Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Somewhere in the cold, frozen north
If you ask me, the Wee is *ALMOST* perfect, as is. The only things I'd change:
1) More ground clearance.
2) Spoked wheels.
3) Lighter weight/lower C.G. (but see note below).
4) Smaller, lighter, more aerodynamic front fairing (the 2012 and on Wee's were a step in the right direction).
5) Six gallon gas tank (the 2012's were a step in the *wrong* direction here, although it does help with weight and C.G.).
Pretty much everything else can (and IMHO, should) be aftermarket additions, and to be honest, some of the weight reduction can be achieved through aftermarket, as well. For example, on my K9, I am planning to replace the battery with a Shorai when the OEM gives up the ghost, and if I could stop throwing money at other things long enough to save up a few bucks, I'd put a lighter, less restrictive aftermarket exhaust on.
Honestly, I'm pretty happy with everything else, especially the engine. The 650 is plenty peppy for me, and there's always the 1K if you want to tour with a passenger and camping gear. But for those of us who want a reasonably capable tourer that can also head out into the back country on a whim, light weight, ground clearance, range and robustness are at the top of the wishlist.
DL650 K9:[LIST][*]SW-Motech crash bars, skidplate, side carriers, 12V power outlet,[*]Pelican 1430 cases,[*]Tech-Mount PDA holder,[*]Oxfords Sport heated grips,[*]Axio tail bag[*]Shinko 705 front and rear (Conti Trail Attacks currently fitted for a long road trip)[*]Richland Rick fork brace[*]Loobman chain oiler[*]Aftermarket DRZ400 footpegs[/LIST]
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