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post #1 of 25 Old 04-07-2008, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yet another 'which one thread' - sorry!

Well I have always been told never start with an apology, but I feel I must as I have seen so many similar threads on this site already. I still cant decide though.

Here is the story. I have had many different bikes over the years from Triumphs to Ducatis to Beemers, and now my latest is a smaller Yam XT660. I had to sell my R1150R when I moved, and bought an Xt660. I read all the sites and thought it would be the perfect adventure bike. Price was good, it rode nicely - I was desperate. 5 months later, and I think it has to go. Sure it is ok on the forest tracks, and gravel roads which I like, but it is not so great on the highway. Above 70, it struggles, and the vibes make your fingers numb, if you were able to ride long enough between fuel stops. The final straw is the engine surging at low speed.
I loved the power of my 1150 and the smooth ride it gave me, as well as the overall stability from its size. It was probably my favorite bike I have owned to date. The acceleration of my old triumph tt600, and later the dukes, was great, but I probably dont need that sort of track performance. I want to be able to enjoy it, and know that when I twist the throttle it will go out of the bend, and past the next car, and not shake me off, or sound like it is going to explode. I want to be able to comfortably spend 4-5 hours in the seat at highway speeds, and not feel like I have climbed up everest without oxygen.
I am an average size - 6', and 175lbs, and am about to test both in the next couple of days. I veer wildly from the V to the Wee and back again, in my decision making, and seem no closer to finality. I am initially put off by the Wee, as I am coming away from a 660. I know the extra cylinder is a whole new ball game, but does it really make that much difference. I like the fuel range though, and this is a big plus. The power and fun factor of the V is a draw, but the cost is a (probably the only) negative. I would be interested to hear what tank ranges people are generally expecting when touring.
I will use it for commuting daily (only 20mins) most of the year, and for longer rides and some touring in the better months. Although here in the nordic countries we are never far from winter weather - strong wind and rain, so that is also a consideration.
Well there it is - can you help. I promise I will make a decision soon and thank you after, as well as post pics.
Great site as well by the way!
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post #2 of 25 Old 04-07-2008, 03:13 PM
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Wink Vee versus Wee

A year ago I was where you are today. I came from a BMW 1150GS and was afraid that the Wee's smaller engine would make it a weak and boring ride. The last year has proven me wrong. Unless you're a speed addict (no pun intended) the Wee has more than enough power to take me (6'1 / 250 pounds) and luggage everywhere and effortless. And with a gas-consumption of less than 0,40 litres/10 km. It weighs less than the Vee which means it's easier to haul out of a ditch if you have to - and the engine runs as soft as butter in the sun. And it's got one advantage over the Vee - it looks right. There's something wrong with the rear end of the Vee - check my reply to your post in the Euro trooper forum.

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If you like the off road ability, go WEE. For the short commute, go WEE. Two up on occasion, go WEE. I own a 1000, And I totaly love the bike. From what I here in your post, the WEE is the right bike for you. Many BIG people have then with no complaint on power. With the price of fuel and insurance, go WEE.
(sorry to all the 1K owners, just sounds like a WEE is better for him)

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(sorry to all the 1K owners, just sounds like a WEE is better for him)
No apologies needed HH. I've always maintained that if you have to ask, a Wee is better for you. :thumbsup:
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post #5 of 25 Old 04-08-2008, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks

thanks for your quick replies. I think I am hearing what I wanted to. My main worry was that the Wee might feel a bit strained after the BMW, but from what everyone hear is saying - that shouldnt be a problem. I should get to test them tomorrow, so I will get a better idea then, but I am looking forward to it. I think the ABS on the 08 Wee is also a great plus.
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post #6 of 25 Old 04-09-2008, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Just tested the V

So I just tested the V, and really liked it. Very stable and smooth, without too much buffet on my head with the screen low. The dealer has the price very close to the Wee now, and is prepared to knock a bit more off, so I am definitely leaning there now. Hopefully he will come back to me with a good offer tomorrow and I may well do the deal!
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If you loved the 1150 motor I'll bet you'll like the DL1000 over the DL650. To me the DL1K and 1150 motors are cousins, similar power output, ~ similar vibes, and if you are always going to fondly remember the 1150, you will probably be happiest on the 1K. The 1K definitely reminded me of an 1150.

That said the DL650 would run circles around that 660 on the highway. But it would never scratch that 1150 itch.

Good luck to you.

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post #8 of 25 Old 07-04-2008, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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Update!

Well after having set my heart on the V, when I eventually went back to the dealer, all 3 were sold in one day, and no more probably till next season! Dohhhhhhh! I have had to put a break on it, but now the weather is really nice again, I am itching for a new bike. In my impatience today I went and tested a 07 Triumph Tiger. Wow, what a great bike, although I think I said the same after the Vee! Now the dilemma - Tiger ready to sell or wait/go further away for a Vee. The cost is the most obvious factor, but what else? So please talk me out of the Tiger!
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...So please talk me out of the Tiger!
Can't help you man. If you can afford it, it is a better bike. Get the Tiger.

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post #10 of 25 Old 07-04-2008, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Can't help you man. If you can afford it, it is a better bike. Get the Tiger.
Therein lies the eternal problem! I maybe can, when I think really hard, it is just a case of what else can I live without!
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