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post #1 of 13 Old 02-26-2010, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
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06/07 650 Transalp vs 07/08 wee Strom

first post here so please be gentle :mrgreen:

currently trying to decide between the Transalp 650 and the VStrom 650, I've ridden both and like them both for different reasons

which ever bike I decide on will be used for day rides around Watagans and Yengo, Weekenders to Hill End, Barrington, Moonan Flat etc
hoping to do some longer rides ie Cameron's corner etc
all the above include forestry roads and twin track, and open road sections

I like the responsiveness of the wee motor, but the TA motor is strong and torquey, which I believe would be better offroad.

The TA I rode today had a SW centrestand fitted with plastic bashplate, which gave it about 175mm ground clearance. some of the trails I rode on had a lot of small rocky steps and the ground clearance was a bit of an issue.
whats the ground clearance on a wee with a bashplate fitted ?, I have seen and like the B&B ones.
Granted this would probably be the upper limit of what would be expected from either bike.

I really enjoyed the way the wee handles on the road,especially twisties, could definitely feel the affect of the 21" front wheel on the TA.but I'm told the 21" is better offroad


the wee has cast wheels and TA spoked, but I'm unsure if thats and issue or not.
same goes for tyres tubes on the TA, tubeless on the wee

I much prefer the styling and instruments of the wee.plus it has ABS & FI

truth be known I've had a soft spot for wee's for a quite while now, so the hearts saying go the wee, but the heads saying TA.
Now that Ive sold the trail bike (EXC 300),SWMBO has said that this is the last bike for the foreseeable future.
So I need to get it right


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Now that Ive sold the trail bike (EXC 300),SWHMBO has said that this is the last bike for the foreseeable future.
So I need to get it right
If you can only have one bike for such different applications, I'm sure she'll understand that it'll have to be this one.
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Isnt the front wheel on the TA a 19 inch?

"I see so many low mileage used bikes for sale with tons of $$ burnt on farkles...this forum needs a farkle captain. In order to get a bash plate you have to post a pic of your Wee on a trail where you would need one. The farkle captain would then approve that trooper to buy a bash plate because they earned it" -Timshel!
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If you can only have one bike for such different applications, I'm sure she'll understand that it'll have to be this one.
Oh give me a break, one of those over priced peices of Bavarian Money Wasters

You can buy two good bikes for the price of one BMW

And don't get me started on the cost of service/repairs/parts and fixing the shaft drive

Oh, and then there is the time spent just waiting for the parts to turn up just so the bloody thing can be put back together

I spent $6k in twelve months on my GS, glad to see the back of it to be honest.

Sorry for the rant

I put my sensible 2c worth on your other post Mudrat

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I've gotta say, mudrat has some damn genuinely good questions posted above there, but not one answer anywhere to them. I would love to know a few of them myself, does anyone have the answers.....???
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I spent $6k in twelve months on my GS, glad to see the back of it to be honest.
Hey, I know that movie!

When I finally had my K75S put down, I calculated my cost of ownership at nearly $1 per mile.

Seriously. I wouldn't buy another one either; I just really like the idea of those big GS's.
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I've gotta say, mudrat has some damn genuinely good questions posted above there, but not one answer anywhere to them. I would love to know a few of them myself, does anyone have the answers.....???
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Mudrat got his answers, mainly through one of his other threads on this forum

He bought an 08 Wee for a good price and the farkling has begun

Oh, and the answer is

Buy a Wee unk:

A better buzz than drugs


By the way, you owe me a beer or a glass of red

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Hey, I know that movie!

When I finally had my K75S put down, I calculated my cost of ownership at nearly $1 per mile.

Seriously. I wouldn't buy another one either; I just really like the idea of those big GS's.
I had an 85 R65LS, then an 86 K100RT [a good bike but cooked my "testimonials"], the GS was good to ride BUT oh the poor poor wallet

The Wee on the other hand is awesome, handles better than the GS, cheaper to service by 40%, cheaper on fuel [but hey, on a bike, who cares ], does everything the GS did.
Same luggage set up on both, done two up on both, commuted on both, done long trips on both [actually the longest trip was on the Wee, 4600km. longest was only 3500km on the GS]. I have done multiple trips on the K, the GS and the Wee so have a fairly good basis for comparison.

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first post here so please be gentle :mrgreen:

currently trying to decide between the Transalp 650 and the VStrom 650, I've ridden both and like them both for different reasons
TA or Wee........ That's some tough choice there. I looked at the transalp online , didn't know that they were still on the market here in the states.
I did a comparison using Bikez.com , according to consumers and the chart, the V-strom is the way to go :beatnik: http://www.bikez.com/bike/rating.php?idbike=26220
As for your opinion on the BMW , I really can't disagree. I still have my eye on the Bavarian Money Wasters, mainly the 800. :mrgreen:But it's the cost of living for the Bike that stops me as well as the price out the door.
Bought my DL650 in 2008, no buyers remorse, nothing !!!

Just pleasure and a shitload of friends here !!!!!!!

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