I had a 2004 VFR800 Asphalt black that was a nice bike but my legs always felt cramped after 1.5-2 hours. That was after changing the seat to a sargent and adding Heli bars. Don't get me wrong it is a great bike and fits many very well. The Wee is hands down roomier and way more comfortable. Its easier to work on (less fairings/cowlings)
, the seat isn't as flimsy to remove
, and the sound of the exhaust is equally cool (both bikes with aftermarket exhausts). The Wee is pretty smooth and handles pretty well with the fork legs raised 15mm, but will never be as firm/taut in the curves. I liken the Wee to a Camry V6 sedan that can boogey on curvy roads, whereas the VFR was like a BMW 325 sedan that doesn't go too much faster but, subjectively, feels more connected while doing so. The VFR could wheelie very easily. With an Ohlins (or any quality shock) and front suspension work the Wee would handle in a similarly sophisticated way. Actually, a bike as competent as the VFR was often boring at slower speeds.
This caused me to push it. Also that bike sucked in traffic (fans came on above 220F).
When I consider that I spent $6800 for my TWO used bikes ('07 used Wee and '03 XR650L) that is about $2000 less than my VFR cost me new. In fact I sold my VFR for $6995. The COMBINED insurance is also cheaper, as is the COMBINED maintenance. Plus I have two bikes that are actually fun to drive under a 85 mph.
In fact I threw in a trailer and I now have a well rounded set of bikes that I can share rather than a more narrowly focused sporty tool. That sums it up. Maybe I've both evolved and gotten re-connected with the basics.