I had been aiming for a bike like a Concours before I Googled "motorcycles for tall people" and learned about V-Stroms. Fate intervened and connected me with a friend of a friend who generously invited me to test ride his Wee for an afternoon and I fell in love. I got impatient when, trying to find a used Wee, every one I found got sold before I could even get to look at it so, two months ago, I used most of my "bike budget" money towards downpayment on a new 2011 Wee and financed the rest at zero percent interest over 60 months!
So far, I've invested another $1320.00+/- into the bike for farkles: mirror extenders, hand guards, Grip Puppies, crash bars, hard sidebags, tank bag and Madstad bracket. Since I'm a firm believer in ATGATT, I've also invested some serious $$$ into a full-face helmet, high-viz jacket and overpants.
The dealer I bought the bike from initially referred to it as "a great commuter bike" but, IMHO, that's an oxymoron here in northeast Massachusetts. My idea of motorcycling is just the opposite of what I deal with during my daily commutes from the Nashua area up to Gloucester and back. I think I'd rather eat glass than ride ANY motorcycle down Route 3 then north on Route 95 and then on to Gloucester on 128. My return trip south on 128 to 95, north on Route 93, south on Route 495 and then north on Route 3 ain't no picnic either.
It sucks doing it in my car day in and day out. I would not want to do it on a motorcycle: miles upon miles of inching along, drivers cutting in and out without using directionals, tailgating at 75+mph, drivers swerving unconciously because they've got their cellphone up to their ear or they're applying makeup.....No Thank You! I cringe when I see motorcycles in the midst of it all.
To each his own! Follow your bliss! I ride my 650 to get away from it all. As soon as I get home on a weekday, I shower off the angst from the commute, slip into my riding gear and head north and west to those "New England back-roads" you referred to. I get up early on weekends, too, and head out before the errand-runners hit the roads in full force.
All that being said, I am delighted with my Wee and I am grateful for all the posters on this web site whose comments and input helped me to decide that this bike was perfect for me. Tell the missus that, even if you DO get a Wee and for whatever reason it doesn't fullfil your (her?) expectations, you'll have no problem reselling it. Every once in awhile I've noticed that a Weestrom shows up at National Powersports Distributors Pembroke, New Hampshire- 1-603-410-4120
Good Luck with your decision.