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post #1 of 23 Old 05-12-2012, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Cruiser to wee?

Hello folks. I currently ride a c50 boulevard, to which I've added a mustang seat to help with the lower back pain cruiser seating position can induce.

I'm considering trading it in for a 2012 vstrom 650. I wanted a bit more power and a more upright seating position. However, I test rode one at the dealership and found that after only 20 miles or so my butt was killing me and the seat was putting significantly too much pressure on the family jewels. I don't think I want a new ride if it's just going to transfer pain from one area to another. So, are there good aftermarket seats available for the 2012 that will address these problems?

A second question: I find I mis-shift a lot on it. I'm guessing that's because I'm used to the c50's larger shifting peg and need more practice?
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post #2 of 23 Old 05-12-2012, 07:41 PM
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Sorry I cant answer your question, but im in the market for a new bike and was interested in the vstrom 650 and c50, since you rode both, you think the vstrom has more power? Do you think it will handle the highway better than the c50?
And by the way im pretty sure you can find a better seat somewhere, or some kind of soft seat cover.
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The vstrom definitely has more power. It's also about 100 pounds lighter than the c50, which is a factor. My c50 can easily cruise along at 70-75 mph, though the engine is fairly revvy at that point. The vstrom seemed less busy sounding at that speed. Both still have a lot of speed left after 75 mph, but the strom will get you there quicker. Im not a fair judge of handling here because the 2 bikes are apples and oranges. I'm used to the cruisers low seating position and was a bit intimidated by the vstroms height. Getting used to it take more than a 30 min test ride. I'd imagine if I got used to it I would find it more nimble in every regard.
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I had a C50, also with a mustang seat, for a while. Fun bike but nowhere near as versatile as the V-Strom. It's a whole different style of riding. Comfort however is a personal thing.

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It sounds like whatever you ride will cause discomfort.

Maybe you need to reduce your muff.

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Lol. That could be the problem. Perhaps I need a good massage. Been sleeping for crap as well. For the record a big muff is a distortion effect for electric guitars. My other hobby/obsession.
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I traded my VTX 1800 for a Vee. I had the same questions you did about how my back would react to the new riding position. I was also wondering if I would put more pressure on my hands causing my hands to numb up.

After driving off with my Vee (a little teary-eyed at leaving my baby that I raised from a naked VTX into a distance-cruising monster:bom_bigcry



I drove around town and put 50 miles or so on the bike. My Vee has risers so my riding position is fairly upright causing no pain. The upright position also reduces the pressure on my hands, but I did feel a bit of numbness until I fine-tuned my position. Another plus for me is that the previous owner installed electronic cruise control. Yeah, I like that...

Still not fully convinced that I had made the right decision I took the Vee around Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Wyoming and Utah with a side-trip to Vernal Utah to ride the switchbacks. This is about a 250 mile trip and was no problem on my VTX. I found the Vee to be fairly comfortable, easy on my back and hands though I was wishing for the pegs to be a bit lower - I can deal with that later. I also think I have an aftermarket seat though I haven't looked to be sure.

What I noticed more about the Vee was how much more fun it was to ride than my VTX. With a cruiser you are easing into turns, almost as though you are a passenger on the bike. With the Vee (and other upright bikes) you are attacking the corner, showing it that you are the boss, even if you aren't scraping pegs. I just enjoyed the ride much more on the Vee.

I don't know how far I can go in one sitting because I kept stopping to get pictures of the bike here or there.



Most of the few problems I have with the Vee can be fixed with some farkling (is that even a word?). The one major problem I have is that when I get within 50 yards of a semi on the interstate (75 mph or above) the turbulence rocks the handlebars all over the place. This is easily solved by riding behind the side of the truck so I can see what's ahead of it and passing at first opportunity (I learned that with my KLR), but still a bit annoying at times.

For any problem you have with the Wee you should decide if that is a problem that can be fixed by swapping out parts or not.If the handlebars are too low, buy a riser. If the seat hurts, buy a different seat. Don't let little things get in the way of the big picture. On the other hand, if you don't like the upright riding position, you may want to consider a different bike.

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Still have my 03 VOL 800, couldn't bring myself to let it go. My 08 Wee is what I take on long trips. Did a bit of reading on here before I bought it. The stock seat was notoriously bad-mouthed, and as such I have never sat on it... I bought the heated Sargent and switched it out before the bike left the dealership. No regrets, the Sargent is EXCELLANT.

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/found that after only 20 miles or so my butt was killing me and the seat was putting significantly too much pressure on the family jewels. I don't think I want a new ride if it's just going to transfer pain from one area to another. So, are there good aftermarket seats available for the 2012 that will address these problems?

A second question: I find I mis-shift a lot on it. I'm guessing that's because I'm used to the c50's larger shifting peg and need more practice?
One of the changes on the 2012 DL650A was to make the front of the seat thinner and narrower to allow shorter riders to flat foot without lowering the bike.

Most touring seats will have more padding, particularly in front. For example, the Tall Touring saddle on the previous gen was 40mm (about 1 1/2") taller, so it's a lot more cushy. There is also a gel saddle. You've just got to try them.

As far as mis-shifting the SV/DL gearbox is actually pretty highly regarded. In fact the clutch and trans were one of the things that set the DL650 apart from the R1200GS when it was crowned "Alpenkonig" in 2005. If you were riding a new bike, that could have been part of it.

You're retuning your senses to ride a middleweight, and one that is focused on performance, not style. You'll like it.

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back pain

i also had a cruiser my last 2 bikes were a 2008 harley electraglide and a bmw r1200clc both were nice but too heavy and gave lower back pain on the harley and sore butt on the beemer i would reccomend a russel day long seat and a back o line and all will be good, i very happy with my vee good luck !!!
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