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post #1 of 21 Old 08-21-2009, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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wee vs versys

hey all. i am going to buy a commuter at the end of september. i commute about 80 miles round trip per day rain or shine every working day. the commute is 40 miles into san fransisco and back again lane splitting quit a bit. i do it now on a 2006 gs500f that i have put 43500 miles on. the local bike dealer says the wee is too top heavy to do this commute on. he says the versys is better. tell me the truth. could i commute on the wee stock? or would i have to farkle the crud out of it just to make it sea worthy?

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There are a ton of guys on here who do commutes like that or farther every day with Wees, and more than a few with Vees. I guess it comes down to what you want the bike for. If you are only using it for commuting, and don't plan to do anything else with it, you are only using about 15% of the Wee's capabilities. If you want to take a weekend camping trip, make a 1500 mile trek, or explore backroads that may or may not be paved, then I definitely would recommend the Wee over the Versys.
And I hear a lot of talk about the Wee being too top-heavy, mostly from those who have never ridden one. I have never had any issues with it myself, and I am not a huge guy (5'10", about 180 lbs). It just means adjusting how you handle it a bit, especially at very low speeds.

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My Wee is by no means top heavy...your dealer is full of bull. With the miles you put on I would go for the Wee's bullet proof engine and for the lane splitting traffic you ride in I would want the ABS brakes.

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My Wee is by no means top heavy...your dealer is full of bull. With the miles you put on I would go for the Wee's bullet proof engine and for the lane splitting traffic you ride in I would want the ABS brakes.
+1 and then some.

Your dealer is a dumbass, like most of them are.

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Go look at them in person. Some of the immediate things that will stick out is the size difference. I'm big.. so the Strom fit me well and i like it size. The Versys is small in comparison. That can be good or bad depending on your size etc...

If you want to use the bike as a mild dual sport... some things to consider.. is the Kawi has an exposed exhaust on the bottom that will be easy to damage. It also has a 17" front wheel which really limits... or i think more accuratly eliminates dual sport tires for it. But that may not be your thing.. so that may not matter.

I've not ridden a Versys but i wouldn't doubt the Strom is more top heavy. Bigger tank.. more plastic up top.. etc... But unless your tiny and or have trouble holding up bikes already that shouldn't be anything to really consider.

You might look at the new Suzuki Gladius as a more direct comparison to the Versys.

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Go ride both and see what you think. One great advantage of a tall bike is that you are sort of towering over the traffic. In most cases, my head is on the same level as pickup truck drivers which I LIKE when commuting.

Anyway - if you are talking heavy commuter miles - might want to consider a Wee with ABS. I don't think Versys has that option around here.

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A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to try the Versys out. I have no f.kin' clue why people keep comparing the two, other then they're both motorcycles with standard seating. Here's my honest opinion.. the versys is a decent bike, and the low end it seems like it has a lot of power because it's relatively lighter then the strom. Top end it seemed like it had nothing. Sure it's light, smaller wheel base makes it feel a bit more twitchy like a sport bike, possibly better at handling the sweepers and twisties, that you sit upright on. I'd be more incline to compare it to the gsxf or the bandit 600 before I dropped the strom in there.

The strom has a slight bit more weight, but holds its own on highways and feels very planted, sweepers and twisties, gravel and fire roads. You can throw more bells and whistles aftermarket on it if you want..is it needed for commuting? You have a luggage rack built into the bike..so no. But the options are there.

I'd commute on either one for the amount of miles your commute is. Maybe you want the nibble smaller wheel base to weave in and out of traffic and lane split, personally the strom is good enough for my 80mile on way commute...all highway I might add.

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I don't get why the versys has such long travel suspension, then they throw a 17" front wheel on there.

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Ya, I would echo what other say about the dealer saying it's top heavy....perhaps he's more concerned about his wallet being heavy?

I just sold a ZRX1200 to buy a Wee, and find this bike a serious lightweight, in all aspects except the ride....it's a seriously well thought out bike.

I have ridden a bud's Versys, and ironically, it was the catalyst that made me sell my bike a few weeks ago, and bought the Wee. I had been thinking a bout a Wee for a while, and the Versys rides through my local twisties was enough to push me over the edge.

The Versys is a great little bike, can wheelie easy, and can eat up paved backroads with the best of them....BUT:

- It's got a buzzy engine....far more vibes than the silky smooth vtwin
- Has far less wind protection, and options to combat this
- Is not as comfy on longer rides

Those were my only quick take-aways I got from riding that bike. The buzzy parallel twin being the most annoying imo.

The Wee has a cult-like following for a reason....it does a lot really well, and moreso than the Versys imo.

The one thing the Versys has going for it....looks. While the Wee;s looks are certainly growing on me, the Versys is a sportier, more balanved look in my eyes.

That said, the real view is best seen from the seat, with bars in hand, and it's fantastic!

You certainly can't go wrong choosing either bike, but my feeling is that the Wee does everything as good or better + some.
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- It's got a buzzy engine....far more vibes than the silky smooth vtwin


Those were my only quick take-aways I got from riding that bike. The buzzy parallel twin being the most annoying imo.
Ok...I'm not the only one that felt this apparently. The one I tried felt like it was a single on a lil' 250 rebel or something when I got up to any speed. The vibes would do the same to me on my commute..by the time I got to work I'd be pissed, shaking and ready to sell.

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