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post #1 of 17 Old 08-08-2012, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Back to a Strom!!!

After a four month affair with a 2012 Super Tenere I decided my true love is the VStrom. I am happy to say I purchased a 2006 Wee with 2500 miles last week. I am SO HAPPY with the bike. I had a 2008 Vee that I put 17,000 fun miles on. The change bug hit me in the spring and I traded it on a new Tenere. The Yamaha is a great bike, but for my needs and riding style the V Strom is the best bike I have found in the market.

I had a lot of fears about going from the Vee to a Wee, but those were all unfounded. I actually think I like the Wee more than the Vee. I love the smooth, quite engine and the light weight. Handling is superb and the Wee has more than adequate power for all of my needs. SO HAPPY TO BE BACK!!!
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post #2 of 17 Old 08-08-2012, 08:46 PM
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Thats a great story. Welcome back. The Wee is a fantastic machine.
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post #3 of 17 Old 08-08-2012, 09:19 PM
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post #4 of 17 Old 08-09-2012, 12:50 PM
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I saw a super tenre at deals gap this year. I was lusting for one but after seeing it and talking to the new owner I crossed it off my list. They are too big. 600lbs +, that's all I needed to know. The thing is about the same as my old gen 1 FJR. I almost busted a nut trying to keep it up on a fubar slow turn once, I hated getting it out of the garage and parking lots. 1200 power is nice but who needs it really. Always a trade off in weight when you get an engine that big. And no flippin way I'm doing off road or fire roads with that beast.
I had a wee and vee in that order. I couldn't beleive the difference in the "feel" of the bikes. Night and day. Wee is smooth and easy to ride. Vee is more brutish and takes more effort. Nice torque but wasn't worth the trade off for me. Welcome back.
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post #5 of 17 Old 08-09-2012, 01:00 PM
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I'm curious why you didn't want to keep the Super Tenere? Everything I hear about them is positive. Can you share what made you change?


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post #7 of 17 Old 08-09-2012, 04:20 PM
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Wow....finally someone brave enough to tell the truth about the Super Tenere!
I, too was the owner of a brand new Super Tenere and here's my story.

Bought the ST after reading all the "wonderful rave" reviews on this fantastic new motorcycle.
After riding my 06 Wee for 4 years I wanted something "Safer"...ABS, Shaft Drive and Treaction Control. Unfortunely, my experience with the Yamaha was less than desireable.

Here's what they won't tell you....
This bikes a real pig...very heavy.
Milage is usually around 32-35 MPG....PREMIUM fuel required.
Seat is a joke.
Stumble at low gears
Radiator mounted on the left side will cook you
of course if you drop it on left ....could destroy radiator.
There are a whole bunch of other issues with the Super Tenere but you'll never hear the truth.

Recently bought another Wee (ABS this time) and could not be happier.
To me the DL650 is a better bike than the Super Tenere.
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post #8 of 17 Old 08-09-2012, 04:36 PM
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Was it because the Wee is lighter weight? In other words how does the Tenere compare to the Vee you used to own? Any thoughts appreciated

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post #9 of 17 Old 08-09-2012, 04:57 PM
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been riding since 1970, and while I love my V especially touring two-up , I have always loved lighter bikes, and am contemplating getting a wee , so I can have both !
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post #10 of 17 Old 08-09-2012, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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I am not trashing the Super T by any means. I'm sure the bike is the right choice for some, but for me at 56 yrs old, with some lumbar spine issues, the Vee or Wee are better choices. The Wee especially feels so light, nimble, and agile, while having more than enough power for my one up riding and good stability at highway speeds. My Vee was a great bike too. It was THE bike that got me doing touring and longer (150 - 200 mile/day) trips.

Once I got into the Sport Adv Touring segment, I naturally started to look at other options. I debated a GS for several years but was scared off by shaft drive issues, overall high repair costs, and small dealer network in the US. I test drove them, but my Vee felt like a pair of comfortable jeans. The Tenere was a viable alternative to the GS, and I had a lot of confidence in reliability and service network. I was really considering a Wee at this point too, I had read so many positive reviews and the lighter weight was attractive.

So did I get sucked into the Yamaha marketing efforts, maybe. I think I was curious enough to give it a try. All I can say now is you might want to hold onto your Wee or Vee if you decide to try something else. At the end of the day, you may discover that what you have is as good as it gets, and that is REALLY good! All is not lost, I ended up trading in my Vee, but now I am the proud owner of a WEE and really lovin it!
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