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post #1 of 40 Old 08-03-2017, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Wee vs V Posters Need Not Apply

First - This is not a V vs Wee thread. Please don't go there.
And, please do not try to explain to riders if they are right or wrong, because it is our perception (right or wrong) that leads us to purchase a bike.

It should be interesting to learn what bike you purchased and why, not comparing it to other motorcycles.

Me First.

Latest V-Strom Purchase 2014 V2 -
Important Features
Horsepower (wanted about 100hp or more),
ABS,
Traction control (somewhat),
Off-Road Capable,
No Chrome,
Like the Looks, Including the Beak
At Least 200 mi cruising range
Good Experience With Prior V-Stroms,
Price Point
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post #2 of 40 Old 08-03-2017, 07:13 PM
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I have a 2012 650. The plan was replace it with a Vee when it wore out. 120,000k's and no sign the 650 would wear out before I did.

So I have a 2014 V in the garage as well.
I was after a bike that'd be a bit better on the long hauls home than the 650. I'm not riding as much dirt as I used to, and the 650 is still fine for that, so this was the lightest and most capable ~100HP all roads touring bike I could find. I've been pleasantly surprised.
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post #3 of 40 Old 08-03-2017, 07:43 PM
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I bought a nicely farkled 2010 wee specifically for a trip out west with my son. Considerations were
Fuel range
luggage capacity ( packing for two )
reliability
entire trip with no tire changes...

The Wee did them all very well..bought it for $4200 in 2015 ...sold for $3670 in 2015 after 20k km of use ...bike had 25k km when I bought it. Zero repairs, zero issues.



Missed the damn thing ......

Found a deal too good to be true on the same model and year but with factory luggage for $2150



Took it to the east coast with the kid in 2016 - there was 93k km on it when I bought it.
There is now 126k km on it ( very little riding at all in 2016 as was in Australia 6 months ).
Will run it til it dies..
Put on chain and sprockets, K60 on the back and my stator issue which ended with another battery tho likely unneeded.
The Wee owes me zilch at this point .

Current affair is with the scarlet lady CBF1000 ....much more elegant than the mule and fast company.


so the Wee is out to pasture for the remainder of the year unless the CBF sells. Then I will likely stay with the Wee until I move to Australia. It is quieter than the CBF at speed thanks to Madstad and wider screen, has somewhat softer ride....brakes on the Wee are marginal compared to the CBF C-ABS.
Clutch is harder on my hand than the CBF.
Wee carries more. Wee goes 50% further on a tank of fuel. Both have marginal lights.

I am just totally enamoured with the smooth power the CBF1000 has. A bike that can accelerate with a sport bike but mild mannered.....very hard to resist the allure.....

Think I'll go riding...
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- Totaled my VFR on my way to teach the MSF Basic Rider Course at the local community college by hitting a deer at about 50mph.
- Needed a new bike to commute and tour on while the VFR waits for parts and a restoration

-New bike needed to be cheap, reliable, comfortable, fun, and not a VFR (I've had 5).

Purchased a lightly used 2010 Wee (3000 miles new to me).

What makes it good for me:
-Affordable purchase price, insurance, and upkeep
-All day comfortable with decent weather protection
-Fast enough
-Handles twisties well
-Not a pretty bike so I'm never worried about leaving out overnight in unfamiliar areas
-Great fuel mileage
-Lots of aftermarket support for me to blow through money
-It's not another sport bike or sport tourer. Sometimes different is good.
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Thank you all for your replies, so far. The lengthy responses make it a bit hard to digest all the info.
Providing the info in a more bullet list type of reporting will help the learning process.
What I am hoping for is that we can look back and learn thinks like "Most riders had price on their list" or almost no one listed "Good Looks"...
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2015 Glee $4999 with three miles to keep the miles off of the Victory Cross country was the reason I bought it but then I realized what a great bike it is. First water cooled motorcycle I've owned in 30+ years of street bikes.
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I got my MC license a few years ago, and a friend had a bike which he hadn't ridden over a year. He offered that I could borrow it for a trip if I wanted - after replacing the dead battery, that is. This friend is not a big bloke, so I was surprised that he pulled a 2002 DL1000 out of the garage: Quite a step up after the CBF600 that I had ridden so far during the MC lessons.

We returned from the trip quite late so I put the bike in my own garage and called him the next morning. He told me that he had no plans to ride it anytime soon, so I could just keep it for now and ride it when I felt like it. Couple of months later he decided he didn't miss the bike at all, so he told me that he intended to sell it, and gave me first dibs. And a good price.

So not really a conscious decision to get this bike. More or less circumstances. In hindsight, a DL650 or similar would've been a good choice too.
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Interesting. That is one I did not think about:
  • Circumstances was the major player in your purchase
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post #9 of 40 Old 08-04-2017, 08:20 AM
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Replaced an '07 DL650 w/70K on it with a 2015 DL650XT.....15K on it now.

Price was not that important(was looking at $15K or < )
Reliability ....................important
Highway comfort/capability...important
Off pavement capability...important
Weight to power/torque..important
Perma-grin.................Important
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I have to tag along with what Motor7 said above. I too just replaced a '07 DL650 with 70K on it...for a 2012 DL650 Adventure....with almost 16K on it now.

I agree with all the important things he said above. Both of my DL's met all of the same criteria. I'll add:

Wife thinks it's great looking so I could talk her into allowing me to put another bike in the garage....important
Others think it's ugly so they'll steal the Harley I park next to instead of this one...important
Easy to handle U-turns since I'm always seeing something in the rear view mirror I want to see closer....important
Easy maintenance since I absolutely hate working on bikes including doing things like oil changes....important
Plenty of storage capacity on the bike since I ride over 20K miles a year and love to motorcycle camp....important
Does everything "good" instead of one or two things "great" and the rest "badly"...important
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