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post #1 of 7 Old 01-20-2017, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Lurker looking at a '13 650

I currently ride a Victory Cross Roads, and previously had a Triumph Tiger 2050, and an 800.

I took a 650 on a text ride recently, and it was quite impressive in everything it did. I was reminded of the capabilities and sportiness on this style.

I've got a 2013 Wee ABS in my sights, and it has only 800 miles on it, top box, tall screen, fog lights, crash bars, and hand guards. I'm mostly a road rider, not much off-roading for me. They are asking $5000 for it, and that seems pretty reasonable.

I'm right at 6' tall, 3" inseam. How are these bikes on long rides? I go on 3-4 rides per year for about 1000-2000 miles each. I'm looking for seat, leg, and lower back comfort issues.

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-20-2017, 04:05 PM
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You might need a seat but you could start less expensive with a Beadrider...one rider here could not do more than 200 mi on the stock seat then got the BeadRider and did back to back 1,000 milers on his way to Alaska.
RMV as everyone is different but even on my expensive seats, Daylong, Terry Adcox and others the Beadrider helps.
Risers allow a fit and you lots of other ways to fit your shape.

Durable machines..not thrill machines but sans luggage very nimble and if the off pavement road catches your fancy you can do that too. Long mileage between fill ups.and loads and loads of farkles out there.


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post #3 of 7 Old 01-20-2017, 05:33 PM
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Price is pretty good and really good if has any farkles like a center stand, aftermarket seat and/or windscreen.

As for distance touring if it fits you it'll take you anywhere you want to go with ease and all the while gingerly sipping fuel. I took mine on a 2,000 mile ride last year on everything from interstate to the Tail of the Dragon with no complaints.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-20-2017, 06:14 PM
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I do the big trips on my '13 Wee. Have the Russell saddle, ATV Hi handle bars, softer grips, different windshield, lowered footpads. Am 6'0" with 32 inseam. Lot's of plus' to this bike - I really like the nice handling (I stay off the highway mostly) and lighter weight vs my K1100 sport tourer. The comfort is excellent, I am wanting a bit better wind protection. I do 1 up always, and loaded with gear and high in the mountains at speed is no problem. $5K sounds decent - take good care of the bike and it will outlive you.

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-20-2017, 06:58 PM
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It's a great bike. There are many aftermarket accessories to make it yours. I have a Saddleman seat, Givi Airflow windshield, lowered footpegs, Rox handlebar risers, Barkbuster hand guards, mirror extenders, skid plate...you get the idea.

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I have done several 4000+ mile rides with my 2004 WEE. I have modified it a lot over the years to make it more comfortable. Seat, screen, winglets, handlebar type and position I think are the key factors to give you 10 hour comfort.

To improve ride upgrades of the front and rear suspension (not everybody may agree with me on that, but I think was well spent money on my older model).

Front brakes, I upgraded to 4 pot calipers, just more fun riding the bike with more responsive brakes. The stockers do what is necessary, so not a priority.

Power is plenty unless you are coming from a sportbike. Certainly enough to do touring anywhere and with all the gear that you carry. If you carry a heavy load you probably need a heavier spring in the rear shock.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-05-2017, 08:26 PM
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What happened, OP? Did you ever get yourself a new V-strom?
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