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post #1 of 23 Old 11-20-2010, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Another who's V-Curious...

For quite a while I've been quite keen on the idea of an adventure bike to explore a bit more of our (NZ) back roads regardless of whether they're sealed or not. I do not want to head off-road - just have no concerns on rough dirt/gravel roads.

I currently own a Concours 14 (keeping it) and a VTR1000F and have a history of big road bikes and long distance touring. I think it might be time to get rid of the VTR and slow down a little.

I rode a Wee-strom the other day and have to say I was pretty impressed (blog here) but I'm still unsure as whether I can live with a 650 - although just about everything I've read suggests that the 650 is the pick of the Stroms. I guess I need to ride a thou to compare.

I guess the purpose of this post is to get your thoughts and suggestions regarding the choice in front of me...

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For quite a while I've been quite keen on the idea of an adventure bike to explore a bit more of our (NZ) back roads regardless of whether they're sealed or not. I do not want to head off-road - just have no concerns on rough dirt/gravel roads.

I currently own a Concours 14 (keeping it) and a VTR1000F and have a history of big road bikes and long distance touring. I think it might be time to get rid of the VTR and slow down a little.

I rode a Wee-strom the other day and have to say I was pretty impressed (blog here) but I'm still unsure as whether I can live with a 650 - although just about everything I've read suggests that the 650 is the pick of the Stroms. I guess I need to ride a thou to compare.

I guess the purpose of this post is to get your thoughts and suggestions regarding the choice in front of me...

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I went from an FJR to a Vee and am happy with it. The weight difference is very noticeable. Don't expect these bikes to be a inline 4 smooth, they are pretty good and in my case the added V twin vibration I solved with Grip puppies. What I like are they are a go anywhere bike. Tarmac to gravel and packed dirt. Simple to work on ( except the air filter is a pain to get to) and little goes wrong.

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post #4 of 23 Old 11-21-2010, 06:43 AM
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I love my Vee, but if I was in your shoes, I'd probably buy a Wee. Why? Because about the only thing the smaller strom doesn't do as well as the big one is accelerate, and you're keeping Connie for that. You can use the Connie for speed and power, two up sport-touring. Then you have the wee for those exploring days, and the occasional 2 up ride. The best of both worlds, if I had a Wee, I'd keep it when my new-to-me sport touring bike arrives in the spring.

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post #5 of 23 Old 11-21-2010, 09:53 AM
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I had an original Concours, went to an 1800 cc Goldwing to a 1200 cc buell. I am now the happy owner of a Wee. I do not miss the torque of the bigger bikes. After lurking on this board and the other one for the last 18 months I went with what is the most totaly reliable bike and chose the Wee. Riding with friends on bigger displacement bikes and I have absoltly no trouble keeping up. Do need to down shift once or twice for hi speed passes and can cruise comfortable at 70-75 MPH for hours. No regrets whatsoever, I could have afforded a BMW GS or anything else I wanted but afer being stranded 2 times on the road. I wanted something I could do routine maintence on ride anywhere (lots of miles between fill-ups and use of regular gas, trip down south several years ago could not find high test for that Buell engine)and get servicing anywhere. Thus Suzuki, and thus Strom and thus Wee strom. My two cents.
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Thanks for the replies so far guys - I really appreciate it. Funny someone mentioned engine vibration - compared to my VTR the Wee does not vibrate! I guess (having ridden a SV1000) the Vee would probably produce more vibes especially at lower revs?

More on how I intend to use the beastie (be it Wee or Vee):
- 99.99% solo
- I will want to fit my V46 topbox but probably not hard panniers at least initially
- won't be wanting to ride hard, just cruise comfortably on any road
- any weather
- more than likely mostly on day trips although there are some fantastic rides down South (NZ) that will more than likely need to be ridden. A day trip for me is up to 1,000km on occasion
- commuting

Oh, and I'm already compiling a mental list of farkles...
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I changed from an '08 C-14 ABS to an '09 Wee ABS. I had ridden the C-14 29K miles in two years in long distance touring and riding to cycle rallies. It was a great bike -- very smooth, solid suspension, great brakes, etc. It just got a bit too heavy for me at my age and the more layed over riding position was tough on my hands, wrists and forearms, even with bar risers.

I've ridden the Wee over a year now -- over 11K miles -- and see no reason to change back. It cruises easily at more than highway speeds, handles the roads that I encounter and gives me 50+ MPG (US Gallon) at any speed I want to run. It is more than 200# lighter, which for me is a great benefit.

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I changed from an '08 C-14 ABS to an '09 Wee ABS. I had ridden the C-14 29K miles in two years in long distance touring and riding to cycle rallies. It was a great bike -- very smooth, solid suspension, great brakes, etc. It just got a bit too heavy for me at my age and the more layed over riding position was tough on my hands, wrists and forearms, even with bar risers.

I've ridden the Wee over a year now -- over 11K miles -- and see no reason to change back. It cruises easily at more than highway speeds, handles the roads that I encounter and gives me 50+ MPG (US Gallon) at any speed I want to run. It is more than 200# lighter, which for me is a great benefit.
Thanks Chuck. Not planning on giving up my Connie yet but want to investigate some gravel roads so my VTR has to go. Really like the wee but want to go for a longer test ride in the new year and hopefully take a vee for a ride too...

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I read your quick review, and of course agree. But when you get a longer ride on either strom, try winding it up a little more -- if you only got up to 7000 RPM, there's another 1K before the torque starts to fall off, and another 2K until you start to run out of horsepower. 4000-6000 or so is great for around town, but the wee really responds well to a bit more thrashing when you're out for fun.

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If you are keeping the Connie and dont plan on riding over 80 mph for hours on end I would go wee.Mine is way smoother than my vee,much better on gas,more fun to throw into corners,and is easier to handle on unmaintained roads etc. (and I'm not small 6'4" 260lbs).However the vee is much better at wheelies!:mrgreen:

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