 19 Old 10-26-2012, 09:10 PM Thread Starter
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This may well turn into a rant more than anything, largely against a seeming lack of big torquey comfy motorcycles that are good at going around corners and don't cost a fortune. I've had my Wee for a year now, and ridden it enough to know that I reallllly, really really like it, and don't really want to get rid of it, but that I DO need something with a bit more poop to haul myself, my SO, and all the crap (most of which we never need...) around for longer distances in steep hilly places (where we like to go..). Obviously I could buy a Vee, which I could actually afford, but everyone says I'll just miss the Wee, plus I'd feel a little silly buying pretty well the same bike twice. OR I could go buy a big GS and go bankrupt either from the purchase price itself or the maintenance, and be afraid to enjoy it in fear of breaking something that expensive. Maybe I should look for a used Tiger? Probably too heavy but I haven't ridden one so who knows, unless I find an 800 which again costs way too much. WHY does the Vee have to be the only bike in this class that I can afford?!!?!?


SO really, are there any other big tall comfy standardish bikes (offroadability is not terribly important), preferably powered by a twin, say 900CC+, with good luggage and hard parts options, ability to mount giant windscreen and a fuel range of 200+ miles and under 550lbf, that can be bought used with reasonably low (say sub 40K miles) for under $6500 US?
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post #2 of 19 Old 10-26-2012, 09:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Om Nom Strom View Post
I'd feel a little silly buying pretty well the same bike twice.
IMHO, they aint nothing alike. it took me yrs. and 10's of thousands of miles to get used to the DL1 long legs. especialy the
6th. gear OverDrive.
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post #3 of 19 Old 10-26-2012, 10:08 PM
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Just my opinion: the only thing the Vee and Wee/Glee have in common is a similar look and a few small parts. After riding both, I feel that they are two completely different bikes for two different purposes.

Find a Vee and ride it, then you'll know.
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post #4 of 19 Old 10-26-2012, 10:52 PM
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I feel your pain, I really do. I have the same opinion of my wee - a great bike, but just not enough ponies under the tank for my tastes. I have succumbed to the fact that I am going to have to fork out the cash for a Tiger 800XC or KTM 990.

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post #5 of 19 Old 10-27-2012, 12:20 AM
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You should be able to find a 955i Tiger easily in that price range. Probably a 1050 too if you're willing to go with the '07 or '08.
Probably could find an older GS, like an 1100 or 1150 in that price range. The maintenance is simpler than people let on if you are interested in learning to do it yourself.
Otherwise, cost is driven by supply and demand. Manufacturers aren't in the business of trying to sell low cost big displacement motorcycles so there aren't many such animals out there.

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post #6 of 19 Old 10-27-2012, 10:44 AM
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Still a zuk but you might check the renamed Bandit.

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post #7 of 19 Old 10-28-2012, 08:19 AM
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Another vote for a Tiger 955i. I regularly ride with 2 guys, one owns a Vee and the other owns an '03 955i. I've ridden both and I love the the Tiger, it feels like my Wee but with better suspension and more power. If you need more performance and stay on the street, the 1050 Tiger is another step up. I personally like both better than the Vee.

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post #8 of 19 Old 10-29-2012, 10:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Illinois View Post
Still a zuk but you might check the renamed Bandit.
Another vote for the GSX1250FA. I traded my Wee in July for a GSX1250FA. Have done nearly 6,000km so far, and man, what a fantastic bike. It has LOADS of torque down low, I do not even notice my SO when she is on the back. I fitted some footpeg extenders for her to give her more legroom, and now we are both happy.

A cracking good bike at a very reasonable price.
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post #9 of 19 Old 10-29-2012, 01:30 PM
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Someone else mentioned this as well, but you should be able to find a Triumph 1050 Tiger for a reasonable price. They are upright, many have luggage, and that Triple is amazing! Lots of torque, but very smooth and very fast. These are more powerful than a Vee, although less off-road oriented. More of a sport-tourer with an upright riding position and longer suspension.
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post #10 of 19 Old 10-29-2012, 02:07 PM
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Anyone have experience with a Tenere? Dealer here has one about $1.4K cheaper than normal price. Might be my next bike.
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