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I've been looking for a used DL1000 but I am starting to wonder if I would be happy with a Wee. I am six foot even and 240 lbs. I haven't riden in the last ten years but I am ready to return to it.:hurray: My wife is a shutterbug and we would like to take day trips from our area, SE Missouri. Anyway, any larger guys out there who love their Wees? Or wish they went bigger?

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Kohl

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I am pretty much your size and the wee seems to be plenty. If you plan on 2 upping it a lot and going cross county I would lean towards the 1000, but the 650 can more than handle it. I have been tempted to go for more power, but nothing so far has struck a cord like the wee has.
 

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I am 6'3" and currently 218#s. I believe that my Wee is the best bike I've ever had: Wing, Road King, etc. I have raised the rear suspension and prepped it for off road. The 650cc engine is all I need for any trip anywhere anytime. My wife will ride co-pilot, when she's not driving her Burgman, which is almost never. I love my bike, absolutely.

I considered the 1K but decided that the gas mileage was more important to me. I planned on riding solo more often than not so the Wee was my choice. If you're planning on two up over a lot of road work, I'd may consider the 1k but I still would lean heavily toward the Wee. Just thrifty by nature, I guess... :beatnik:
 

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I am 5'9" and weigh 245 pounds. Find the Wee pulls me just fine, even with my wife on board, I just have to shift a little more often that I would on a 1000. I have owned several large displacement bikes over the years and have returned to the smaller bike to get the higher miles per gallon. I also think it is a lot more fun to ride a slow bike fast than to ride a large bike slow. Also not as much heat from the engine in traffic in the summer, and I still get to my destination. Now if you are an acceleration junkie, the big Strom might be right up your alley although I hear the Wee can keep up pretty good with the Vee up to about 60 mph. I guess it all depends on what you are looking for. I do not regret getting the Wee at all.
 

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I prefer the term "Pleasingly Plump" to "BIG"

I'm 240 lbs, 5' 10" tall, with a 30" inseam.

With my pockets stuffed full of [?survival?] gear, and my Hydration pack, and wearing my usual VERY HEAVY BMW Rally 2 riding gear, BMW Serengetti boots, etc, I probably come in at close to 270 lbs on the saddle.

That weight is BEFORE I start adding tools, spares, traveling / short term camping gear into my two Givi 39 liter panniers. For serious / longer camping trips with the wife along, I will also strap on our 22 lb Big Agnes 6 man tent, two sleeping bags, sleeping pads, food, and camping gear.

Loaded like this, with the standard Weestrom low seat, and the rear suspension dialed up to the MAX, I can almost plant both feet flat on the ground. Two up, with my 150 lb wife installed as a power back warmer, I can definitely flat foot the Wee.

The Weeeeee seems to have enough power to haul me and my gear, or me and my wife, around nicely on the highway. I haven't tried it yet with gear AND wife. However, compared to other 650 Dual sport bikes I've owned [ BMW DAKAR, DR 650, KLR 650 etc ] the Wee certainly has more power and much better comfort for long trips on the hiway. Last week, I was impressed with the Wee's performance during our four day ride through the up and downs and switchbacks of the Washington Cascades.

Admittedly, I was in 5th gear for about 80 % of the time, with 4th and 6th gears used about 10 % each. Which tells me that, for my weight and load, and type of riding, I should try a 14 tooth front sprocket on my WEE.

HOWEVER,
I just got the Wee a week ago. I traded off a 1300 FJR for it. From riding the FJR, I have gotten spoiled ... I'm used to near infinite power and torque, and I am wondering if what I REALLY need is a Vstrom 1000.

I'll give it bit more time on the WEE [ with a 14 tooth front sprocket ],
but maybe what I really need is a Wee AND a Vee???
YPMMV
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I am 265 and have had both a 07 Vee and a 09 Wee

The Wee is a MUCH!! smoother engine which I really appreciate and it pulls me just fine. I don't do any 2 up for very far but the Wee loaded with my goodies and things is just fine. I even run a 17t front sprocket.

Bob 09 Wee
 

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Geared up, I'm around 320 pounds at the moment. With 100+ pounds of luggage, the 650 has no trouble getting me in license trouble.

If I lived in those big square states in the west, I'd want more power, but really don't need it.
 

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I hear the Wee can keep up pretty good with the Vee up to about 60 mph.
From experience, I'd say 80mph, but after that, it's all DL1000. Still, if I wanted a faster bike, it would be something other than a DL1000. R1200RT maybe.
 

