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post #1 of 15 Old 08-07-2014, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone I'm currently in the middle of my motorcycle license course here in Quebec and by the end of next month should have my 11 month probationary license. Getting your motorcycle license in Quebec is akin to doing a marathon. OK, so I've found a 2008 Wee with ABS with 69,000 Km (42,000 Miles) for a great price, but the bike is very far from where I live and I was told that the bike needs new turn signals, a new turn signal switch, chain and sprockets. I have no idea about how it runs at all, nor anything about the "real" general condition of the bike until I go and see it. From my reading so far in this forum I have come up with a fair list of those things I should look for, which is great. Now, I'm wondering, if the engine was badly treated and does require maintenance, would any of you have any idea how much an engine rebuild might cost? I know this is a crazy question, but say the engine was in pretty bad shape and needed new seals, perhaps rings, etc... As I mentioned the bike is being sold for a very good price, so even factoring in major engine work might still be worth it. Other things I could do myself like the turn signals and such.

This is a great forum and I look forward to many hours of reading and learning.

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post #2 of 15 Old 08-07-2014, 08:02 PM
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Welcome !!

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or...you could fly to florida and by my 2012 and ride it back

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Vstrom's v twin motor is pretty tough and can take abuse. The only thing you can do is to have a good listen to the running motor for irregular noise like knocking, smokey exhaust, oil leaks, etc. And go for a test ride before handing over your $$$. Let us know of your observations. Good luck and welcome to the forum.

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post #5 of 15 Old 08-08-2014, 10:53 AM
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OK, so I've found a 2008 Wee with ABS with 69,000 Km (42,000 Miles) for a great price, but the bike is very far from where I live and I was told that the bike needs new turn signals, a new turn signal switch, chain and sprockets.
Welcome, you will not find a better bike (cept for a vee) having said that....

look more, it sounds like its been dumped hard, and put away bent.

lots of Wees out there.


you can even put a snow tire on the back and ride it in Quebec all winter

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post #6 of 15 Old 08-08-2014, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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OK just to give you guys a quick update, the seller (a dealer actually) has not got back to me after I asked a bunch of questions about the bike. Perhaps I went a bit overboard as I asked for perhaps a video of the bike starting and what it sounds like. Yeah, maybe much, but I figured that I'm 5 hours away and want to make sure that if I have to go through the whole mess of renting a trailer and all I'd like to make sure it's worth it.

I even was thinking of rigging up my small utility trailer, but after taking some measurements, some photos and doing a mock up to scale in GIMP (Photoshop equivalent) I realized that ehhhh I don't think it's such a good idea. I don't think it would be safe even if I did strap the bike down well.



In any case, it looks like I'll keep hunting for a Wee. I'm totally sold on the bike now and want one more than ever I would have liked to find one that needed some TLC and nurse it back to health so I would learn all about the bike, but as one of you mentioned, if it's been dropped badly and may be bent, I should move on. Thanks I'll keep you posted on what I find.
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post #7 of 15 Old 08-09-2014, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hey me again

So the dealer contacted me after all and told me to call them on Monday for more details. Here is a pic of the bike (42,000 Miles) it's a 2008. I know you can't tell much from a pic, but other than what looks like a rusted exhaust pipe and perhaps a torn seat the overall state of the bike looks "okay" I guess :???: Just wanted to share the pics.



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post #8 of 15 Old 08-10-2014, 03:49 PM
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Getting a motorcycle license in Quebec does sound like quite an ordeal. In Oklahoma, you have to make an appointment at the Dept of Public Safety and take a written test and pass a short riding test.

Not that many years ago, you could simply get the 'M' added to your license by telling the local tag agency that you will be riding a motorcycle. No written or riding test at all!
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post #9 of 15 Old 08-11-2014, 05:03 AM
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have a look

Certainly looks like it's worth a look.
Only five hours away -- that'd be a bit usual for someone in a vast unpopulated land (eg. like Oz) -- give it a go. The side of the bike that's shown doesn't show it has been dropped. If, as you say -- the price is right. It's just a weekend out of your life to get there and back on public transport. I'm assuming a lot here, mind you -- (there is no planes with floats for landing involved, and paddling miles up deserted waterways is there?). And it's got ABS -- great!!

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post #10 of 15 Old 08-11-2014, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Got some more info from dealer this morning. Bike was dropped on left hand side. They might send me a photo.

- Broken turn signals,
- Broken Clutch lever and turn signal switch
- Scratched or bent engine guard

Still not really a show stopper. I figured that even if it was prestine, as a beginning rider I probably WILL drop it at some point

My trailer modifications are coming along, pics to come for those curious.

Also for MowCowBell and others, if you want to hear about the entire process for getting a motorcycle license here in Quebec you can hear an entry I did on the Social Network Audioboo at the link below.

https://audioboo.fm/boos/2292711-how...ince-of-quebec

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