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post #1 of 13 Old 11-18-2010, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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I think I want a Strom not sure (Wee or V)


I have been lurking arround just long enough to think buying a Strom is a good idea. I currently have a '99 Triumph Thunderbird and a '98 Motor Guzzi EV11. I had a '98 Triumph Trophy 1200 for a while. I miss the acceleration I got from the Trophy (108HP). I don't miss having to lean forward to ride it.
I want to stretch my 32 inseam legs more than my current bikes allow.
It seems that a common thread of the bikes that attract me are:
1)not common
2)have a good reputation for being reliable
I might be riding two up sometimes. One question I have about the pillion seat is how far are the rear pegs from the pillion seat. I need something that has room for a long legged pillion. She does not like riding like a jockey on a horse. I would appreciate some feedback on that one.
I grew up riding mtot cross bikes but don't have anything to get off road on now. That needs to change.
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-18-2010, 11:31 PM
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You will enjoy the V-Strom in either small or liter. However, they are jockey on a horse pegs for the p-pad rider. Otherwise, the V-Strom is a reliable motorcycle. Very.

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post #3 of 13 Old 01-01-2011, 06:17 PM
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So is the riding position much different in the Wee vs. the Vee? I have been looking at a VEE, I am 6'1 and about 210 with a 32 inseam and want something more comfortable than my 2002 aprilia. Will probably keep my aprilia, but want something I can ride to national parks on etc.

Current bike - 2002 Aprilia Mille
Seriously looking at getting a DL1000, something comfortable for more than an hour.
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post #4 of 13 Old 01-01-2011, 08:03 PM
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The riding position is the same except the Wee comes with a slightly lower seat cushion by about an inch.

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post #5 of 13 Old 01-01-2011, 08:28 PM
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Go for either one. They're great bikes as you know already from lurking here.

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post #6 of 13 Old 01-02-2011, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by eye.surgeon View Post
The riding position is the same except the Wee comes with a slightly lower seat cushion by about an inch.
Which is easily fixed by installing a dl1000 seat.Both my 650 and 1k have Vee seats.

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post #7 of 13 Old 01-08-2011, 02:08 AM
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I came from a Buell Ulysses to a Wee which was more of a dramatic change then I thought. On the way home from buying the Wee I already felt bored of it and started daydreaming about a Triumph 800. The Buell was my baby (or Iron hearted B*tch if you will) and it was the fact that Harley dropped the line that made me shift to a different bike. However, as I kept riding the Wee (weekend adventures and daily commuting) the more impressed I became with it. Nothing about it is overkill in any arena which is really a good thing. Even though I am a typical male where being different and having the most extreme (insert aggressive, powerful, mildly-insane product here) is the american way I have learned to appreciate the fact that this bike does 99% of everything I want to do on a day-to-day basis. Also, with as many aftermarket products as there are available for the Wee/Vee its pretty easy to make it different and stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Two up riding. In normal driving conditions I have found the Wee to do just fine. I keep right up with my buddy's GS800 when we have the girls on the back and some luggage. Overnight trips haven't been much of a problem except for the saddle does make my butt go numb after a couple hours. My Fiancee says its a little cramped on the back of the Wee but nothing intollerable. I am still messing around with the windshield to make it comforatable for the both of us but thats an issue all Wee/Vee owners have issues with.
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post #8 of 13 Old 01-08-2011, 04:50 AM
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Originally Posted by eye.surgeon View Post
The riding position is the same except the Wee comes with a slightly lower seat cushion by about an inch.
Is the passenger seat higher on the 1000 seat as well, or just the rider portion?

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post #9 of 13 Old 01-08-2011, 08:29 AM
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The rear is the same height, even with the luggage rack.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
See https://www.stromtrooper.com/general-...nicknames.html

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post #10 of 13 Old 01-08-2011, 11:02 AM
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The Vee definitely has more power than the Wee, but the Wee gets noticeably better gas mileage - duh! The way the Wee effortlessly zings through the rpms gear after gear, is a ton of fun. The little motor is an absolute blast to operate, even though it makes less HP than the Big Vee. The fun to use factor definitely offsets the HP deficit.

My wife tells me that the passenger accommodations are very comfortable [she likes the tail trunk with the little back pad too]. I've never been riding two-up on the Wee where I said "I wish I had more HP".

Either bike is a good choice.

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