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post #1 of 17 Old 01-28-2015, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Comfort Problem

I'm switching from a 06 to a 13. I've been working on sorting out the 06 and feel I have it perfectly fitted for my style of riding. Taken it on some 500 mile plus days back to back without any problems. I've ridden the 13 a couple of times now and noticed it requires a little lean forward and the grips feel lower. Took a quick measurement and found the peg to seat height was about 1.5 inches longer on the 13 than the 06, both have Russell Day Long Seats. I think this is what's causing the extra reach and more weight on my wrist as a result which I don't like for day long riding. Is this just something that was a change from the older model 06? The reason I'm going to the 13 is for the ABS feature. Is there something I'm over looking here.

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post #2 of 17 Old 01-28-2015, 01:14 PM
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Check the difference at Motorcycle Ergonomics

It looks like the Wee has a little more bar pull back than the Glee. I rotated the bars down and back a little and liked that. You might want to go with a bar riser with a small increment up and back if bar height seems important but getting it back slightly did the trick for be.

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I have an '07 Wee and a '13 Wee2. In terms of ergos and comfort, my '07 is simply more comfortable and manages wind better. I have had to make more modifications on my '13 to make it as comfortable as my '07. I lowered the pegs, extended the shifter, and added up and back risers. Now the ergos are as good or better than the '07. The biggest disappointment for me with the '13 was the seat. On the '07 I had the seat problem solved with the Suzuki gel seat and an Alaska Buttpad. That combination doesn't work well on the Wee2. I ended up having Terry Adcox make one for me and so far I'm happy with it.

I suggest trying out the GenMar up and back risers. They will install okay without needing to extend the brake lines. I think that will solve most of your problem.

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post #4 of 17 Old 01-30-2015, 11:11 PM
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I have similar issues with my russel seat on my wee2. I will probably send it back, again, for adjustment as the reach to the bars is just too long due to the increase in seat hight and the position of the sitting pocket. If I scoot all the way forward to improve handle bar reach I end up hanging on the seat by my groin and crushing the family jewls. That cant be healthy....and is gets painful. Just didnt expect this being 6ft tall....

I did get 2in rox risers that I need to install tomorrow to see if that fixes some of my discomfort.

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post #5 of 17 Old 01-31-2015, 10:30 AM
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I went from an 08 to a 13 650. On both bikes I went to Russell saddle and 'high-atv' handle bars. I have found that set-up to be pretty similar comfort for me. The other key is the windshield - i carried over a givi midsize windshield which has been a bit trickier to set up perfect, but that was pretty close from the get-go.
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post #6 of 17 Old 01-31-2015, 08:22 PM
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I just bought a new DL650 and I'm finding that the handle bar reach is about a inch too far for total comfort, and I'm 6'2 in height. I may have to get the bars brought back a bit.

I fixed the seat, tho. I took it to a dude who sculpted the foam so that it matches my butt. It cost me $270 (AU) but let me tell you, it is now a sweet and comfortable ride. No more sore points or constant wriggling on long rides.

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post #7 of 17 Old 01-31-2015, 09:40 PM
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I have the 2013 650 with the Russell Day Long. I installed SW Motech 20mm risers and peg lowering kit. Feels perfect for my 5'09" frame.
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post #8 of 17 Old 01-31-2015, 10:50 PM
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Check with Russell about riding up to Shasta to get the seat position modified just right for you. Put on the up & back bar risers and brake hose extension if needed.

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post #9 of 17 Old 02-05-2015, 02:27 PM
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Hmmm seems pretty comfortable to me but I have always had sport bikes.
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post #10 of 17 Old 02-05-2015, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Ordered some 2 inch Rox Risers to play around with. Should be here next week.

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