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post #1 of 17 Old 12-30-2011, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Question Is the Wee really the bike for me?

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

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That sounds like exactly what the adventure touring group of motorcycles is designed for, and the DL650 & DL650A are excellent examples. Match the tire choice to the surfaces you'll ride on.

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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..

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do you appreciate the bigger kids making fun of you?

if so then yes.... get the she-strom....




"I know none of you here are biased or anything."


no, none of us here are biased..we love the bikes we do not own.
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That sounds like exactly what the adventure touring group of motorcycles is designed for, and the DL650 & DL650A are excellent examples. Match the tire choice to the surfaces you'll ride on.
What he said....

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Thanks guys. I'm going to (try to) hold off until March before I purchase one. Check out the market for used ones, see real ride reports on the 2012, and start my farkles wishlist in the mean time.
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Sounds like a good match for you. I can't suggest the Wee for long distance 2up, but since that's the majority of your riding everything else is inline. Ideally, we all could have 2 or 5 bikes, each with their own purpose.
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The 650 will be perfect for Borrego. I just went out there a few weeks ago and there are quite a few fire roads that are wee friendly.

FYI.. if you splitting between commuting and light adventure riding.. the wee is perfect!
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Sounds like a good match for you. I can't suggest the Wee for long distance 2up, but since that's the majority of your riding everything else is inline. Ideally, we all could have 2 or 5 bikes, each with their own purpose.
If the Burgman 650 at 40HP and 650lbs of weight is renowned for two up then the Wee would have no problems.

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The 650 will be perfect for Borrego. I just went out there a few weeks ago and there are quite a few fire roads that are wee friendly.
Very cool shleppy... where abouts did you go? don't have GPS tracks do ya?
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