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post #1 of 13 Old 08-25-2012, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Wee/Vee for relaxed touring

My VFR 800 is trying to kill me. Actually it's more like it is encouraging me to kill myself. Here's the deal.

The VFR is beautiful, sounds heavenly and wants to go too fast. If I'm not constantly watching it cruises at 80-85 w/o effort. So what is the problem you're wondering?

I'm 63 and I know my reactions aren't what they used to be. Plus I live in NW Montana, land of the kamikaze deer. I need something that is happier cruising at 65-70 mph. Will the Wee/Vee be better? The nearest freeway is I 90 one hundred miles away and I avoid it if possible. I also ride a lot in BC where the speed limit is 55-60. VFR is also not as comfortable under 75 as there is less wind to take the weight off my wrists.

I've heard the Vee is top heavy. My VFR is definitely a pig at low speeds and in the garage so I think the Vee won't be worse and could possibly be better.

There aren't many bikes or shops here so I'm limited in opportunities to check the bikes out. I mention Wee & Vee as I'd really like a ABS 650 but don't want to blow the $$ only to find out it's not what I want. My local dealer is getting a used Vee in next week. My thinking is that I will trade the VFR back to him for the Vee and ride it for a while. If I like it I'll then trade in the Spring for the 650 I really want. Or I may love the big boy.

Any input will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Edit* This won't be my only bike. I have a S40 for puttin' around, an old Helix scooter for local grocery running and a Silverwing scooter for touring. The VFR was supposed to be for more sporting riding/touring. It is that only too much so. That's what got me thinking Wee.

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You mentioned wrists. One of the reasons I bought my Wee was the seating position. I like the upright postition and even went with the "up & back" bar risers to make it more so. I went 1 tooth up on the front sprocket and it's comfortable at the speeds you mentioned.

Either one, just for comfort and ease of getting around might be a good fit based on your stated mission.
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Personally I prefer my VFR for touring. I prefer the seating position and I MUCH prefer the power. And, yes, I do have miles on both the 1000 and 650. To each their own though.

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post #4 of 13 Old 08-26-2012, 09:47 AM
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After owning a FJR, I have a 012 Vee adventure, I've found it a perfect sport touring bike for me, I'm 60 also. The FJR was very top heavy compaired to the Vee, and I never could get the ergo's to suit me. I have also moved the top box back for more room when my wife rides. I never have it on when riding alone.

My favorite bikes ever in 40+ years of riding have been Rd's, Gen1 FZ1's (which I also have), Kawasaki Versys, and my current Vee.....

I've installed a fork brace, soupy's lowering links, and kickstand, a centerstand, and a 16 tooth sprocket on mine.....

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I came from 20 plus years of sport-bikes, got tired of the seating position and having to keep stopping. Got so the joy of riding was starting to fade out for me. My Vee has brought all the joy of riding back to me ! Its not quite sport bike handling, but its close. OH, and go with the Vee , the Wee was too under powered for my taste, and coming from a VFR you will be happer, IMO
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post #6 of 13 Old 08-26-2012, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the feedback so far. I like my VFR and if I was back in CA (ack!) would not be having this discussion. But the deer up here are scary. There are roads I won't drive my car above 60 even at mid-day. About 1/2 the times I drive the 20 miles to Kalispell I'll see a fresh dead one by the road. I need something that will happily go 60 if necessary.

I don't mind stopping every hour or so as I'm retired. One of the joys of retirement is that I don't have to hurry.
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The stroms only feel top heavy when stopped or the last few feet before a stop. The 650 feels more nimble than the 1000. Many of us have customized the strom to fit our bodies and preferred riding positions...got rid of the horrid stock seat and got a custom or semi-custom seat that may be an inch higher or lower or more forward or back as well as much more comfortable. There are several lowering options, a couple of raising options, and Richland Rick's lowered foot peg kit. There are aftermarket bars with a different angle and position and bar risers or up & back. The stock windscreen is a poor design, and aftermarket windscreens do a good job for riders of all preferences.

Note that the things I mention are easy-to-fix minuses, and the stroms have many big pluses, mainly that they are reliable, cheap to own, and FUN!

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I am not far from you in Eastern WA...

I love my ManStrom1000 and have gone cross country on it as I prefer it to any other of my bikes as I find it extremely light and flickable compared to others I have owned. I like this much more than my FJR1300 or even the Norge for comfort. I have 1 inch lowering links, raised the forks, redone the seat (wish I still had my Russell) and have a V-stream windshield. PowerMadd 475 2 inch adj risers took me straight up without replacing and cabling or wiring. My top opening panniers have spoiled me forever as far as saddlebags go. I did end up taking the risers off and returning to stock bars as I find them best.

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I am 58, and love the relatively upright seating position of my Vstrom..I am 6'2"..stock pegs, stock bars, no bar risers. The thing about he Vstrom is that it is easily tailored to your preferred riding position..

Here in Manitoba the speed limit is 100Km/h = 62mph....and the RCMP issues tickets at 110Km/h....with the fines being $7.70 for every Kilometre over the speed limit (ouch)
You are welcome to come and try my bike out..

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as posted in many other threads the wee/vee are great all around bikes, not racers but will rip, not cruzers but can handle the long distance.

I do a 650km loop on many weekends, and I will get home and think lets go for another burn, but my buds on the cruzers are done....the only one that wants to go further is my dad on his wing. These bikes like to corner, these bikes like to go straight, these bikes like to sit around looking good( ). this summer the wife and I did some short touring around muskoka in the hills and the bike had no worries ( I have a wee). the only thing I found was on braking at the stop lights had some front end sag ( but I am big dude so that might have alot to do with it).......enjoy.

go out, get lost, and truly find yourself....weee
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