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post #1 of 31 Old 10-13-2011, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Highway speed, comfort, with the 650

I would like some feedback on the RPM range, vibration, and comfort when riding the 650 at highway speeds 70-80, long range. Wondering about riding from Seattle to San Diego. Not enough bike?

Also some feedback on riding two up with some gear. It think this would be pusing it a little bit with a 650 but I am wondering.

I can only afford one bike so I need to choose wisely. Need to run around town, a few trip a year <1000 Miles round trip. Maybe one a years over 2000 miles round trip.

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post #2 of 31 Old 10-13-2011, 01:47 PM
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I weigh 165 +gear... I have no trouble or vibration at the speeds you mentioned... I would cross the country by myself or two up on my Wee... Maybe if you were 2 really big people and/or a lot of gear the 1000 might be a better choice... I always take backroads where ever I go (if I can)... high speed riding means nothing to me anymore... I like the trip, not the destination or how fast I can get there...

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I have almost 73,000 miles on mine including many trips out west at a real 75mph, 82mph indicated, which happens at 6000rpm. My bike really likes rpms over 5000. The engine just starts to come alive about there. An electronic cruise control and big grips are my friends as well as a large screen and Sargent seat. I have no complaints with them installed

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I've had the Wee a couple months and nearly all of my previous 40 years of riding has been dirt bikes and dualsports. The thing that surprised me about the Wee is the annoying wind buffeting. If I was to choose a bike for 70-80 mph cruising, I would try some other ones to find something with better wind management. The ergonomics on the Wee are a little weird for me too, but I suppose that is true for any bike/rider combination.

I would think for touring 2-up there are better choices.

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I've made a few freeway trips and commute via highway everyday. I would say my bikes average speed is some where between 65-75 mph and I have no complaints. No vibration and the wind doesn't really bother me much.

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The thing that surprised me about the Wee is the annoying wind buffeting. If I was to choose a bike for 70-80 mph cruising, I would try some other ones to find something with better wind management.
That's a common issue. It doesn't take a bike change to solve though. A Madstad windscreen mount and maybe a different windscreen handles the job easily. There are so many solutions, the thread on the subject has 84 pages. https://www.stromtrooper.com/dl650-sp...-only-one.html

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Some like the 16 tooth front sprocket for high speed travel. The chain has enough adjustment so you don't need to change the chain length. It's only about $20 for a decent one--try it and see if you like it. It's easy to switch back to the 15 tooth sprocket for your around town months.

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I prefer the 16 tooth as most of my riding is on the HWY. It will shave about 500 rpms off at HWY speeds. I don't mind it around town either, still has plenty of get up. I 2nd the Sargent seat and Givi screen/madstad combo.

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The price of going up one tooth on the front sprocket is reduced torque. If you're running fully loaded, that might not be an acceptable give back. It wasn't for me. I prefer the stock gearing. If you're worried about the 650 not being enough bike for LD travel, keep the stock countersprocket.

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Interstates are not my favorite on the Wee, but I don't do that enough to warrant the expense of going to something bigger. Everywhere else, ,it's just right for my one up 220lbs. I have the 16 tooth cog, and it does lower the rpms by 500. But, that puts I-state cruising at 5500 which is right in the peak of the slight vibration. I will be going back to the 15 tooth and just get used to the higher rpms. It might not be perfect, but I would go anywhere on the Wee one up.

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