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post #1 of 16 Old 12-28-2013, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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FJR to Weestrom, anyone

Has anyone gone from a FJR to a Wee and if so what did you think of the change? Good and the bad. Thanks I am thinking of getting a Wee thinking that I would get a lighter bike with a softer suspension that would absorb the bumps and could still do 500 plus miles per day, day after day. I am looking at the right bike?
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-28-2013, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Rockmurf View Post
Has anyone gone from a FJR to a Wee and if so what did you think of the change? Good and the bad. Thanks I am thinking of getting a Wee thinking that I would get a lighter bike with a softer suspension that would absorb the bumps and could still do 500 plus miles per day, day after day. I am looking at the right bike?
Very subjective topic.

I have both, and "Yes" you will get a lighter bike with a softer suspension that can still do 500 miles (and more) per day, over and over. The 650 is very flickable, highly customizable and very, very enjoyable. The FJR and the Wee are very different bikes, and truth be told, the Wee is more versatile and well-rounded. It's a 2-wheeled Swiss Army knife.

I thoroughly enjoy my FJR and its capabilities, and I'm on my 2nd DL650. Each has their merits and limitations. Also, these are only my observations based on my experiences with both bikes . . . YMMV.

Hopefully you'll hear from some more folks re: this issue.

If I could only have one bike that would do everything that I could possibly EVER want to do, then it would be the little V-Strom. No question.

Just my 2 cents.


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I went from a FJR to a Vee and they are drastically different. I would say I loved my FJR more than my Vee. The FJR hides the elements better in cold or wet, but the Vee is more comfortable and I can go all day with my day Russell on it. I couldn't do that in my FJR. But I LOVED the power of that 1300. I was trying to see about swapping my Vee for a Wee, but no one interested. Good luck
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-28-2013, 09:35 PM
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You can do 500 mile days on a wee properly set up. The suspension is softer but it's crap suspension (compared to a c14 and I would assume an fjr as we'll). If it's a lot of higher speed highway miles I consider the wee unpleasant in that environment. The engine is busy and doesn't have much left at higher speeds. It will do it and some claim to enjoy it but I would much rather have more bike under me, like the 1000 bee or my 1050 Tiger

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post #5 of 16 Old 12-28-2013, 10:06 PM
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Yes, you are loking at the right bike. I sold my FJR after doing what was my last cross country trip. Glad to have those long tours under my belt, but needed something lighter for the cross town trip and occasional two day in state tour. I've been very pleased with the Wee's smoothness, torque, and reliability.
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I've had a few big bore bikes including a FJR1300 that died when I crashed it at around 80,000 miles.

I miss the power sometimes. I like to describe the FEEJER as a couch with a rocket attached to it. I took the FJR places I probably shouldn't have.

While I miss my FJR and a lot of other bikes the Weestrom is one bike that has made me happy in many aspects of riding. From tooling along a trail to a 6000 mile half county trip. It does it all and it does it all well.......not great.....but well. And I can live with that.
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post #7 of 16 Old 12-29-2013, 08:14 AM
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I did not have an FJR but I did have another big sport tourer, a BMW K1200T. Sold it and bought a DL650.

What are you going to miss? You'll miss that great feeling in the pit of your stomach when you twist the throttle hard. You'll miss come of the creature comforts such as electronic cruise control, heated grips/seat, electronic windshield, etc..

What will you gain? A dependable, fun, lighter bike that you can ride almost anywhere you want to go. It is much easier to use on the short trips around town and works very well on those trips of 100's of miles a day. You'll like the fuel mileage and the use of regular gas. You'll like the options you have to customize the bike. Overall, I think the DL650 will be significantly less expensive to maintain. [I KNOW it will be less expensive to maintain than the Beemer!]

So, would I like to have another big sport tourer? Yes....then I could sell it and have money in my pocket along with the 650.

I like the V-Strom.

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post #8 of 16 Old 12-29-2013, 09:29 AM
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I went from an ST1300 to a 650 Vstrom and never looked back. It took me about a 1000 miles to get used to the lighter weight and less power but from then on this has been a better bike for me. I take long 1 up and 2 up trips and have never felt under powered.
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post #9 of 16 Old 12-29-2013, 10:05 AM
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I had an '07 FJR for several years and put 15K miles a year on her before I bought the Strom. After that, I found I didn't put more than about 1000 miles a year on the Yami and sold it. Truth is that they aren't really direct competitors: if you do mostly long-distance touring, especially two-up with gear, keep the FJR; if you do mostly in-town bashing, with a mix of commuting and spirited fun riding in the backwoods, get the Wee. Not to say that you can't commute on the FJR or take long trips on the Wee, but each has it's place. I never got truly comfortable with riding the FJR at a spirited pace in the backwoods. Changed tires, suspension settings, re-mapped the ECU, but I always felt like I was mud-wrestling with a fat woman. The Wee allows me to scrape pegs in the twisties, run to the corner for groceries, or load up and head to the mountains of NC/GA for a week. I did miss the lunatic top-end rush of the Yamaha, so I keep a liter bike--'09 FZ1--in the garage for the days I feel like being a bad boy….

Bottom line, with 3 different bikes in the garage to choose from, I almost always choose to throw a leg over the Wee.

Add/EDIT: After rereading your original post:
Originally Posted by Rockmurf View Post
….do 500 plus miles per day, day after day.
I would probably NOT choose the Wee to do this, if that's primarily what you're interested in. It certainly can do it, but I'd choose another mount if that's your main focus.

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I didn't come off an FJR, but I did have larger bikes prior to the DL 650. The only area that I really find lacking on the V-strom is when you have to cross large chunks of country riding loaded two up on the interstate. Yeah, I know, "get off the interstate" is a common reply, but sometimes you have limited time and a long way to go, and the slab is the only way to do it. I know others in here will differ with my opinion, but my experiences at riding at a sustained 85 mph with a load and a passenger is that the bike is very close to the limits of its performance. On those occasions, I would much prefer a bigger bike than the 650.

Overall, I've had more fun on the 650 than on any other bike I've owned, and I would hate to part with it. In a perfect world, I'd want the V-strom and the FJR in my garage.

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