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post #1 of 24 Old 05-02-2008, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Unbelievable - me going back to a Wee?

No, not me. But shockingly I may be Wee shopping. After just selling one last September.

Took the wife on a highway test ride today. We're getting ready for the 550+ mile trip to the East gathering and I wanted to make sure she understood what she was getting into. I had planned a 300 mile ride this morning, but I had my doubts. Sure enough after about 150 miles on her S50 she was spent. Her bike is just not designed for long trips. So she's disappointed she can't go on the upcoming trip (she refuses to ride 2-up - that's a whole other issue).

Now she wants a touring bike. I realize she rides so little that it's not worth getting a FJR or ST1300 because it's going to sit in the garage. Those are great bikes, but I love my Vee and just don't see me pulling them out all that often over the Vee. So what's an inexpensive bike that's capable of touring long distances...humm... could it be the bike I just sold 7 months ago? The bike I kept asking her if I should sell or keep for her? The bike I de-farkled and sold off the parts for a song?

Oh well, guess I supporting the economy. I remember enough of you Wee owners told me that if you change out the front sprocket it's much better on the vibes at highway speeds. She doesn't care about loosing the torque, so it seems the perfect match for her.

I guess it's cheaper than the Ford Mustang she's been bugging me to get.



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What kind/style of bike is an S50?

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What kind/style of bike is an S50?
It's a little 800cc (50 cubic inch) cruiser. I say little because at 6' tall it's really way too short for me. Plus as a dirt bike guy the styling of the bike is wasted on me. I'm not big on chrome and my wife has had me add plenty of chrome to it. I will say that in sonoma red (same as my Vee) I can tell it's an attractive bike. I've seen other S50 bikes in different colors and they don't look as nice as hers.

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a great touring bike. Not a height challenged bike. Will tour to the moon and back with no problem.

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a great touring bike. Not a height challenged bike. Will tour to the moon and back with no problem.
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That is becoming a question in my mind now. She sat on one tonight at the dealership. At just under 5'6" she was on her toes. I'm thinking lowering links and turning down the suspension should get her there. Of course that's a theory and one I can't prove until I can modify a bike.


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If the seat height becomes an issue, one of these might be worth a look. The listed seat height is 770mm vs the Wee's 820mm.
http://www.suzukicycles.com/Products/GSX650FK8

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My wife is 5'-5" and I bought a spare seat which I carved out just so my wife could experience motorcycling (she has a Harley). I cut it down quite a bit in the front and we did a 100-mile day. She can't quite flat-foot, there's about 1/2" of daylight at her heels, be she was quite confident on it.

You can also get lowering links. The first V-Strom owner I met was a lady, about the same height who put 37,000 mles on her bike before she lowered it.

Good luck, I'm looking forward to seeing you and DirtMom in Stecoah.

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Good luck, I'm looking forward to seeing you and DirtMom in Stecoah.
Not looking good for meeting DirtMom this time around. We've spent the last 24 hours considering all different options. Getting new seat and bar extenders for the S50; test sitting on the Wee, C50, M50, GSX650F, Yam FJR; she even took my bike on a slow speed tight maneuver around the driveway (what she was thinking I'm not sure). I think we're in agreement that a Strom will fit the current and future touring plans (someday - Alaska).

Several challenges to DirtMom making the ride. If we buy her a new bike we have to get enough miles on it to then do the first service before the trip. She will not have a comfort level with the bike, so doing all I can to lower and prep the bike is a must (lowering links, crash bars, fork brace and maybe windscreen issues). Quite honestly a used Wee is much more attractive because it may have some of the farkles and already be broken in.

If I'm going to buy another Wee I want to feel like I've made an upgrade so I really want the ABS. I like the wife having that feature and I won't need to upgrade again. Unfortunately finding a used one seems difficult and I haven't even found a dealer that has a new one. There's a great looking one in the for sale section here, but it's in Arkansas and not a option.

Things are not looking good for DirtMom on this trip.


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What a heck of an enjoyable thread, rj.. that's some killer grass in your link there, you had me stuck on the fiddles for awhile..
That new GSX650 looks like one interesting bike, gonna check those out closer.
Dirt D i look forward to you seeing your old tank bra...see you there...

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