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Hey everyone I'm currently in the middle of my motorcycle license course here in Quebec and by the end of next month should have my 11 month probationary license. Getting your motorcycle license in Quebec is akin to doing a marathon. OK, so I've found a 2008 Wee with ABS with 69,000 Km (42,000 Miles) for a great price, but the bike is very far from where I live and I was told that the bike needs new turn signals, a new turn signal switch, chain and sprockets. I have no idea about how it runs at all, nor anything about the "real" general condition of the bike until I go and see it. From my reading so far in this forum I have come up with a fair list of those things I should look for, which is great. Now, I'm wondering, if the engine was badly treated and does require maintenance, would any of you have any idea how much an engine rebuild might cost? I know this is a crazy question, but say the engine was in pretty bad shape and needed new seals, perhaps rings, etc... As I mentioned the bike is being sold for a very good price, so even factoring in major engine work might still be worth it. Other things I could do myself like the turn signals and such.

This is a great forum and I look forward to many hours of reading and learning.

Thanks - slandi
 

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Vstrom's v twin motor is pretty tough and can take abuse. The only thing you can do is to have a good listen to the running motor for irregular noise like knocking, smokey exhaust, oil leaks, etc. And go for a test ride before handing over your $$$. Let us know of your observations. Good luck and welcome to the forum.
 

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OK, so I've found a 2008 Wee with ABS with 69,000 Km (42,000 Miles) for a great price, but the bike is very far from where I live and I was told that the bike needs new turn signals, a new turn signal switch, chain and sprockets.
Welcome, you will not find a better bike (cept for a vee) having said that....

look more, it sounds like its been dumped hard, and put away bent.

lots of Wees out there.


you can even put a snow tire on the back and ride it in Quebec all winter :hurray:
 

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OK just to give you guys a quick update, the seller (a dealer actually) has not got back to me after I asked a bunch of questions about the bike. Perhaps I went a bit overboard as I asked for perhaps a video of the bike starting and what it sounds like. Yeah, maybe much, but I figured that I'm 5 hours away and want to make sure that if I have to go through the whole mess of renting a trailer and all I'd like to make sure it's worth it.

I even was thinking of rigging up my small utility trailer, but after taking some measurements, some photos and doing a mock up to scale in GIMP (Photoshop equivalent) I realized that ehhhh I don't think it's such a good idea. I don't think it would be safe even if I did strap the bike down well.



In any case, it looks like I'll keep hunting for a Wee. I'm totally sold on the bike now and want one more than ever :) I would have liked to find one that needed some TLC and nurse it back to health so I would learn all about the bike, but as one of you mentioned, if it's been dropped badly and may be bent, I should move on. Thanks I'll keep you posted on what I find.
 

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Hey me again

So the dealer contacted me after all and told me to call them on Monday for more details. Here is a pic of the bike (42,000 Miles) it's a 2008. I know you can't tell much from a pic, but other than what looks like a rusted exhaust pipe and perhaps a torn seat the overall state of the bike looks "okay" I guess :???: Just wanted to share the pics.



 

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Getting a motorcycle license in Quebec does sound like quite an ordeal. In Oklahoma, you have to make an appointment at the Dept of Public Safety and take a written test and pass a short riding test.

Not that many years ago, you could simply get the 'M' added to your license by telling the local tag agency that you will be riding a motorcycle. No written or riding test at all!
 

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have a look

Certainly looks like it's worth a look.
Only five hours away -- that'd be a bit usual for someone in a vast unpopulated land (eg. like Oz) -- give it a go. The side of the bike that's shown doesn't show it has been dropped. If, as you say -- the price is right. It's just a weekend out of your life to get there and back on public transport. I'm assuming a lot here, mind you -- (there is no planes with floats for landing involved, and paddling miles up deserted waterways is there?). And it's got ABS -- great!!
 

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Got some more info from dealer this morning. Bike was dropped on left hand side. They might send me a photo.

- Broken turn signals,
- Broken Clutch lever and turn signal switch
- Scratched or bent engine guard

Still not really a show stopper. I figured that even if it was prestine, as a beginning rider I probably WILL drop it at some point :)

My trailer modifications are coming along, pics to come for those curious.

Also for MowCowBell and others, if you want to hear about the entire process for getting a motorcycle license here in Quebec you can hear an entry I did on the Social Network Audioboo at the link below.

https://audioboo.fm/boos/2292711-how-to-get-a-motorcycle-license-in-the-province-of-quebec

enjoy :)
 

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GOT IT! Now a proud Wee owner

Hey everyone, man I'm pumped. 10+ hours of driving with the entire trip back home in a downpour, but my black 2008 Wee is now sitting in my garage awaiting some much needed TLC. It's in great shape, starts and "seems" to run great. I say seems as it sounds fine, but since I'm not a connoisseur of the fine sound of a Wee, I'm not 100%, but I will post a high-quality sound file some time this week and would like to hear what all you great Wee folks think.

Also, just wanted to post a pic of my car and trailer with the Wee loaded as I think it will give everyone on the site a good chuckle.

 

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An update from a VStrom rider!

So, it's been over two months I haven't updated this post, thought it was about time to bring you all up to speed. OK so on Sept 25th yours truly went and did his closed circuit test for the SAAQ, which is the province of Quebec's ministry of transport. I passed with flying colours and I got my 6A learner's permit. This means that for the next 11 months (Winter months count) I can ride my Wee as long as I'm accompanied by another motorcyclist on their own motorcycle who has had their full license for more than two years.

I'm pretty pumped, so far I've only gone around my neighbourhood a bit with a fellow down the road, but his bike isn't running too well so we haven't been able to do any highway, but doesn't matter, at least I got out on my VStrom and I've very happy. Oh and I spend the better part of September changing the turn signals, repairing the clutch handle and the turn signal control as these had all been damaged when the previous owner had dropped the bike, no doubt because he/she did quite a bit of off-road with it. I also changed the oil, air-filter (K&N) and chaing and sprockets, so I'm good to go for many years of riding :)

So when can I ride on my own, you're asking? Well, my limit date for my next and final test (the road test) is around August 25th of 2015, boy even typing it makes it seem even further away (only 10 months exactly as of today :) ) The road test consists of a pre-determined circuit where I will have an earpiece in my helmet and get instructions from an examiner riding behind in a car. They will have me enter a highway, exit a highway, make some right and left hand turns, park the bike and drive through some varied streets with varied speed limits. The hardest part will really be keeping up with the speed limit changes and believe it or not, the parking as they are strict on the angle and the use of turn signals when leaving the parking lot, even though the bike is technically almost perpindicular to the road and most drivers won't even see the turn signal :) In any case, the driving school will actually take me on the same exact route, give me some exact pointers and all will be good.

Just wanted to update everyone. Thanks
 

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Sounds like Canada does a better job than the US of making sure riders are prepared before they head out on their own.

It looks like you'll have a good chunk of next years riding season before you have to test, that's good.

mikeg

Oh, and that was quite the setup you used to get it home! :thumbup:
 
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