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post #1 of 8 Old 03-11-2008, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Passenger accommodations?

Greetings, all!

I'm about 95% convinced that a Wee-Strom is my next bike, but I want to make sure that a DL will fit my needs.

I plan almost no off road riding other than the occasional gravel parking lot. Most of my trips are short urban trips.

I'm looking to do more multi-day touring with my wife. She's a good sport, but the passenger seat on my 1st Gen SV 650 isn't too kind on her back, knees and butt.

I'm thinking a Wee with a top box with a pad will make a comfortable mount for my (passenger) wife.

Now for the complications- she's 6'0", so she needs more leg room than the average passenger. It seems that the passenger peg mounts can be modified to give a passenger a bit more space. I haven't looked too hard, but I'm assuming this isn't a common enough issue for the aftermarket manufacturers to remedy. If I'm wrong, please let me know.

Would the Wee make a comfortable touring bike for the passenger?
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-13-2008, 02:13 PM
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For the most part, you should be safe with the Wee for the purposes you want to use it for. What you describe is pretty much exactly how I've have been using mine, (for all of one season). Made a few multi-day trips with my wife perched happily on the back. She gets so relaxed that sometimes I have to make sure she is awake to be sure she doesn't roll off!
We have Givi top and side cases for storage. Cases of any kind make passenger mounting a bit challenging, I think due to crowding the pegs, but once seated, all seems well. We have not bothered with a back pad on the top case though. Partly to give a bit more passenger room, but it also seems a bit redundant, given the padding in the back of her jacket.
The Givi rack for the top case has worked out well for us, but if you search here you'll find there is another rack..I think from Adventure Motostuff, that would allow you to shift the case position back at least an inch or so. That could buy you some critical space. Can't advise anything on modifying the passenger peg position. Haven't needed to look into it before. Fortunately my wife is about 6 or 8" inches shorter than yours. Either way, the Wee has got to be a lot better than the SV650!
Two places to check for accessories/modifications would be the afore mentioned Adventure Motostuff and Twisted Throttle; ( http://www.amotostuff.com & http://www.twistedthrottle.com/ ). I've no connection with either. That's just somewhere to start for you.

Good luck with the search.

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Being the height she is, I would strongly recommend the Adventure Motostuff topcase mount since you can move it back to increase passenger room. Otherwise, she will be cramped. I am 5'11" and have ridden as a passenger on both my DL650 and DL1000 and can say that there is quite a bit of passenger space so long as you mount the topcase back far enough. I did not find the peg position objectionable. FWIW, my inseam is about 31". One thing I found kind of weird at first with the 'Strom being so tall and the higher rear seat, you feel kind of tippy as a pillion and that you might fall off the back (not something I really experienced on other bikes). Again, the topcase solves this. Using a topcase as a backrest, I think it is important to go with a high-quality securely mounted setup (i.e. Givi case with Amotostuff mount). Once you get the right setup and she gets used to it, I think she'll love it.

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My fiancee is 5'11" and I am 6'1". I don't do the top case thing, so I'm not really sure what to tell you about that. She doesn't want a backrest, because without it she can move around more. She is very comfortable on the Sargent seat, but not the stocker. We're both comfortable enough that we're taking it on a 10,000 mile trip this summer, so that says something She isn't too happy on the VFR though, which I would think is comparable to the SV650, maybe a little better. I give my vote of confidince for the DL650 for sure. You guys'll be fine.

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If you get a top case, don't get the back rest. Spend your $$ on a good MC Jacket for her, with some back protection. The back rest will only cause her to lean forward. The back protection in the jacket will even out any bumps in the top case, and serve as protection in case you find some loose gravel...
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Hey,

I'll be in Philli on April 7 for three weeks.

If you want, you can take mine out for a spin and see how you like it.

PM me if you want...

I'll be in the KoP area.

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Hey,

I'll be in Philli on April 7 for three weeks.

If you want, you can take mine out for a spin and see how you like it.

PM me if you want...

I'll be in the KoP area.

Thanks for the offer. I went to the local dealership with my wife and we both fit on the 650 easily. Hopefully the 08 ABS that I put a deposit on isn't vaporware.
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My wife isn't as tall as yours but we managed okay on our ride across Canada. We ride 2-up a considerable amount and we're getting pretty close to an ideal setup for her. Your wife will love you more if you mount the top case about 2 or 3 inches further back than most standard mounts. Don't worry about the adjustable brackets for the top case. I made some very simple, very inexpensive set-back brackets that work with the standard Givi bracket. I can send drawings if it comes to that for you.


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Greetings, all!

I'm about 95% convinced that a Wee-Strom is my next bike, but I want to make sure that a DL will fit my needs.

I plan almost no off road riding other than the occasional gravel parking lot. Most of my trips are short urban trips.

I'm looking to do more multi-day touring with my wife. She's a good sport, but the passenger seat on my 1st Gen SV 650 isn't too kind on her back, knees and butt.

I'm thinking a Wee with a top box with a pad will make a comfortable mount for my (passenger) wife.

Now for the complications- she's 6'0", so she needs more leg room than the average passenger. It seems that the passenger peg mounts can be modified to give a passenger a bit more space. I haven't looked too hard, but I'm assuming this isn't a common enough issue for the aftermarket manufacturers to remedy. If I'm wrong, please let me know.

Would the Wee make a comfortable touring bike for the passenger?

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