Originally Posted by Fl-thunderstroms
Hello everyone, I have visited this site previously and am very impressed with it. I am curious about the v or wee stroms. I am 6'4" and 260 pounds; I fit better on the 1000 than the 650;
Only difference is the seat.
Are there any major issues with the 650? For me, reliability is an absolute must.
I've heard of no (zero, zip) reliability issues with the Wee. Especially after the 2007 changes, which appear to have improved fuel economy by 5mpg at the expense of giving you two more plugs to change (!).
Power is not everything, but perhaps the best way to know is to ride one.
A Wee will go over 120mph. How fast do you need to go?
I get concerned when I know more about the product than someone who sells it. Is it just me, or is this how dealerships are run? Are the service departments as clueless as the sales departments?
Sad to say, that is usually the case. The best shops are small ones where the shop owner is out there wrenching or selling on a regular basis, but in built-up areas those are increasingly being bought out by corporate chains or lack the funding to maintain their dealership status (Suzuki, for example, recently required that all their dealerships buy some very expensive computer equipment to work on their bikes).
Around here, the service manager at a local dealership said, "Balancer adjuster lever? Never heard of a problem with it. Don't worry about it." (KLR). So the guy came to me and we swapped out his OEM balancer adjuster lever for a beefier aftermarket one in my garage (I have the special tools to do it). The lever was broken, of course, as is true of at least 10% of KLR's in the wild. That's the quality of people we're dealing with at dealerships. Sad to say, if you want good people you have to pay, and neither the customers nor the dealers are willing to pay good mechanics a living wage so... best I can say is if you don't do your own service, find a small independent repair shop where the owner is a wrench.