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post #1 of 9 Old 02-17-2013, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Honda shadow 750, Wee Strom... Thoughts?

Please compare the 650 Strom to the Honda shadow 750 in rideability.
Around town, day rides.
Not interested in off road or dirt road.
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-17-2013, 11:43 PM
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Both are easy to ride. The major difference is in riding position and suspension/ride quality. If you like the bolt upright seating position of a cruiser and can live with the limited suspension travel then its viable (I happen to like riding cruisers.)
If you want a mostly upright seating position and longer travel, more plush suspension then maybe the Strom is viable. You also get some weather protection on a strom built in to the design.
Neither is state of the art suspension but I think most would say a Strom rides smoother, especially on less than perfect road.
It may also be dependent on your height and leg length whether you like the lower to the ground feel of a cruiser or like the taller feel of the Strom.
Really, you are the only one that can decide which is better for you, they are very different machines.

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post #3 of 9 Old 02-17-2013, 11:54 PM
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I had a shadow 750 before i bought the wee. The shadow was an excellent bike, but i will not go back to cruisers. The wee is just as easy to ride in my opinion. It is a bit taller, but also lighter. The wee seems alot more maneuverable at low speed, and more confortable at high speed. The pegs on the wee are located right under your butt instead of out front. I always felt like the shadow put too much pressure on my tailbone which is no longer a problem. The fairing provides better wind protection so you will be more compelled to ride in colder weather. Its also alot more fum to ride in my opinion! Hope some of this helps.
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post #4 of 9 Old 02-18-2013, 12:10 AM
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I currently ride an '01 Shadow ACE and am looking at a Vee for my next bike. My primary reason is that I feel I've outgrown the Shadow. I'm 6'5" and have never been comfortable for more than 40-50 miles on the cruiser-- it's just murder on my tailbone. I tolerated it for many years, but when I did my first multi-day long trip, I learned quickly that the Shadow wasn't designed for that kind of riding. I've test-ridden an '03 Vee and the difference is remarkable. The change in sitting position makes all the difference for me.
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post #5 of 9 Old 02-18-2013, 12:10 AM
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Re: Honda shadow 750, Wee Strom... Thoughts?

I went from a shadow 750 to a c50t to a wee. The wee is the most comfortable and confidence inspiring of the three. While both of the cruisers where good bikes, their low speed control and all weather ridability does not even come close to the wee. As mentioned in another reply to this thread, the fairings on the wee provide some wind control that makes riding at high speeds more comfortable also.

The forward controls on the cruisers was also an annoyance for me as they do not allow you to stand very easily while riding. The real question to ask is do you want to spend all of your time polishing chrome or riding? If you would rather the latter then get the Weestrom.

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post #6 of 9 Old 02-18-2013, 12:32 AM
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I actually had a Shadow for a loaner today. I'd take a Wee anyday!

The Shadow felt like it had about 2hp, was very soft in the suspension, brakes wooden and it didn't like corners (and I never went out of town!) The Shadow is probably a nice small cruiser for people starting on cruisers but the Wee would be more comfortable, easier to chuck around, have more visibility (sitting up higher) and the donk is a lot more punchier.

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post #7 of 9 Old 02-18-2013, 11:44 AM
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I think it comes down to range, comfort, and your definition of safety.
1. The VStrom has about twice the range. That saves quite a bit of driving through the 4 way street of the typical gas station where everyone looks everywhere but where they are going.
2. Unless you are Chuck Norris, the Shadow is likely to kill your back after about 40 miles. You sit on your tailbone and before long, you start to slouch and your back moves into this vibrating "C" shape. Then it starts to hurt, so you muscle up to ramrod straight, and then, once again, before long your back moves into this vibrating "C" shape. Then you realize you've gone a total of 40 miles and you need to find a place to stop.
3. Safety. Subjective here. The VStrom is about 4 feet higher, so around town you can see over semi-trucks and ferris wheels. That's pretty good at intersections or in heavy traffic. But it is a long way to the ground. The Shadow, being so low, has your feet close to the ground, the CG much lower, and is much more stable crawling along in a straight line, like waiting at an intersection. And if you add one of those orange dune buggy flags, you'll be visible next to, say, a Miata.

Good luck with whichever way you decide. In the end, all motorcycles are cool.

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post #8 of 9 Old 02-19-2013, 01:36 PM
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Kind of comparing apples and oranges here. I had an 1100 sabre for a short period and the Shadows are A+ on realiability (based on friends that had them long term) but a d- for any long distance travel and handling. If you want a short distance, small "bar hopper" cruiser, I'd go for it, but for any longer distance travel I would go for the Strom or a cruiser with floor boards, a windshield and one that handles better. Not to bash Hondas or cruisers, as we still have 2 of both besides the Stroms, this just being my psonal experience and opinion

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post #9 of 9 Old 02-19-2013, 04:32 PM
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if you dont leave the pavement they will be about the same as far as ease of riding, dependability, and mpg.

Handling and riding position will be different tho.
I have ridden both

To make it easy, if you have long legs then you want the wee hands down. Way more comfortable with long legs.

Wee will have quicker handling while shadow will keep you closer to the ground. Legs will be under you on the wee where you can stand on the pegs. not so on the shadow.
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