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post #1 of 4 Old 06-22-2011, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Question Making the big switch - Intruder to a WeeStrom

Hi all. I'm new to the forum and have been lurking and learning for a while. I've finally decided that this season will be the one to switch rides from my VS800 Intruder I've enjoyed immensely for the last 5 years, to something more suited to my current riding interests...a Wee. I've been thinking about this for a couple of years now, and it's time. There's more touring than cruising in my future. I've checked the wee out at the dealerships, and it fits me well even though I'm on the shorter side of the ledger at 5'8". I haven't had the opportunity for a test ride.

I'm just waiting for the right bike to come available on the used market locally, here in Ottawa, Ontario. (I've decided to buy a previously enjoyed ride, rather than new). WeeStroms seem to appear infrequently in the used market here, and I'm still kicking myself for missing a 2008 stealth black, fully kitted ABS model 2 weeks ago.

There is a completely stock 2004 on the local market I might check out. It's extremely low mileage and by the photos looks new and "garage kept" (11k kms on it, appx 7k miles).

I know that was the first model year, and it's a little older than I intended to buy. I'm aware of the basic changes to the bike since new (e.g., ABS, and the addition of a 2nd pair of sparkplugs in 07). I wasn't necessarily looking specifically for an ABS model, so I'd like to hear comments on the 04's. Are there any reasons to avoid it (and also 05-06) in favor of an 07 or newer. Are there any other changes or improvements I'd need to have in mind?

Appreciative of any advice the group members have to offer. Cheers!

Current bikes
2010 DL650 (BlackBetty2)

2006 Suzuki DL650 (FREDA)
2000 Suzuki VS800 Intruder (BlackBetty)
1987 Yamaha Virago 535
1972 Keystone mini-bike
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-27-2011, 09:36 AM
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A Wee is what it is

Bought my new '07 in '08. After 12000 mi. I can say it performs as outlined by everyone in this forum. It's not the prettiest or the the fastest bike out there but its' strength in all catagories makes it the biggest bang for the buck in the motorcycle world. It is the most fun, comfortable kick around bike I have ever ridden. It's a commuter, semi-trail bundle of dependable fun that is quick and agile enough to have fun while giving you that "this bike is a workhorse" kinda feeling. Kinda like my old lady! In my book it's a no brainer.
You want a fast bike, Buy a fast one. If you want a cruiser, buy one. If you are finally ready to buy with your head and not your heart and need the only bike that can deliver the best all around performance on the market today, buy a Wee.
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-27-2011, 11:02 AM
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I'm not sure, but I believe that the 04 strom was the last year they had the fairing with the non-adjustable windscreen......the 05-06 models (minor chassis mods) were nice because you could easily adjust the throttle bodies...the newer versions, you need a special tool, I believe.

But, they're pretty much all the same. You really can't go wrong. But, you might like the new GeeStrom for the first on yer block!

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-03-2011, 07:03 AM
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V-Strom you'll never look back

Been ridin' since 69' 200 off road races-200 road races- many public road miles
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