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With great reluctance and major disappointment, I have sold my Wee Strom. As some of you will know, it was seriously irritating my knees over the past season. I had tried a higher seat, highway pegs suspended from the engine guards, less use of the rear brake, and an extended gear shift pedal. While this all helped, it was not enough. The pain and irritation just would not go away. If anything, it seemed to be getting worse despite weeks of physical therapy, exercise, icing, and pain killers.

I do have lots of great memories from this bike though – exploring many dirt and unmaintained roads around Ontario, a fantastic 3 day tour of eastern Ontario, and of course, the first Ontario Stromtrooper Owner’s Group ride with the Shepherd. In total, there were over 12,000 km worth of great memories. It was great to get to know so many of you through this forum and meet some of you on the April 29th ride.

So it’s back to cruiser-land for me. I traded for a black 2007 Boulevard C50 and am busy farkling with all the must have stuff. I’m trying to console myself with the thought that I have traded the world’s best all-round street bike for the world’s best all-round cruiser. At least, Motorcycle Cruiser Magazine calls it “the perfect cruiser”. Ironically, I traded a 2002 Suzuki Volusia for the Wee Strom, so the C50 is very familiar. For a cruiser, it offers an impressive combination of handling, light quick steering, good ground clearance, and decent power. Suzuki has done some nice upgrades on the C50 – fuel injection, stiffer chassis, wide clutch and brake levers, bullet-shaped turnsignals, etc. On the downside, there’s only a 15.5 litre gas tank and tube tires. But for $7195, I think you can’t beat it (except with a Strom, of course!).

Thanks to you all for convincing me to buy the Wee Strom and for assistance to outfit it. It was a great experience. If you see a guy on a black C50 giving you the thumb’s up, that will be me.

See you in the wind,

Steve (Throttlehound) :)
 

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It's no fun riding with the pain. I followed the same pattern. I had a Vstar classic that was like sitting on your couch while riding. The Vstrom is more exciting to ride but some days I do miss going down the highway with my feet up on the highway pegs. Lifes short, ride what ever feels right.
 

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I've had knee surgery so I know what you're talking about with the pain. Sooner or later I'll most likely be forced to find something with a more accomodating riding position.

It was nice to meet you, glad you made it out on the 29th for the ride. Have fun on that C50, maybe I'll run into you somewhere out there again.
 

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I've had knee surgery so I know what you're talking about with the pain. Sooner or later I'll most likely be forced to find something with a more accomodating riding position.

It was nice to meet you, glad you made it out on the 29th for the ride. Have fun on that C50, maybe I'll run into you somewhere out there again.
Thanks Shepherd. That was certainly a ride to remember. Maybe I'll hook up with one of your non-V-Strom rides later this summer.
 

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Maybe I'll hook up with one of your non-V-Strom rides later this summer.

Ya, don't try showin' up for one of the excluse, Strom only rides. :-D

Hey, sorry you had to make the compromise on the bike. At least you're still riding. It was good to meet you. Take care and we'll see you 'round.
 

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Ya, don't try showin' up for one of the excluse, Strom only rides. :-D

Hey, sorry you had to make the compromise on the bike. At least you're still riding. It was good to meet you. Take care and we'll see you 'round.
Oh yeah, I know better than to show up at a V-Strom only ride!! :rolleyes:

Well, the good news is that my old knees are pretty much back to 100% now. Riding a "Lazy-Boy" down the highway will do that for you. Although that mild cruiser backache is back again. That's one thing about the V-Strom riding position - it's very easy on the back. I really do miss my V-Strom. Just looking at it in the garage would trigger a feeling of exciting riding possibilities to come. It's not quite the same with a cruiser. What is a little strange right now, is looking in my mirrors and seeing my wife behind me on her new Intruder 800. That's going to take a little getting used to, but we are having fun with it and so far she is really enjoying it.

It was great to meet you Heavy. Have a real fun riding season.
 
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