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post #1 of 10 Old 09-29-2013, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Is there any physical size difference between a Wee and a Vee?

Just curious if there is any physical size difference between a Wee and Vee? I am considering selling my FJR and buying a Vstom cause I just can't get comfy on my FJR. I'm 6'4 and 250lbs and looking for a bike with better ergos. I know motor wise there is a big difference but I want fuel economy also since I may ride it to work once in awhile which is 360 miles each way.... Any info on making these bikes fit the tall rider appreciated..
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Some people use the Vee seat on the Wee. It's taller and more comfortable.
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Both bikes have the same aluminum main frame. A taller seat and lowered pegs can make it easier on the knees. The Vee and Wee seats are interchangeable and the Vee's is 20mm taller. I got a Vee seat for my Wee in a trade with a short legged Vee rider. There are a number of made to order after market seats which are common upgrades as the comfort of stock seats is limited. The Russell day long comes to mind as being taller and others can be ordered taller. The best footpeg lowering kit is Footpeg and Control Lowering Kit - AdventureTech, LLC.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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You can compare your FJR to both Vstroms here: Motorcycle Ergonomics
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For all intensive purposes, the prior to 2012 models (DL650/DL1000) are very similar in size and for example the seats where interchangeable, but the DL1000 weighted about 50 lbs more. The 2012 DL650 has changed somewhat and the wheelbase is slightly longer than the older version. The updated DL1000 will be released in 2014, so maybe have a look and sit on one at some motorcycle shows this winter.

I've found the knee angle too sharp on my 2013 DL650, so installed Rick's footpeg lowering kit ( a very well made item ) and look towards changing out the stock seat. I'm 5'11" so can't quite flat foot both feet at a stop with the stock 2 rings showing on the rear shock. You shouldn't have that issue as my inseam is 30".

If you can find one, either model to sit on and take for a short ride, you'll get a better idea if the bike will or can be made to fit you. The riding position is more upright than your current FJR.
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I had a 2007 FJR with the Cal-Sci XL screen and a Sargent seat. At 6'-3" I liked OK, but the Strom is more up right. Stock pegs on the FJR made my knees hurt after a while, the Strom is better in that regard.

The hand position is similar with stock bars, puts your wrist at an odd angle but you can easily put some Tusk CR high bars and solve that. I bought a 2006 DL1000 and I like it better over all than a FJR for comfort, the Suzuki gel seat is decent for OEM. I miss the electric wind shield, I couldn't make the stock Strom wind shield work for me. I had to put a Madstad bracket on with a larger 22" ADV shield.

The bike has buffeting issues, I don't think it will ever be as quite behind the shield as a FJR. The madstad does let you find a cold weather and hot weather position that is usually fairly decent.

You can get ABS on the DL650, I "needed" the DL1000 power though, so I went with no ABS. Most say that a DL1000 needs tuning, they come very lean from Suzuki. I'm happy with mine equipped with a power commander. Gets about 40 mpg riding briskly so far after 3 tanks that I checked, I did 42 mpg on the FJR. Has enough power, but nothing like the FJR at 8K. Easy to hit 90 mph when passing so, it has enough for most passing "needs".

If you add lowered pegs it will be very roomy, I haven't felt the need yet. I've done 130 miles without stopping and my knees were fine. I have a 34" inseam.

To me, the main thing to check is the buffeting if you want a large shield. If you like being out in the breeze its fine, just don't expect a ride in quite air. Its a great hot weather bike with a short screen. I finally got my 22" Madstad to work OK, it does throw the bugs over my helmet now and I can find a quite pocket if I lean forward on the interstate. I never got the FJR to work perfectly either with the tall Cal-Sci. I left it down most of the time.

As a tall guy I feel at home on the DL1000, the more I ride it the more the seating position grows on me. The seat throws me into the tank too much, but I've never had a stock seat I was happy with anyway.
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Originally Posted by lacofdfireman View Post
Just curious if there is any physical size difference between a Wee and Vee? I am considering selling my FJR and buying a Vstom cause I just can't get comfy on my FJR. I'm 6'4 and 250lbs and looking for a bike with better ergos. I know motor wise there is a big difference but I want fuel economy also since I may ride it to work once in awhile which is 360 miles each way.... Any info on making these bikes fit the tall rider appreciated..
Sorry I can't answer your question, but I have to ask how do you have time to do any work if your round-trip commute is 720 miles?!
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Sorry I can't answer your question, but I have to ask how do you have time to do any work if your round-trip commute is 720 miles?!
From the OP's screen name, I am guessing he is a firefighter in California. He probably does a 48/96 shift or similar. This means once he gets to the firehouse, he is there for 48 hours straight before being off for four days. These sort of firefighter shifts can lend themselves to long commutes; I know some southern California firefighters who live in other states and do the commute.

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Sorry I can't answer your question, but I have to ask how do you have time to do any work if your round-trip commute is 720 miles?!

I'm a Fireman. We work 10 24hr shifts a month. I bunch my shifts together so I typically work 4 days on 8 days off. So I only make 2-3 trips per month to LA. Works great if ya ask me...
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