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post #1 of 14 Old 04-05-2010, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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I've read the threads, but still have one question

Hi guys,

I'm a total NOOB here but I've been enjoying motorcycling for 30+ years and I've spent a fair amount of time on ADVrider and Thumpertalk, so forums are not new to me.

I've read the Wee and Vee specific pages, as well as the "ultimate comparison" thread and am sorry to say I still have one question:

Here it goes:

Is a Wee really an OK ride for a guy who is 6' 6" tall and 280 lbs??

For your reference, I've owned a couple of Honda Valkyries, a V65 magna, a 2007 R1200GSA and most recently a Honda XR650L.

I am not in need of massive speed or torque, I am really looking to find a bike that is comfortable for me to ride 200-300 miles in a day and also to commute daily. Freeway riding will only happen when nessecary, but it will happen.

I am also looking to find the lowest possible cost of ownership while still meeting my primary criteria of a bike that is comfortable and somewhat fun to ride.

I've had powerful bikes before and I tend to ride too fast with them. I've had a "premium" bike before and found out that it wasn't so "premium" afterall. I've also (most recently) had what I considered to be a "minimalist" bike and it was very uncomfortable for my use (vibrations galore and I was numb in all the wrong areas after 30 miles). I put $3K into suspension, seating and general farkles on the XRL and I never got it to what I think the 'strom is based on everyone's comments here.

Sorry to be so long winded on my first post. Sorry for the basic question. I plan to purchase a 'strom in the next week or so and really want to get it right this time around.

You guys seem to be a great group and I look forward to "officially" joining the ranks!

Thanks, Dave
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i am 6ft4 and around 270. ive never found my Wee to be lacking power at all. i think your legs may be slightly cramped, depending on your inseam, but you can fix that by getting the Vee tall touring seat, which is close to 2 inches higher than stock 650 seat and costs around $200.
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http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/4703/203/ with the super grip pegs and a 50mm extension.
http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/4892/203/ possibly with a taller windshield.
http://www.twistedthrottle.com/trade...view/2016/203/ a couple of these.
http://www.oneidasuzuki.com/store/pa...000-dl650.html good to go

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I asked this same question a year or so back and got a lot of responses from my "king-sized" brethren suggesting that the Wee is OK - unless you're going to do a lot of 2-up.
I only rode a Wee for about a mile or so, but was pleasantly surprised by it. Of course, that's coming off a KLR with about 30hp - the Wee is about 60hp, IIRC.

I ended up with a Vee because that's what I found used. I don't want for more power, but I rarely ride use all it has to offer anyway. When it's time to look at a new bike, I'm going to look hard at a Wee for the increased gas mileage, smoother running, and ABS.

Oh, 6'4", 290#, 33" inseam. I still felt a little cramped on the stock Vee seat, so got a Suzuki 'tall touring saddle.' My legs, hips, and knees are a lot happier, but butt's only a little happier. At only about $150, it still seems worth it.
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With your past bikes, you will more than likely be disappointed with the power of the Wee. It handles great and is a hoot to ride, it is deceiving however......in how zippy and free revving the engine truly is. Many have gone from powerful bikes to the 650, and are very content.

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You guys are great, I really appriciate the prompt replies. I look forward to being a reciprocal contributor once I have a 'strom of my own and some experiance with it!

Remember, while I've had powerful bikes before my most recent experiance is with a Honda XR650 that has about half of the HP the Wee does.

Plus, fuel economy, reduced tire wear, my percetpion of less FI "issues" and the lower cost of entry has me interested in the Wee as long as it'll haul me around in comfort. I won't be doing any 2 up riding on this bike, it's all for me!

My wife wants a Spyder in a few years time.

Thanks again guys,

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Dave,

I am just under 6" 4" weigh 290-300. I have had my 2008 DL1000 sonce June 2008 when I no longer could get support on my 1979 CB750L. I sold it for $1900.00 a week after I bought the Dl1000. My riding partner is 6" 6" and about 260 lbs. He had a 650 but was tired of running the engine so fast trying to keep up with me. Oh, I am 64 and he is 63 years old. The 650 is a true dual-sport bike. The 1000 is not. Power comes on too quick and the frame is not set up right for the dirt. My partner has highway on his bike that mount to an aftermarket gravel guard he bought from a company in Carson City, NV. His engine guards and center stand from the same company. I do not need highway pegs. We get 40-45 mpg all day. We ride all winter long rain or shine and in the snow. Although not much snow in coastal mountains of Northern California. I know you will not be dis-pleased. I do not know how to use the web-based photo sites but I can email you photos of my bike: [email protected]. Good riding.
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Dave, we are the same height, you're about 20 pounds heavier. Test ride both if at all possible, but I've also rode some Valk's and other large bikes. and I think you would be better off on the Vee. Nothing wrong with either, but you'll be pushing the 650 pretty hard , I don't feel overpowered on the 1000 and wish it was a little bigger myself (motor). You will need stiffer front springs, and a tall touring gel seat, or something like that to get your legs straightened out some. Great bikes, feel really small after ridding a Valk, and one heck of a lot lighter! cheers--BB

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Well guys, Thank you once again for all of your input!

I went to look at an '09 650 last night with center stand, fork brace, skidplate, crash guards, 3K miles, lamar lip, DL1000 gel touring seat, top case, power outlet and hand guards. The guy was in his 60's and had a stable full of bikes, he just wanted to move on.

I was amazed at the smoothness and power of the bike, so, I rode it home!

I've put around 100 miles on it so far and I am absolutely in love with it.

I passed a string of cars this morning and looked down in amazement at my speed. I think the thing I like most about it so far is that I don't think about the bike at all when I am riding it. It's just smooth, predictable and comfortable.

I am impressed. Thanks again for the advice:
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Well guys, Thank you once again for all of your input!

I went to look at an '09 650 last night with center stand, fork brace, skidplate, crash guards, 3K miles, lamar lip, DL1000 gel touring seat, top case, power outlet and hand guards. The guy was in his 60's and had a stable full of bikes, he just wanted to move on.

I was amazed at the smoothness and power of the bike, so, I rode it home!

I've put around 100 miles on it so far and I am absolutely in love with it.

I passed a string of cars this morning and looked down in amazement at my speed. I think the thing I like most about it so far is that I don't think about the bike at all when I am riding it. It's just smooth, predictable and comfortable.

I am impressed. Thanks again for the advice:
Congratulations! Based on your criteria, you won't be dissappointed....

If I can make one suggestion. Eventually you will find yourself on the slab buzzing along at 80, with an hour or two of this ahead of you. You are going to look at your look at your tach and see 6,000 or 6,500 RPM. Your normal inclination coming from the bikes you've mentioned will be to back off and "save the equipment". I'm going to tell you don't worry about it - you're only at 60-65% of redline. This bike loves to be on the boil, and will do it all day, no worries.

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[B][FONT=Tahoma][I]It doesn't stab worth a crap, and the milk dribbles out, but otherwise it works great...[/I][/FONT][/B][B][FONT=Tahoma] [/FONT][/B]
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