Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: 1/6 Adirondacks, 5/6 Asheville, NC
VStar to BMW to Wee
I'll add my 2 cents (OK, maybe 3). I had the same V-Star 1100 (Silverado) and loved it but just as you folks said, it was a bit sluggish, did not enjoy the forward controls (floor boards were nice though!) and the cleaning was non stop. I also noticed a migration toward a "cruiser crowd" style and never felt that it fit me or I fit it -- leather, chrome and more chrome, loud pipes. I love the looks of it all -- don't get me wrong. I still find myself drooling when one I see one parked.
From the V-Star, I decided to try something quieter, more powerful, upright riding position, sport and touring combination. Short verion is that I found a very good deal on a BMW R1200 RT, loaded with 400 miles. I flew from NY to Springfield, bought the bike and rode it 900 miles home -- alternately smiling and gritting my teeth the whole way. It's a tall bike (I am 5'10" with a 31 in inseam), top heavy compared to the Star, totally different sound and feel (quiet, smooth, instant and never ending power, very comfortable, tons of storage and no chrome!). I loved it and still do -- 10,000 miles in one year of ownership. It is an amazing, high tech, precision machine.
Enter the Wee. My bike was in the shop for a month (says more about the shop than the bike) and I was antsy. Read a bunch of Beemer threads about the perfect 2nd bike. Seemed the Wee was named more often than any other. Did my homework on this site and others. Got a great deal on an 07 last January. I LOVE this bike. It's very quick, relatively quiet, great seating position (my legs are a bit cramped after about 75 miles), is extremely agile, great gas mileage (50+), large tank and has no chrome! It is an absolute hoot. I hope on it 2 to 1 over the Beemer when I have someplace close to home to go.
The down sides are few and fixable. Stock seat is a bugger (aren't they all?), pillion seat is average (my wife likes it better than the BMW Sargent seat but she has only gone 20 miles so far), needs a back rest for the pillion (easy to get), no storage to speak of, there is not much protection from the elements (get a madstat for the screen). The seat height might be an issue but there are threads around here about lowering options.
When I see what I paid for a new Wee compared to what else is out there, I think it is the best bike there is for the money, hands down.
I am looking for a new seat and maybe some highway pegs and I am good to go coast to coast -- it's an amazing bike. You won't regret it.