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post #1 of 24 Old 01-21-2010, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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Buy a Wee with 0 off-road experience?

Hey guys,

I new to this forum too (well officially, been lurking for ages now).

I started riding only 13 months ago after watching Long way Round and Long Way Down and realising how cool that sort of riding looks. I bought a Versys after getting my full licence and now I'm wondering if I should have bought a Wee this whole time.

Anyhoo, I would like to start thinking about taking some longer trips, esp adv. touring type rides but I have absolutely zero off-road riding experience and there don't seem to be any courses available near me at all.

We have some trails around here that I can ride/practice on but I'm wondering if learning offroad riding on a Wee would be just making things too difficult and should I start on a light 250cc trail bike??

Has anyone else gone through a similar situation with learning to ride offroad? Should I just jump in and (sensibly) go for it?

Thanks in advance!
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We have some trails around here that I can ride/practice on but I'm wondering if learning offroad riding on a Wee would be just making things too difficult and should I start on a light 250cc trail bike??
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Dirt is best learned on a small, light weight, limited cc bike. Stroms make lousy dirt bikes for experienced riders. Much worse for those with no dirt experience.


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I had the same dilemma a short wile ago. After dumping the Wasp in slippery red clay mud and after I had to wait a while for someone else to help me pick it up (it took 3 guys, not b/c of the weight, but b/c of the unstable footing ) I bought a beat-up DR350.

I can turn around in one year to sell it with almost what I paid for it, and I can keep 100% of the dirt riding experience, tax free!

This move made and still makes a lot of sense to me. YMMV

Oh, and I still keep the Wasp, as I'm addicted to it's power and torque!

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post #5 of 24 Old 01-22-2010, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah fair enough, what you're all saying makes sense. I was only hoping that cuz the Wee wouldn't be a serious offroader and hence I wouldn't be doing anything too nutty on it that you might say it's ok... but I guess I better start looking in the classifieds.

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Hey guys,

I new to this forum too (well officially, been lurking for ages now).

I started riding only 13 months ago after watching Long way Round and Long Way Down and realising how cool that sort of riding looks. I bought a Versys after getting my full licence and now I'm wondering if I should have bought a Wee this whole time.

Anyhoo, I would like to start thinking about taking some longer trips, esp adv. touring type rides but I have absolutely zero off-road riding experience and there don't seem to be any courses available near me at all.

We have some trails around here that I can ride/practice on but I'm wondering if learning offroad riding on a Wee would be just making things too difficult and should I start on a light 250cc trail bike??

Has anyone else gone through a similar situation with learning to ride offroad? Should I just jump in and (sensibly) go for it?

Thanks in advance!
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There are riding courses you can do for off road.

The question is, are you talking serious off road or just moderate fire trails and dirt/gravel roads?

If it is not the serious stuff you should be able to gain reasonable skills on the Strom without going for the smaller dirt bike purchase first [although it would be fun].

Find some guys on this forum in your area who could go out on some dirt rides with you.

Also learn how to pick up your bike, there is a website somewhere showing a woman picking up a BMW 1200GS.
I picked up my BMW 1150GS twice, the only thing I think would be handy is a short length of cord to tie the front brake lever on so the bike doesn't roll as you pick it up.

Half the trick is to put your back to the bike, bum against the seat with one hand under the seat and the other holding the handle bar.

A group practice day may be in order to learn the method

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I can't imagine anyone aquiring any serious dirt skills starting off on a 500lb street bike... but who knows.
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post #8 of 24 Old 01-22-2010, 08:57 AM Thread Starter
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Ocker: I'm in Wollongong. While there are certainly trails around here to ride I think the closest offroad courses are north-western Sydney.

I'm not talking serious trailbiking here, probly just dirt roads etc... "typical" adventure touring stuff (whatever that means!). But then again trying to do a river crossing for the first time might be easier on a smaller bike hehe.

I just figured if Ewan McGregor can do it with sod all offroad experience then maybe I can too.
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Wee off road

I would say the WEE was designed for riding down dirt roads and back roads but no serious dirt riding. Too heavy, poor suspension would make trail riding and dirt biking a long day not to mention what repairs will cost if you have a nice wreck.

I love my wee, but with years of experience riding motocross, enduro and hair scrambles, I will keep my wee on the pavment.
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If you are staying on dirt roads, then the Wee would be fine to start out with. I spend a lot of time exploring dirt backroads and even moderately well-maintained trails around my area on my Wee, and it has been fine. The only things that can get tricky are deep, loose sand or mud, and I am sure that the more street oriented tires are a big contributor, and knobbies would help - but it's a pretty heavy (and front-heavy) bike for that kind of terrain.

If you plan to get into significantly rougher stuff, the Wee isn't that well-suited for it to begin with, let alone as a "learning bike".

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