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6'2" and just a biscuit or two under 300lbs. I do a 75 mile x 2 commute each day and love it. I lowered the pegs, madstaded it and added a fork brace. Only other farkles I'm considering at the moment are a 16 or 17 tooth sprocket and a AirHawk medium butt pad.
 

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6'3" 260lbs. I am very comfortable on the bike. I do need to upgrade the springs. I bought a Vee seat and can just barely flat foot the bike, so it's plenty tall. Out of the gate is the only area of disappointment for me so far. Sure it would be next to have a little extra kick, but once up to speed, it performs great. Haven't taken it up any serious grades yet or strong head winds so the verdict is out there.

If it's a Strom you are looking for, then get the 650. If you are looking for more, then there are much better bikes than the Vee.
 

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I am 6'2" & 270lbs without gear.
I am not disappointed with it when I ride 2 up with my wife.
It needs more rear spring.
What do you want to compare it to? My other option with the wife is a Toyota Camary or a Chevy pick up. It will take off faster than both of those.
I haven't done more than a 400 mile trip 2 up with gear and luggage for a weeks stay when we got there. It did quite good on the trip and I was surprised that my gas milage didn't drop. But of course I travel within the speed limit while I am 2 up.
 

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There are "tons" of large riders on DL650's. :green_lol:

The bike does 0-60 in 4 seconds and a quarter mile in about 12.5 seconds at around 100mph. How fast do you need to go?
 

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I'm 6'3 ~210lbs currently. With my Aerostich suit on, probably close to your weight. Usually have a loaded up top case as well. I have no issues with power at all. No issues 2 up with wife either. Don't think I've ever even thought about wanting more power while riding the bike. I have thought about what accessory I'd like to add next though.
 

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I am about 270 and really have no issue with power ... They only time I even notice it is when riding with my friend who has a 990 triumph sprint and am following him.

He jackrabbits me at stop lights and for a few seconds I catch up to him ...

At speed however, I keep up just fine.

But, he weighs 180 and has twice the horsepower and he is kind of a jackass ...
 

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I'm 6'1" & 260 & my Wee's got all the grunt I need. Not lacking at all for me. Honestly, I think about a Triumph Speed Triple now & then but I couldn't use half the power in the congested metro area I live in so I'd probably just be frustrated with power I couldn't use; legally. :mrgreen: If I still lived in Albuquerque, close to wide open desert highways I'd consider something with more power. But my Wee's got enough to keep a smile on my face. I could see keeping this another 10 years or more as long as I live in Dallas/Fort Worth. I wouldn't hesitate to take it across the country fully loaded. If only I had time to!:frown:
 

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I'm 6' 1" and 260 lbs, and have been extremely happy with my Wee. No problems in commuting, or riding down the highway at 70 (or higher) keeping up with traffic. I find that the Wee has plenty of extra power to accelerate well above the speed limit whenever I need (or want) it.
 

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6'2" tall, 230 lbs, came from a Ducati Multistrada 1000 to an 09 Wee w/ ABS. The Ducati was very quick with great handling and brakes, but the Wee has plenty of power for me, and I enjoy the comfort, the gas mileage and range per tank, the reliability, the versatility, the smoothness of the engine and the lightweight of the Wee. Its certainly not a sportbike, and its no cruiser, but its a little of each for relatively little money. Really a great bike . . . and for the first time I'm not looking to change bikes after 2 years. Good Luck, Craig
 

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6ft, 230lb, 32in inseam, road suit, enhanced tool kit, first aid kit, luggage, wife.
Comfortable with all that, major fun when solo.

Peviously rode a Harley Police (yech), Bandit 1200, Shadow, KLR, '92 BMW K1000. None were as much fun.The KLR fit but was gutless. The Bandit was going to take my licence.
 

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Wee will be fine

I'm 6' 235 with a 34" inseam. My 2011 wee fits me very well. I have the DL1000 seat and can just flat foot it at stop signs. As far as my girth and the available power go, not an issue for me. Yes there are plenty of faster bikes in the world, but not many that will comfortably handle guys our size-you know? There have been times I wished for a bit more oomph from my wee, and they were always at times it was for the wrong reasons. The wee has plenty of power to pass on backroads and is fun to ride all the time. Test ride or borrow one for a day and you will see what I mean.
 
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