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post #1 of 28 Old 04-03-2008, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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keeping the wee

I decided to not get another motorcyle and to stick with my weeee. I am very enamored with the new busa and the new bandit. But decided that I have plenty to learn on the 650 vs the DL100, hayubusa, and bandits. Next yeah there will be a high probabilty that I will get a second bike, but I only have 4200 miles of riding time and I want concentrate on off riding and improve my riding skills on the wee before getting on my more powerful bikes. The DL1000, The Hayabusa, and the Bandit 1250 will still be here next yer.


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A guy down the road from me has a hayabusa 1300 with basically open headers, and when he starts it and or hauls ass around the neighborhood, it sounds like the fabric of space and time is ripping. It got me briefly wondering if I'd got the wrong bike. I too only have 4000 mi. Of riding time, and the grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence.

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That is why you keep the Strom and......get another bike too. Get the best of both worlds that way.

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Kind and Honorable Gentlemen,

Consider for just one moment- what in the world can the overpowered (my term, I'm not speaking for others) Hayabusa do that the 62hp of the DL650 can't do, except launch you into the stratosphere?

The 650 is amply able to propel you to 100 mph faster than +90% of all 4-wheeled vehicles on the road. It's able to haul you and an equal weight in gear and supplies to nearly any corner of the globe. It allows you to sit upright and natural for 1000 mile days. It sips gas like the Queen of England sips tea with international dignitaries.

Yes, I've read all the recent articles on the Hayabusa and the Bandit 1250 and the new Kawi's, and outstanding machines they all are and I'd be proud to have each in my stable. But for reasons other than a lust for high performance, why does anyone need more than what a DL650 already offers?

You need to spend more quality time with your VStroms, some loooong ride days, and many, many commuting days, then you'll come to fully understand and appreciate all the wonderful things this marvelous motorcycle has to offer.

I'm not looking to stir the pot here (okay, maybe a little bit, but I still can't ride yet because of the snow), but I've got my turnout gear on, so let the flames begin.

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post #5 of 28 Old 04-03-2008, 08:27 AM
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I struggle with the same thing on a regular basis. That concours keeps calling. Everytime i go to the dealer and sit on one i think "yeah, gonna do it. Then i look at the price and think about my frugal and reliable friend, the strom, sitting parked outside and i walk out the door.
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I started out on reasonably powered bikes and then I just had to do the high powered thing just like you are talking about. I'm glad I did it. Everyone should own a stupid powerful bike like a 'busa at least once in their lives. (A 1250 Bandit is too reasonable, not enough risk of life and death :mrgreen:.)

But you know what, while it was awsome and exciting but it wasn't exactly "fun". There is no time for fun if you are measuring your own mortality with each twist of the throttle. Twist the go handle and you get excitement. Twist more and you trim the line between riding and crashing. If you go too far, and you will, you enter the alternate reality and start to see heaven and hell as well as the road.

It is also frustrating to ride a completely overpowered bike. When can you let a Hayabusa run free? When can you drop the hammer and see how hard it can pull? Where? How often? I'll bet if you took the throttle apart on most busas you'd see they never reached full throttle, and those that did have a real exciting story to tell.

Get the Busa. Get one :mrgreen:!

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post #7 of 28 Old 04-03-2008, 08:47 AM
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It's certainly what I need.

My Wee-Strom is a fine performer, and takes me great distances at minimal expense and considerable comfort. Recently I rode thousands of miles with experienced riders, and mine was the small bike.

The other bikes could reach cruising speed faster than mine could, but only by a second or two, and perhaps I could have twisted the gas a tad harder and stayed right with them. Even at their specialties, the more powerful machines had only a tiny advantage.

I generally spent less at the gas pumps than my companions did, but we didn't compare fuel bills, so my advantage there was as meaningless as theirs under acceleration.

You ride what you like. If you *really* like it, you and the machine tend to merge, to a degree. Then you work together, and the synergy becomes harmony. Perhaps that is why I need no earplugs and no music.

My Wee-Strom fits. I could no more ride a bike that doesn't fit than I could wear a helmet or shoes that fitted ill.

When you ride 6000 miles per year when your age is 45-63, then 14000 miles per year on a Wee-Strom, you know you have the correct machine.

If your bike fits, keep it and care for it. Ride your other bikes too, but know where you belong.

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When you get that itch to spend more money on another high cost bike, I vote to find somewhere to rent your dream bike. Spend the $$$ to rent it for 2 or 3 days and ride the piss out of it. Find out if your gonna like it well enough to justify the extra $$$. Kind of like hiring a consultant.
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The Bandit 1250 calls out to me, too, but I'm keeping my wee until the wheels fall off.

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A guy down the road from me has a hayabusa 1300 with basically open headers, and when he starts it and or hauls ass around the neighborhood, it sounds like the fabric of space and time is ripping.
Sounds like you have an idiot for a neighbor.

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post #10 of 28 Old 04-03-2008, 10:04 AM
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You guys got me on this one...from the title of the thread I thought it was about how not to piss yourself during a long ride....

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