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!