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So there is a 2006 Wee for sale at my local dealer. I just finished the ridding class and I'm about to get my license. Everyone is telling me to get the Vee because I'm 6'5 about 250 (currently still loosing more weight) my goal weight is about 225lbs. In everything I'm reading the difference is really on hills, and acceleration so I think the Wee will be fine since I'm still learning and I only plan on using it for cruising around my place and to and from the train for commuting in the morning.

With all that said the Wee for sale is a 2006 with 25,800 miles on it. My uncle in Oregon has the exact same bike with a little more miles. My thought is the miles aren't that bad since my uncle doesn't ride all winter and I'm in California.

What kind of maintenance question should I be asking? I've ridden ATV's my whole life so I know to check the frame for cracks, weld issues, etc... but what else?

At the end of the day it comes down to paying cash for a used bike or paying 140-200 a month for a new bike. For my first I like the idea of used.

Thanks in advance!

PS: Asking price is $3999 ...I'm guessing they'll come down a little.
 

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I don't think what they're asking is out of the ordinary. You might have them describe what new (or newer - like tires/chain/etc) items the bike has on it, and if it's ever had the valves checked for clearances (it could have).

I bought my 2006 from a dealer, two years ago for 4600 bux....had 9k on the odo. Was a good deal for me, since I didn't have to travel anywhere to actually FIND a Strom, and the bike was super clean. One test ride, and I was hooked.
 

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The price sounds like it's in the ballpark, and nothing generally wrong with an '06 with 26k on it. The 650 should do everything very well for you except cruise at 80 uphill in the Sierras. It'll be the more nimble bike around town and on twisty hill roads. Be very cautious as a new rider. Keep in mind that your new motorcycle license is your permission to practice without supervision. Get some riding experience, then take an intermediate level riding class. Check out this thread: http://www.stromtrooper.com/general-v-strom-discussion/73936-what-do-you-wear.html

Take a close look to see if the bike looks like it was crashed hard. There is no problem with a few scratches. Look at the tread depth and date of the tires. If they're thin or if they're more than five years old,* dicker for discounted new tires. Look at the condition of the chain and the sprockets. The chain must not have any stiff spots or kinks. It must not be bleeding rust from under the rollers. It must not be able to be pulled away from the rear sprocket at the 3 o'clock point. If it is worn, dicker for discounted new chain and two new sprockets. As joker said, try to get any maintenance records that dealer has. You'll want to renew all the fluids...brake, coolant, oil, fork oil...and have the valve clearance checked if you aren't sure it was done around 15k.

There are a couple of mods for long legged guys---the 1000 seat is taller and fits right on the 650, or the 650 seat can be modified. Richland Rick has a peg lowering kit. The bar position can be changed. You'll also want the front and rear springs changed to match your loaded riding weight. More info is always available here.

*The week & year of manufacture of the tires is the last four digit of the DOT code impressed into the sidewall.
 

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Thanks for the input so far, I completely agree on the need to practice more. That's also why I think the 650 will be perfect. Seems crazy to spend 10k on a first bike, it's like buying a Harley for your first bike. You can do it of course but when/if you drop it in the garage and break something a 4k bike hurts the wallet a lot less then a 10k bike.

My only concern is getting into a money pit, but I think it's a risk with anything used but I'll stop by and give it a good hard look.

For gear I've got most of it covered except a good jacket. I've got good gloves and boots from doing training, and I'm familiar with helmets from my ATV days.

I definitely will be taking the advanced class in a few months after I get comfortable with the new bike. I prefer to have as much in my favor when some jerk hole cuts me off, or drops crap off the back of their work truck...
 

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Mine didn't have any maintenance records, but when I went to service the air filter, the original owner already had a K+N filter in there....now I have 2 K+N filters.....!
 

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The price sounds favorable, but without seeing the bike, I can't say for sure. However, the height and weight situation is somewhat "unimportant' "in my opinion". I'm 6'2/220 and I've ridden a WeeStrom and was comfortable on it. The "used" Wee will do everything you want to do (legally) on a motorcycle. Also, a used bike is always a good choice for a new rider. It sucks being the person who puts that first scratch on a new bike. Don't ask me how I know this. The Wee is not a maintenance free bike (no bike is), but it is minimal maintenance and as a new rider, I think you could learn a lot about maintance by owning a used WeeStrom. There's my two cents worth. Good luck with whatever decision you go withl
 
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