But I'm still just stuck here wondering whether the Wee is for me
Bit of info about me.. I'm 19 years old. 5'6, 28" inseam, 170lb. 3 months/~6k miles riding experience without MSF. Daily commute is ~2hr, rain or shine. First/current bike is a '12 Ninja 250R. It's "good enough" but that's about it. It lacks power on the highway, it handles very poorly on dirt roads (and there are a lot of them around here - I live in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts) to a point where I try to avoid them even if it means going 10 minutes out of my way, and it's not pleasant to ride around ~100 acres of mostly wooded property.
For upgrades, I started looking at dual sport/adventure bikes around 600cc, barring bikes like the KLR650, DR650, etc. I was looking for something that can handle light/moderate off-road (gravel, tall grass, soft/wet dirt, etc) and can sit comfortably at 75-80mph. The Wee popped up somewhere along the way and it seems to be exactly what I'm looking for.
I just have a few questions about the bike. Maybe it'll put some of my worries to rest.
- How low can the seat go before comfort is noticeably affected? When I sat on the Wee at a dealership, I was on the tip of my toes and couldn't get one foot flat without having to shift my weight. I'd have to lower it enough to at least be on the balls of my feet and be able to comfortably have one foot flat on the ground. Is 1" off the seat too much? I could easily install lowering links and raise the forks, but I'd rather leave that as a last resort.
- How would handling feel coming from my 250R? I enjoy the flickability of my 250, but with the Wee being ~115 lbs heavier, I'm guessing it's quite different. No dealerships around here allow test rides nor do I know anyone that'll let me take theirs for a ride, so no matter what I end up buying, I'll be buying it blind.
- How easy are these bikes to work on? I'm willing to do some of the maintenance myself if I can. I've pulled the carburetor out of my current bike to clean it and shim the jets, but that's pretty much as far as my knowledge goes. I don't have a whole lot to work with.
- What about overall cost of ownership compared to other bikes (Tiger 800 XRx, Kawasaki Versys, BMW G650GS, etc)? Like I said, I'm able to do simple maintenance.
I'm sure I'll have more questions as time goes on, but those are just what's at the top of my head.