Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Just west of Cool, Texas
Current Intruder 1400 owner thinking of a Wee
Greetings, new guy here.
I currently have a 2000 VS1400 Intruder and I am thinking about upgrading to a V-Strom 650. I have been riding since I was 17, I am 47 now so that makes it 30 years (time flies, they are pesky.)
I like my trudy, it has big torque engine and is fun to ride a couple hundred miles around the rural Texas highways. It seems wanderlust has is grabbing a hold of me after some medical stuff over the last 10 years or so, and my 1400 just doesn't have the ergonomics for being a long distance bike.
So I test rode a Wee at the dealer next town over, for some reason they just let me hop on a brand new bike, said "don't go to lunch, have fun" and handed me the key. I did some low speed parking lot maneuvers; circles, figure eights, stops, etc. learning the clutch and breaks, and off I went. I went through some residential neighborhoods and a 50 mph highway. My Intruder does not like slow speeds, it flops the front a lot, but the 650 seems to love going slow, handling was a dream. It doesn't have the grunt but at a stoplight I was out of the hole before any cars, and at 70 it didn't seem too revved up, but I would probably change the front sprocket if going on long slabs.
The ergos were so much different but it didn't take long to get used to it. Having my feet under me actually was the oddest part, but being able to push my butt off the seat was refreshing. My 1400 doesn't have forward controls, just the stock setup, but I have to pull on the bars to stand up so this was much different.
All in all, the test ride has only solidified my desire to upgrade. The dealer really wanted to sell me the bike, offered me $1200 on my Intruder, and offered low payments, upgrades, etc. I had to break it to him I was only looking and really wanted a used one instead of new, but if he got any in trade to give me a call.
Been reading here a little since the test ride, y'all seem like a good group of people. I cannot see any reason to not find a good used wee and farkel it to my size and riding style and go have an adventure.
Good to meet you,