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post #1 of 11 Old 12-07-2011, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Do I look better on the V(Strom) or the V(ersys)?

Anyone here had any experience with both?

It seems like more than a few here are in my situation too. Got back into riding about 2 years ago after a 25+ year hiatus. Picked up an '06 Ninja 650R to restart my riding. After my second major back surgery in 5 years I THOUGHT I would be better off with a bigger cruiser, for the comfort factor, so in July last year I got an '09 V-Star 1300 and started adding things to it. Long story short, after 18 months I have less than 600 miles on it. I find it ain't all that much fun to ride for me. Not fond of feeling like I'm sitting on a La-Z-Boy and don't much care for floorboards or forward controls. Back still hurts some when I ride too. And I feel like I'm trying to push around a land barge, even though mine is only about 700 pounds.

So I'm looking into possibly getting a different bike. Looked at a couple IL fours (FZ8. Ninja 1000), but I keep coming back to the two bikes I originally considered when I started riding again-the Wee-Strom and the Versys. I would have had one or the other had I not found such a good deal on the 650R. So I almost feel I'm back at square one in some respects.

Since the two 650s are on my sorta short list I'm wondering if anyone out there has had experience with both and could compare/contrast them? I'm also unsure as to whether the 'new improved' 2012s are worth waiting awhile for, as now is not really a good time to try to sell my V-Star so I may have some time.

I found out bigger is not always better and I guess if my back is gonna hurt anyway I might as well ride something I enjoy. I'll be lurking around here for awhile and occasionally chime in, at least until I decide on what two-wheeled contraption it is I really want for Christmas. Thank you for your patience.
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post #2 of 11 Old 12-08-2011, 12:52 AM
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Ive ridden both and went for the wee because of price and comfort.

I have the standard screen at it highest setting which has the air blast going over the top of my helmet. The kawaka has the air stream on your helmet so you will have some effort at cruizing speed. I'm not sure if that would add to your back issues but prob would.
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post #3 of 11 Old 12-08-2011, 03:46 AM
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Go for 2009-2011 Wee with ABS.
Better bike overall than the Versys.

The Stroms have a huge aftermarket -farkles- inventory (not much available for the 2012 yet).

And have you seen the trouble free big mileage posts on here and other forums regarding Wee-Strom's?

Bike mags all over the world rate the Wee as probably the most versatile value for money bike on the market today.

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post #4 of 11 Old 12-08-2011, 10:54 AM
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I've been a die-hard Kawasaki nutt since I was a teenager. And when the Versys came out, I thought "this is IT!" I checked one out at the dealer, sat on it, and thought "this is a tall and stubby bike" - eeeshh!, I was uncertain about it all of a sudden. I then went to a Harley dealer, whom happened to have a well cared for 2006 Wee for sale. They threw me the keys for a ride, and as I turned out of the dealership, and flung the Wee down the road, I was immediately convinced, it was perfect! I felt like I was the king of the highway. I bought it that weekend.

Haven't had one moment of buyers remorse, and I never miss an opportunity to ride it - it's really the best, most fun bike I've ever had.

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post #5 of 11 Old 12-08-2011, 11:16 AM
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Nobody looks good on a Versys unless they look so good the bike can be ignored. :mrgreen:

The Strom can be better, but not compared to really good looking bikes. Form follows function in the genre.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s

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post #6 of 11 Old 12-08-2011, 12:02 PM
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"..only about 700 pounds.."


For reference, I had a 1200cc naked before my wee. I 'downsized' just this year. Very happy with the decision. Bigger is most certainly not better.

I am a 99.9% street/road rider.

I cross shopped the wee and the Versys pretty hard. In my experience you could get a Versys for less than a comparable wee. I do not think they sold very well around here. Dealers let them go for cheap and now 1st owners are turning them over for even less. I also found several dealers that had untitled leftover 2009 MY bikes on their showrooms, plus a 2011 right next to it. Meanwhile many local Suzuki dealers had no V-Stroms in stock at all.

What sold me on the wee over the kawi:
- V-twin engine, which I really had my heart set on, inherently smoother
- 19" front wheel, arguably better on crappy New England roads
- Deeper aftermarket
- Longer track record, more DIY info available (ie this site)
- Conventional exhaust layout => available center stand, still annoyed it wasn't equipped with one from the factory
- Fit/finish *feels* better than the '09 and earlier Versys to my hand
- Wee is more substantial, that's right, its heavier/bigger feeling (I highway a lot)
- Better wind protection from the factory
- Better analog gauges (I hate digital dashes!)

Many of these things are nit-picky. Some only really apply if you are DIY'ing maintenance and 'farkling'. But that's my list.

Things that had me wanting to to Versys:
- Price, there were some smokin' deals on 2nd hand Versys 'round here last summer
- Availability; lots of used Versys on the market at the time, not so many wees, clean wees sold fast
- Sportier, I believe the Versys is a better street/sport bike than the wee

Compare that with your own list.

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post #7 of 11 Old 12-10-2011, 10:59 PM
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Wee-Strom vs. Versys

I had a Versys before my '11 DL650A. Previously rode heavier bikes, i.e. Wing, ST1300, several Beemers before downsizing. Did not like the Versys. It is so sensitive to input I didn't feel stable; perhaps this would be positive for a more skilled rider. Got blown around on interstate a good bit. I have found the Wee-Strom, for my needs, so superior to the Versys there is little comparison. Didn't have any mechanical problems with Versys, just much prefer the Wee.
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-12-2011, 09:41 PM
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Wife loves her Versys, but when i let her ride my wee, she wanted to know when I"ll sell it to her. The versys may be better off road, but for real comfort and feel of security, the Vstrom is the way to go.

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post #9 of 11 Old 02-08-2012, 05:01 PM
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wee the better bike

Rode Harley all my life, my back is wasted, they won't do surgery, on morphine ride a Harley, on my back for two days, ride my wee no problem
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-08-2012, 06:25 PM
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Either bike is a solid bet, depends more on how you plan to ride it, and how much you plan to "upgrade" it?

The Wee's motor is smoother, and there is an aftermarket pool of toys, miles long.

The Versys is a better handler in the twisties (pavement), with the smaller 17" front wheel, and generally a bit sporty config.

The Wee has more leg room, and fitted with a decent seat and windscreen, can easily be a multi-day tourer......the Verys, more of a compromise in this respect.

The Wee has a larger tank, and further range.

You will pay more for a Wee, they are easier to sell, and have a stronger following.......the Versys in the twisties, is more fun to ride, compromises, whatever you want to call them, both are great bikes, just depends on what you value most.

I owned an 09 Wee, and now have an 08 Vee.......I have considered a Versys many times, as I really really enjoy the twisties, but have a tough time giving up on the creature comforts........point is, tough choices, but I've had 2 Stroms.
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