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post #1 of 52 Old 12-15-2013, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Time to move on, I think...

I dropped the Wee while backing it out of its parking spot, and couldn't pick it up. It was lying a bit downhill (tires upslope from the handlebars), and I just couldn't get the leverage. My roadside assistance from Progressive finally paid off - I called and they sent a guy out to pick it up for me. It was embarrassing, in a way, but the job got done.

I've had the Wee for only three months, and I've never felt very comfortable with it. I've lowered it 3/4" front and rear, and set both preloads to absolute minimum, and it's still taller than I'd like it to be, and heavier than I feel good about. I don't think it's just the absolute weight that bothers me, but the combination of the weight and where the Wee's center of gravity is.

I think I may no longer have the physical strength required to muscle a 500-lb bike around while on my tiptoes, so I I'm thinking it might be time for me to look at something smaller, or consider whether I should keep riding at all. I'm 65, and in pretty good physical condition, but things like reaction time, eyesight, and strength just aren't what they were when I was younger - plus, I'm just not feeling the joy when I ride nowadays.

After surveying the damage, I'm going to figure out what has to be replaced, what maybe should be replaced, and what I'll ignore, and then sell the Wee. There's significant rash on the left mirror and handguard, the left bar-end weight is rashed and bent, and there's a bit of rash on the left front fairing (no breaks or cracks). The left front turn signal is gone, and the ball end broke off the clutch lever.

I know I've got to replace the turn signal and clutch lever, and straighten out the bar-end weight. I'm just not sure how much to worry about the mirror, handguard, and fairing. I also know this isn't the best time of year to be selling a bike, so I guess it'll sit under a cover in the driveway until spring.

I've been riding for about five years, and I've gone through four bikes during that time, and perhaps this is an activity that has run its course for me.
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post #2 of 52 Old 12-15-2013, 09:52 PM
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Sorry to hear that. I just came to the Wee from a GSXR and I haven't had a real chance o ride it, I am waiting for lowering links. I am vertically challenged and I don't wan't to chance dropping it my first day out. I am going to lower mine as much as I can safely, have you thought of going lower, ie seat and 1 1/2 lower?

Good luck with your decision.

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post #3 of 52 Old 12-15-2013, 09:56 PM
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Time to get some training, I think.

You need better skills, not brute strength.

Have you taken the MSF RiderCourse? If not, get enrolled this spring ASAP.

The Lee Parks Total Control Riding clinic is invaluable training for cornering and bike handling.

There are other similar training courses well worth your time.

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post #4 of 52 Old 12-15-2013, 09:57 PM
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Sorry to hear of your difficulties with the bike. Making that decision of whether one wants to, or should, ride is a very personal thing that only the guy doing it can really decide.
In our area Vstroms, 650s at least, are pretty marketable. What I fixed and what I didn't would depend a lot on the age and miles of the bike and its overall condition prior to this. In other words, would I expect to recover my expenses or would it make a huge difference in marketing the bike.
You can buy non factory bar ends quite inexpensively. My first blush would be to do that, replace the clutch lever and turn signal as you said and let it go at that. Some people just don't care that much about a few scratches here and there.
It may not be the best time to try a sale but I wouldn't hesitate to run it on Craigs list right after Christmas, you don't have anything to lose by trying and you might happen to hit it just right. If you don't get a bite just plan on waiting til around the first sunny day in March.

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post #5 of 52 Old 12-15-2013, 10:31 PM
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Lying on a slope with the wheels on the high side......even slightly could make it almost impossible for most of us to pick up. Needing a hand to right it is no big deal. I've experienced a couple of awkward situations where I needed assistance. And at 62 I have some similar age related concerns.
If you're not enjoying the ride okay but maybe you might enjoy say a DR 650. Lighter, simpler and has a factory option to lower the ride height slightly. Best of luck.
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post #6 of 52 Old 12-15-2013, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice, bwringer - I took the MSF course 5 years ago when I started riding. And I wasn't really riding the bike when it fell, I was sitting on it, pushing it back.

In retrospect, I should have stood by the bike and walked it back, instead of trying to sit on it and walk it back on a driveway that slanted down to the back and the left. Once she started leaning to the left, there was a point of no return where I didn't have the physical strength to stop the fall. I think things might have been different if I had a 36-inch inseam instead of a 29-inch one.

I appreciate everyone's advice, but what this incident did is crystallize in my mind the fact that I've pretty much lost my interest in riding. Age, attitude, and a growing paranoia of getting run over and injured have made riding more of a chore than an enjoyment. I find my mind wandering when I'm riding, and that's a recipe for disaster.

As Joe S. said, we've all got to make our own decision. Until I bought the Wee in September, I hadn't owned a bike since March of this year, and didn't really miss it. My thinking when I found the Wee on craigslist was not "Hot diggity, I can ride again!" but "Geez, I really have to buy this great bike for this great price." I had questions then about whether or not I really wanted to ride, but I let a good deal override that.

I don't regret any of this (well, I regret damaging the Wee). I've ridden for five years, owned four bikes (all of them great for the time and place), and had some fun. I've been unsure for some time whether riding was still for me, and this incident has clarified the fact that it really isn't.

Thanks for taking the time to respond, and I do appreciate everything that everyone has said. The nice thing about a decision like this is that it can be changed at a moment's notice.
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sfdyoung, only you can answer this question and it sounds like you've already made your decision. If the passion isn't there, then there's no need pursuing the sport of motorcycling. However if you find a burning desire to feel the wind in your face there's many options available regardless of age, strength or stature. The world has much to offer and if you're like me, I have no problem finding something to consume time and money. Should you decide to part ways with the motorcycling community, I wish you well and hope you find your next adventure exciting.

Should you change your mind, I'd be happy to meet up for some local rides.

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post #8 of 52 Old 12-16-2013, 12:23 AM
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I think I will soon be facing this situation myself but I think that a smaller unit like the Kawi 300 might be my answer. They have a low seat, plenty of power and weigh only 172 kilos.
The best part is that you can get yourself a matching one piece racing leather kit which would make you look like an Ex TT racer.... sure fire Babe magnet!!!!

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Originally Posted by redbike72 View Post
he best part is that you can get yourself a matching one piece racing leather kit which would make you look like an Ex TT racer.... sure fire Babe magnet!!!!
At my age, anything helps.
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