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post #1 of 16 Old 08-22-2009, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
 
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Does anyone own both a Vee and a Wee? Too much Strom?

I have a Wee and love it most of the time. I keep thinking I would like a more powerful engine when on the open desert highways. A Tiger might suit me but not the price. Would I find the Vee a more relaxed highway cruiser than the Wee? The idea of owning both seems nutty on some level.
The only negative I find on the Wee is that I get tired of the constant gear shifting when scooting around town? I test rode a BMW f800st and pretty much could leave it in 2nd gear for all in town speed limits. But the tall riding position and visibility on the Wee offset the constant shifting.

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I have a Wee and love it most of the time. I keep thinking I would like a more powerful engine when on the open desert highways. A Tiger might suit me but not the price. Would I find the Vee a more relaxed highway cruiser than the Wee? The idea of owning both seems nutty on some level.
The only negative I find on the Wee is that I get tired of the constant gear shifting when scooting around town? I test rode a BMW f800st and pretty much could leave it in 2nd gear for all in town speed limits. But the tall riding position and visibility on the Wee offset the constant shifting.
Absolutely the Vee is going to be more relaxed on the highway as it has a true overdrive 6th speed.

Around town, I love my Wee. The first 3 gears on the bike are very short and spaced closely together. I find that 4th works well for me from 30-60 mph which is pretty much all of my in-town riding. If you don't feel the short lower gears are appopriate, why not try a different final drive ratio. Throw a different front sprocket on there (1 tooth larger) and see what you think before dumping the Wee. That would give you some good 3rd gear cruising and make the bike more relaxed on the highway.

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The Vee is a great all rounder for just about anything. most of the time I go down the intown highways in 5th gear, I don't need to go to 6th. the wind doesn't blow you around as much on the highway either, both are great bikes and a sprocket change may help you get a little more of what you are looking for for a lot less money. Cheers-BB

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I also agree that the Vee would be more relaxed on long highway stretches.

I will say that I chuckle every time a bike rider says that they don't like shifting gears. You know - there is a fix for that. A scooter or one of bikes that come with Auto transmission (I think FJR has the option).

To me - gear shifting on the bike is natural. I don't see how you will shift less with a Vee though. You will have better experience on the highway, but otherwise - you will have to shift the same if you are coming to a stop or slowing to a crawl?

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I've ridden both. I have about 2,000 miles on a DL1000 through the Arizona desert and it is far more relaxed on the highway than the 650 is.

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I have a Wee and love it most of the time. I keep thinking I would like a more powerful engine when on the open desert highways. A Tiger might suit me but not the price. Would I find the Vee a more relaxed highway cruiser than the Wee? The idea of owning both seems nutty on some level.
The only negative I find on the Wee is that I get tired of the constant gear shifting when scooting around town? I test rode a BMW f800st and pretty much could leave it in 2nd gear for all in town speed limits. But the tall riding position and visibility on the Wee offset the constant shifting.
That's funny. The thing I find boring about my Vee is that I can scoot around town at all speeds in 2nd gear. I'd almost consider getting a Wee as a 2nd bike and changing it for lower gearing. The 996 has enough power to lop up any hill in 1st. But, unless you work the clutch, 1st gear at idle revs gives you 10mph. I wouldn't mind being able to ride slower in 1st without slipping the clutch. [I have the 43-tooth rear -- YMMV]

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I've owned both. The Wee is better for in town commuting, and stop and go traffic. The Vee is far superior on the interstate. It has a true overdrive which is awesome after constantly looking for 7th gear while riding the Wee

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I have both parked outside right now. I have only good things to say about both bikes. If you find yourself longing for more power the Vee delivers. The engine is very relaxed on the highway compared to the Wee. That said, the Wee is no slouch on the highway. It is spinning faster and you do notice it, but you're far from straining the engine.

I can't say I've ever noticed that I'm doing a lot of shifting while riding through town on either bike. I guess if you're only using a very limited range of RPMs then it would require a lot of shifting. I can't really tell a difference between the two.

Bottom line is the Vee fits my personality. I never find myself wanting to ride the Wee over the Vee. My wife will tell you the exact opposite regarding the Wee over the Vee. Size wise it fits her better. To be honest I'd be afraid to see her with more power. She's already so ridiculously fast on the Wee that I might never catch her if she had a Vee.


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My wife will tell you the exact opposite regarding the Wee over the Vee. Size wise it fits her better. To be honest I'd be afraid to see her with more power. She's already so ridiculously fast on the Wee that I might never catch her if she had a Vee.
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I will say that I chuckle every time a bike rider says that they don't like shifting gears. You know - there is a fix for that. A scooter or one of bikes that come with Auto transmission (I think FJR has the option).
Actually, you still have to shift gears on the FJR AE. This is a regular, conventional motorcycle sans the clutch lever. I have heard people call it a "clutchless" bike too which is a misnomer. It has an electronic clutch. The computer operates the clutch for you. I have ridden one and it is a bit odd, but works pretty well.

There are other bikes out there such as the new Honda DN-01 and whatever that new Aprilia 800 or 850 with the auto transmission. All of the above are quite expensive and would kind of defeat the purpose of having an inexpensive commuter bike like a Wee or even a Vee.

There are plenty of scooter choices out there (Burgman, Majesty, T-max, Silverwing, even Kymco) but then you'd be riding a scooter. Do you really want to ride a scooter? In all honesty, I could see myself on a Burgman 400 for everyday commuting as they are a very nice riding scoot, but geez I wouldn't fit the demographic of that.

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