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post #1 of 27 Old 08-01-2014, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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How much worse is Vee handling over Wee?

I like a lot about my Wee but it could use more power. I have read in many places that the Wee handles a lot better than the Vee. I'm talking about first gen bikes. Can someone explain what the difference is?
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post #2 of 27 Old 08-01-2014, 10:52 AM
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All psychological as in it "feels" more robust, the seat is a little higher, it's a little heavier, handle bars are rubber mounted, more displacement etc. AND it is much faster, so you wind up going faster. I have the Wee, but have spent time riding the big Vee. I really felt there was not much difference, slightly better suspension, slightly better brakes, and lots faster. Like putting loud pipes on anything, you think it has more power, but it's all in your head.
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post #3 of 27 Old 08-01-2014, 11:40 AM
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My 2cents..

I have a Vee.. I test rode the Wee and the Vee, and decided with the type if riding I do which includes a lot of long haul touring, having the added weight and displacement was good for my needs.

I found the Wee felt more nimble and was very easy to maneuver, the Vee is heavier but has more lower end grunt and torque. I am familiar with riding larger and heavier bikes, so the added weight and heft of the Vee was not a concern for me. I have been very happy with the decision.

That being said.. I ride with some folks on Wee's, and they dont have any trouble keeping up with the Vee in the tight sections of road. On the open road, the Wee is a little buzzy and the higher RPM's for the smaller motor to maintain pace gets annoying, this is where the Vee's larger displacement and weight comes into play.
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FWIW... There are a few members here that currently own both.

Perhaps you can start a new thread; "Members that own both Wee & Vee"

I think most here will simply say that both bikes are great rides (however the Wee is the more popular of the two).

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So does the Vee handle about like my Wee with my 75 pound son on the back?
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Well, I have owned both and there is a difference. While the Vee is heavier, it is not much heavier and the difference in weight is in the engine so it is carried fairly low. The Vee does have a taller seat, but so do both of my 650's now. Brakes are the same. Tires are the same. The 1000's rubber mounted bars feel different, the 1000's engine power is always there and you don't have to stir the gearbox. Stirring the gearbox makes the 650 "feel" faster. Biggest difference is the front suspension. The DL 1000 has a much better stock front suspension. So in my opinion the 1000 handles better...stock.

Riding the Tail of the Dragon I don't think the DL 1000 would run away from a DL 650. But in the sweepers in Colorado, if you wanted to push the bikes down the straights hard, the 1000 will leave the 650 behind.

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post #7 of 27 Old 08-02-2014, 12:34 PM
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It's a very subjective thing, but for me the Wee has a wonderfully balanced feel that makes it a joy to ride in the twisties. The Vee is very good, but just lacks that magic.

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post #8 of 27 Old 08-02-2014, 01:30 PM
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Compared to the new Vee2, both the original Stroms and even the new 650 are all going to be a bit inferior in my opinion. And yes......I have ridden them all.

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post #9 of 27 Old 08-02-2014, 06:56 PM
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I have ridden both, and don't see that much real difference. I currently own a V and like the power and taller seating. If you are thinking passenger, the V probably is a better choice. If you are thinking gas mileage, the Wee is the one.

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post #10 of 27 Old 08-02-2014, 09:53 PM
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They are really the same size in reality. Its mainly down to power, the cool chrome bezel gauges and the front forks. I choose the Vee because I thought the 650 was too slow.

The only reason I would choose the DL650 would be for economy. The DL1000 like the other liter plus machines does get around 38 mpg. Just like a KTM/BMW/Triumph of equivalent size. The DL650 will do much better when ridden at a moderate pace. Sometimes range is very important to some folks, I rather have power. My KTM got 36 mpg so the Vee was an improvement.

The used bikes are priced about the same, it was a no brainer to me. I find the 1000 has adequate power. When your loaded up with camping gear you need torque if you like a brisk pace without winding things out constantly. I would say the Vee handles better, the suspension is stiffer, forks and coil over are better design. Wish it didn't have the rubber mounted bars though.

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