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post #1 of 28 Old 06-11-2012, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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NT700V vs. Wee

I'm currently riding a 99 Concours that I like a great deal. But I'm getting the itch for something new and think I want something lighter as I get a little older(59).
I will spend 99% of my time on the pavement hunting the twisties. Any thoughts on the choice between the two bikes that I'v mentioned. I will be two up quite a bit also.
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post #2 of 28 Old 06-11-2012, 11:36 AM
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The NV from what I hear is tuned towards hyper fuel economy and commuting. The honda forums complain about lack of power. The integrated bags look interesting.

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post #3 of 28 Old 06-11-2012, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Shaft drive

The Honda has the shaft drive and that's a big deal to me. But I lean towards hotfooting in the twisies and that won't be much fun if its under powered.
Are there many guys or gals using the wee as mainly a sporttourer?
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Shaft drive and a LOT less power.

Thing is the new DL 650 gets about the same MPG if you ride it within the same envelope but has at least 20HP more on tap if you need to pass something. I'll admit I like having both those options available.

I use my DL mainly as a commuter, I *could* use a scooter for that but I also use the DL as a weekend bike in the twisties or on dirt - the Honda would fall well behind there as would a scoot. I suspect you really need to look at the maxi scooters as competitors to the NV700 rather than a DL 650.

Longer breaks, the DL tours, serious multi-day rides simply aren't an issue on a DL 650.
I'll admit I find chain V shaft not an issue because I have a working chain oiler.

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Scooters?

No scooters for me thanks. I'm not ready for that.
I know chains have come a long way, but I feel like its a step backward after having the shaft for so many years. My other bike is a 2003 Triumph Bonneville T100. I seldom have to even adjust the chain on that. (Great bike by the way)
I'm also short of inseam which is also a concern. 5'7" 30" inseam. But I have read on the forum there are ways to deal with that.
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power

I owned a SV650 standard for a short time. I loved the amount of power that bike had. Is this the level of power I should expect from the Wee?
I gave that bike up because I couldn't make the riding position work form. I've got issues with my neck. Even the Concours with Helibars bothers me on longer rides. But I won't give up riding till they put me in the box!!
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i looked at the nt, the versys and the dl650 when i was getting my next bike.
i had a klr650 and my commute changed from 20 miles of back roads to 30 miles of super slab. the klr was ok but i wanted something more roadie.
i thought i would love the nt but the buzzy bars and almost lack of being able to change grear ratios were stumbling blocks. i went with the dl650 and have put in a 16t front sprocket and it has been a very good comuter. i can get 60mpg if i take my time, mostly i get 56mpg. the chain has 26xxx miles on it and still looks good with alot of adjustment room still.

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Are there many guys or gals using the wee as mainly a sporttourer?
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There are many of us here doing just that. I would go so far to say that the V-Strom is a sport tourer that some people use as an adventure bike. Call it adventure touring if you want. It's a blast in the twisties, does great on long hauls, and can be ridden off-road if you choose to.

Don't let the chain scare you off, I came from BMWs and hadn't had a chain street bike in 20 years before the strom and was a little reluctant to give up shaft drive. Now, it's a non-issue. I would still prefer shaft drive but a chain doesn't dissuade me any more.

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im pretty partial to a shaft drive myself. but i decided to go with a Vee because of all the things the bike does so well. My Vee and my last bike were both chain drives and after seeing how much longer my tires last with a chain than a shaft made it a non issue for me. If you buy a strom you will not be dissapointed and you will love the bike so much nothing will matter.
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Wait for the 2013 burgman 650 scooter. I heard it is going the sport tourer route and don't sweat the "scooter" label. I have a 2006 burg 650 abs and it toys @ 80 all day long.
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