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post #1 of 26 Old 10-22-2016, 05:09 AM Thread Starter
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Weak points of wee?

So what do you perceive as shortcomings of Wee platform? How do/did you address them? What is your "must do" list?

I start with mine:
- suspension
- potential stator issues
- lowerish electric output
- adequate front brake
- buzzing
- wind protection

Suppose weight/power but those are not really fixable without getting a different bike.
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post #2 of 26 Old 10-22-2016, 05:11 AM
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Me.I am the weak point. To be truthful I don't have a problem with any of those points.


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I feel like this is a topic we've gone over once or twice. Lol

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Must do mods are anything that irritates you. Click GARAGE above and my 2007 will be second in the browse most popular list. My must do mods were the MP (now similar to Madstad) screens and Madstad mount along with a Sargent seat. I later went all out on suspension improvements. EBC HH sintered brake pads on the front were all I needed for brakes. Even on the older platform with 375W of power output, I was able to ride with full body heated gear. I replaced the R/R with a MOSFET shunt type in the mistaken belief it operated like a series type actually does. What buzzing?
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post #5 of 26 Old 10-22-2016, 10:56 AM
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For the base cost of the bike, nothing.
Even with bikes costing twice the price of a Wee people end up changing out shocks and seats to get a better ride.
I think the wee is a great bike and afordable.
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post #6 of 26 Old 10-22-2016, 11:14 AM
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There are plenty who complain about the $24K BMW GS, even for as good as it is........it will cost ya though. I put a better seat and windshield on pretty much every bike I have owned, HH pads and suspension mods are obviously very popular but also subjective.

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Having come from a bike world which includes carbs and sometimes points (all previous bikes fixed up are from the seventies and mid eighties), my fairly recent '04 Wee acquisition has required some mental adjustment.

Aside from accepting that it has injection, the remainder of the bike is pretty straight-forward to wrench on. It is new enough that most fasteners have not become rusted on and subsequently bodged from a previous removal attempt. Hex heads galore....thanks...

It is a little busy with body work removal, but that is largely due to frame configuration, I think....and the frame is a benefit over the old tube frame bikes, I think, for day-to-day riding.

The best thing about having a "new" bike is that I can mod without worrying about ruining the "collector" status the rest of my bikes currently hold. Much more expensive insurance, of course, but this is supposed to be my "old man" bike.

So far, I like it..ask me again in the spring when I can ride again....
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post #8 of 26 Old 10-22-2016, 12:10 PM
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Must do was a Series R\R - Compufire for piece of mind.
Cut the stock shield down to 1 inch past the fairing - clean air
Already had a Rick Mayer seat on - All my bikes either get a Corbin or Sargents.
Suspension will be next must do item.
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post #9 of 26 Old 10-22-2016, 12:38 PM
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Just competed a very long (4000+ miles) ride (2104 DL650A). Loved that it got great mpg, holds lots of gas, and has the power to do the job. That said, the bike really needs a factory cruise control option, to be lighter, and have a "low" version option. My right hand is still numb and aching since I returned home four days ago (yes I have a kaoko throttle lock but it's nearly useless in hilly country). Bike tipped over in a parking lot and I required assistance to lift...no damage other than scratch to crash bar. Reason I tipped is that I couldn't firmly plant my foot down as I am 5'8" (which isn't really that short)...and yes I have installed lowering links, lower seat, etc. Right now I am considering selling to purchase a Triumph XRx Low as the Vstrom is obviously not the right bike for me. I made the mistake of purchasing the bike based on price (great purchase price). Trying to make something work that wasn't right for me to begin with has cost me a whole lot in farkles trying to make it so. Should of just shelled out the bucks and got the bike that was better and right for me.
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Originally Posted by Seadogdoc View Post
... Trying to make something work that wasn't right for me to begin with has cost me a whole lot in farkles trying to make it so. Should of just shelled out the bucks and got the bike that was better and right for me.

+1 Words of wisdom.

My previous bike was a KLR 650. I put 60,000 miles on it.

My Gen 2 650 Strom was a serious upgrade! After a couple of years on it sure ther're "shortcomings" compared to other (cough) more expensive bikes but for what it is it's great.
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