Down the rabbit hole, or not?
With my closed circuit test coming up shortly, I'm pretty much at the point of making my first bike purchase. I've been pretty set on the path of a Wee, although my 6'3, 215lb frame would also necessitate some after-market upgrades to make it more suited to a) my size, and b) my intended use - comfortable commuting on a twisty country road with weekend raids on some dirt tracks for camping and fishing. The recent mention of a possible Africa Twin 850 in the coming years had made me consider going to something dirt cheap like an old KLR for a year or so, as has my affinity for the Tiger 800 XC, but the DL650 has a pretty strong pull on me too.
Setting up my Wee, from all I've gleaned from the forums and reviews, would entail:
Shock upgrades (Daugherty seems to be able to do what I'd need on both ends of the bike for a good price)
Travel riser (not a big issue or big price)
Bar risers and lower pegs
The obvious stuff like tires, bars, plates, and panniers I would be adding anyway. I guess my question for those who have gone down this route, am I setting myself on a path towards investing a fortune into a Vstrom trying to make it something it's not? I don't see any insane offroading in the picture (but I make no promises ;-). My riding will be 80 on asphalt and gravel / 20% off the beaten path. Given I plan to buy a new 650XT if I go the Wee route, these upgrades can be done over time, and at around $2k it will still bring me in for considerably less money than buying a new Tiger or AT. I'm thinking it's worth a go - I just want to be sure if I'm going to be making such significant changes to the set-up of the bike that I'm still going to have an enjoyable commuter.
Last edited by B-Nads; 08-20-2019 at 11:00 AM.