Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Sub-Arctic, New Hampshire
MPG and other aspects
Odieus / Danny,
First, thank you for teaching. If we did it for the money, no one would do it. "What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth?" - Marcus Tullius Cicero.
I responded to address your MPG question. I love the Wee (I also had a long line of Beemers, selling my R1150RT to buy the Wee), but I don't think you'll get mileage in the mid-50s at the speeds you're likely to commute. I was getting mileage in the low 50s BEFORE I added a couple medium-sized soft saddlebags (I prefer to carry my rainsuit, 1st aid kit, spare fleece, and some more 'stuff' etc. all the time, not trusting to weather reports), and the drag induced by these has dropped it to 49-51, depending on the speeds.
Many advocate a fork brace, if crosswinds are a consideration. If spending a lot of time on the stock seat, you'll want to improve or replace it, so that's another cost factor to include in the Minister of Finance's calculations. But, compared to the every-6,000-miles valve-adjustments on the Beemer, you'll certainly be saving money with the Wee!
I can't speak to the ABS, mine does not have it. As to your budget, unless you're buying new, you'll have plenty left over to equip a used Wee to your satisfaction, and then some. I also have a KLR, which I love, but no way would I want to commute on an interstate-speeds highway with it. I refer to it as my 'mule' that prefers 55-and-under. The Wee may have a similar displacement, but it'll keep up with those folks in the cages without breathing hard.
Good luck with your choice, and stay vertical.