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post #1 of 22 Old 06-04-2010, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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SV650S vs Weestrom

I'm a pretty happy owner of an '06 SV650S. But the Wee keeps calling me. My personality is much more mountain biker than speed-racer, and all the mods I've done to my bike are to make it more capable/comfortable for long hauls, touring, camping, etc.

I've read a lot of reviews and I know the spec differences between the two. But I'm asking for input from those who've ridden both for significant amounts of time. Any comments about the different feels? (I know that's really wide open - I'm inviting anything.)

I can only really afford one bike, so I'd have to sell my SV (or trade for a Wee). If anyone's interested in *that*, PM me.
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post #2 of 22 Old 06-04-2010, 01:00 PM
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My personality is much more mountain biker than speed-racer, and all the mods I've done to my bike are to make it more capable/comfortable for long hauls, touring, camping, etc.
The SV is a nice bike, sounds like you are trying to make it fit your needs which are more in line with what the Wee Strom does better.

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I can't compare both bikes, but I've read enough on these forums to offer this bit of advice. You keep modding your SV to be more V-Strom like, but I think you would end up modding a Wee to be more SV like. For instance, you will find several threads talking about suspension on the stroms. Adjusting forks, adding cartridge emulators, replacing rear shocks, etc.

So, I guess you need to figure out witch one is closer to your riding style and and try and mod it the rest of the way.

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post #4 of 22 Old 06-04-2010, 01:40 PM
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i Too was in your dilema a couple months back until i purchased my 07 wee about a month ago. Best decision ive made in a long time. i too found myself modding my sv for long trips and more comfort. when i rode the wee for the first time, i was sold and i bought it that day down in georgia. the wee has plenty of power and is also very fun on twistys. I will one day purchase another sv or a super sport to do trackdays but until then i can take my vstrom out there and learn more about it and still have fun. Riding positions are totally different to me.The only downside ive had with the wee thus far is the buffeting, which many others have, but can be fixed easily so its really not a downside any more.
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post #5 of 22 Old 06-04-2010, 02:16 PM
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Sold the sv and bought a wee. Best move ever! I found myself modding the sv to fit me for long trips...and finally decided I was going to put more money into the sv than if I sold it and bought a new to me wee!

The wee's been great...I haven't regretted it.
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post #6 of 22 Old 06-04-2010, 03:33 PM
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I rode a 2001 SV/S for a short while and sold it. I found the pegs too high and the bars too low for my taste... but I love the motor.

Now I'm on my 2nd V-Strom 650 and love it! (I sold the first one when my wife got pregnant and I dropped back to just two bikes in the garage I bought my 2007 Wee last summer and have been getting reacquainted with the model)

The motor is so close to the SV's that I think you'd be hard pressed to notice much of a difference. The upright seating of the Wee is much more to my liking... and at 6'2" I no longer look like a squirrel humping the gas tank! The SV is great for smaller riders, but for tall folks? Not so much.

It's a very nice street bike and does well on gravel roads, etc. Anything more back-woodsy and I'd like a true dual sport, not this one that just been tagged by Suzuki's marketing dept.

I'm getting around 55mpg with a taller windshield and a gentle throttle wrist.

I think you'd be pretty happy with a V-Strom; I know I am.

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post #7 of 22 Old 06-04-2010, 05:02 PM
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My brother has a SV650, I have a DL650, We ride together sometimes and swap bikes once in a while. The SV engine has a better power peak and so feels quite a bit faster, and it is fun for a few miles. But after a short stint on the SV I can't wait to trade back to the DL650, mostly because of the ergo's.
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post #8 of 22 Old 06-04-2010, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies everyone!

The thing with where I am now is that I invested in the SV enough to get it to where I am pretty happy with it and can do almost anything I want with it (except dirt/gravel roads). That, and I gotta say, it's pretty dang sexy (I'm single ).

Here she is:

So going to a V-Strom would probly be most like what eye.surgeon said - it would just be doing everything I like most "better." I don't think I'm picky enough about road carving performance to bother playing with the Wee's suspension - I hardly go above posted speeds in turns and yeah, leaning over is fun, but I worry too much about worst case scenarios to ever really take it anywhere near the limit.

So I think the question is, given I've already got the SV to where I want, is it still worth it to jump to a Wee? I think I'm long overdue for a test ride. I'm also wondering if getting a Wee will just scratch this bike-buying itch and even if I decide I like the SV better and turn around and sell the Wee, I'll still appreciate the SV even more. Methinks that would be worth the time and money.
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post #9 of 22 Old 06-04-2010, 10:21 PM
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Wow - you've got some money invested in that SV. I had a naked '06 SV650 and sold it for a wee. I was looking for better ergos for long distance riding. With the wee I have more leg room and a better seat, I also like the handling better which is surprising. The SV was quicker and more fun, it also handled dirt roads well, as long as they were fairly smooth. Unless you hate the SV's ergos, I'd keep the SV.

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I went from a nekid SV650 to the big Vee

I'm a big guy and the ergos of the little nekid SV were better. I found the 650 engine inadequate for LD riding, sure it can keep up highway speed all day and then some, but ya gotta crank the throttle to do it, The Vee is barely in top gear at highway speed. the other reason I wanted a strom was a larger bike that had more room for farkles & accessories

I didn't know till after I got it and went on a long ride that it wouldn't be as comfortable but I have made some adjustments and ergos are similar now, getting the handlebars closer was the biggest ergo change

I've also lowered the suspension, still a little higher than the SV, but the nekid SV was far better off road

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