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post #1 of 31 Old 04-24-2009, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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Lotsa of questions

Folks:

This is my first post to this list, and hopefully enough people monitor this thread that I can get the answers I need.

I was told this is THE place to get info about V-Stroms (for me, I'm considering a Wee-Strom) so I'll post some questions and see what answers I get.

First, some background.

I've been riding for more than 30 years, starting with a Kawasaki XS Special II, on to a Yamaha Virago, two BMW K100RTS, two 1981 Silver Wings (550) and a Kawasaki Concours. (I ride my bikes until they wear out.)

I'm a year-round rider, living in southeastern NM, and only drive my truck in snow or extremely high winds. (Or when I have to carry 4x8 sheets of plywood or furniture. I haven't figured out how to do that yet. <g>)

Because of the year-round use, I prefer something pretty much fully faired (like the Connie or Wing) so I can stay warm. I don't mind summer heat.

Because I use the bike for work, I need enough room in the saddle bags to carry (at a minimum) my laptop, camera, and extra clothes/gloves/etc. for times like now when I starts out at 75 degrees but get down to 35 at night.

I'd also really like a rack (to carry other stuff) and a sissy bar, because I have a T-bag I use for traveling.

I do travel, with my sleeping bag, tent, air mattress, etc. strapped to the back, and the T-bag on the sissy bar on the passenger seat. I'd like to continue with something like that.

Now, as to what I DON'T want.

I'm getting old, and I'm having an increasingly tough time keeping from dropping the Connie, so I need something lighter w/a lower center of gravity. I am tall (5-10 w/long legs) so taller bikes don't bother me but I don't want heavy.

I don't necessarily need a *fairing* (I don't need the fancy instruments or clock or even the small compartments) but I do need weather protection. And yes, I've also looked at "Hippo Hands" type hand protectors, but that doesn't solve the problem of keeping my legs warm, even when wearing lined riding pants, in 32 degree temps. (I HATE cold.)

People have been suggesting the Wee-Strom for a long time, and I'm considering it, but I have some problems with the lack of weather protection.

So, some questions.

1. I see some used ones for sale on this list, and, with all the farkles, the prices seem OK. But if I want a new one, what's a good price to look for? (The dealer in Roswell, NM, is VERY expensive and won't bargain, so I'm willing to look around.)

2. What all comes stock? I need saddlebags, a sissy bar and rack, and if I need to buy those extra, need to figure that into what I can afford.

3. I've seen a link to Laminar Lip for a better windshield (a MUST if I buy this bike), but I'm wondering what other suggestions there are. I don't need too tall (I prefer to look over the windshield, and I'm 5-10) but I want side and lower protection, if at all possible.

4. I was just told this is a chain bike. I haven't ridden a chain bike in 25 years. I'm NOT a mechanic (I have a great one just down the street) so how much work is a chain? If I put a ScotOiler (or something similar) on, will that mean less maintenance? And how much more will this cost me?

5. Does it come with a center stand, and if so, how hard is it to get up? I've NEVER been able to get a bike on the c-stand by myself.

6. What is the tank range? I'm spoiled, because my Connie has a 7.2 gallon gas tank that gets me 300+ miles on a tank. Anything less than 200 is pretty much a deal breaker.

7. Anyone near Roswell, NM, know where I could get a test ride? I've never ridden one of these, and I won't buy a bike without riding it first. (It's a no at the local dealer.)

Thanks for listening to a LONG first question, and any answers you can give me will help me make a decision.

Oh, and if you can't tell from my login, I'm a female rider.

Thanks!
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Folks:

This is my first post to this list, and hopefully enough people monitor this thread that I can get the answers I need.

I was told this is THE place to get info about V-Stroms (for me, I'm considering a Wee-Strom) so I'll post some questions and see what answers I get.

First, some background.

I've been riding for more than 30 years, starting with a Kawasaki XS Special II, on to a Yamaha Virago, two BMW K100RTS, two 1981 Silver Wings (550) and a Kawasaki Concours. (I ride my bikes until they wear out.)

I'm a year-round rider, living in southeastern NM, and only drive my truck in snow or extremely high winds. (Or when I have to carry 4x8 sheets of plywood or furniture. I haven't figured out how to do that yet. <g>)

Because of the year-round use, I prefer something pretty much fully faired (like the Connie or Wing) so I can stay warm. I don't mind summer heat.

