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Old 11-17-2012, 11:09 AM
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Greeting Weestromers. I've decided to move to a Wee after riding a friend's, reading reviews, finding this great forum and righting my tipped over K100LT one too many times.
I've got my sights set on 2 bikes: both with the basic farkles I'd put on.

One is an '04 with 13k on the clock and some light scratches on the fairing.
The other is a '11 with 4,200 miles and mint cosmetically. Its about $2,400. more than the '04 (both are private sales). Assuming I can't find anything wrong with either bike, I'm leaning toward the '04 - mainly because I suspect I'll be able to afford a '12 model when they're a couple years old. Assuming I want to, there'd be less depreciation with the older bike. With either bike I'd prolly upgrade suspension, install a Sargeant seat and add a gear indicator. I was happy to see this was a doable mod for the bike. My K bike has one and I find it easier than looking at the tach - just me.
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Thanks. Looking forward to joining the herd.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:47 AM
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Default which WEE?

got my '05 w/ 25+k miles on her

she now has over 40k

the problems, i've encountered, would fit in a thimble w/ room to spare

this forum has helped me resolve them, ALL, w/ little or NO cost

the difference in cost would fund the farkles, you listed, & buy a bunch of fuel for your next adventure

& you have already mentioned having the dropsy...

why worry about scratching one when you can get one that already has some?

whichever way you go, ENJOY

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Old 11-17-2012, 12:34 PM
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correction: The older bike is not an '04. Its and '07.
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Get the one you like the color of more. You are comparing apples and apples. Just bite into one!
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Either bike will be Ok, but I would pick one with ABS brakes. Your choice.
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Get the 07, with the money you save, the more farkles you get.
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Old 11-17-2012, 11:54 PM
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My vote is the 07...save the money
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:45 PM
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm bringing a trailer and cash with me tomorrow. Will let you know how it turns out
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:21 PM
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Thanks for the advice, guys. I took both notacop and PTRider's advice and went with the Pearl white and black ABS, '11 model.
I hope the mild weather holds so I can get comfortable on 'er. I'm definitely going to lower it. Although its 100 lbs. lighter than my K100, it's a little taller. I've also noticed 1st gear isn't as low as the K, which surprises me, given its a "dual sport" bike with one more gear than the K.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:08 AM
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Disregard the last comment. I talked to the seller and he put a 16 tooth front sprocket on and is going to send me the stock sprocket. I'm sure this set-up is best for highway riding and fuel economy but I want be able to do slow speed maneuvers without so much clutching/coasting to keep speed down.
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