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post #1 of 15 Old 05-21-2012, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Too Early to Tell?

Thinking of trading for a DL650(s). Is it too early for the current to know all the little niggles that need attending.

If I go through with the deal I'm planning I'll have to break it in in a month, get the first service before my 7,000 mile trip this summer.
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I'll pass 1,000 miles today ( 16 days of ownership ). So, I'll have it broken in and the first service at 600 miles is past me.

This IS a better bike than the previous generation Wee. I don't know what they changed in the brakes but they feel better and the suspension is definately better ( still a bit harsh in the front but better springs ). Engine definately gets better mileage ( averaging 55 mpg so far, 48-50 on the '04 Wee ) and seems stronger from 3,000 to 5,000 rpm.

Still needs work on the windscreen and seat ( it IS a V Strom after all ). I does feel lighter yet very stable on the road at higher speeds. I like the looks more all the time.

As for getting the new bike quirks out of it, It really isn't all that new. The engine is proven, frame and suspension is proven, etc. More a "refined" Wee than new Wee.

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My biggest gripe is the bike doesn't clean itself

We've had it for about 6 months over this side of the pond, and there doesn't seem to much that people have gripes with.

Frame is basically the old wee, the engine is a tweaked Gladius one, so evolution rather than revolution.
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800 miles so far and only problem was getting the windshield set up for my height.

Seat is going to be my next battle.

everything else is amazing to me. I love the brakes -- feels like you have great control when stopping fast.

Handling is predictable.

Kids seem to like the bike better than adults here in Iowa.

Today , some kid told me the front of the bike looked like a Night Fury dragon
He had a big smile on his face. So that must be a good thing.

??? What ????


by the way the 600 mile service cost me 127.00 -- If you were wondering.

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Today , some kid told me the front of the bike looked like a Night Fury dragon
He had a big smile on his face. So that must be a good thing.

??? What ????
Hey... He's right!

A boy on a Night Fury:




A man on 2012 DL650:


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I would've thought he was quoting Napoleon Dynamite.

I've struggled with seat and windshield issues on my Caponord as well. I've gotten accustomed to them.

I did notice the lip on the Adventure made a difference on the demo ride. I rode the base model afterwards noticed a different feel. Neither of these were broken in yet and had less than 500 miles. I don't know if it was the added weight of the bars and cases but the ADV model buzzed at around 5K and of course didn't feel as nimble.
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Hey... He's right!

A boy on a Night Fury:




A man on 2012 DL650:




Buy the damn bike. NOW.

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I always thought the front of my Orange Wee looked like my Beagle..


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I always thought the front of my Orange Wee looked like my Beagle..

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The local ADV guys picked up on the Night Fury theme as well...if only they made it in black...:bom_devilish:





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