Because I use the bike for work, I need enough room in the saddle bags to carry (at a minimum) my laptop, camera, and extra clothes/gloves/etc. for times like now when I starts out at 75 degrees but get down to 35 at night.

I'd also really like a rack (to carry other stuff) and a sissy bar, because I have a T-bag I use for traveling.

I do travel, with my sleeping bag, tent, air mattress, etc. strapped to the back, and the T-bag on the sissy bar on the passenger seat. I'd like to continue with something like that.

Now, as to what I DON'T want.

I'm getting old, and I'm having an increasingly tough time keeping from dropping the Connie, so I need something lighter w/a lower center of gravity. I am tall (5-10 w/long legs) so taller bikes don't bother me but I don't want heavy.

I don't necessarily need a *fairing* (I don't need the fancy instruments or clock or even the small compartments) but I do need weather protection. And yes, I've also looked at "Hippo Hands" type hand protectors, but that doesn't solve the problem of keeping my legs warm, even when wearing lined riding pants, in 32 degree temps. (I HATE cold.)

People have been suggesting the Wee-Strom for a long time, and I'm considering it, but I have some problems with the lack of weather protection.

So, some questions.

1. I see some used ones for sale on this list, and, with all the farkles, the prices seem OK. But if I want a new one, what's a good price to look for? (The dealer in Roswell, NM, is VERY expensive and won't bargain, so I'm willing to look around.)

2. What all comes stock? I need saddlebags, a sissy bar and rack, and if I need to buy those extra, need to figure that into what I can afford.

3. I've seen a link to Laminar Lip for a better windshield (a MUST if I buy this bike), but I'm wondering what other suggestions there are. I don't need too tall (I prefer to look over the windshield, and I'm 5-10) but I want side and lower protection, if at all possible.

4. I was just told this is a chain bike. I haven't ridden a chain bike in 25 years. I'm NOT a mechanic (I have a great one just down the street) so how much work is a chain? If I put a ScotOiler (or something similar) on, will that mean less maintenance? And how much more will this cost me?

5. Does it come with a center stand, and if so, how hard is it to get up? I've NEVER been able to get a bike on the c-stand by myself.

6. What is the tank range? I'm spoiled, because my Connie has a 7.2 gallon gas tank that gets me 300+ miles on a tank. Anything less than 200 is pretty much a deal breaker.

7. Anyone near Roswell, NM, know where I could get a test ride? I've never ridden one of these, and I won't buy a bike without riding it first. (It's a no at the local dealer.)

Thanks for listening to a LONG first question, and any answers you can give me will help me make a decision.

Oh, and if you can't tell from my login, I'm a female rider.

Thanks!
Welcome to the madhouse! I'm a female rider too, who rides a Vee. Trust me, after a Concours the Wee or Vee will seem like a lightweight. I sold my Connie for the same reason, way too top heavy and too easy to drop. Test ride a Vee if you want a 'strom. You'll probably find the Wee a bit wimpy compared to the Connie. Take one for a test ride before you commit.

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So, some questions.

1. I see some used ones for sale on this list, and, with all the farkles, the prices seem OK. But if I want a new one, what's a good price to look for? (The dealer in Roswell, NM, is VERY expensive and won't bargain, so I'm willing to look around.)

A. There are some good deals right now. I bought my last bike from a dealer in Ohio, Honda East...I think is the name. Was treated well and have no complaints about them. They had the best price I could find.

2. What all comes stock? I need saddlebags, a sissy bar and rack, and if I need to buy those extra, need to figure that into what I can afford.

A. As far as I know, none of those items come stock. My center stand was an extra. When I purchased my luggage the total cost was under $700 (I can't remember the exact amount), that is for two side cases, top box, and rack. I did the install. One thing to remember with the Strom is it is a WIDE bike! My 05 with Shad luggage was almost 4' wide. My 08 with storm cases, and SW Motech rack is a lot less wide.... 36" I think. I would measure it but it's at work and I'm at home right now.

3. I've seen a link to Laminar Lip for a better windshield (a MUST if I buy this bike), but I'm wondering what other suggestions there are. I don't need too tall (I prefer to look over the windshield, and I'm 5-10) but I want side and lower protection, if at all possible.

