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post #1 of 17 Old 05-15-2011, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Wee for first bike??

I have been seeing a lot of threads about this topic. IMHO Wee in not a very good starter bike, tallish seat height, kinda heavy. I think that a first bike should be a little sub 500cc lightweight type. If you have never riden a bike buy something cheap ride it for a few months then decide what you want the bike to do and go from there. When you drop a cheap bike you don't get as butt hurt as you do with an expensive/nicer one. You know the old saying there's those that have laid a bike down and those that will, most of the time this occurs in the first few months of riding. We had a ton of bike fatalities last year in CO and the majority (7 out of 10 according to some stats) of those were from inexperienced riders.
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I like a 175-250cc dual purpose bike for learning to ride as long as the rider has long enough legs for the seat height. Start with the dirt aspect. Falling in the dirt is easier on the bike and rider and the rider learns to handle loose surfaces before venturing onto the street.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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I humbly disagree. I think the Wee IS a good starter bike.

It's power delivery is predictable and even--you have to want to make it scream before it does, and even then, you are not likely to rocket to oblivian the way you could on a 600 cc sport bike.

The tall-ish nature of the bike does lend itself to normally proportioned riders, but physical fit is required of any bike to rider pairing.

Finally, the Wee (as with the Vee) is wonderfully utilitarian. It is an all-purpose, go-anywhere bike that you are not likely to outgrow. If you drop it (as a few of us have), you pick it back up, order some flush front turn signals, and keep on going. No problem. Parts are cheap and maintenance is easy.

I think it's a great starter bike.
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Neither Vee is a good starter bike...............hell it isn't even a good choice for allot of people, but many seem to think they can still ride it.

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I like a 175-250cc dual purpose bike for learning to ride as long as the rider has long enough legs for the seat height. Start with the dirt aspect. Falling in the dirt is easier on the bike and rider and the rider learns to handle loose surfaces before venturing onto the street.
I grew up riding/racing dirt bikes. Have been riding offroad since I was about 9. Very true many of the lessons learned off road translate to the street and hurt much less. I have crashed dirtbikes so many times I cannot even count, everything from the mid-air dismount to the 6th gear wide open getting tires in 2 different ruts and seeing the bike cartwheel over my head as I did the rag doll. Only actually crashed once on the street, but I have dropped bikes a time or two on the road.
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A 650cc bike with over 60hp and close to 500lb that easily can be damaged to the tune of over $100 in a 0mph drop is not a good beginner bike. Get some riding experience first.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
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Anybody who is questioning whether they should start on a Vstrom, prolly should not.

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This is my first bike, and have had it for 3 years.

However i took the msf class on a buell got my endorsement, and rode a buddys little bmw a few times for about 8 hours a day. But we are only talking about 30 hours of riding experience, and think think the wee was a good choice.
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This is my first bike, and have had it for 3 years.

However i took the msf class on a buell got my endorsement, and rode a buddys little bmw a few times for about 8 hours a day. But we are only talking about 30 hours of riding experience, and think think the wee was a good choice.
a lot of riders don't put 30 hours actual saddle time in a year (think middle aged Hardly owners)
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There are undoubtedly thousands of stories of people with big bikes as their first bikes and they did fine. Unfortunately, there are many cases that did not go so well, including many first ride crashes. Learn to ride by taking a proper course and keep the first bike a reasonable size.

YouTube - first ride motorcycle crash

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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