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I know a lot of people are switching to this bike from the BMWs etc and this bike is really gaining a following, but is it right for me?

My riding will consist of the following (if I can actually find a bike that can do it all):
- 4 or 5 days a week commuting to work (roughly 40 miles RT)
- a trip to some fireroad-ish type ride once a month
- out to the desert for a 2-up camping trip for some hikes off the beaten path (if any of you are near San Diego this is the Anza Boreggo desert)
- once a year it would be nice to be able to actually do some distance touring on it... say a San Diego to Oregon type trip

Now am I really looking at the right bike? I know none of you here are biased or anything. I'm mostly wondering if the Wee can actually handle a trip out to the desert on the trails out there 2-up. Is that even a practical request for any bike? I haven't done any Adv riding up to this point, but that's what I'm looking for in my next bike.

Thanks in advance guys!

*Edit: I was thinking the Wee over the Vee because of my off-road aspirations. From everything I've read the 650 should be fine 2-up on long trips and still be comfortable, but the extra weight of the Vee is a hindrance when the pavement ends. If those assumptions are flawed let me know :)
 

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That sounds like exactly what the adventure touring group of motorcycles is designed for, and the DL650 & DL650A are excellent examples. Match the tire choice to the surfaces you'll ride on.
 

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I know a lot of people are switching to this bike from the BMWs etc and this bike is really gaining a following, but is it right for me?

My riding will consist of the following (if I can actually find a bike that can do it all):
- 4 or 5 days a week commuting to work (roughly 40 miles RT)
- a trip to some fireroad-ish type ride once a month
- out to the desert for a 2-up camping trip for some hikes off the beaten path (if any of you are near San Diego this is the Anza Boreggo desert)
- once a year it would be nice to be able to actually do some distance touring on it... say a San Diego to Oregon type trip

Now am I really looking at the right bike? I know none of you here are biased or anything. I'm mostly wondering if the Wee can actually handle a trip out to the desert on the trails out there 2-up. Is that even a practical request for any bike? I haven't done any Adv riding up to this point, but that's what I'm looking for in my next bike.

Thanks in advance guys!

*Edit: I was thinking the Wee over the Vee because of my off-road aspirations. From everything I've read the 650 should be fine 2-up on long trips and still be comfortable, but the extra weight of the Vee is a hindrance when the pavement ends. If those assumptions are flawed let me know :)
Pretty much a perfect match for a Wee - about the only area it doesn't cope well with is very high speeds, provided you are talking legal or even quite a bit over it's fine. Cruising at >100mph and it's the wrong bike.
Very nice commuter, that's how mine spends it's weekdays and in the weekends it's usually out in the hills.

2-up yep. You have to be a little more careful passing at high speeds, but at ~legal speeds it's fine.
2-up off road yes, but try to remember it's not a real dirt bike and slow down if it gets nasty. You may find the rear suspension needs some work to make it comfortable if you are doing long distances with a pillion on gravel. Easy enough to load up with gear, and it has a good total load rating with a solid reputation for not breaking or bending bits when loaded.

FWIW: The Vee is usable off road, but you really need to be any two of tall, strong or skilled to cope gracefully - but off road it's not really any faster than the Wee, just uses fuel and tires faster.

Given the amount of commuting, I suspect the Wee is the better choice, ~20% less fuel and the engine is much easier to live with in traffic.

Long trips aren't a problem as such, but the seat on the pre-2012 models needs help for most riders doing long distances, pillion comfort is generally O.K..

Pete
 

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do you appreciate the bigger kids making fun of you?

if so then yes.... get the she-strom....

:green_lol::green_lol:


"I know none of you here are biased or anything."


no, none of us here are biased..we love the bikes we do not own. :green_lol:
 

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That sounds like exactly what the adventure touring group of motorcycles is designed for, and the DL650 & DL650A are excellent examples. Match the tire choice to the surfaces you'll ride on.
What he said....
 

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Thanks guys. I'm going to (try to) hold off until March before I purchase one. Check out the market for used ones, see real ride reports on the 2012, and start my farkles wishlist in the mean time.
 

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Sounds like a good match for you. I can't suggest the Wee for long distance 2up, but since that's the majority of your riding everything else is inline. Ideally, we all could have 2 or 5 bikes, each with their own purpose. :)
 

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The 650 will be perfect for Borrego. I just went out there a few weeks ago and there are quite a few fire roads that are wee friendly.

FYI.. if you splitting between commuting and light adventure riding.. the wee is perfect!
 

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Sounds like a good match for you. I can't suggest the Wee for long distance 2up, but since that's the majority of your riding everything else is inline. Ideally, we all could have 2 or 5 bikes, each with their own purpose. :)
If the Burgman 650 at 40HP and 650lbs of weight is renowned for two up then the Wee would have no problems.
 

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The 650 will be perfect for Borrego. I just went out there a few weeks ago and there are quite a few fire roads that are wee friendly.
Very cool shleppy... where abouts did you go? don't have GPS tracks do ya?
 

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The wee and vee are close to the same weight...about 1 extra exhaust pipe worth of difference.

The wee is milder and likely better in the dirt if you really ever get to ride that way. I don't. The wee has ABS brake option....sigh, the vee does not.

I opted for power over ABS. You will be happy with either one....VERY HAPPY
 

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My needs are very similar to yours, and I chose the Wee after quite a bit of research. I would also have considered a versys, had a steal of a deal come along. As it is, I found a very nicely cared-for 2008 with 25K miles and some decent farkles for $4500. I'm going to be picking it up later this week (woot!)
 

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I was just going to dig this thread up myself. Happy to see it waiting at the top for me.

So I hope this isn't too blasphemous, but I test rode an 05 Tiger 955i this weekend and I'm quite tempted. Any one care to talk me down? I'm going to sit on the decision for a bit so I could miss it, but it was a pretty nice ride. I still haven't been on a Wee, but the Tiger was pretty smooth. The triple was def different than the 'zuki V twin. Not as much engine braking, but smoother acceleration. Granted I was babying it a bit. Anyone want to throw some input out there?
 

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I test rode a 2011 Tiger 800 awhile back and it was VERY nice. Powerful, smooth, and very polished. Two problems (for me, at least):

1. Fuel economy is much lower than one might expect.
2. I want a bike that I won't have to worry about throwing down in the dirt/rain/etc. The Triumph is simply too pretty.
 

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I was just going to dig this thread up myself. Happy to see it waiting at the top for me.

So I hope this isn't too blasphemous, but I test rode an 05 Tiger 955i this weekend and I'm quite tempted. Any one care to talk me down? I'm going to sit on the decision for a bit so I could miss it, but it was a pretty nice ride. I still haven't been on a Wee, but the Tiger was pretty smooth. The triple was def different than the 'zuki V twin. Not as much engine braking, but smoother acceleration. Granted I was babying it a bit. Anyone want to throw some input out there?
It's a better bike pretty much everywhere than the Wee.
The downside is it's more fragile - well maintained it's a good bike, but a bad service can damage them very easily. If you don't have a local dealer you can trust I'd advise walking away.

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It's a better bike pretty much everywhere than the Wee.
The downside is it's more fragile - well maintained it's a good bike, but a bad service can damage them very easily. If you don't have a local dealer you can trust I'd advise walking away.

Pete
Whereas the Wee almost thrives on minimal maintenance.

Any bike shop anywhere will service the Stroms without any qualms.

You can do a lot of the work yourself if you are mechanically inclined.

The Wee/Vee is capable of very big mileages with out any major rebuilds or serious problems [think multiple hundreds of thousands of k's].
 
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