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post #1 of 17 Old 09-28-2009, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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I just returned from a 5640 mile 13 day trip (Route 66 Chicago to LA) on my Wee and I would like to make a few comments/observations.

First off, the bike performed flawlessly! The only thing I did was, add gasoline, lube the chain and change oil.

For touring barbacks are a good idea.

Crosswinds through OK and TX were 40+mph and the Wee did not even flintch...the addition of the Super Brace was a blessing there.

Highway pegs gave much needed relief to my 55 year old bad knees.

It is not a good idea to sneeze without raising your face shield first.

My Arse appreciates the Spencer LD modded seat.

Through a combined 60/40 highway/secondary (Route 66) roads, the Wee averaged 51.5 MPG!

The Wee loves 5200-5500 RPM.

Metzler Marathon 880 tires rock for touring.

Flat Black 08' DL650. Lots 0' goodies

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post #2 of 17 Old 09-28-2009, 04:15 PM
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Crosswinds through OK and TX were 40+mph and the Wee did not even flintch...the addition of the Super Brace was a blessing there.
The Wee loves 5200-5500 RPM.
Ok, I'll take the bait.
That, I find hard to believe unless I'm misinterpreting what 'flintch' is.
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Congrats on a good trip. What Hwy pegs do you have?

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I don't mean to highjack your thread,but I would like to know how you would rate your Spencer modded seat against the stock seat.I was just on his website and the prices are so low for seat work.Was it the big difference you were looking for?
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I don't mean to highjack your thread,but I would like to know how you would rate your Spencer modded seat against the stock seat.I was just on his website and the prices are so low for seat work.Was it the big difference you were looking for?
I had spencer mod my seat, bought the upgrade foam and the passenger mod as well. It's a great improvement, but sit itus still occurs. I don't have a more elaborate seat to guage against. I have leather seats in my Accord and I have to adjust positions. I don't have much natural padding back there. His mod also makes room for your package. Being tall, it might have been better for me to buy a tall touring and send that to him but then you start getting into the arena where you wonder if you should just spend the $$ on a full custom seat.

Oh, and to the OP, where's the pix?

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Ok, I'll take the bait.
That, I find hard to believe unless I'm misinterpreting what 'flintch' is.
Some have stated that the Wee is difficult to handle in the wind (read blown all over the place). Mine with the Super Brace is rock solid and very stable...sure you have to lean to compensate, but it is not bad at all.

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Congrats on a good trip. What Hwy pegs do you have?
The Dan Vesel set up.

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I don't mean to highjack your thread,but I would like to know how you would rate your Spencer modded seat against the stock seat.I was just on his website and the prices are so low for seat work.Was it the big difference you were looking for?
The Spencer is a huge improvement, no more butt burn....I'd say 7 out of 10 with 10 being "perfect"

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I just returned from a 5640 mile 13 day trip (Route 66 Chicago to LA) on my Wee
Nice; I'll bet that's a great trip, except for the crappy endpoints.

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Crosswinds through OK and TX were 40+mph and the Wee did not even flintch...the addition of the Super Brace was a blessing there.
Did you ride much in similar conditions without the brace? I spent plenty of time in the wild West without the brace, and the bike seemed fine to me. I got a Murph's at about 11000 miles, and it does help a lot with stiffness in corners, but I can't say I really notice a difference in wind handling.

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It is not a good idea to sneeze without raising your face shield first.
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Metzler Marathon 880 tires rock for touring.
They are great tires. I had a set of those on my K75S and loved the crisp handling and great road wear.
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