Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Pacific NorthWet
I moved up to a Wee ABS 5 weeks ago from an EX500. Very different experience-great bike. I had my EX for 9 months and rode it the whole time,some 5400 miles of daily commute. I loved it, but the Wee is a whole different bike. It's the difference between a Subaru DL and and a SUV for a cage metaphor. Smoother engine, more comfortable ride, higher more upright, less "tucked" position, much better brakes.I really liked my ninja, but the vstrom blows it away in several aspects. I'll answer your questions first- aside from those that have been answered for you.
3) Dont like the wind blast at higher speeds on the ex500. Is the Vee windshield better? I am 5' 11".
No. The Wee windshield sucks. Numerous posts attest to this. I'm 5'11.5", with a 32" inseam. The stock Wee was ungodly noisy, but not bad on buffeting for me, regardless of position. I had a laminar lip on my EX500 that put the wind on my helmet and shoulders, but it was was fairly quiet. I got a Madstad bracket after a week or so and it has made a difference in the noise, and wind blast hits my arms more than anything. The EX beat me up on the freeway, the Wee does not.
4) My ex500 is very quiet when cruising. I am not into noise. Is the Vee quiet when cruising?
I don't know what "cruising" is, but the Wee has a pretty quiet engine note. The ninja liked to howl if cruising meant speeds above 55 mph. It is a superior beast for 1-5, I-90, and 520 "cruising" if that's what you're aiming at.
5) In the city, the ex500 does about 3500rpm at 40mph in 5th and is very smooth. Does the Vee operate in a similar manner?
The Wee has a beautifully smooth engine. As said before, don't go below 3k. Under 4k it's like a sewing machine. Smooth and EX don't belong in the same sentence after the comparison.
6) At the lights the ex500 is a bit of a 'thumper' at idle and there is quite a bit of vibration of the parallel twin. How is the Vee at idle?
I ran them side by side at idle and the Wee was the same or quieter, noisewise. The vibration is nothing. As an ex500 owner, you know the bike's specialty is vibrating and making things make noises vibrating. No such problem on the Wee.
I really like my ex500 and have had it only for 3 months. Should I consider upgrading? I am 49 and not into high speeds and risky behavior.[/QUOTE]
Personal decision, but I am ridiculously impressed with me Wee. I have absolutely no regrets. That said, the EX taught me a lot, and I don't think I'd have been ready for the Wee without the lessons it taught me.