Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
I think no matter which one you go for, there will be some negative features. The VStrom seat is generally looked on as being an instrument of torture for a lot of folks. And the windshield seems to be woefully inadequate. The aftermarket loves the VStrom, and there are tons of accessories out there to make your bike work best for you--windshields, seats, lowering links, handlebar risers/relocators, etc., etc., etc.
Which one should you get? I just picked up a nice '09 ABS Wee, that had only 7000 miles on it. It has the stock seat and came with what Suzuki calls its wide/tall touring windshield. It's, at best, as bad as the stock shield. It's been replaced, as will the seat this winter. I'm also adding handlebar risers and a brakeline kit. You don't say what year the used Wee is you're looking at or what all is on it, but if it's a late model with low miles and in good condition, it might be a winner, and you'll save a bunch of money you can use to riding with.
OTOH, you may be one of those folks who just like to buy new, and there's no problem with that, either. That way you get to break it in they way you want and you'll know everything about the bike, vs. wondering what the previous owner did with/to the used bike. I took that chance and it looks like I got a winner and saved myself several $thou. In the end, it's your choice, and either way, you'll have a great bike. Just so you know, even the new '12 needs some improvement in certain areas, too.