Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Montreal, Canada
I'm 6' 0". I was fortunate enough to be able to compare the old Wee next to the new one at a motorcycle show yesterday.
While I liked the appearance and build quality of the new Wee (did you notice they put a nice rubber edge on the gas tank seam when you look down the forks?!)
I found that the seat to peg distance is less, the knee is bent more, as confirmed by cycle-ergo.com. This can be fixed by an available 20mm raised seat, but it doesn't solve another issue. The new bike's tank makes it so that when I hug the new bike, only a 3" puck sized area on the inside of my knees/thighs makes contact with the tank, whereas on the old bike, I could squeeze together and the entire inner thigh would "hold" the bike, it felt really secure, and no pressure points. Also because of shape of the tank, my knees feel like they are an extra 3" apart compared to the old bike.
It's a deal-breaker for me on 2 counts 1) I can imagine that those puck shaped places on my legs will get red and irritated on long rides 2) the bike will feel less secure in turns, a more detached feel 3) on cold days the wind will be able to pass between the bike and my thighs, accelerating fatique.
Do I sound like I'm nitpicking? lol
2006 DL-650 Silver Blue (33,000km)