I know a lot of people are switching to this bike from the BMWs etc and this bike is really gaining a following, but is it right for me?
My riding will consist of the following (if I can actually find a bike that can do it all):
- 4 or 5 days a week commuting to work (roughly 40 miles RT)
- a trip to some fireroad-ish type ride once a month
- out to the desert for a 2-up camping trip for some hikes off the beaten path (if any of you are near San Diego this is the Anza Boreggo desert)
- once a year it would be nice to be able to actually do some distance touring on it... say a San Diego to Oregon type trip
Now am I really looking at the right bike? I know none of you here are biased or anything. I'm mostly wondering if the Wee can actually handle a trip out to the desert on the trails out there 2-up. Is that even a practical request for any bike? I haven't done any Adv riding up to this point, but that's what I'm looking for in my next bike.
Thanks in advance guys!
*Edit: I was thinking the Wee over the Vee because of my off-road aspirations. From everything I've read the 650 should be fine 2-up on long trips and still be comfortable, but the extra weight of the Vee is a hindrance when the pavement ends. If those assumptions are flawed let me know
Pretty much a perfect match for a Wee - about the only area it doesn't cope well with is very high speeds, provided you are talking legal or even quite a bit over it's fine. Cruising at >100mph and it's the wrong bike.
Very nice commuter, that's how mine spends it's weekdays and in the weekends it's usually out in the hills.
2-up yep. You have to be a little more careful passing at high speeds, but at ~legal speeds it's fine.
2-up off road yes, but try to remember it's not a real dirt bike and slow down if it gets nasty. You may find the rear suspension needs some work to make it comfortable if you are doing long distances with a pillion on gravel. Easy enough to load up with gear, and it has a good total load rating with a solid reputation for not breaking or bending bits when loaded.
FWIW: The Vee is usable off road, but you really need to be any two of tall, strong or skilled to cope gracefully - but off road it's not really any faster than the Wee, just uses fuel and tires faster.
Given the amount of commuting, I suspect the Wee is the better choice, ~20% less fuel and the engine is much easier to live with in traffic.
Long trips aren't a problem as such, but the seat on the pre-2012 models needs help for most riders doing long distances, pillion comfort is generally O.K..