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post #1 of 12 Old 04-30-2012, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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I got the green light from the wife on a vstrom but I can't decide on a wee or a vee. To me it comes down to reliability, I really think I'd like the power of a 1000 but this timing chain thing keeps popping up. I saw a good used one with around 30k but it said the timing chain was new, why would that engine need a new timing chain with that low of miles on it. I'm not looking for anything with that high of miles on it but it still makes me wonder. To me a bike engine should go at least 75,000 miles with just normal valve adjustments and maybe a clutch and water pump seal. To me if there's smoke there's fire on this chain thing.


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I'd like the power of a 1000 but this timing chain thing keeps popping up. I saw a good used one with around 30k but it said the timing chain was new, why would that engine need a new timing chain with that low of miles on it.
Timing chain issue????? That's a new one to me.
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Vees have a few quirks but not timing chains

That particular one may have a history, sure he didn't mean drive chain?
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It said timing chain, I've heard of several broken one, I can understand some worn chain guides but not a broken timing chain. If I get a 1000 I'm going to get on it once in a while, not abuse it but I don't want to worry about the timing chain grenading on me.


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I am sure they meant drive chain.
May want to check MPG on both bikes if it matters to you.
I would never sell my VEE for a WEE, But I am thinking about selling my Hayabusa for a WEE,,
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Check this thread:
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Sixty Seven pages of arguing which is best. Good Luck.
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Reading about all of the Vee "issues" is discouraging. I have decided to stop reading about the problems and just enjoy the ride.
I recommend riding them both and deciding what you like best. I had a beautiful 2007 Wee. It ran perfectly but I just didn't love the bike. I have a 2006 Vee now and just find it more fun to ride. It isn't as nice as my Wee was and it has some of the Vee quirks but I overlook them and just ride it. It is much faster than the Wee and I feel a lot more comfortable on the highway. Although the bike isn't much heavier than the Wee and is essentially the same size, I just have more confidence on the highway with the Vee and it must just be the extra HP.
Mine had a PCIII on it when I bought it. I haven't touched the settings on it and it seems to run fine so maybe I am just lucky in not having to experience the issues that exist without out one.
Having owned 4 bikes in the past 22 months, I really recommend trying to ride whatever you buy for a lengthy ride, not just a spin around the block. Not sure how many guys will let you take their machine out for a 50 mile test ride but I have decided that I am going to do that before I buy my next bike.
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It said timing chain, I've heard of several broken one,
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That's funny because I've been on the VRSI forum since 2006 when I bought my bike, and recently joined this forum. That's news to me!!!!!!! I did a search and I guess it has occurred. The timing chain should be the least of your worries.

I've never babied the throttle, and don't plan on it.

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The Wee has better gas mileage, and run a lot quieter than the Vee. Smoother even i would say, but the Vee has all that power waiting and is FUN.

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You've really got to ride them both to decide.

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