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post #1 of 32 Old 08-09-2007, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Need some recommendations 1000 or 650

I am looking at buying a strom this fall or next spring.

I am 6', and about 250. Most of my riding will be by myself but my wife may ride with on occasion.

No plans for any serious offroad expeditions. Gravel roads once in a while.

This also will be my first bike.

Am I going to be satisfied with the power of the 650?

My intent is to buy only 1 bike, not looking to upgrade down the road.

Thanks for any/all replies.
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post #2 of 32 Old 08-09-2007, 06:04 PM
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If this is your first bike either one will give you a handful of power to deal with. Even the Wee will do 0-60 mph in 4 1/2 seconds.
I am going to assume you plan on taking a motorcycle safety course BEFORE you purchase a bike. If you do, you will get some appreciation of what sort of power you are dealing with and figure out from there if 650cc is going to satisfy you.
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post #3 of 32 Old 08-09-2007, 06:19 PM
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My recommendation would be to get a used (very used) bike for the first one - get all the newbie drops and mistakes out of the way - and it will help you to decide what you really want to ride - in the future.

You may not even like riding.......A $2500 starter bike will give you a lot of information and can be sold for about the same as you buy it for, if you don't f it up. Better to bust up a beater........learning, and make an informed decision later, based on experience rather than what you believe to be the ultimate bike now.

Just my humble opinion......I started riding dirt bikes as a teen and stopped about age 20 so when I got back on I started with a KLR-650, went to a 7 year old 1100 cruiser and now on a Used Vee......loved all of them, and they all were/are the ultimate bike.

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post #4 of 32 Old 08-09-2007, 06:30 PM
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I picked up my Wee Strom K6 new last Monday. It's sharing the stable with my bought new 1993 Honda CBR 600 F2, which was preceeded by (in order) 1 1986 Honda VF500, A 1980 Yamaha XS1100, and a 1978 Yamaha 750 Special. Things have kept getting better. I especially liked everything I heard and read about the 650's motor.

I got the Wee because all my middle weights have been better bikes than I am a rider and because 67hp and 90hp on the VF500 and F2 respectively was plenty for me. I also appreciate the lighter weight of the midweights and have never regretted that decision. The Wee is 40# lighter than the 1000.

Everything I have heard and read is that the 650 has plenty of power for the 2 upping you are suggesting. I am very pleased with its power and torque to date. This is probably the best bike I have ever owned.

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+1 on a starter bike. +2 on the safety course

A 250cc dual sport is a great starter bike.

Ride it for at least 6 months. A year is even better.

GL and don't skimp on the training time. The road is littered with those who think they are different than everyone else.
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Whatever you do don't do like I did. I got an '05 Kawasaki Concours as my first bike and an '07 Wee a year later as my second. I have a whole whopping 12,000 miles under my belt

I did take the MSF course, and highly recommend it as well. FWIW, I was sick of the 250 "starter" bikes by the time I finished the MSF course. They're fun for a parking lot or a third-world country, not so much for US riding.

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My intent is to buy only 1 bike, not looking to upgrade down the road.

Thanks for any/all replies.

if it's for commuting, local day rides, the 650 will do ya

if your planning on using it for long distance touring, go with the 1k



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I love the Wee-Strom

I have a BMW 1200 cruiser, but I'm selling it. The Wee meets my needs for two-up power, and more smiles per gallon (and more MILES per gallon). 650 is my vote... as the previous writer said, not for cross country maybe, but a couple of hundred miles for sure (with a good seat). I got a used 2005 and love it. Now I want ABS, though.
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I've ridden with several 650s, and they've never had any problem keeping up, that's for sure. Although I'm not exactly the fastest rider out there. However, I personally couldn't imagine a bike this big and heavy without the 1000 motor. Either way it seems you can't go wrong, but for me I didn't even consider the 650. Seems to have less quirks though, if that means anything to you. Luckily this club exists to help with any bump along the way.

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So far, everyone has been nice, but it is just a matter of time.
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