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post #1 of 11 Old 02-10-2013, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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wee or vee for me???

Hey guys, new here and need your expertise. I know this has been discussed over and over and most are sick of seeing it. I'm new to the street(have rid a few times on friends bikes trying them out) I grew up riding dirt bikes and quads and currently still do. I'm looking at purchasing a bike in the spring after taking a course and picking up some tips. iwas hard set on getting a vee but now am also looking at the new wee. I'm about 6' 285 lbs and eventually once i'm more experenced want to take my wife who is petit, maybe 120 lbs along for rides. I guess my question is the vee going to be too big for my first bike or will the wee be too small. I'll mostly be using for commuting and fun rides with some occasional trips to the mountains. I am currently looking at two bikes, a 2011 vee and a 2012 wee adventure( both for around the same price) I really like the vstroms but cannot decide between the wee and the vee that would be best for me..... any advise would help greatly....

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-11-2013, 10:28 AM
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I'm 6-4, 300 pounds and my wife's weight is about 1/3 that, so that's basically the same for you and me.

I've never owned or ridden a Vee, but I've read a lot about them on this site. They're 40 pounds heavier, use significantly more fuel, seem to have clutch and "smooth-running" issues the Wees don't have.

Especially in your situation, where you're just beginning street riding, I'd recommend a Wee. The size of the bikes are identical or nearly identical, by the way.

My '07 Wee moves my wife and me just fine, and I'm sometimes glad (when on mountain / gravel roads, etc) that I don't have 40 more pounds of bike to handle - and I love the fuel mileage (I'm averaging about 56 mpg - year-round average).

My vote would be for a Wee of some type.

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I vote Vee
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post #4 of 11 Old 02-11-2013, 11:23 AM
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Not be disagreeable with the Pro-Wee poster, but:

The 40lbs delta in Vee/Wee weight seems pretty minor to me. Especially when the Vee has 40+ more horsepower to move you and the Mrs. around.

Physically (height, width, etc.) the two bikes are identical. Both have adjustable pre-load that you can set for rider, rider plus passenger, 2-up plus luggage. Since you're almost 300 lbs, you may consider an upgrade of the rear spring, but that can come later.

My Vee ran fine out of the box, although it ran even better with a Power Commander. I've never had an issue with the clutch after 40k miles; nor anything else for that matter aside from replacing the TPS a couple years ago.

My thinking is that your weight and desire to ride two-up, combined with the fact that you're an experienced dirt bike rider, makes the Vee a better choice. But the Wee would not be a bad choice either.

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Every time I see one of these "tell me what is best for me" posts, I have two thoughts. First, nobody else can tell you what is best for you. You just get a bunch of posts from people defending their choice or, rarely, ruing their choice. Second, it's the wrong question. Ask for information and experiences with what you are considering, especially about the areas you consider important or in which you lack knowledge.

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I have a wee but don't use it for two up.
If my goal was two up and the choice was between the two I'd rather have the 1000. I like power and the 650, while adequate, isn't really any more than that for one up.

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At 285 lbs. I would suggest getting the Vee but I am sure the Wee would be plenty enough for you also.

1. Vee more power but less mpg and a few adjustments usually needed

2. Wee enough power and better mpg ready to ride out of box (from what I have heard)

That being said, I really love my Vee and plan on keeping it and riding it for a long time! My next bike will also be a Vee but newer.

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I'll mostly be using for commuting and fun rides with some occasional trips to the mountains.
for this use, I recommend Wee

I came from SV650 prior to my Vee, unless your plan is to use long distance highway on a regular basis, there is no need for the bigger engine, 650 is just as quick, just lacks passing power and begins to loose fuel economy at higher speeds



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A wee is a not slow but I am hooked on the Holly Mother of Acceleration and even the Vee is the weakest bike I have had in 30 years
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Doing a lot of long miles with a lot of weight and don't mind tinkering: Vee

Everything else: Wee

BTW, my Vee gets better fuel economy than my GSX650F did, and it weighs less.

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