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Thinking of trading for a DL650(s). Is it too early for the current to know all the little niggles that need attending.

If I go through with the deal I'm planning I'll have to break it in in a month, get the first service before my 7,000 mile trip this summer.
 

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I'll pass 1,000 miles today ( 16 days of ownership ). So, I'll have it broken in and the first service at 600 miles is past me.

This IS a better bike than the previous generation Wee. I don't know what they changed in the brakes but they feel better and the suspension is definately better ( still a bit harsh in the front but better springs ). Engine definately gets better mileage ( averaging 55 mpg so far, 48-50 on the '04 Wee ) and seems stronger from 3,000 to 5,000 rpm.

Still needs work on the windscreen and seat ( it IS a V Strom after all ). I does feel lighter yet very stable on the road at higher speeds. I like the looks more all the time.

As for getting the new bike quirks out of it, It really isn't all that new. The engine is proven, frame and suspension is proven, etc. More a "refined" Wee than new Wee.
 

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My biggest gripe is the bike doesn't clean itself :furious:

We've had it for about 6 months over this side of the pond, and there doesn't seem to much that people have gripes with.

Frame is basically the old wee, the engine is a tweaked Gladius one, so evolution rather than revolution.
 

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800 miles so far and only problem was getting the windshield set up for my height.

Seat is going to be my next battle.

everything else is amazing to me. I love the brakes -- feels like you have great control when stopping fast.

Handling is predictable.

Kids seem to like the bike better than adults here in Iowa.

Today , some kid told me the front of the bike looked like a Night Fury dragon
He had a big smile on his face. So that must be a good thing.

??? What ????:confused:


by the way the 600 mile service cost me 127.00 -- If you were wondering.
 

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I would've thought he was quoting Napoleon Dynamite.

I've struggled with seat and windshield issues on my Caponord as well. I've gotten accustomed to them.

I did notice the lip on the Adventure made a difference on the demo ride. I rode the base model afterwards noticed a different feel. Neither of these were broken in yet and had less than 500 miles. I don't know if it was the added weight of the bars and cases but the ADV model buzzed at around 5K and of course didn't feel as nimble.
 

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I always thought the front of my Orange Wee looked like my Beagle..

 

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I've only had mine about two weeks, but just rolled her over 1500 miles while offroading her tonight (1572 as I write).

In those two weeks, I have come to the conclusion that this bike is great! You can go from rocky, loose logging roads to freeway riding, or nice back road twisties, while feeling confident in each element all on a single bike.

Maintenance on her is a breeze. Did the 600 mile service 5 days after I bought her, and it took all of 30 minutes and $50 worth of parts and synthetic oil.

If you are going to do 7000 miles on a strom, the only suggestion I have is invest in one of the following: (1) a gel seat, (2) a sheepskin, or (3) an Airhawk. The seat hurts after about 2 hours of riding.

Vinny
 

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If I can get a good trade-in on my Capo I could be running in an Orange beauty next week! I wish I could keep both, I've spent countless hours Farkling and getting this one just like I want it.

 

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9,000k's here.

Stick some tape over the high-beam LED if you ride out of town at night.
The heat shield on the bike rattles when it gets hot, a couple of washers will fix that.

Niggles only. Great bike, tougher than the old one, better MPG, faster, better handling.

Pete
 
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