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post #1 of 22 Old 04-12-2011, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Looking at an extreme drop in power..

Hi everyone,

I'm just about ready to sell my motorcycle and buy a Wee...I like the idea of dirt roads, light-weight bikes that can still go cross-country, easy maintenance and all that. Everyone I know that has a V-Strom loves them. Here's my dilemma.. I'm planning on downsizing from a 2300 cc Triumph Rocket III. Am I going to miss all that torque and horsepower (believe me..its a lot!)?
I think I'm making the right decision for economical reasons...how fun are wee-stroms to ride?

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post #2 of 22 Old 04-12-2011, 08:53 PM
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Yeah! 0-60 in way more than 3 seconds, nearly four in fact, is terrible. You know what makes you happy. We don't. If you like big, heavy bikes that make more power than can normally be used, don't get a Wee. Never buy a motorcycle for economical reasons. They are for fun.

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I have a 150hp Concours 1400 and a much less than hp DR650.......I sure do love to ride that 650 too.

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post #4 of 22 Old 04-12-2011, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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The Rocket is fun but its really big..just moving it around in the garage takes some maneuvering. I'm thinking the the 650 will be plenty fast enough because of the lighter weight. A have a buddy that has that Concours 1400 too..nice bike but he's the one who always gets tickets!
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post #5 of 22 Old 04-13-2011, 01:58 AM
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50 mpg on regular gas is awfully nice with $4 gas (so far). I had a modified Kaw Mean Streak before this one, this one has lots less torque, but almost double the gas mileage makes up for it for me. Was seriously considering the new Concours but it's high 30 mpg mileage was the pits. The Wee for me is a reasonable tourer with tons of accessories available for it, pretty comfy on the road too.

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I've ridden with a (good) rider on a rocket III, he really surprised me with how fast that thing was in the twisties - and those weren't nice smooth well sealed twisties, these were nasty lumpy twisties with big potholes. Straight line speed I could easily understand him keeping up, but on that road I've left R1's behind in the past.

A surprisingly competent bike.

The Wee-Strom is a lot of fun though - particularly if you aren't getting a buzz from almost-but-not-quite losing your license every time you ride.

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post #7 of 22 Old 04-13-2011, 09:11 AM
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From an FJR

Just came off an FJR and you WILL miss the power for about the first 2 hours. The acceleration is just not there, but its lack is more than made up for by good manners at low speed, lightweight, the ability to cruise all day at 75-80 mph, great corning ability, and the ability to just look around while riding. Also, I enjoy just getting on the bike and going without worrying about having to move 600+ pounds around in confined spaces.
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You will miss the torque...every day.

You won't miss the weight just as often.

I have a heavy american bike...very heavy. When riding I do not notice it, but it is a chore moving it in and out of my basement and is a real pain to load on a trailor for whatever reason. I use my Vee more now just for this reason. A Vee and Wee essentially weigh the same amount, you may want to consider the larger one if torque concerns you. Both are capable of earning "riding citations".
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Yeah! 0-60 in way more than 3 seconds, nearly four in fact, is terrible. You know what makes you happy. We don't. If you like big, heavy bikes that make more power than can normally be used, don't get a Wee. Never buy a motorcycle for economical reasons. They are for fun.
Thanks for that information and advice...it was truly helpful!
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You will miss the torque...every day.

You won't miss the weight just as often.

I have a heavy american bike...very heavy. When riding I do not notice it, but it is a chore moving it in and out of my basement and is a real pain to load on a trailor for whatever reason. I use my Vee more now just for this reason. A Vee and Wee essentially weigh the same amount, you may want to consider the larger one if torque concerns you. Both are capable of earning "riding citations".
That's right. Just go for Vee.
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