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post #1 of 4 Old 08-18-2008, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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Im new in bikes and for now have a Cagiva Canyon, not a good deal... Im planning a tripp to Europe, all arrown and really want to make a good selection of my vehicle.
In different forums got to the point of no return: the best bike, at least for this tripp is the V-strom.
I have to sell the Italian sissy first, but my question for the stromtroopers is:
Which is best??? some points to consider:
-Gas is not cheap in Europe (think strongest point for the wee)
-Im going solo, taking home to the tripp (Sleeping, tent, etc...) and spare
-Ratter shipp it than buying there, cause I want to know better my ride
-Since Mexico is not a great V-second handed market, will buy a new one
-Not a very speedy boy, I choose getting to the finish line ratter than not
-Heated stuff is better than frozen fingers or butt at the Alps or Carpathians

Since I dont have $1 million bucks to spend in bikes, will have to be in a serious relationship with the bike for a couple of years...

Any help on 650 or 1000 will be of great help, also if you have any sugestions on accesories, will be great.

Thanks and good ride...
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-21-2008, 12:33 AM
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I bought a Wee about 4 months ago. I now have about 7 thousand miles on it. It has plenty of power. I am 6' 1" and about 250 lbs. No trouble with hills, wind or passing, I kept up with my brothers BMW 1150 with no effort. Not racing of course. It's a great all around motorcycle.
I get about 47mpg at about 80mph on the freeways here. I found I got about 52 in the same circumstances in Oregon and Washington. I love the 650. And coming from a 1500 cc GoldWing, I love its comparative light weight. I can travel right about 250 miles on a tank of regular gas. The 1000 is unquestionably a fine machine, but I wanted lighter weight and better mpg, even if only marginally.
The things I really needed to add was a lockable rear bag. I picked the Givi 52L bag. After taking a 2400 mile trip I learned that it is in desperate need of a better seat. The stock seat is only for around town. The bike does well with the stock tires in most everything except sand and mud. It's really not the best off road bike but I'm not the best off road rider so it doesn't matter much. Fire roads and such are fun to go on.
I also added a throttle lock. It really helps to get your hand off the bar now and then.
This is a very capable machine. I see folks writing about some very long trips on this model. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip other than the lousy seat of course. I drove 250 miles straight at 80mph on the first tank of the trip, and it didn't wimper in the least.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-21-2008, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for writting. About the bike, Im pretty shure that this will be the one, good mpg, light enough for fire or dirt roads, not for mx or enduro racing, but good for going up a hill road. Im 6 and arrownd 200 lbs so it will do just fine...

About the accesories, I was planning to put alu panniers and top case (not shure alu), engine protectors, the low plate protector, hand guards, fog light, and read that a good sheep cover seat works fine, if not, will go for another seat, this is a must cause Im doing arrownd 250 miles per day. The throttle lock is a great idea hadnt though about it.

I have like 7 months to make it happen and I think is enough time to do it. Im shure that if coming from someone who drove a Goldwing, if you think that power and confortable on the Wee is good, will do a great job

Again thanks for your comments and good ride....

More comments are welcome and helpful
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post #4 of 4 Old 08-22-2008, 12:16 AM
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I failed to mention, I also installed a Stebel air horn on it. The stock horn is actually embarrassing when you hit the button. Think squeezing a 2 ounce mouses tail.
The Stebel is like 135 db or something like that. Definately makes a racket.

They don't really make a throttle lock for this bike. Due to the way the throttle cables come out, none really fit. The one I bought was a Vista Cruise. I used a zip tie to hold it from moving once locked, and put some teflon tape on the screw because it kept creeping out. I also rolled the grip away from the edge a bit to give it room so it wouldn't bind. It's not noticable.

A lot of folks put a center stand on it. I just use a stick cut to length and lift the bike a bit with my hand and place it under the right riders peg, that holds the wheel up so I can oil the chain while spinning the wheel with my hand. The stick just fits in my rear bag.

I'm still on my original tires and they look like they have a few thousand left in them. They always wear faster as they get to the end though.

I really love the double trip meter. That sounds minor but boy it's great. Set the second one just before a big trip or use it to monitor miles between oil changes.
The annoyance, the speedometer is slow by about 8 percent or so by others calculations. When at highway speeds, I just assume I'm five miles an hour slower than what is indicated.

Like I said, spend some time figuring out the seat issue, because we all know a sore fanny will ruin any trip. Try your different seat configurations on a 500 mile trip or so. I was able to do about 300 on the stock seat with a gel pad. By 400 I was uncomfortable, by 500 I was quite unhappy.

If you have any questions feel free to ask, I'm trying to think of things that are good and bad about the bike.

Your list of accessories seems good. Bungee cords are your friend of course. You can get a good amount of gear on that rear seat if riding solo.

I did ride this bike in the dirt around my town, checking out some back roads, well not really roads but desert. I found that if I had to do a lot of clutch work my hand got tired after about 1/2 hour or 45 minutes. The clutch is incredibly smooth but as I found, my weak hand had trouble after continuous use for a while.
I also went down a road that was very thick with sand, possibly 4 or 5 inches of drift sand. I thought I was going to get stuck, but once started had no choice but to finish the approximately half mile to the next road. It surprised me at not getting stuck, it trucked right through. Me worried the whole way since it was hot, and I didn't have water or phone if I had gotten stuck.

I've read people complain about buffeting with the stock windshield. I have not experienced this. Perhaps I'm feeling it but don't find it annoying.

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