Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: The Northwet, U.S.
If I only wanted a low-maintenance commuter, I'd love the NT700. You really can't beat those little car-like Hondas for hassle-free urban service. The PC800 is old and outdated and a real PITA to maintain, though it needs so little that this might not matter. It too is a fabulous little urban commuter and errand bike. If you get a good deal on one in good shape, grab it.
For overall utility, though, there's nothing like the Wee. It's an outstanding commuter, though a bit higher maintenance due to the chain. It handles highway miles very aptly. Properly equipped with the right panniers (I have the Touratechs, which make it easy to lash stuff on top of them), you can haul stuff you wouldn't believe. I routinely carry a few 8 foot 2x4s and a sack of concrete or two now and then. If you only have one vehicle and it's a bike -- as I do -- this is very important.
Don't count on getting 60mpg with the Wee, though. That's very optimistic and not attainable for most people. Figure on a little over 40mpg in the city, 50mpg at consistent speed on the highway under 60mph, and 35mpg on I-10 in west Texas. It's NOT aerodynamic, and high speeds are where fuel economy suffers most. I have a lifetime average of 45mpg over 34000 miles in all kinds of riding.
I think the ST and FJR are much too big for an urban assault vehicle, but they would be very satisfying on the open road.
Just my $.02 US.