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post #1 of 16 Old 12-01-2017, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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2005 1000 or 2011 650

Hey all. There are two bikes I've found. Both nice. Let's say they are both $3600.

Bike #1:
2011 650
- Steel side and top bags
- Crash bars
- Skid plate
- 16,000 miles

Bike #2:
2005 1000
- Steel side and top bags
- Crash bars
- Skid plate
- Two Brothers pipes
- Fuel tuner and dyno'd
- Adjustable windshield bracket
- 33,000 miles

I intend to do some dirt road riding, but nothing too crazy. In all honesty, it will wind up being mostly a freeway bike. I may be inclined to explore some fire roads at a light pace, though.

Bike #2 seems the obvious choice, despite the higher mileage and age. Am I missing something? Thanks.

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Anyone have an opinion on which is the better deal?
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Anyone have an opinion on which is the better deal?
sorry, but what it is Gee?
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Whatever the Gee is, to me the obvious choice is 2011Wee. 6 years newer and half of the mileage of #2
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Heh. "Gee" is the 1k. 1000. Grand. Gee.

6 years newer and half the miles kinda led me to think the same. But the Two Brothers, Power Commander, and 1000 cc kinda tip the scales...
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Most of us call it Vee, and I assumed that you had it in mind. now when I'm sure what we are talking about there is longer list for #1 as a WAY better choice. ABS vs none. Wee - much easier to ride and control on road specially in the traffic and even more on dirt roads. Better on gas. easier on tires. Much more farkles available on used market. Two Brothers are way to noisy. That's opinion of guy who used to own VEE twice (first 2 V Stroms out of 10) 5xWee and presently on Wee2 #3. As I said to me - I wouldn't even looked on this Vee if the price is the same. No way.

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#1 no brainer...ABS vs none as said by Rick
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Thanks Rick and Rollincarpetner!

Despite your (good) advice, I opted to go for the Vee! Reason being that I already had a 2011 and it left me wanting a little more power-wise, and the outfit and maintenance on the Vee are top-notch. Managed to work out a deal I was happy with, too.

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Most of us call it Vee, and I assumed that you had it in mind. now when I'm sure what we are talking about there is longer list for #1 as a WAY better choice. ABS vs none. Wee - much easier to ride and control on road specially in the traffic and even more on dirt roads. Better on gas. easier on tires. Much more farkles available on used market. Two Brothers are way to noisy. That's opinion of guy who used to own VEE twice (first 2 V Stroms out of 10) 5xWee and presently on Wee2 #3. As I said to me - I wouldn't even looked on this Vee if the price is the same. No way.
You sure have been through a lot of V-Stroms! And you're in Canada, with that short riding season! I lived in Mississauga, once upon a time. Near Erin Mills Town Center and Credit Valley Hospital.

Thanks for your input, man. Despite the fact that some people find it obnoxious, I actually love the TB exhaust sound! A bike like this could definitely use ABS, though!
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Short but intense riding season. I manage to average 27-30000 km a year and that's the main reason I'm changing V Stroms every season. Interesting. I live 5 min. from Erin Mills Town Center (at the corner of Winston Churchill & Thomas Street if it rings the bell). Hey as long as it makes you happy end satisfies your need for power more then Wee enjoy it. Congratulation on your new to you Gee/ Vee. Nice rig. Welcome back and ride safe!
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