Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Ashburton, New Zealand
Test rode the new 2012 wee today..
I took out the new 2012 wee today from the local dealer in Christchurch. Loved it. The engine has more low down torque than my 2007, is much smoother especially low down the rev range, I found myself easily bobbling along in 5th at 50k/hr and still accelerating smoothly. Gone is the 'bucket of nails' rattle (admittedly quite a small bucket), the engine sounds just great.
Gearbox - yummy, double yummy actually. Like the water cooled oil filter thingy which does away with the silly oil cooler stuck right behind the front wheel (anyone know if it can be retro fitted to my 2007?).
Buffeting problem still not completely gone but I suspect a laminar lip/madstad bracket type fix would cure this, it did for my 2007 (bear in mind I am 6ft 2"). Seat much comfyier than the old model, good, solid braking, suspension a little harsh (but riding it straight out of the box so no doubt this can be improved). I clocked up 170k on a variety of roads ranging from town, high speed straights to mountain twisties and loved every minute.
All I have to do now is decide whether or not to sell the 2007 and the beemer in order buy the 2012. A tough decision....
Last edited by Wallydog; 02-26-2012 at 06:31 PM.