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post #1 of 8 Old 06-03-2010, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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I joined the V-Strom world and the forum with an '08 Wee a couple of years ago and have since moved to a Honda Interceptor in Sept '09.

I absolutely enjoyed the Wee and had no complaints or reliability problems whatsoever. Great ride and seating postion too. No surprise, right? Then, I wanted something a little more spirited and less suseptible to wind effects. The Wee is like a sail in the wind. And living in FL, I like to take longer trips north (NC, GA, TN, etc.) and getting pushed around by the wind for 500 miles/day became tiresome.

As it turns out, the combination of the Interceptor's pegs, seat, and bars just do not fit my physiology even after trying seats, risers, etc. It seems I have to reluctantly search for an alternative.

My first thought was a 1200GS given the great seating position. But so many others have dropped their GS's for Wee's and Vee's, the obvious thought is to consider the Vee. Not to mention, its a tad less expensive and arguably more reliable.

Since I gave up my Wee for a little more power and weight/stability, would I enjoy the Vee as an alternative? I think its safe to say the 1000cc will be sufficient power-wise. More importantly, is the Vee as suseptible to wind effects as much as the Wee? I see it weight ~40 more pounds and I hope that helps the cause.

I've read all of the Wee/Vee threads and see nothing that throws up a red flag. And I missing anything? It seems you need a PCIII and to become proficient in TBS when owning a Vee, not that it deters me.

And if it helps, I am onroad 98% of the time and only venture onto gravel and hard packed to get to campgrounds, etc. No hardcore adventuring (at least not with this bike).

And btw, after being away for some time I can honestly say this forum is by far the most inviting, informative, and friendly one I've come across. Re-joining the community actually weighs into my decision.

Thanks in advance.

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post #2 of 8 Old 06-03-2010, 02:52 PM
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I ride my DL650 in pretty much any kind of weather condition except for snow on the road. Once I lowered the front of the bike/raised the forks any problems with the bike reacting badly to cross winds essentially disappeared. Since that I have added a fork brace and that made the bike feel even more planted. I now often let go of my handlebars in extreme gusts/crosswinds and admire how well the bike reacts to it. (Seriously.)

I think that if the bike is well setup then the crosswinds won't be much of an issue with either version of the V-Strom.

As far as power goes the biggest problem I see with the DL1000 is that the gearing is a bit tall for North American speeds. I suspect that if you get a DL1000 and shorten the gearing a bit (I think most DL1000 riders do a larger rear sprocket and some do a smaller front) then the gearing will let that beautiful motor run more freely and you should be a happy camper.


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post #3 of 8 Old 06-03-2010, 03:13 PM
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Obviously I'm biased, but as a former VFR owner, and having ridden a Wee, the Vee seems like the best of both. Great performance, great ergos, a zillion aftermarket items.

The DynoJet PCIII has done wonders for the FI system, not that it was that bad all along. I've only done 1 TBS in 23k miles.

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Originally Posted by sandman View Post

My first thought was a 1200GS given the great seating position. But so many others have dropped their GS's for Wee's and Vee's, the obvious thought is to consider the Vee. Not to mention, its a tad less expensive and arguably more reliable.
I cant comment on the 1200GS, but my 1150GS was by far alot worse with winds than my wee strom. The dynamics of that bike make the vstrom seem great. I have only ridden a 1200GS for a short period and in my opinion it was worse than the 1150GS in the wind.

The vee may be your better choice. I cant comment on the difference between the vee and wee for wind but my guess would be they are pretty identical. 40lbs may help a bit but its worn higher up in the bike and should offset the benefit of extra weight but its only speculation. wheelbase, aerodynamics and fork geometry are the same so any differneces felt could simply be bike setup and the location ridden. As others have stated, getting the suspension and bike set up right, adding a fork brace and learning to ride wind better may yield better results. I was shown by a motorcycle instructor once to take the knee on the side that the wind is coming from and point that knee out to the side. This helps stabilize the bike and you will be amazed at how much this can help. The Vstrom can really take advantage of this method since the leg isnt hiding behind a fairing.

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post #5 of 8 Old 06-04-2010, 06:44 PM
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Crosswinds really don't bother me on the Vee. It's one place where the added weight really helps. That plus a fork brace. Wind just isn't something I think about.

Personally I find the Vee to be very spirited. As V-Tom mentioned a gearing change goes a long way. I recently geared mine lower and was pretty tickled when I got the front wheel up in a nice wheelie at about 60 MPH (off a hump). I credit the gearing change with that as it had never happened before on the same road, and lord knows I tried.

The Vee will never be considered a sport bike, but it provides plently of adrenaline rushes at lower speeds than a sport bike. It can be a very spirited ride.

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post #6 of 8 Old 06-05-2010, 05:27 PM
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07 vee i fi=ound i have better wind control when i have the shad side hard bags
on. as far as zip and power added power comander like they say everytime you
jump on and take off you have to take the:smilewinkgrin::smilewinkgrin: off your face. funnest bike i've owned.

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Adjustments to the front end will make the bike very stable. Stiffer springs, fork brace, and dropped the front 10mm all helped a great deal. A 43t rear sprocket helps to keep me in the 4-5krpm range. Don't see the need for a PCIII as I have very little surging under 4k so unless you change the exhaust it's an option only. I am considering an ATRE to smooth out the throttle in lower gears since that's where I spend the majority of my time but again this is a personal option. So upgrade the front end and stability/wind issues will be solved.

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post #8 of 8 Old 06-09-2010, 01:04 PM
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Thumbs up Fork Brace bump!!

I bought mt wee for my 120 mile daily commute. Central Il. superslabs with crosswinds and semi blasts made my daily ride quite scary at times. The PO had lowered my wee, after researching the forkbrace, I took the plunge! The forkbrace is the best farkle I have added so far. The front end is much more stable in crosswinds than before Dealing with the wind is just part of riding, a forkbrace will help with dealing with the wind

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