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post #1 of 24 Old 10-11-2010, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up 650 Power

For those contemplating purchase of a Wee, but a bit worried about power...

Go ride one.

I was concerned, as two-up riding is important to me, I live and ride in a mountainous area, and I often like to load up some camping & fishing gear on my bike... Also, at 220 pounds, I'm not a light burden myself.

The bike is happy right off idle, and something really fun starts happening at about 4,500 rpm... There's this nice intake growl, and the bike starts rushing forward at quite a brisk rate... Really, in any of the first four gears, the little 650 twin really gets with the program, and even in 5th & 6th, it pulls mountain passes, two up, just fine.

If you're really a torque and acceleration nut, the big 1000 is your choice. For the rest of us, the 650 offers what I consider pretty amazing performance. My cruiser riding friends are dumfounded that it's "only" a 650, and walk away muttering things I can't quite catch...
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post #2 of 24 Old 10-12-2010, 04:34 AM
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Now you've done it. Everyone will want a Wee now.

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post #3 of 24 Old 10-12-2010, 05:29 AM
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I found the same thing, coming from a 1000cc tourer, I thought the 650 would be adequate in the power department.
What I found was a bike with a beautiful engine and a really nicely matched gearbox, and that's from someone who used to bleed Kawasaki green!
And I'm a seriously big guy, if it can haul me, anyone else will be fine!

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post #4 of 24 Old 10-25-2010, 03:42 PM
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you are killing me...I just convinced myself I needed the 1000cc! :mrgreen:
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post #5 of 24 Old 10-25-2010, 07:01 PM
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I have to agree 100% on the power of the wee. I took the wife for a ride
sunday afternoon and was really impressed with the torque and power of
the bike. together we weigh 400 lbs, plus I have a givi rack trunk and
pelican cases on the bike. It is also really nimble and quick in Wichita traffic and has a nice wide power band. It does not get notchy when you lug the motor down. Ride one and see for yourself.
It is just a fun capable ride.
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I have to agree 100% on the power of the wee. I took the wife for a ride
sunday afternoon and was really impressed with the torque and power of
the bike. together we weigh 400 lbs, plus I have a givi rack trunk and
pelican cases on the bike. It is also really nimble and quick in Wichita traffic and has a nice wide power band. It does not get notchy when you lug the motor down. Ride one and see for yourself.
It is just a fun capable ride.
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I second that! I ride 2-up 95% of the time... desert, mountains and never a problem with power even when we are loaded with gear.



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I second that! I ride 2-up 95% of the time... desert, mountains and never a problem with power even when we are loaded with gear.



Yeah, but that's a Vee you're on

Mike, Typhoon and Cascade were all talking about the Wee

I'm with them on the Wee's ability.
Fully loaded with as much gear as you guys carry and with my Mrs. on the back the Wee still hauls ass.

I got rid of a BMW R1150GS and replaced it with the Wee, half the price and ten times the reliability.
And does everything the GS did, only better.

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My cruiser riding friends are dumfounded that it's "only" a 650, and walk away muttering things I can't quite catch...
Not to disparage the DL650, heck I own one, but cruisers aren't exactly the most formidable basis of comparison when it comes to power. That may be how the market segment got its name.

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Yeah, but that's a Vee you're on
It's not. Don't let the left muffler look fool you. Notice how the left heat shield doesn't curve quite right and the signature vent at the lower rear of the side cowling is missing. The chain adjuster is another giveaway.

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Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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post #10 of 24 Old 11-06-2010, 08:41 AM
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It's not. Don't let the left muffler look fool you. Notice how the left heat shield doesn't curve quite right and the signature vent at the lower rear of the side cowling is missing. The chain adjuster is another giveaway.
Bloody Hell Greywolf

You really do know these bikes too well

The lack of carbon around the left hand pea shooter didn't look right to me but I never figured it out

The other things like vents and chain adjusters I'm just not familiar enough with yet as far as Strom models go.

You are an asset to this forum, I tip my hat to you Sir.

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