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post #1 of 90 Old 01-02-2015, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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Considering a weestrom...

I am considering a second bike (the wife approved it) for some fun stuff and the wee is on the short list. Most likely purchasing new (could be a leftover as there are lots in CT). 2014 dl650a advertized at $7K

I am 5'10", 260+ lbs with a 30.5 in inseam. I have been riding for over 20 years. BUT, I have only ever had one bike at a time.

1980 Suzuki gs450 - learner/starter bike,
1995 Harley softail - look at me I am cool :cool1:
2007 Harley Ultra - Big and comfy for the fat guy and the wife was willing to ride with me
2013 GoldWing - finally, a motorcycle I really like and the wife likes it too, expect to have this for 10 years or more. Anything long distance or two up, this will be what I ride.

Now I want something to play with and commute. I like the adventure style bikes as they will allow me sit up comfortably and provide for some entertainment if I decide to hammer some twisties or take a dirt/gravel road. I do not expect I will be doing any trail style riding. If I decide that is what I want, I will buy a smaller bike to learn how to do it right. Mileage is a consideration but not paramount. The wife may come out for a quick ride to the local eatery but over a few miles and the wing is the choice.

The only thing that makes me hesitate purchasing the weestrom is engine power. Outside of the learner bike, gobs of roll on power has always been available to me. Due to my size, I expect a shock/spring is in order. I will be taking a test ride if the temps ever get over 40 degrees (I ride the wing under 30 degrees but the wee does not offer the same protection or have heated grips (yet)).

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PS - the only other bike on my short list is a Tiger 800.
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I weight a little more than you and find the power adequate. I did customise the suspension which I think is a must is you plan on 2 up riding.
My wife and I ride 2 up comfortably enough.
It doesn't have gobs full of roll on power however it really isn't that kind of bike anyway.
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Not to knock the v-strom I love mine but if I was buying a new bike I don't think I'd consider it anymore. The new Versys looks like a fun bike and the new Yamaha FJ-09 looks about perfect for what I'd want.

I've only been riding for 2 years, first year was a ninja 500 and this year was a v-strom 650. I find the power to be pretty underwhelming on the v-strom. It's not by any means slow but it's not fast either, one thing it has going for it is that it's very smooth.

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I am considering a second bike...2014 dl650a advertized at $7K...I am 5'10", 260+ lbs with a 30.5 in inseam. I have been riding for over 20 years. BUT, I have only ever had one bike at a time.

Now I want something to play with and commute. I like the adventure style bikes as they will allow me sit up comfortably and provide for some entertainment if I decide to hammer some twisties or take a dirt/gravel road. I do not expect I will be doing any trail style riding...[Gas?] Mileage is a consideration but not paramount. The wife may come out for a quick ride to the local eatery but over a few miles and the wing is the choice.

The only thing that makes me hesitate purchasing the weestrom is engine power. Outside of the learner bike, gobs of roll on power has always been available to me. Due to my size, I expect a shock/spring is in order. I will be taking a test ride if the temps ever get over 40 degrees (I ride the wing under 30 degrees but the wee does not offer the same protection or have heated grips (yet)).

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1. The $7K is a good price but probably doesn't include some charges the dealer will add.

2. I too am about 260 pounds but 34" inseam.

3. If nearly all your riding will be at a true 65-70 MPH a Wee is fine. I spend lots of time at 60-70 MPH on mine and have to watch or it will go above that rather quickly. If you'll be on high-speed freeways mostly I'd probably go with a 1000. When I'm running 75-80 MPH acceleration from that speed isn't great.

4. I know some guys here change suspension components but I haven't. I probably don't know what I'm missing. Maybe someone else who knows more about this will comment.

Good luck.

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Tenny, Thanks. both the Versys and FJ-09 were on the long list but speed is not my main goal and both of these make no pretense of anything other street bikes. I definitely want to able to hit the "unimproved roads".
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Not to knock the v-strom I love mine but if I was buying a new bike I don't think I'd consider it anymore. The new Versys looks like a fun bike and the new Yamaha FJ-09 looks about perfect for what I'd want.

I've only been riding for 2 years, first year was a ninja 500 and this year was a v-strom 650. I find the power to be pretty underwhelming on the v-strom. It's not by any means slow but it's not fast either, one thing it has going for it is that it's very smooth.
2 wheel, I do not expect gobs of power from the 650, I just do not want to be underwhelmed (so to say). Knowing you are similar in size gives me some comfort, thanks. and two up is done on the wing, the wife will not like this bike as she prefers the queen seat.
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2 wheel, I do not expect gobs of power from the 650, I just do not want to be underwhelmed (so to say). Knowing you are similar in size gives me some comfort, thanks. and two up is done on the wing, the wife will not like this bike as she prefers the queen seat.
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Probably off in the weeds but f you are looking for a real change of pace, consider a Suzuki DR650 instead. Personally I found it ton's of fun around town, probably the most pure and simple 2 wheel fun for me. A V-Strom is not all that far from a Goldwing in many respects ...

Just saying, take time to look around!

Oh, I had a Goldwing, 2 DL650, and a DR650 in the recent past. Just the DL650 now, and it is a sweet bike.
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Probably off in the weeds... A V-Strom is not all that far from a Goldwing in many respects ...
I think you are on the weeds! I ride a ST1300 and I found the Wee-Strom a COMPLETELY different bike to ride. There is absolutely no comparison between the two. I also found the Vee-Strom completely different but with much more power. That said, I too am looking to compliment my ST1300 with a Glee or Vee, but they are in no way similar my friend.
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