A. On my first Strom I had a Cee Bailey wind screen. It did a good job, but I prefer the Givi I have now. Both offered good protection for me, I'm 5'11"

4. I was just told this is a chain bike. I haven't ridden a chain bike in 25 years. I'm NOT a mechanic (I have a great one just down the street) so how much work is a chain? If I put a ScotOiler (or something similar) on, will that mean less maintenance? And how much more will this cost me?

A. I put Scott oilers on both Stroms and can't say enough good about them. Having said that, my next bike will have the electronic control oiler. Once a month or so I wipe my chain with a rag, I check the adjustment 10K miles or there-a-bouts.

5. Does it come with a center stand, and if so, how hard is it to get up? I've NEVER been able to get a bike on the c-stand by myself.

A. Unloaded my bike goes up fairly easy. If I have my luggage loaded for a trip it is a little harder but not a big deal.

6. What is the tank range? I'm spoiled, because my Connie has a 7.2 gallon gas tank that gets me 300+ miles on a tank. Anything less than 200 is pretty much a deal breaker.

A. Range depends on speed, and wrist discipline of course. If I remember right the farthest I've gone is 270 miles on a tank. I don't remember what the amount I put in was. My average mpg is 48/50 at less than freeway speeds.

7. Anyone near Roswell, NM, know where I could get a test ride? I've never ridden one of these, and I won't buy a bike without riding it first. (It's a no at the local dealer.)

A. Can't help you with a test ride near Roswell, but if you come to SLC let me know and you can take mine for a spin.
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Hey, its great to see some serious female riders! I just bought my first V-Strom 1000 a few months ago and can honestly say it is nearly perfect. I have been riding for over 25 years and from what you said you needed in a good steed, you could do much worse. I guess you could say I ride professionally as I am tasked to push around a Harley Electraglide P.D. bike for 10 hours a day. By the end of the day I am pretty well beat, and feel so refreshed to ride my V-Strom to the store to get groceries. I can tell you one thing...The V-strom feels as light as a dirt bike after that! I really think you would be impressed with how light this bike feels. You might also look at the differences with the 650 and the 1000. Aside from the power, they feel the same to me. Hope you get one soon!
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Alright...I'll toss my .02 in for what it's worth...
Am 5'10" ...male though. Bought a wee strom cause I loved my ST1100, but hated the weight of it. I love this bike........so here is my opinion on your ?'s....

1. I see some used ones for sale on this list, and, with all the farkles, the prices seem OK. But if I want a new one, what's a good price to look for? (The dealer in Roswell, NM, is VERY expensive and won't bargain, so I'm willing to look around.)
There are websites out there that can sell you the dealer invoice for your area. Every area is going to be different. We paid $500 below that invoice price for my 08...so you can work out some deals. The stroms seem to be getting more popular and every dealer is only provided a certain number of the bikes. They can pull bikes from other dealers, but they'll charge more by doing so.

2. What all comes stock? I need saddlebags, a sissy bar and rack, and if I need to buy those extra, need to figure that into what I can afford.
The rack itself comes stock on the bike..if you want a tailbag or topcase then you'll of course have to purchase that. Going with shad or even jcwhittney for the top case is a thought. Givi, pelican and jessie bags aren't "needed", but they are nice. Same thing goes for side case...I love my nelson rigg soft bags for overnight / week trips. Have a small set of givi's that I use for the daily commute to work just because they lock up nice.

3. I've seen a link to Laminar Lip for a better windshield (a MUST if I buy this bike), but I'm wondering what other suggestions there are. I don't need too tall (I prefer to look over the windshield, and I'm 5-10) but I want side and lower protection, if at all possible.
I wouldn't buy anything..you may find that the buffeting isn't bad enough to worry about, or that you can easily fix it with something like someone else posted...a givi shield, etc. I have a madstad on my current wee, and while it's nice cause you can adjust it on the fly, I'm not sold on it like I've read a lot of others here are. Try it out for a while under different circumstances and see where you need to go from there.

