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post #1 of 20 Old 12-10-2016, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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What to expect with the Wee

I've been riding for close to 10 years now, am on my 2nd bike, and have decided that this spring will be moving on to a Wee-Strom.

The main reason I've chosen the Wee is that, of all the people I've talked to that have owned multiple bikes, of which at least one was a V-Strom, every one of them has said the Wee was, hands-down, the best of the lot. Hard to ignore that kind of praise. Regardless, I test rode a few other bikes in the category, as well as a Wee, and found nothing to change me mind.

Switching to the V-Strom represents a bit of a change for me. My 2 previous bikes, a 1983 Honda Nighthawk 550 and a 1998 Kawasaki Concours, while very different bikes, shared some underlying elements: inline 4 engine, shaft drive, relatively easy to work on for a novice, etc.

Now that I've decided to make the move to a V-twin, chain-drive bike, what can I expect to be different?

Obviously, I'll now have to deal with chain maintenance. For those of you that have made similar moves, are there any other significant changes I should be thinking about in advance?

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consider adding headlight relays....
https://www.stromtrooper.com/informat...-problems.html

you'll probably want to upgrade the horn....
https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650a-2...-air-horn.html

I like a non-fling non-sticky chain lube. currently using Liquid Performance.

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Perhaps less maitenance then on your 2 previous bikes. And the chain is nothing to worry about it as long as you have center stand on your bike
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I've been riding for close to 10 years now, am on my 2nd bike, and have decided that this spring will be moving on to a Wee-Strom.

The main reason I've chosen the Wee is that, of all the people I've talked to that have owned multiple bikes, of which at least one was a V-Strom, every one of them has said the Wee was, hands-down, the best of the lot. Hard to ignore that kind of praise. Regardless, I test rode a few other bikes in the category, as well as a Wee, and found nothing to change me mind.

Switching to the V-Strom represents a bit of a change for me. My 2 previous bikes, a 1983 Honda Nighthawk 550 and a 1998 Kawasaki Concours, while very different bikes, shared some underlying elements: inline 4 engine, shaft drive, relatively easy to work on for a novice, etc.

Now that I've decided to make the move to a V-twin, chain-drive bike, what can I expect to be different?

Obviously, I'll now have to deal with chain maintenance. For those of you that have made similar moves, are there any other significant changes I should be thinking about in advance?
I own a Concours as well and have owned the 550sc. Both are excellent bikes. The 550 was a wheelie machine!

Strom vs. Concours
  • Better city / parking lot manners, less topheavy
  • Better fueling, better efficiency, worse range
  • Less vibration
  • Less power
  • Less comfort
  • Far worse wind/weather protection
  • Tires will last longer, better tire selection

Strom vs. 550 Nighthawk
  • Taller, more topheavy
  • Better fueling, better efficiency, longer range
  • Less power
  • More vibration
  • About equal comfort
  • Better wind/weather protection
  • Better tire selection

Some general issues to look out for with the vstrom include:
- Oil use at high speeds, and in general
- Worn out sprocket carrier bearings with weather exposure (and miles)
- Worn out clutch actuator (failure to grease w/moly grease, with miles)
- Clogged fuel filter requiring bypass (surfaces around 40-50k miles, though some bikes go far longer)
- Galling of rear axle threads (torque under spec)
- Headlight cutout switch gets dirty and causes super-dangerous no-headlight situation (2005 and 2006 models)

Chain maintenance is bitch, but chains do have their advantages. Expect 17k out of a chain with marginal maintenance.
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Some riders with shorter inseams do have difficulty getting their feet down. The flip side is that the riding position is very comfortable - the older I get, the more I like my Strom's geometry for leg position.

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2006 DL650. 202,000+ km 126,000+ miles.

No issue with headlights ever. Also bike still has original headlight bulbs.

Never had galling on axle threads

Fuel filter clogged at around 145,000 km/90,000 miles.

Never had issue with Worn Out sprocket carrier bearings.

Had to replace the clutch actuator once because the spot weld that holds hte arm on broke. This was around 50,000 miles iirc. (It was driveable, just didnt release fully.)

Oil use: with roughly 185,000 km/115,000 miles when riding at 80 to 95 mph all day in temperatures of 90 to 100°f with a full load would need a liter added at the end of a 1,300km/800 mile day. In normal riding would need to be topped up with a liter or so between oil changes.

Taking care of the chain is an absolute piece of cake if you have a centerstand.

I fully expect to get between 70,000 and 80,000 km/ 40,000 and 50,000 miles on my chains (My current 2015 DL1000 has a bit over 70,000 km/44,000 miles on the Original Chain. The only chain maintenance I have ever done is (literally!) take 10 seconds to lube the chain with Wurth HHS2000 after every fillup and after every ride in the rain. Absolutely never cleaned. It had its first adjustment between tire changes last week (which probably means the front sprocket is getting worn.) The chain should have no problem hitting 80,000 km/ 50,000 miles.

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Vee or V= DL1000 before 2014
Vee2 or V2 = DL1000 2015 to 2019
Vee3 or V3 = DL1050 2020 to?

My Stroms:
2006 DL650: 202,000 km 125,500 miles, Sold
2012 DL650 139,500+ km, 86,700+ miles. Sold
2015 DL1000 New July 2015 205,000+ km, 127,000+ miles.

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What to expect with the Wee

Welcome to the Strom side from another COGger! Still new to the 650 so I can't add much to what's been said. I can tell you you WON'T miss the extra 200 pounds of the Concours. You WILL miss the weather protection. The Wee-Stroms seem to have a lot of the same bulletproof rep as the Connies do. They are tall but the lower weight makes a difference. I have a 29" inseam and it's a stretch. I'm very happy with mine, though. Oh yeah, get a center stand!


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As above, my inseam 28". After the weight of the Concours the Wee is a toy. Although less torque makes up for it with up to date tech, I suspect would be faster as it likes to rev.
Loved the Concours but find the lighter Wee much easier to handle and not afraid to explore more backroads and easy off road places that I would ride past on the Concours.
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I bought my first and only Wee to date this summer. I have to say I have found it a bit challenging in parking lots at times simply because of the top heaviness. No problems just have to be mindful of the weight. But it is absolutely the most fun bike I have ever ridden or owned! Surefooted and great for traveling or playing in the corners. It has a feel that'll grow on ya pretty quick. The engine,.. or should I say, "THAT engine!!!" I love it. I just wish the speedos were accurate. I had a feeling something was amiss and learned I wasn't the only one by hanging out here on Stromtroopers. Enjoy.
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