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post #1 of 13 Old 07-17-2013, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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2 up on a Wee

Hi, new here but its just about the only place I am new.
I have had in no particular order;
Vespa
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HD Roadking
BMW K12 LT x2
BMW K12 RS
Yamaha FJR Gen 2
and currently ride a 2008 GL 1800, my 2011 IBR finishing bike.

At age 67 with a not so good back and eyes, my solo serious extreme LD riding and multi Rally days are behind me and I am looking to downsize. Considerably!

My riding has slowed to weekend 2 up day trips on mostly secondary roads, some gravel and hard pan surfaces (I have no desire to get into dirt).

The bike, whichever one it winds up being, will see primary duty in the foothills of east Tn. I would like to be able to make an occasional non interstate, except when perhaps going around a large city, multi day trip/500 per day with a passenger. Our combined weight with gear would be near 410 lbs. Me, 6'2". She 5'7".

The Wee's (and Vee) riding position, ABS, weight and MPG appeals to me but is a Wee a reasonable choice? Or should I look closer at a Vee?

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post #2 of 13 Old 07-17-2013, 12:17 PM
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dont know how tall you are but i think it is a great 2up bike for those kinda trips.....throw a topcase with backrest on and it would be very comfy for 2

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Not so sure this will help you, my wife and I like the wee two up, though our combined weight is 132kg

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dont know how tall you are but i think it is a great 2up bike for those kinda trips.....throw a topcase with backrest on and it would be very comfy for 2

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I am 6'2" and have edited my post to include that info. Thanks.
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post #5 of 13 Old 07-17-2013, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Not so sure this will help you, my wife and I like the wee two up, though our combined weight is 132kg

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We would have another 120 lbs (54kg?) to haul around and that's one of my concerns. Thanks.
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My wife and I are very close to your total weight and find the Wee to be just fine for 2-up.

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You're used to bikes with a lot of power. The 650 doesn't have it. It may be 'adequate' but its not a powerhouse. If it were me I'd want the 1000 for what you describe. Many will disagree, I say you can do it, but the 650 will feel sssllllloooowwww by comparison and very busy at highway speeds. It may bother you, it may not, I want more from a bike for two up.

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post #8 of 13 Old 07-17-2013, 02:20 PM
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The pillion and I have been 2-up'ing for 2 years now on our wee -- 42,000 miles worth! -- and loving every moment of it. We ride mostly backroads and dirt road, but use super highways at about 80mph to broaden our horizon and get places fast. The bike has plenty of power for our combined weight of 340 lbs, with full topcase and panniers.

I recommend that you both climb on one to make sure that your comfortable with the cockpit. With the panniers attached, the pillion doesn't have a whole lot of room to stretch the legs.

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post #9 of 13 Old 07-17-2013, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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You're used to bikes with a lot of power. The 650 doesn't have it. It may be 'adequate' but its not a powerhouse. If it were me I'd want the 1000 for what you describe. Many will disagree, I say you can do it, but the 650 will feel sssllllloooowwww by comparison and very busy at highway speeds. It may bother you, it may not, I want more from a bike for two up.
Yeah, that's the conundrum I find myself in. Its been easy to ride my larger bikes at my self imposed more sedate pace but methinks I will find it harder to ride a smaller bike 2 up at a decent pace. I still envy the ABS, mpg and weight of the 650.

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The Strom 650 will be more than adequate for 3/4 of the single riders or 2 up riders, for anywhere they want to travel and no matter how far.

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