4. I was just told this is a chain bike. I haven't ridden a chain bike in 25 years. I'm NOT a mechanic (I have a great one just down the street) so how much work is a chain? If I put a ScotOiler (or something similar) on, will that mean less maintenance? And how much more will this cost me?
Scottoilers are nice...a centerstand I think is a better bang for the buck as it'll help with multiple task as oppose to just oiling the chain. If I had to choose between the two to save some cash, I'd definitely go with the centerstand and a can of spray lube for the chain. Only takes a few seconds to do and soooo easy to do with the stand.

5. Does it come with a center stand, and if so, how hard is it to get up? I've NEVER been able to get a bike on the c-stand by myself.
The wee doesn't come with a centerstand. However, if you buy new, you can probably work that into your deal at a nice discount. Out of all of the bikes I've owned, only this and the ST had centerstands. The ST was horrible to put up on the stand...the wee is cake. Because I'm short and sometimes put the bike up on the stand in awkward places where I may have trouble bringing it down..it's not that hard to lower it down off without actually sitting on it either. So if you're comparing it to the connie...I'd say it's going to be a breeze..

6. What is the tank range? I'm spoiled, because my Connie has a 7.2 gallon gas tank that gets me 300+ miles on a tank. Anything less than 200 is pretty much a deal breaker.
As noted before..it all depends on your wrist. You can get 300 on a tank..that's my max. and I've only done it twice. Heavy wrist..you may end up fueling up around 250 to 275. I've also noticed that the gas reading on the console is not the most accurate piece of equipment on the strom and can typically push out another 50 to 75 miles without too much worry after it starts blinking the empty blink (there are two types of blinking on the bike..a warning and then A WARNING ...the second is the one I was talking about).

Can't help you with the last question, other then to ask around on the forum...in here like you did and in the general section. If you were in maryland it may be another story.

