With great reluctance and major disappointment, I have sold my Wee Strom. As some of you will know, it was seriously irritating my knees over the past season. I had tried a higher seat, highway pegs suspended from the engine guards, less use of the rear brake, and an extended gear shift pedal. While this all helped, it was not enough. The pain and irritation just would not go away. If anything, it seemed to be getting worse despite weeks of physical therapy, exercise, icing, and pain killers.
I do have lots of great memories from this bike though – exploring many dirt and unmaintained roads around Ontario, a fantastic 3 day tour of eastern Ontario, and of course, the first Ontario Stromtrooper Owner’s Group ride with the Shepherd. In total, there were over 12,000 km worth of great memories. It was great to get to know so many of you through this forum and meet some of you on the April 29th ride.
So it’s back to cruiser-land for me. I traded for a black 2007 Boulevard C50 and am busy farkling with all the must have stuff. I’m trying to console myself with the thought that I have traded the world’s best all-round street bike for the world’s best all-round cruiser. At least, Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine calls it “the perfect cruiser”. Ironically, I traded a 2002 Suzuki Volusia for the Wee Strom, so the C50 is very familiar. For a cruiser, it offers an impressive combination of handling, light quick steering, good ground clearance, and decent power. Suzuki has done some nice upgrades on the C50 – fuel injection, stiffer chassis, wide clutch and brake levers, bullet-shaped turnsignals, etc. On the downside, there’s only a 15.5 litre gas tank and tube tires. But for $7195, I think you can’t beat it (except with a Strom, of course!).
Thanks to you all for convincing me to buy the Wee Strom and for assistance to outfit it. It was a great experience. If you see a guy on a black C50 giving you the thumb’s up, that will be me.
See you in the wind,