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post #1 of 18 Old 09-11-2013, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Wee Strom for a first bike?

Hi, new on here (and new on motorcycles too).

After crashing my brothers GS750 26 years ago I swore I'd never throw my leg over a bike again so confined my two wheeled adventures to pedal cycles (road and mountain bikes). Then this summer I had a sudden brain phart and decided to get a licence.

Did a DAS and passed my mod 2 last Thursday so now the proud holder of a full A UK bike licence :mrgreen:

So now I need a bike... obviously.

So far I've test ridden a Tiger 800 and the Wee. Being absolutely 100% honest I prefer the Tiger (both on looks and ride). Got a quote for one but that is coming up too rich for my wallet.

I did enjoy the Wee though (it was my first legal completely solo motorcycle ride too which was nice). And it's available considerably cheaper too.

Did approx 80-100 on both bikes and included coffee stops so I could get back on the bike 'fresh' knowing how they rode and could enjoy them a bit more.

I've two people telling me that I need to test ride a F800GS too. but that would definitely need to a used bike (it being even more expensive than the Tiger). But they are right, I should at least try it.

So, for an 'old' man, the Wee as a first bike?
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post #2 of 18 Old 09-11-2013, 03:29 PM
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buy cheaper bike - drop it a few times - after you decide to KEEP on riding, get the bike you really lust after

I started on EX250, I am now on a DL650A (its nice) but I still lust after something sexier (but with ABS), possibly Ducati or Aprilia or Moto Guzi
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I'd say yes. I love my 2007 Wee after 3 months. It's my second bike a step up from a Vulcan 750 cruiser for sure. You can also 'upgrade' to a Triumph later- but from all I have heard/read they aren't as reliable/ maintenance free as a Wee. But you gotta love their looks... The super 10 is sweet too...

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Kiwi: can't fault your logic there

Wyh: yes it seems some of them, they have some, er, niggles. Corrosion being one of them.... And expensive (did I mention that already?....)
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I tend to agree with previous poster about getting a different bike first so if you drop it you won't hate yourself forever.

However, I was steered away from starting with a 250 as my first bike, and rightly so, you will outgrow that very quickly.

I started on an unimposing GR650 which had decent enough power but was about as fun to ride as public transport. As such, I rode it maybe 200-250 miles in the three years I owned it, so I did not get much practice on my "practice bike" before meeting and falling madly in love with the Stroms.

If you are comfortable on the Wee, I see no reason you cannot have one as a first bike. My suggestion would be to get a cheap Wee that isn't shiny, pretty and new then work your way up to a newer version when you have some miles behind you.

Also, read Proficient Motorcycling by David L. Hough and watch Twist of the Wrist (available on youtube.com) for some great technique advice.

Happy riding!

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This is probably a stupid question, but what the hell, here goes anyway: just how much damage are you likely to do dropping a Wee?

We all have battle scars, it's what makes us, er, *interesting* isn't it? :-)

I feel relatively comfortable on a 650 (I did my DAS on a ER6 which I grew to quite like). I really hated the 125 for the CBT. The different balance of an 'adventure' style bike is going to take a little while to get use to I guess (the Tiger was easier in this regards) but if I get a new one I have to take the first 600 miles easy to run it in anyways. I've got some class roads to ride in a 50-100 mile radius of home most of which are 60 mph NSL (and twisty) so I can fun at low speeds to get used to it properly.

Well that's my rationale/thinking anyways...

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The biggest part of getting used to a wee is the high center of gravity... Not the power or weight. Get a used one with flushmount signals and engine guards- no worries about dropping it :-)

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I think if you are fairly mature and if you can physically handle the Strom they would make a great first bike.

My wife's first road bike is a Gladius. (She had dirt bikes many many years ago.) She is very petite and small so a Gladius is a fairly large bike for her. It wasn't what I recommended but apart from dropping it a few times when she first got it and breaking turn signals she has had no real issue with it. The motor (which is basically the same as the Strom) is very forgiving and easy to use. She signed up to a track day last summer and loved it on the track and learned a lot about handling it. She has no interest in getting a more powerful bike.

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This is probably a stupid question, but what the hell, here goes anyway: just how much damage are you likely to do dropping a Wee?

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On my bikes that never had crash bars you will most likely break the turn signals and maybe the end of the clutch or brake lever. If you have crash bars you can add that you will probably scratch the crash bars as well as breaking the turn signals and maybe lever ends.

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So, for an 'old' man, the Wee as a first bike?
Go for it.

-Tom (DL650AL2) (KA1TOX) (E-I-E-I-O)

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