just my .02 for what it's worth

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I have a 2009 Wee and live in Alamogordo, NM. If you want to arrange a test drive send me an e-mail at [email protected]. I bought mine from a local dealer, Southwest Suzuki, for a fair price.
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I'm throwin' in my.02. I'ved owned nothing but large mc, both sport touring ( Yamaha GTS, BMW K1200RS)and adv.tourers( Tiger 955 & BMW R1150GSA). All of these bikes had their high points (literally on the GSA), but I was tired of wrestling my two adv.bikes. hard to get on centers stands, top heavy, ect.ect. The Wee is all they were plus something they aren't, unreasonably heavy. The Wee feels so much different than other bikes. Even the V feels better than the others I've riden. I just found the power offered by the V unnecssary for the tyoe of riding I do. I'm basiclly through with 100+ mph sustained highway speeds. The Wee will run reasonably sustained highway speeds I( I'll let you know more after I complete the RedWing19 Iron Butt Butt Burner ride May 16th in Virginia on it).
You can find nicely farkles used ones on this and Advrider.com site. The bikes are basically bullet proof. Don't worry about chains. The chains used these days ( X ring or O ring) last if taken care of, and I'm not talking about intensive maintenance, just cahin lube sprayed on about every 300-400 miles. Center stand makes this easy. As far as center stands go, I use a SW Mototech CS, and it is unbelievably easy to get the bike on it, even when loaded with camping gear and my Hepco Becker Aluminum bags full.
My list of farkles for the Wee is this: SW Motoech Center Stand, SW Mototech engine/body guards, MadStad windshield bracket, Hepco Becker 35 liter Aluminum Adventure panniers mounted to SW Motortech Quick releae brackets ( the cats ass in pannier racks IMO),Fastway Foot Pegs, SW Mototech GPS mount for my Garmin 2820 ( puts the GPS where it needs to be, right in front above the dash) Kaoko Throttle lock ( IMO the best - had this on my GSA and loved it on my cross country trip last year) Grip Puppies, and IMO, the best $35.00 farkle I've ever purchased, a Bead Rider seat pad. The Stroms have been reported to have bad seats after a couple of hours of riding. Maybe so, as butt pain is a personal thing, But ( no pun intended) this little jewel eliminates any seat problems for me. I've had one on every bike I've owned since my K1200 RS.
Anyway, I don't think you could go wrong with a Wee. I thought I might have some trepidation about it due to the liter class power I was used to. The power to weight ratio is perfect. The 650 CC twin is actually a detuned SV650 motor, and the power is right where most people ride.Oh yeah, I also added a Murphs Fork Brace just to stiffen up the front forks. It really works.
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I'm throwin' in my.02. I'ved owned nothing but large mc, both sport touring ( Yamaha GTS, BMW K1200RS)and adv.tourers( Tiger 955 & BMW R1150GSA). All of these bikes had their high points (literally on the GSA), but I was tired of wrestling my two adv.bikes. hard to get on centers stands, top heavy, ect.ect. The Wee is all they were plus something they aren't, unreasonably heavy. The Wee feels so much different than other bikes. Even the V feels better than the others I've riden. I just found the power offered by the V unnecssary for the tyoe of riding I do. I'm basiclly through with 100+ mph sustained highway speeds. The Wee will run reasonably sustained highway speeds I( I'll let you know more after I complete the RedWing19 Iron Butt Butt Burner ride May 16th in Virginia on it).
You can find nicely farkles used ones on this and Advrider.com site. The bikes are basically bullet proof. Don't worry about chains. The chains used these days ( X ring or O ring) last if taken care of, and I'm not talking about intensive maintenance, just cahin lube sprayed on about every 300-400 miles. Center stand makes this easy. As far as center stands go, I use a SW Mototech CS, and it is unbelievably easy to get the bike on it, even when loaded with camping gear and my Hepco Becker Aluminum bags full.
My list of farkles for the Wee is this: SW Motoech Center Stand, SW Mototech engine/body guards, MadStad windshield bracket, Hepco Becker 35 liter Aluminum Adventure panniers mounted to SW Motortech Quick releae brackets ( the cats ass in pannier racks IMO),Fastway Foot Pegs, SW Mototech GPS mount for my Garmin 2820 ( puts the GPS where it needs to be, right in front above the dash) Kaoko Throttle lock ( IMO the best - had this on my GSA and loved it on my cross country trip last year) Grip Puppies, and IMO, the best $35.00 farkle I've ever purchased, a Bead Rider seat pad. The Stroms have been reported to have bad seats after a couple of hours of riding. Maybe so, as butt pain is a personal thing, But ( no pun intended) this little jewel eliminates any seat problems for me. I've had one on every bike I've owned since my K1200 RS.
Anyway, I don't think you could go wrong with a Wee. I thought I might have some trepidation about it due to the liter class power I was used to. The power to weight ratio is perfect. The 650 CC twin is actually a detuned SV650 motor, and the power is right where most people ride.Oh yeah, I also added a Murphs Fork Brace just to stiffen up the front forks. It really works.
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your legs will get cold in jeans or a skirt. i've ridden as cold as 30. i wear a tourmaster saber textile jacket with thermal liner. my torso stays nice but after my 1/2 hour commute my legs are pretty chilled. face gets cold too because the windshield sucks then blows then sucks then blows. but it would get even colder with just straight wind blast.
in 9,000 miles i made minor adjustment to my chain twice (4,000 and 8,000 miles) and lubed it 4 times. still looks good.

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Thanks, everyone! Sorry I haven't gotten back sooner, but I've been busy, partly considering bikes.

Still haven't tried a ride, but I've e-mailed the Alamogordo poster on this list and will probably head that way soon, plus, I'll be in Albuquerque Wednesday-Friday, and I'm going to stop by a dealer or two to see if I can wrangle a ride. (I'm also going to the Aspen Cash in Ruidoso next weekend, and maybe I'll see some there.)

You've all pretty much convinced me I'll love this bike and I can adapt it to my needs. (Plus, now that I know Murph sells V-strom accessories, I've got a supplier. <g>)

I love the pics I've seen of Wee Stroms loaded with camping supplies, the mileage (the range sounds great), the headlight and maybe (and this is just a guess), I'll actually be able to get a bike on the center stand.

My only concern still relates to Dorzok who wrote: "your legs will get cold in jeans or a skirt." Well, I never wear a skirt and always wear either chaps (warm weather) or riding pants (cold) over my jeans so will I be able to stay warm? That's my biggest concern remaining, since I have been know to ride 60+ miles in freezing temps. (I'm guessing the hand guards protect the hands and the taller windshields protect my upper body.)

My Wing just puked out its guts and the the Connie is having rough running problems, so I think I'm going to have to buy sooner than later, plus I'm getting antsy to actually sit on a Wee.

Thanks for all the advice, and any more you have to give me will be helpful.
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