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post #1 of 7 Old 07-20-2009, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, here's what my research has found so far: The Wee is a fantastic bike for just about anything, except, maybe, two-up long distance touring. If you into big time touring find a wing or get the Vee just because they are better suited for the long time on the road stuff.

But, here's the other thing that comes to my attention: the Wee is great, IF, you upgrade the front forks and rear shocks, and improve the seat and stuff, etc. So, I have to ask: I am 6'4" and weight over 200 pounds. If I will eventually need to upgrade most of the suspension of the Wee cause my size will push the suspension to it's limit, would I be better off just jumping to the Vee and gaining in the suspension department from the start?

I want to be riding in all environments both on and off road as a solo driver. My wife has her bike and she has no interests to go where I might be going in the method that I might choose to go. Besides, I already have a bike for two up touring. Therefore, I am interested in finding an economical ride that can handle my body weight both on and off road.

You guys & girls have cheered the praises of the Vee/Wee so well that I have been distracted from the Tiger page to check out the DL's so I am here looking for your experienced advice. So...

What's your opinion? Specifics: big guy, both on/off road, touring solo and commuting...let's hear ya!

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-20-2009, 06:24 PM
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I'm a good sized guy and the Vee works well for me. I had a KLR prior to my Vee and found it too small for Hwy riding and too large for trail. My Vee does OK on the gravel but I only ride about 5-10% gravel. It handles the paved twisties like a sport tourer and cruises the Hwy fine too.

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-20-2009, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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I have been riding for years and have bikes of all sizes but always been restricted to the paved ways. I would like to think that if I could, I would go on gravel and off-road. That said, I don't know if I would but I would like to think I'm still young enough to learn, at 52 years old, if my bike could handle the job.

Most of my riding will be around town or commuting 22 miles (one way) to work when my wife decides to ride her bike. If we decide to go two-up then I will ride my other bike that is built for that purpose.

I know I'm being obtuse, but I want a second bike, when I'm allowed to afford it, to be everything else my touring bike is not. That's why I was wondering about the Wee/Vee question. Specifically, does the Vee offer mechanical differences that the Wee doesn't. Are people upgrading the Wee when the Vee would have afforded them all of the pluses in suspension? I have read that the difference in weight between the two bikes is only about 40 pounds more for the Vee.

I have already read that some are advising to buy the Wee and test it out only to upgrade later if it isn't enough bike. What I see is that would result in a lot of dollars to enhance the suspension and stuff to test it to find out the Vee would be a better mount. I was hoping to avoid that kind of switching after install all of the mods that seem so popular.

Ok, so I'm getting long winded. But hey, I can't ride it, so at least I can talk about it. Any suggestions? You have the Vee, right? Has the suspension prevented you from anything? Have you been required to make mods to the Vee like most are doing to the Wee? One guy has posted it cost almost $1000 bucks to get an upgrade to the rear shock to tame it for the dirt? Wow! Seems like I'd like to avoid that if I can. I would probably only ride about the same amount of gravel that you do. Anyway, just rambling now. Thanks for sharing.

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I weigh around 260, am 6'6" and for my size, I wouldn't even consider anything smaller than a 1,000. All street ridding so far, some 2-up, no problems. Wife and myself like it a lot better than my 1600cc cruiser I traded in. And yes it's faster than it was, but not a 'Busa by any means. Cheers-BB

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I'm 6'2" and bought my first Wee back in late 2005. I had a Valkyrie Interstate for two-up riding with the misses and the Wee was perfect for what I wanted to do... part-time commuting to/from work and weekend rides on dirt/gravel roads.

I sold the 2005 Wee when my wife got pregnant and just rode the Valk until I sold it for something smaller for just myself.

Fast forward a couple years and I found myself wanting another smaller bike with great ergonomics. I move back to my second Wee from a 2001 Kawasaki Concours. The Wee is slower with less wind protection, but it WAY more fun to ride.

I think you'd do fine with the 650 version and you'll appreciate the better mileage (for commuting), lower weight (for off-pavement exploring), and lower insurance rates (all the time).

But that's just my opinion. YMMV.

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GR:Most of my riding will be around town or commuting 22 miles (one way) to work when my wife decides to ride her bike. If we decide to go two-up then I will ride my other bike that is built for that purpose.
What's your other bike?

I'm 6' and over 200. Most of my riding is local, rarely two-up, with some touring (paved and unpaved roads). My suspension is stock, but after 4,000 miles I'm thinking about adding a fork brace and trying different tires.

Most VStrom riders (650 and 1K) are on stock suspensions. Unless you're a pretty aggresive rider, I don't think the suspension is the first thing you will want to spend your money on. It's expensive and probably overkill for daily commuting and the occasional dirt/gravel road.

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It's really good to hear from you guys!

I really appreciate your replies. It's good to hear from those who are already doing what I'm thinking about, but you guys are giving some first class advice because you are talking about the exact things that I am interested in hearing. Not the advice, but your perspective. I am 6'4" and weigh in at 225. I want something for commuting and riding solo.

We have a GoldWing for riding two up and my wife has a Yamaha Majesty that she loves to ride solo. I was thinking that I would like something smaller and lighter for when she decides to "drive" instead of "ride" and I am in love with the idea of a Wee because it's so much smaller and the great mileage.

I have been riding for years and learned on dirt roads on mini-bikes(think lawn mower engine) and very small dirt bikes. That was a long time ago and I have always wanted to be able to go back to the dirt without fear of something so very large and heavy. The Vee seems made for multi-purpose and the engine seems to be capable of hauling my bulk around. I was watching all the mods that everyone does and was becoming concerned that the Wee, at a smaller price with a small engine, wouldn't be sound enough for riding solo.

Sounds like you guys are doing what I am dreaming about and that the Wee is performing without problems. This is really good news and I am excited.

I don't know when or if my wife will ever agree, but it's good to know that I've found the solid alternative to my Wing when the opportunity presents itself.

Thanks for sharing. I really appreciate your advice.

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