Wee Rental / Test Ride Experience
I've been considering a Wee since Dec 07. I finally decided to purchase one, but wanted to do an 'extended demo' before taking the plunge. Lucky for me, I found a local business that rents a fleet of Wee's, so I reserved one with great anticipation. While waiting for the weekend rental, I was also shopping around for dealers that had a new ABS model in stock too, anticipating that I'd end up loving the Wee and want to buy one.
I booked a rental with Northest Motorcyle Adventures. I reserved it online about two weeks ahead of time, and got a confirmation call that day from Doug, the owner. My rental was for Sat & Sun, he said he would deliver the bike to my home on Friday evening, and pick it up when I returned on Sunday.
Friday evening came and he delivered a Blue 07 Wee with about 24k miles. It was in great shape. Their typical customer is flying in and doing week long rentals, so they provide everything you need to get on the bike and ride. A full set of RKA luggage is included, along with a passenger backrest. There was an RKA tank bag, tail bag, and side bags.
Doug went over the bike with me, and than showed me all the goodies he puts in the bags. First, there was an Oregon and Washington map already loaded in the clear pouch on the top of the tank bag. Then inside the tank bag was a micro fiber towel and shield cleaning solution. A pen and tire guage were there as well. Moving to the tail bag, a tire repair kit with CO2, and an electric pump were both there. A comprehensive first aid kit, jumper cables, and a supplemental tool kit were also there. I was impressed with the level of detail. If you need, they will also rent you a full set of Olympia gear. Bottom line, you can hop off the plane and get on the bike with nothing but your helmet.
The bike was in great shape. Levers adjusted and lubed, the chain tension was good, tire pressure set, and tires had good tread in place. I gave it a good once over, pulled off the side bags because I wouldn't need them for my overnight ride, and decided to take a test spin with about an hour of daylight left. 50 miles later I returned, with that grin that I couldn't seem to shake. I was very impressed with the bike. I went to sleep early with the intent of hitting the rode first thing.
Saturday I was up just after dawn and decided to hit some local favorites. About a 100 miles later I had done some twisties, vertical, super slab, and in town riding. My purchase decision was made, I wanted a Wee. I called the dealer that I knew had an ABS in stock and arranged to purchase the bike that morning. Took less than an hour, and I rode the new Wee ABS home and tucked in the garage.
Back to the plan for the weekend rental, I put my overnight stuff in the tail bag and left Portland about 1pm. I rode up the Washington side of the Columbia gorge, took a little side route on 142 up to Goldendale, than headed south on 97 into Oregon. It was blowin' good, not unusual for this area. Forecast was for 20-30 mph, it was definitely breezy. There were windsurfers everywhere along the Columbia River.
I had a hotel reservation in Condon, OR for the evening, and decided to explore a bit before checking in. I rode south on 97 to Shaniko, then east through Antelope and onto Fossil. Spectacular road, lots of great turns with good sight lines. It was my first time in the area, I finally knew what everyone was talking about.
I rolled into Condon about 7:30 pm. The RKA bags slip right off the bike, I locked the forks and headed into the hotel. After a great dinner and a good nights sleep I was up again near dawn. I loaded up the Wee, checked the tire pressure and gave it a once over. Away I went. I had an appointment in Portland in early afternoon, so I needed to keep the day short. I road up 19 into Wasco, then back over the river and home on SR-14.
I did about 500 miles total over the weekend. The bike ran great, was always willing, and handled the varied riding quite well. I had three fill ups, each one about 51mpg using the odometer and pump reading. I was really impressed with how functional the RKA luggage was.
Wee impressions, well I think I can sum it up by saying that I didn't think about the bike much while riding. It did what I asked, when I asked, and was very comfortable and predictable. If found it very smooth in all types of riding, and it shifted great. I encountered significant wind, but found it to be more stable than my RT, likely due to the lack of sail. I had been nervous about power, but had no trouble passing at freeway speeds, even with some vertical thrown in. It was very agile in town and in the garage.
Bottom line, I liked it enough to buy one, and I had a great rental experience while making the final decision. I called Northwest Motorcycle Adventures on Sunday afternoon and told them I was back, they said the would be by about 6:30 for the Wee. My appointment over, I decided to try my new 09, and got about 65 miles on it. Doug came by to pick up the Wee as scheduled, bringing his son Hunter along to help. At 12 yrs old Hunter was quite impressive. Introduced himself, then immediately went to work prepping tie downs and getting things ready to load. A quick debrief with Doug and away they went. Later that evening I got an email with my final bill. A great experience, I highly recommend them if you need a bike in the Northwest.
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