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post #1 of 21 Old 03-11-2012, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone go VFR to WeeStrom?

Hey guys, I've currently got a 5th Gen VFR and am thinking of switching to a 08 or newer weeStrom. I'm looking for a bike that can do decent touring, the occasional fire road, and can be left on the streets of NYC without so much worry about getting stolen or broken plastics from asshats that can't park. The wee pretty much has all of that down.

But I'm curious if anyone's gone the same, or similar route, and what the thoughts are. Did you regret the move? How did the bikes compare as tourers?

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I've had 2 vfr's (6th gen) and recently went to a bike quite a bit like the Wee.

The ergo's are quite different obviously. the seat height is higher. The power of the V-4 is definitely greater but for real world use, I don't think it's that big of a deal.

Touring you'd much prefer the Wee. The vfr, after a few hours, especially if you're a bit older, well, my back was killing me. And, there's a ton of aftermarket stuff for the Wee as compared to the VFR. The options are a bit overwhelming there are that many.

Personally, I'll never go back to a more 'sport' style bike. Never gonna happen. I'm mostly an around town rider. Occasionally a trip with some camping, but not often. My bike (kawa Versys) and other bikes similar to the Wee, are the tops in my book. Great gas mileage, great around town, some off road (Wee is really good at this), some travel...

they have it all. Enjoy!
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Thanks for the reply. I checked the Versys out at the IMS and it felt pretty good to sit on, even lighter than the V.

You're right - the power of the VFR is definitely better, but at the end of the day, I constantly ask myself if I NEED it all. Is it fun, and does it sound awesome? Yes. But at the end of the day, it goes back to the want vs need argument. Kind of why I recently went from a V6 to a I4 carwise. At the end of the day, practical won me over.
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But I'm curious if anyone's gone the same, or similar route, and what the thoughts are. Did you regret the move? How did the bikes compare as tourers?
No, I kept them both.

Going from a VFR to a V-Strom is about like going from a Corvette to a Blazer.

My VFR is my preferred touring bike. I prefer leaning forward slightly, and I'm 60 years old. I've done 600 mile days on my VFR and 500 mile days on my V-Strom. At the end of the day I could have gone some more on my VFR but not on my V-Strom.

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No, I kept them both.

Going from a VFR to a V-Strom is about like going from a Corvette to a Blazer.

My VFR is my preferred touring bike. I prefer leaning forward slightly, and I'm 60 years old. I've done 600 mile days on my VFR and 500 mile days on my V-Strom. At the end of the day I could have gone some more on my VFR but not on my V-Strom.
If I could, I'd keep both as well, but that isn't an option. How's the power difference when touring? Do you ever feel like the Strom doesn't have enough power? Also, where are you on the tach when cruising around 70mph, and, does it feel buzzy?
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If I could, I'd keep both as well, but that isn't an option. How's the power difference when touring? Do you ever feel like the Strom doesn't have enough power? Also, where are you on the tach when cruising around 70mph, and, does it feel buzzy?
The power difference is, as I said, about like the difference between a Corvette and a Blazer. I've never felt like my V-Strom doesn't have enough power but there have been many occasions when I missed the power of my VFR.

MY V-Strom has a front sprocket that is one tooth larger than stock which lowered the RPM by about 500 at in 6th gear. RPM vs. speed in 6th now is virtually identical to my VFR with stock gearing. It is also nowhere near as smooth as the VFR. The VFR engine is smooth as silk whereas the V-Strom engine is, contrary to the opinion of many, not as smooth as silk in my opinion.

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I really don't know how this may help, but anyway - - a good friend let go his much loved 800 vfr to pick up a new Dr600 dual sport......he freekin has had a new lease on life once he got rid of ol' well groomed......

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My Alaska buddy has ridden my Wee but I don't think it makes him want to give up his VFR...

@70mph on the dalton highway:
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I had the original VFR when it was new, in the late 80s :mrgreen:. My first street bike. I prefer the Wee for several reasons. I'm over 6 feet tall and the Wee is built for tall people not 5 foot 6 Japanese men, I don't ride over 100 MPH, I ride roads that are sometimes less than autobahn smooth, and I like the simplicity of service.

The VFR is a fine bike and I enjoyed mine, but in my opinion the day of the sport touring bike aping the appearance and ergos of a track bikes is dying, the new generation of sport touring bike is going to look like an adventure bike. AKA the new Multistrada. Or the Wee.

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Thanks for the input, guys. I posted the VFR for sale, and will see how things go. If it sells, I'll be joining the Strom crowd.
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