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Old 12-01-2012, 10:42 AM
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totally agree with orange sunrises' post, i've often compared my wee engine to a sewing machine regarding it's sound (a result of smooth, precise rpm with relatively effortless increase ? ), advice to perspective rider; get the wee up to 7000 rpm in 6th, now what's it sound like ?,
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:45 AM
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advice to perspective rider; get the wee up to 7000 rpm in 6th, now what's it sound like ?,
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:16 AM
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I'm looking at a new wee strom and certainly see the practicality, the value and I'm impressed with the aftermarket support. I'm interested in doing more long distance touring as most of my riding is commuting, day trips and a couple multi day rides.

My concern is, I rode my dads 07 wee and didn't like it. To be honest, and I don't want to offend anyone, it felt like I was riding a sewing machine and after about 3 minutes on it all I wanted was for him to pull over so I could get back on my own bike.

Did you love to when you first rode it yours? Did it take some getting used to? Did you come off another bike and feel like you settled or have you loved it from the first ride? I'm worried I'd buy one and never "love" riding it, even though I think it's an unbeatable bike for the money. Thanks. ...Steve
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:32 AM
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I love my wee, but this love affair took over a year and a fair bit of farkling to bring it to fruition. After the first year of owning my wee, I was ready to trade it in on something with more power and better off-road performance. After adding some farkles to improve off-road performance and learning to accept its limitations, I am very happy with it. I still wish it mad more ponies under the tank, but this is a small complaint for such a nice bike.
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:49 PM
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I'm looking at a new wee strom and certainly see the practicality, the value and I'm impressed with the aftermarket support. I'm interested in doing more long distance touring as most of my riding is commuting, day trips and a couple multi day rides.

My concern is, I rode my dads 07 wee and didn't like it. To be honest, and I don't want to offend anyone, it felt like I was riding a sewing machine and after about 3 minutes on it all I wanted was for him to pull over so I could get back on my own bike.

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Am I reading this right? your making judgement from the passenger seat. Take the bike out alone for a day and then decide.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:47 AM
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Try the new one, I have an 07 and have loved it from day 1, but it was a really well maintained bike that only had 14,000 ks on the odometer (it now has almost 30,000 after about 22 months of being with me!)
I don't think my dads bike is in bad shape, but he does ride it hard. I found it a little slow and the engine felt like it was doing a lot, but the bike wasn't putting out much power at highway speeds. In the spring I'll see if I can arrange a demo ride on a new one.

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Can you put a finger on what you didn't like? Is it something that is an easy farkle fix or if it's that the Wee is civilized you could find a Vee to test out.

I love the Wee as a commuter and for trips around town. If I'm going to ride for a thrill or more than 100 miles I want the more visceral Vee under me.

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I don't think I'd want the Vee, as I'm a small guy and want it to be manageable, regardless where I take the bike.

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I have the 2012 DL650 and absolutely love it, I have done over 18000km in 11 months.
That consists of day rides and road trips.

You can't beat the reliability and value for money you get with the DL as well as after market accessories.

I suggest you try the new one as a comparison to your dad's and see what you think then.
I'll definitely ride a new one in the spring and go from there. I agree it's the best all around bike, especially for what I want it for. We're planning a 13000 km ride in 2014 from Calgary to Cancun and back and my bike isn't the best choice. I love it, but for that long on the road, and the roads we'll come across, I want the comfort, reliability and repairability of the wee. I don't think the naked Monster will enjoy the Mexican roads very much.
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Am I reading this right? your making judgement from the passenger seat. Take the bike out alone for a day and then decide.
I was riding his bike and he was riding my Duc. Since he was in front of me, I was at his mercy to pull over to trade back. I spent about 30 minutes on the Wee through the mountains before we swapped back.

He is going in for shoulder surgery in two weeks and won't be riding in the spring so I'll have his bike for a longer test and I'll give it a thousand kilometers to see what I really think, and will for sure test ride a new one.

Thanks all for the advice, and if there's anything else you can think of that may help me decide, feel free to share.

Also, any mods that are a must? I'd likely start with a new 2012 or 2013 Adventure package. ...Steve

Edit. Here's what I'm on now.

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The Wee must seem positively GIGANTIC compared to your monster. I remember my first Wee test drive, and thought it was a BIG bike, regardless of the engine displacement. But, one trip down the road had me sold - it was love at first ride. I really liked being way up high, eye to eye with all the pickup truck drivers, and the roomy upright riding position was revelatory, when compared to my kawa sport bike......

You may not get there, but give it a try while your dad is off the bike, you may find it hard to go back to your little bike.
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The Wee must seem positively GIGANTIC compared to your monster. I remember my first Wee test drive, and thought it was a BIG bike, regardless of the engine displacement. But, one trip down the road had me sold - it was love at first ride. I really liked being way up high, eye to eye with all the pickup truck drivers, and the roomy upright riding position was revelatory, when compared to my kawa sport bike......

You may not get there, but give it a try while your dad is off the bike, you may find it hard to go back to your little bike.
It did seem very big and I wasn't a fan of the way it handled but I've been a motocross guy all my life and have always ridden small, light sport bikes on the road. The Wee was a big change from that. I do love the Monster though. It's light, quick, handles well and is amazing in the city. I like it on the highway too and it actually loads up and tours nice, but I'd like a windshield and a more comfortable riding position. I'll keep the Ducati forever though, regardless of what bike I buy next.
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:27 PM
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For me it's RIDING not which bike I ride!!.If I was broke I would rather have the cheapest ( good running ) any brand bike than a car.Sure I like some bikes more than others but the ride is more important.
Thats why I wave to everybody on 2 and 3 wheels,it's all about them riding !!.


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