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I am really impressed with the new Wee but do I need one?

Current bike is a Multistrada 620 (my second, about 100000kms on the first, 30000 plus on the this one)

Advantages for the MTS are lower weight, lower seat (28 1/2" inseam), already paid for, have all the luggage, wired for gps and heated gear. The tank is modified to take 20+ litres which gives me up to 450km range at a pinch, and it is sweet to ride.

Riding is probably 95% sealed roads, maybe 4%+ gravel, less than 1% not really formed with stream crossings etc.

I manage ok on Z6 Roadtec but would prefer a tire that was a bit more aggressive and the bigger front wheel would maybe be nice.

So, convince me why I should bite the bullet and buy a Wee - at a probable cost here (in NZ) of 6000 - 7000 US dollars on top of trading the Duc.:confused:
 

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Well, kind of an apples and oranges (or kiwi's in your case) comparison.

I'm not sure how old your Duc is or how reliable it's been, but here's one BMW rider who is thrilled with the new Wee.

I wanted a new, modern, reliable and simple motorcycle to replace my aging and somewhat less than reliable BMW K bike. I couldn't be happier.

I took the old K out for a sympathy spin the other day, and, "Holly Cow!". I didn't realize how the Wee has spoiled me...I felt like I was riding a pregnant water buffalo!. I had to actually think about corner entry points, balance and line. On the Wee, you just point and shoot.

The biggest difference is in sheer horsepower, but hey, it's an 1100 and about 100 HP, but also with about 200 extra pounds.

I'm sure the Multistrada is light years ahead of my BMW, so you might not be as impressed.

It sounds like you have your Duc set up well, so you might be better off keeping it, but how is the maintenance?

Do you need one? Probably not. Would you enjoy one? Most definitely!
 

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You are on your 2nd Duc. You musta liked the first. If you are happy with the ride stick to it. If you are in the market for a change the then do a test ride and see if it makes you happy.
I'm like stoked steve and have a beemer in the barn too, an 800St. It's nice but for the price the Wee is more than a good reason to go Suzuki.
 

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Thanks Steve for your thoughts.

Reliability on the Duc(s) has been great, maintenance costs are about US$150 - 200 at 7000, and 14000 kms and US$400 - 500 for the big "belts and all" service every 21000kms (odd intervals but seem to work) and my techie comes to the bike to do it all. Not sure how that compares to the Wee.

Only problem with the MTS is tendency to want to lie down for rest occasionally!
 

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I don't think you need one.

If you are uncertain, I think you should keep riding the Multistrada. I have never seen one, but the reviews are impressive and there is a users' forum perhaps as fine as this one.

Knowledge is sometimes power, but more often it is security. You know the bike you ride, and you would need time to become one with the Wee-Strom. I know now how short the training period is for me, but as they say, Your Mileage May Vary.

I do not think you would get proper value for your money if you changed bikes now. When your almost-new Multistrada becomes old, you can reconsider the issue, and perhaps find out that you want a DL-650, or whatever it will have become by then.

Finally, the reason I write:

Stay active in this forum, and ride with the Stromtroopers. I have never been "Down Under", but wherever I go "Up Over", I find that we, the Stromtroopers, are probably the best part of the deal. In Vermont, Ontario, Newfoundland, Texas, Florida, and British Columbia (look these up - some of them are farther apart than Wellington and Perth!), I have ridden with Stromtroopers and found them to be pleasant, imaginative, polite, and cordial*.

If you do that, you will learn plenty about these peculiar-looking machines and the even more peculiar creatures that ride them. I predict that you will observe a Stromtrooper riding competently and safely over a period of weeks or more, and suggest the two of you swap bikes for a day or so.

Then you will know, won't you?

Keith

* - 'cept me, of course.
 

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I took a red multi 620 for a test ride last year.

My opinion - enjoy your Multi, the Wee is nice but if you really want to ride and not farkel forever (a Wee-Vee disease it seems) the multi is fine.

I had two reasons for not buying the multi.

1) the model I rode was too noisy (nice sound though)
2) the issue with plastic fuel tanks swelling

else it would be in my garage and the Wee would not.
 

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If you have a good one stick with the MTS.

The only reason to change to a Wee would be the better off road capability and there are very few places you could take a Wee that the MTS won't go. The Wee might be a bit easier, but it's not going to make the impossible possible all of a sudden.

Pete
 

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Damn it all --- I really wanted to have a good excuse to get a Wee. But when it came down to it I would find it hard to give up the Duc I think.

Thanks for your comments - if I do need a new bike it is 99% likely to be a Wee but I suspect it will be later rather than sooner.

Good riding all - I'll keep lurking here, it's an entertaining site.:hurray:
 

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If in doubt

stay on the bike you currently own. Spend the money on gas, motels, and ride the wheels off what you have.

That's my philosophy. Finally pulled the trigger this year on the new wee. First bike I have looked at in 5 years that I didn't have to figure out why I needed / wanted it.

Ah what problems to have. :yesnod:
 

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Finally pulled the trigger this year on the new wee. First bike I have looked at in 5 years that I didn't have to figure out why I needed / wanted it.
Can't agree more. I'm the worlds worst at looking at reviews and comparing every tiny detail of something I want. But the new V-strom just ticked every box so I didn't even have to justify why I wanted it.
 

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Steg,

I ran a Multi 620 Dark for a couple years while living in southern California. Country roads and twisties - perfect. Highway/Interstate travel - terrible (too light). Didn't dare take in on dirt. Overall I thought is was a great bike in environments it was designed for.

The DL650 is certainly has a more planted, relaxed feeling while being pretty fun off pavement.
 

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I owned a Duc 1100 monster...great bike just for fun! I have also ridden a 620 multi demo a few times....get the new Wee. It's much more "touring" capable, more fun....I don't think you'll regret it....I've owned two Wee's and am looking for a 2012...they are great bikes!

This is my take...life is very short....you can't take it with you, and you don't have to justify what you ride. If you want a Wee get one and enjoy it!

Rob Ray
 
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