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post #1 of 15 Old 02-14-2011, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a friendly Wee-strom owner in Detroit Area

Hello Troopers

I am looking for someone in the Metro Detroit area who has a DL-650 and might be willing to provide a test ride for me. I am looking at a bike out of state, and the owner is adamant that I locate a local test ride before I purchase his bike so that I am aware of the "buffetting issue that affects 30-40% of Strom riders."

Anyways, if you are willing to help me out, I would be much obliged, and compensation for your time is definitely negotiable. I'm interested in doing a little jaunt on the expressway so I can experience this issue at speed. Thanks again!

Sorry if this post is duplicated elsewhere, I'm trying to get word out there!

-Dan
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-14-2011, 03:12 PM
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Fly out here to Vegas for the weekend and I'll take you out through Death Valley for 3-400 miles and see if you like it:mrgreen:
Heres a bump for ya anyway
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To be honest, I already know I'm gonna buy the darned thing. I dont know why I even bothered asking. Coming off my old yami, anything will be a pleasant change, even if it involves the sensation of getting bopped on the head at all speeds between 67.3 & 72.pi mph.

The bike already has the madbracket thing installed, so I'm guessing I'll be kosher as a Claussen dill.
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Ive got a buddy here in Vegas that just made the switch from a Radian to Wee and he is in love.
Hes maybe 5'7"-5'8" and a wider shield was a better setup for him.
I really like the taller Givi, but I'm 6'3"
Gary at Pat Walsh usually has the Givi in stock and on your porch step within a couple of days if you decide to go that route.
The Radian was a Mighty Fine bike for its time, but very limited on riding capabilities.
The Strom has alot more capabilities for your rides.
I think you will be happy.
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post #5 of 15 Old 02-16-2011, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Vegas,

I'm looking at a blue 2007 wee. That was the first year that had dual spark plugs per cylinder, right?

Before I take the plunge, would the increase in alternator output btw 2007 and 2008 have been a major selling point for you? I don't really see it being an issue, but I also don't plan to do much more electrical farkling than possibly heated grips and a single accessory powerjack outlet. Thoughts?

Is there anything else I should be looking out for on the 2007 as far as ubiquitous issues? I'm doing fly and ride, but getting it dealer inspected first. Seller has been a pleasure to work with, and I'm pretty sure I can trust him just based on our 1hr+plus phone calls about the bike.

I can't wait to be a fully initiated stromtrooper (humms the Imperial March :flaming_devil
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I have access to 3 '07's Wee's.
Mine, and 2 buddies.
None of them have ever been back to the dealer for any repairs.
Only stuff done was servicing and that was all done by me on 2 and other was done by owner also.
Great low maintenance bikes.
The only time we have gone to the dealer was to order Frakles and look at new bikes:mrgreen:
I think you will be very pleased
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This seller sounds like he was anal retentive in his care for this Wee...I just got off the phone with the dealer who will perform the inspection. Tech looked up the service records, and it came in 1000 miles ago (20% of total miles) for a pre-ride check and basic tune up. The tech I talked to actually claims to remember this specific wee and how clean it was ( or ).

This is all almost too good to be true. I've got the ticket to fly, we're drawing up the bill of sale, and I think I've scored a heck of a deal. I really hope I dont get off the plane just to get bopped in the head with a nightstick and wake up the next day in a tub of ice sans one beer processing unit in a place where no one speaks English.

I did some research and answered my own tech-related questions. Dual plugs for improved economy. Check. This bike will be getting a fair amount of use this summer, so I'll sacrifice 2-5 hp for about as many mpg's. The "lower" alternator output is a non-issue...so long as I keep the RPMs cranking above 5k :mrgreen:
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If your worried about meeting and getting robbed have them meet you at the airport and do the exchange there.
Or take a taxi to a Police Dept and have them meet you there.
Move it too a public area and out of the element of their home turf.
Mike

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I just got a call back from the dealership performing the inspection on the bike. They cued me in on a the fact that the seller did the de-cored/drilled out baffle exhaust mod via youtube instructions. I asked the seller and he said he forgot to tell me, sincerely apologized, but insisted that it was the first thing he did when he got the bike, and doesn't regret it at all.

I don't know the details of the change, but the tech doing the inspection said the bike felt fine, no loss of power, etc, and said it sounded slightly throatier and better if anything else. But personally, I prefer stock componentry, and this sort of farkle on the bike usually lowers retail value, right? As opposed to an aftermarket pipe which raises (or at least maintains, usually...) value.

QUESTION: do you have any experience with this mod? Do you know anyone who has had success with it? What are your thoughts on it? After looking through the forum, it seems like a questionable change at best. It doesn't scare me away, but seems like it might be a negotiable issue.
Thanks for your help.

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Buffeting?

Your prospect bike has a Madstad bracket? You will have no issues with buffeting, and you can infinitely adjust the screen to alter protection, ventilation, and so on.
Now on the other hand, your passenger may have issues, but again, with the Madstad, you can alter any buffeting concerns via that adjustment.
Go for it.
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