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post #1 of 19 Old 09-06-2017, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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2011 Wee with ABS and Suzuki bags (top and side). 15k miles. As nice a condition I've ever seen a bike. $3500

2013 Wee (so second gen). No bags. 1500 miles (yep, possible garage queen here). $5k


I really like the bags, and the 2011 rode nicely.
The 2013 is second generation, and nearly new in terms of miles.

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2011 Wee with ABS and Suzuki bags (top and side). 15k miles. As nice a condition I've ever seen a bike. $3500

2013 Wee (so second gen). No bags. 1500 miles (yep, possible garage queen here). $5k


I really like the bags, and the 2011 rode nicely.
The 2013 is second generation, and nearly new in terms of miles.

Thoughts?
2012 will likely retain some resale value longer than the '11, but will cost 1500 more to get into it, and then another $500 to get bags. (could spend another 1k on bags) I would say depending on what your needs are, go with the cheaper one with bags. At 3500 invested, with only 15k you have an inexpensive ride for another 80k miles or so. Also, at $3500, most of the depreciation has occurred. it will likely be worth about that no matter how many miles you put on it in the next couple of years. Ride it for free in other words.
ABS on the '11 is great, major difference in the two gen's. Instrument cluster changes, along with some different motor bits, but I don't think 5 extra HP makes a big difference. It is a 650, so it won't pull your arms out in any case.

Both will serve you well, for not much money. Don't overthink it, just get one and ride it!
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I know this is a minority opinion, but I really like the looks of the Gen1 better. Also, I like the factory luggage on my 2012 V Adventure and suppose the 650 is similar.

Get the 2011.

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... At 3500 invested, with only 15k you have an inexpensive ride for another 80k miles or so. Also, at $3500, most of the depreciation has occurred. it will likely be worth about that no matter how many miles you put on it in the next couple of years. Ride it for free in other words.
ABS on the '11 is great, major difference in the two gen's. Instrument cluster changes, along with some different motor bits, but I don't think 5 extra HP makes a big difference. It is a 650, so it won't pull your arms out in any case.

Both will serve you well, for not much money. Don't overthink it, just get one and ride it!

The lower cost of entry and reduced depreciation are what have me leaning toward the 2011. The bags are just nice, inasmuch as I commute to work. It's nice to toss stuff in a box rather than lashing it all down with rok-straps or cargo nets (or fussing with buckles on soft bags). The Suzuki boxes are nice.

I've been really thrashing on whether the 650 is "enough", but I think it's about spot-on. Notably better delivered power than my current '94 Virago 750, with a sixth gear to help at highway speeds. Yet, not so much power as to make my life insurance policy relevant. Compared to the Versys and one other, I found the Wee's power delivery predictable and smooth, and likewise the brakes.
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The lower cost of entry and reduced depreciation are what have me leaning toward the 2011. The bags are just nice, inasmuch as I commute to work. It's nice to toss stuff in a box rather than lashing it all down with rok-straps or cargo nets (or fussing with buckles on soft bags). The Suzuki boxes are nice.

I've been really thrashing on whether the 650 is "enough", but I think it's about spot-on. Notably better delivered power than my current '94 Virago 750, with a sixth gear to help at highway speeds. Yet, not so much power as to make my life insurance policy relevant. Compared to the Versys and one other, I found the Wee's power delivery predictable and smooth, and likewise the brakes.
There is a guy that has some of the Suzuki/Motech adventure panniers (2012-2016) with all mounting hardware in the for sale section for $500.

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Go with the 2011. Mine didn't truly break in until about 18K. Great bike for a KLR price. More used accessories floating around the the first gen also.

The only time I bought a super low mile bike it was a pain in the butt. Needed a new tank and carb from sitting. My great buy turned into a PITA!
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The 2011 has this style of bags. Any downside?
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Pics did not show for me. This is my 011 with factory plastic bags. Only trouble I had if you try to stuff too much in them would pop open on bad gravel/dirt roads. I like my friend made boxes lots better.Mine has 58,500 now with stater replaced at around 40,000. Still same battery.Been on way too many bad roads.
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