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post #1 of 13 Old 08-09-2013, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for taking the time to check this thread out. I had to sell my 2004 Yamaha FZ1 last summer, but I am looking to purchase a motorcycle again. The PO of the FZ1 had spent lots of money for a stage 3 kit and full MIVV exhaust, with the proper dyno setup. It had 140 HP and I loved it. I didn't love the riding position (considered a standard but still a forward lean with weight on the wrists) or the fact that the usable power was all above 5500 RPM. This time around, I am really interested in a Wee Strom. I have read that its got nice torque down low, and is fun to ride. From those of you with a similar experience, do you miss the instant speed of a liter bike? How is the riding position on the Strom? I plan to do very little off road riding, and mostly country road type touring, mostly solo riding. What do you think?
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-09-2013, 01:42 PM
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compared to my 1250 bandit, i have missed the power on occassion. but only on the interstate when i was dodging cars at 90 when on my bandit i would have been at 130. in all other instances, the wee has been better. my first bike in the 70's was an RD400. Since then my smallest has been a 750 katana and all the rest 900/1000/1200/1250 cc bikes...except the goldwing was 1800 cc and i don't discuss the goldwing short comings.

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I bought a '13 650 V-Strom a few months ago. I still have my 2007 FZ1. It has the same exhaust on it yours had along with pcIII, intake mod, gearing change, etc, etc. Since I bought the V-Strom I've ridden the FZ1 one time, about 70 miles to/from work. I've put a little over 4,500 miles on the V-Strom in that same amount of time. It's parked in the parking lot downstairs right now because I rode it to work today. And yesterday... and the day before... etc. Want to buy my FZ1?


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Shag, can you talk to me about riding positons? Is the Strom more standard than the FZ1?
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Shag, can you talk to me about riding positons? Is the Strom more standard than the FZ1?
Sure. You had a 2004. That's a gen1. Mine's a gen2 and from what I've read the gen1 was actually a little more comfortable/upright than the gen2s are. I sit almost completely upright on my V-Strom. I put a set of Rox risers on the bars to put them up and back a little bit more but after having ridden with the risers in place a few weeks I have to say they didn't make enough of a difference for me to bother putting them on if I had to do it all over again. Even without the risers I was sitting almost completely straight up. VERY comfortable bike. It's not a powerhouse and it IS a big drop in power from what you're used to. But... I've put over 1000 miles on mine so far 2-up. I'm right at 200 pounds and my wife is 130 or so. I never feel like I'm struggling to keep up, have passed multiple vehicles with my wife on the back, no problems there really. It's got plenty of power to be safe even 2-up and the range... oh man I love the range. I can get 250 miles out of a tank. When I rode my FZ a couple of weeks ago it felt so SMALL that it was crazy. It's all what you get used to, I guess. I don't feel like the V-Strom is an "old man's bike" but I do feel like it's more of a "grown-up's bike." Smooth power delivery, not a ton of it, but plenty of it, nice and quiet, lots of range, TONS of aftermarket support (even for the '12-'13 bikes already). I'm very happy with my purchase and I really do intend to sell my FZ if I ever get around to listing it for sale on craigslist. It's sitting way too much to justify keeping it around now.

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i had the '03 Bee FZ1...My '04 Wee is more comfortable to me. Nowhere near the same power, but sufficient for everything I do. Fun bike to ride. I use a '13 FJR for long trips, but I use the Wee daily for commuting and short hops. I don't miss the FZ1 at all, and think the Wee is a better all around bike.

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This is a pretty cool website that may help give you an idea how the riding positions compare. Select the bike you want, rider dimensions and even seat position.

Motorcycle Ergonomics

I had an 08 FZ1 and I the riding position on the Wee is much better. More upright, not as much pressure on the wrists. I did change my bars to the ProTaper High ATV because the pull-back on the stock bars bothered my wrist. I also added Richland Rick's footpeg lowering kit to give me a little more room.

I do miss the instant power with the inline-4 sometimes, but I have a lot of respect for the V-twin. The wee has enough power for me and I can still have fun in the twisties.

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I will trump your FZ1 with the Councours 14 I had.....I am now back to the big Vee!
Trump in what way? Luggage capacity? :biggrinjester: Power to weight, the FZ1 leaves the Connie for dead. Much more capable in the twisties, too. One of my best friends rides a Connie and also owns an FZ1. When I'm on my FZ1 and he rides his FZ1 we're matched up well. When he rides the Connie and I'm on my FZ1.... I wait for him at stop signs before making a turn so that he can follow along. Of course when he's on his FZ1 and I'm on the V-Strom, he waits for me.

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