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post #1 of 19 Old 05-04-2012, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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2012 wee or vee?

Hello just looking for some opinions. I currently ride a 2007 DRZ400S. I am looking to keep my DRZ for my more offroad riding and get something that is better on the street and for longer rides. As I am more used to the sitting up riding position I think the VStrom is the right bike for me. When I started looking at them new I thought I wanted the DL1000 as I am a bigger guy(6' 260lbs) and won't be doing much if any offroad riding on it. Then I saw all the revisions to the wee this year and it made my choice more difficult. I have never had a sport bike so I'm not sure how much the power will matter to me. What do people think for street only mostly(some mountain roads that are paved but not well) Would you choose the 2012 Vee or Wee?
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The advantage to the Vee is all about power. If being faster than 99% of cars on the road is not good enough, you don't want to need to shift to a lower gear when power is needed or being on a lower power motorcycle than average is an assault on your manhood, you need a Vee. Otherwise, the Wee is a more refined package. It doesn't have issues like lean stutter, clutch chudder, rear hub mysticism and poor fuel economy. The Wee is a much bigger seller.

That won't matter if you find you want more power though. If you aren't sure how important power will be to you, you need to do what it takes to figure that out. I'll say this though, if power was so important to me that a Wee couldn't cut it, I'd look at something besides a V-Strom. The 2012 Vee has been virtually unchanged for at least 5 years.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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I've been lucky and my Vee runs well, after I installed the Power Commander. I do very little town and traffic riding and I would'nt trade the bike for the world. I couldn't imaging cruising at 65mphs all day at 7000 rpms like the wee does. On the other hand, I know if I was tooling around town all the time, the Wee would be my choice. I also get pretty good gas mileage, I think the bikes that get poor mileage are mapped wrong.
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6000rpm is an indicated 82mph and real 75mph. I told you a million times, don't exaggerate. At that speed, the Vee and Wee fuel economies come closer.

Pat- 2007 DL650A was ridden to all 48 contiguous states. I didn't quite make it to 17,000 miles on the 2012 DL650A.
Nicknames I use to lessen typing, Vee = 2002-2012 DL1000s. Vee2=2014-2016 DL1000s. Wee = 2004-2011 DL650s. Glee = 2012-2016 DL650s
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The advantage to the Vee is all about power. If being faster than 99% of cars on the road is not good enough, you don't want to need to shift to a lower gear when power is needed or being on a lower power motorcycle than average is an assault on your manhood, you need a Vee. Otherwise, the Wee is a more refined package. It doesn't have issues like lean stutter, clutch chudder, rear hub mysticism and poor fuel economy. The Wee is a much bigger seller.

That won't matter if you find you want more power though. If you aren't sure how important power will be to you, you need to do what it takes to figure that out. I'll say this though, if power was so important to me that a Wee couldn't cut it, I'd look at something besides a V-Strom. The 2012 Vee has been virtually unchanged for at least 5 years.
That is about the best and most unbiased response to this most asked question yet. I have a VEE. My clutch is a little noisy but fine at 70,000 miles. I had my bike remapped and no stutter. The rear hub issue is a new one to me as mine is fine and the chain runs true. I get 180 miles between fill ups...a wee will do 250 if that matters to you.

But, I am a 250 pound, 50 year old man with a 10 year olds ego, and a true knuckle dragger.....I wanted the power. The bike frames are identical. The VEE has some better suspension parts but the wee can be ordered with ABS.

You will not shake a wee off your tailight with a vee until the road straightens out.

Either bike is a huge value for the money. The 650 may be an even better deal since the bigger bike comes at a higher price. The new wee is a nice upgrade in style...but its just two different versions of kinda funky to me.

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Vee

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Hello just looking for some opinions. I currently ride a 2007 DRZ400S. I am looking to keep my DRZ for my more offroad riding and get something that is better on the street and for longer rides. As I am more used to the sitting up riding position I think the VStrom is the right bike for me. When I started looking at them new I thought I wanted the DL1000 as I am a bigger guy(6' 260lbs) and won't be doing much if any offroad riding on it. Then I saw all the revisions to the wee this year and it made my choice more difficult. I have never had a sport bike so I'm not sure how much the power will matter to me. What do people think for street only mostly(some mountain roads that are paved but not well) Would you choose the 2012 Vee or Wee?
I've owned both a Vstrom 1000 and a Wee Strom. I truely REGRET giving up the WeeStrom. I know own a 1000 and like the others on this sight have stated, it does have power (unless you are traveling over 70MPH, don't shift to 6th (overdrive) gear. The 1000 will do all of the freeway traveling you'll ever want to do. However, IMHO, the Wee is the most manueverable and driveable machine I have ever owned. For my money the Wee is the BEST. As a matter of fact, my wife has given me the green flag to buy the new Wee "Adventure" bike. A tough decision, but I'll be trading (or selling) the DL1000 to help pay for the Wee Adventure.

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I would go with the 2012 wee. It has been updated while the Vee has no changes.
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Go with the Wee

I'd go with the Wee. Having owned both (2006 Wee and a 2006 Vstrom 1000) I have decided ot buy the new Wee Adventurer.
My wife gave me the "OK " to buy the new Wee, in September. However, I have to trade-in or sell my Vee 1000 in order to buy it. I have no problem with separating from the DL1000, as i enjoyed my DL650 sooooo... much. The Vee is more suited for highway riding the Wee is best suited for trails, backroads and around the city.
Give me a Wee for my next bike.

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You will not shake a wee off your tailight with a vee until the road straightens out.
Hahahaha, even then, I've been known to be a big pest. :mrgreen:

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