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post #1 of 11 Old 04-19-2009, 10:09 AM
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Do I want a Wee? + special seat

Me:
- Currently on a KLR650
- 6'4", 300#, 32" inseam (but I easily flat-foot the KLR, the Wee, and the V).
- 90% street, 10% dirt/gravel/ terribly maintained PA roads, 0% tight/technical/serious dirt-biking.

I've been eying the V hungrily for a year now. The KLR is working really hard pulling me up the mountains around here, and the vibrations and wind are really cutting into my riding enjoyment. Due to my size, I assume the Wee is not a good choice - also, coming from a 650 (the KLR) it doesn't seem like I'm upgrading, oompf-wise.
Then yesterday I got 2 minutes on a Wee. Much to my surprise I think it's my next bike - quote in hand/ deal worked out.

A few concerns are holding me back:
Any, uh, "large" riders on the Wee have any feedback? Will I just end up wanting the V after a few months on a Wee?

The seat:
I LOVE the that the KLR seat is a flat bench. I can slide way back or come up and hug the tank. I've looked at the Russel, Sargeant, and Corbin after-market seats for the Strom, but what I don't see is a "screw the pillion, here's a 'uni-level' seat" option. Having the driver's seat section at the same height as the pillion looks like it would give several inches of height, AND allow the rider to scooch all the way back if they wanted to. Both of these would be a big plus for me, and I'd rather have a taller seat than lower pegs.
Is there any after-market option out there like this? Anyone have anything custom that resembles what I'm describing?
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-19-2009, 10:25 AM
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Any, uh, "large" riders on the Wee have any feedback? Will I just end up wanting the V after a few months on a Wee?
Took me about an hour, but we're all different.

Buy it. It will be fine for you.

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There's a ton of debates of DL650 vs DL1000. Size really isn't an issue for either.

Power depends on what you want. I'm 245 lbs 6'2" in the AM, and have had my 160lb son on the bike a fair amount and don't see any real ladck of power but certainly a DL1000 would have more in that case. I just shift more (since I enjoy shifting it just gives me something more to like about the bike.)

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- 6'4", 300#, 32" inseam (but I easily flat-foot the KLR, the Wee, and the V).

...yesterday I got 2 minutes on a Wee. Much to my surprise I think it's my next bike..

A few concerns are holding me back:
Any, uh, "large" riders on the Wee have any feedback? Will I just end up wanting the V after a few months on a Wee?
Honestly....Yes.

Me: 5’7” 240 Lbs.

I’m more of a fire hydrate but I joke about being fat...and ugly. Both my wife and girlfriend agree, I am ugly. Today while shaking the Governor’s hand (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and it turned into another fist squeezing match. Well he started it. He always does.

So I’m not as big as you. Have had my Wee for 1 year and now I’m longing for more power. Having gone to the 16 tooth sprocket has pushed me even more.

But I don’t think the Vee will be enough. Methinks you'll run into the same problem after a few months on the Vee. I’m now looking at a K1300GT. Hopefully that’ll tie me over for about 3 years.

I often lose control. I really I hate my life.
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post #6 of 11 Old 04-22-2009, 07:03 PM
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Thanks for the feedback, all.

It's good to hear there're some "man-sized" Wee-sters. I thought maybe it wasn't advisable for over 250# or so.

I guess I'll have to go 100% custom on the seat to get what I want.
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Thanks for the feedback, all.

It's good to hear there're some "man-sized" Wee-sters. I thought maybe it wasn't advisable for over 250# or so.

I guess I'll have to go 100% custom on the seat to get what I want.
You just have to think that with 300 lbs of rider on top that seat will be a custom one in short order anyway...

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I slightly bigger than you and have put onver 20k miles on a 650. If you are buying new I'd highly suggest you tell the deal on of your conditions to purchase will be swapping the seat for a 1k seat. I did this and had a 1k seat from the get go. It worked well for the first few months until I got a custom seat made.

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Wow, I just followed your "accident details" link and spent some time reading thru your recovery blog.

Obviously I haven't been around stromtroopers long, so this is the first I've seen it, but jeez, a giant, belated, "get well soon" from me!! I can't even imagine how much it would suck to all of a sudden not be able to walk for six months, have to go thru multiple surgeries, etc.

I did get a little chuckle reading about how they didn't have big enough hardware in the hospital for your femur. That's the story of my life, too - I had a chest X-ray done once - I didn't fit on the slide, they had to do a left and a right and make a photo-mosaic out of them.
Another time after a car wreck I had a neck X-ray. I was marveling at these giant vertebrae in the pictures - reminded me of dinosaur bones you see in a museum. I asked the nurse what the scale was, assuming what I was looking at was enlarged. "Uh, it's actual size," she said. Even I couldn't believe how big my bones are.

Maybe back OT: where'd you get your seat done? It looks like what I've been thinking - elongating the driver portion by taking some space away from the pillion seat area.
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Wow, I just followed your "accident details" link and spent some time reading thru your recovery blog.

Obviously I haven't been around stromtroopers long, so this is the first I've seen it, but jeez, a giant, belated, "get well soon" from me!! I can't even imagine how much it would suck to all of a sudden not be able to walk for six months, have to go thru multiple surgeries, etc.

I did get a little chuckle reading about how they didn't have big enough hardware in the hospital for your femur. That's the story of my life, too - I had a chest X-ray done once - I didn't fit on the slide, they had to do a left and a right and make a photo-mosaic out of them.
Another time after a car wreck I had a neck X-ray. I was marveling at these giant vertebrae in the pictures - reminded me of dinosaur bones you see in a museum. I asked the nurse what the scale was, assuming what I was looking at was enlarged. "Uh, it's actual size," she said. Even I couldn't believe how big my bones are.

Maybe back OT: where'd you get your seat done? It looks like what I've been thinking - elongating the driver portion by taking some space away from the pillion seat area.
Thanks for the well wishes. I'm about 80% recovered now and I hope my doc will give me the green light to start riding again when I see him in 2 weeks. I know what you mean about big bones. My Orthopedic surgeon said that putting the plate in my leg was like working with a 2x4 . He also told me that because I've got huge dense bones my fracture was less serious that it would have been for an average size person.

As for the seat. I had it done locally at Rich's in Seattle. I would highly advise you find some one close to you that has a good reputation for building seats so you can be there in person when it's getting made.

I've finally just strated buying the expensive custom made stuff first cause I've always ended up with it anyway. Yeah you could get a corbin or sargent for about 60% of a custom seat, but you might as well get something that's made to you for a bit little more. Here's a good reference for you as well http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=285967

Here's a few photos of my custom seat. It started as a 1k seat was raised 2", the "ledge" between the rider and pillion was removed and the sitting area was moved back about 3 inches. I'll send you a PM later this weeks with some of the other mods I've done to make the bike fit me.




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DL650AK7 totaled 7/24/08 5,000 Sold 12/28/17 57,800 miles
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