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post #1 of 5 Old 04-12-2014, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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How is the suspension on the Wee? Specifically a 2011

My wife has arthritis and she said the small bumps we hit on my lowered Speed Triple are quite painful for her. The Speedie is just not a 2up bike but I feel the Wee may get the job done a bit better. We are both a little bit small, I'm 5' 9" 160lbs she is 5' 8" 140lbs. My initial thought was sweet this finally gives me clearance to buy a Multistrada, but I've always loved the V-Stroms even if they're not Euro.
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I don't have much experience on many bikes other than my previous KLR and the v-strom is way smoother on the road. The rear shock is adjustable so you can make it softer or harder depending on your set up. I ride a lot of gravel roads and I can go 60+ on the gravel and it feels like it's pavement.
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My wife has arthritis and she said the small bumps we hit on my lowered Speed Triple are quite painful for her. The Speedie is just not a 2up bike but I feel the Wee may get the job done a bit better. We are both a little bit small, I'm 5' 9" 160lbs she is 5' 8" 140lbs. My initial thought was sweet this finally gives me clearance to buy a Multistrada, but I've always loved the V-Stroms even if they're not Euro.
It seems odd, but the best solution for you will be a better shock on the rear with a stiffer spring. The stock one is very soft, and 2-up it will bottom quite harshly. A shock with the proper rate will be much more comfortable.

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In my opinion the factory suspension on the front of the Wee is very rough. Not too stiff, but harsh on sharp bumps and such. On both of mine I have installed the cartridge emulators and stiffer springs along with proper fork oil. Substantial improvement in riding comfort. The rear is ok, but I would consider the front a must do for a comfortable bike.

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softer in the rear = more comfort

I made my rear shock softer by putting in an Elka for $$$ and dialing it to the soft end of its range

Current Bike: 2007 ABS Wee, rebuilt forks with Cogent DDC, Elka rear shock, tapered roller steering stem bearings, fork brace, Admore top box lights, LED side-only turn indicator lights, Powerlet outlet, frame sliders, Givi windscreen, Givi top box.

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