Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Canberra-ish, Australia
Considering a Vee, any Regrets?
For the past 3 years I have been lurking on the Wee forum every day at work, fully intending to buy myself a Wee this year. After having a test ride I knew I would need the taller seat from the Vee, so today I decided to test ride a Vee just to get a feel for the difference in ergonomics (and to have a little fun).
Anyway, as soon as I sat on the Vee, I thought "hang on, this is pretty light". All the years I have been reading about the Wee had lead me to believe the Vee was a totally top heavy pig of a bike. Compared to my old Bandit 1200 the Vee felt really nice and easy to move around.
So anyway I took it for a 40 minute ride and I really liked it. I am currently riding a GSX 650F so I have been missing the power a bit lately. I am now considering making an offer on the Vee as early as this weekend. I am worried it will go quickly.
Here are the details of the bike I rode:
2008 DL 1000, silver, 38,000km, hand guards, belly pan, centre stand. All of the accessories are ones I would have bought for any vstrom I ended up with.
Anyway, what I am getting around to asking is do any of you Vee owners wish you got the Wee instead? The dealership also has a beautiful Wee for a great price and it probably remains the more sensible option. The little time I have spent at the Vee section of the forum shows a long list of frightening problems, most notably "clutch chudder" (no idea what this is) and fuelling problems that require a power commander. The bike I rode seemed to run pretty good, though I guess it was a bit rougher than the inline fours I am used to but I expected that from a twin. I dont want a bike that I am having to constantly tinker with to get it running right, but as I said I was pretty happy with the way the bike I rode was running.
Does the fact that it is a relatively late model (2008 ) mean that many problems have been ironed out, or do I have nasty surprises ahead if I buy this bike? Are there any issues I should check out next time I have a look? Why do Vees get such a bad rap?
The way I feel at the moment, buying a Vee means I get the comfort of the Wee but with the all the power I need.
Last edited by Strange Dog; 02-20-2012 at 11:50 PM.