My assessment on the 650 for long trips
Just got back from a 10 day, 3,625 mile trip out west on my Wee. I wanted to give my thoughts while the trip is fresh in my mind.
First, the route one takes, and the time one takes it will have a lot to do with how the bike performs. I usually leave at night from N.Louisiana to get across Texas. The reason is because I find Texas boring an the side buffeting winds are a lot less at night.
I put a 16 tooth front sprocket on which was a good move all the way around. Less rpm's and perfect Speedo reading.
The bike performed flawlessly .
The mpg was less than desirable....high of 52 , low of 32 averaged when I got back was 40.
The hp is less than desirable for any super slabbing unless you go a little slower than the traffic.
The Shinko 705's made me feel a lot better on gravel than the Battlewings that were on it.
200+ tank range is a great thing out west!
The things that is the breaking point to me is trying to pass at highway speeds and trudging against headwinds.
There were a couple of times when it lost mph going up hill (against the wind).
To be fair, the 650 is perfect for what it is. My "problem" is I came off a Super Tenere and Versys 1000. No lack of hp in either.
I got the Wee because of it's lighter weight. Glad I did as I went down in the sand this trip. The Versys is by far the fastest bike I've ever owned but it didn't fit my frame.
That said, I'll keep it for commuting, but am looking at a larger bike for my long trips.
I will be looking at the V1000 , f800gs and Super 10 . Leaning towards the f800
So, my assessment is it's fine if you don't mind the wind and 18 wheelers slowing you down a bit. When I went a little slower than the slabbing traffic, I had a more relaxed ride. But, I like being able to go around big rigs quickly!
Sorry if I rambled a bit....
Last edited by itlives; 10-11-2019 at 03:37 PM.