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post #1 of 16 Old 12-01-2009, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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40 and Back on a bike -Wee for me?

I know there is tons of info here and I'm going through it all bit by bit but a few quick questions if I can ask.

Need opinions, new to V-Strom and looking to get back on the road and the Wee looks like it might fit the bill.

Heres what I am going to do with it:

Bigest question is will it handle 20K miles a year hard commuting and weekend 2 up touring?

100 miles a day to work and back on I-77 and 2 lanes North or Charlotte. If you been there , then you know......

Need decent milage, low maintence and reliability

Also, 1 and 2 up in NC mountains on the weekends and holidays. Hard, short twisties (Diamond Back-Hwy 121 etc) and long fast twisties like 181 and the like.
Since I will be putting so many miles on it in a year what are maintenence issues replacement intervals etc.

Comfort issues?

And to end....
What year and does anyone know of a good used, well accessorized bike for sale?

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post #2 of 16 Old 12-01-2009, 02:11 PM
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Wee sounds like a perfect fit for you, and will meet all the criteria you posted, and some.

Only caveat, comfort for me was brutal, until I spent $160 on a Suzuki gel seat, now PERFECT!
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The Wee is a fine bike, it meets all your requirements to a "T." My pal Les just got one after riding a Concours 1000, and he loves it. Rides to work daily, (not 100 miles!) and rides 2 up with the Mrs. You'll want to budget $2-3k for accessories; luggage, windshield, throttle control, to name a few. These make the bike better suited to daily use such as you've described.

Maintenance for me has been oil at 3k, plugs and air filter at 10k, TBS and valve adjustment one day real soon now, tires at 10/17k rear/front, chain and sprockets at 17k (probably should have been 10 to 12k).

Have you had a chance to refamiliarize yourself with riding? There's a lot of plastic to break on a new Wee if you're still getting your riding skills back up to snuff. If not, you might want to find a $500 beater bike and beat on it first.

Go hakafugu yourself.

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Getting back on is no problem. Rode hard when I was young and been riding bikes i'v worked on for other's off and on for a while. I also ride offroad regularly with a couple of KTM 2t bikes.

I'v got decent skills, good confidense and am aware that I don't heal as fast as I used to 20 yrs ago.
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You'll want to budget $2-3k for accessories; luggage, windshield, throttle control, to name a few. These make the bike better suited to daily use such as you've described.
That's a serious budget for farkles, and you can get all you need for MUCH MUCH less.

Keep in mind, everyone's idea of "needs" are different, and even if the basics are the same, there are many $$ levels of specific needs to fit many budgets.

Better suggestion....find a used bike that someone has spent the $2-3k on, and pay them the $500-$100o premium they are worth on the used market in this economy. :mrgreen:
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Wee might work

The 2 up riding might depend on the size of the folks involved. Wee has great power but is just a 650 so has limitations.

As for commuting, need a new seat. I upgraded to a Russell and now the bike is like riding a light weight Goldwing instead of a hard tail Harley. Other than that the bike is perfect.

Mine has seen the Dragon and countless other twisty roads in the mountains and has performed perfectly, so should be great for that as well.

2004 Wee
Russell Seat
Heated grips (another must have)
Givi top and side luggage
Rox Risers

About 10,000 miles on tires and 15,000 on chain and sprockets.

Rider 165 lbs dry:biggrinjester:
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That's a serious budget for farkles, and you can get all you need for MUCH MUCH less.
This is true; my bike is my favorite possesion so I tend to spend freely on it. About $1k for Givi bags, $350 for the Stealth backrest, $250 for LEDs etc. It adds up.

Go hakafugu yourself.
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I forgot mention

I'm 6'1" 200lbs with gear
passsenger (daughter) 5'5" 100lbs

Won't hit the twisties hard with the kid on.....lol
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Great bike. Just be advised that the pathetic alternator output greatly limits the use of heated gear & other electrical additions.

[SIZE="2"]2009 ABS DL650[/SIZE]
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post #10 of 16 Old 12-01-2009, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Interesting. What is the output of the alternator on it?
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