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Old 11-24-2012, 11:56 AM   #31
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V-Strom 650 is happy doing a true Garmin 85 mph all day long with side cases. Mileage suffers, but on a recent 3k+ mile trip with my brother on his R1150R the Wee had better range.

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Old 11-24-2012, 02:52 PM   #32
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V-Strom 650....

.....Mine will cruise I-10 at 80 mph all day long with huge Givi side cases and top box.

If you are worried that the 650 is "not enough motor", don't worry.

If you are a speed freak, or want extra headroom for high speed motoring in the mountains, fully loaded, then buy a V-Strom 1000.

FWIW, I ride solo, but with hard luggage on the Interstate and she will run 85mph with zero drama.

Buy one, and if you hate it, sell it and buy a bigger machine, you won't lose money.
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:32 AM   #33
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I've got a 2009 wee with 26k kms on the clock. She runs like a dream with a bit of clutch rattle just to prove she is a real strom. My mate just got a Tiger 1050 and my other friend has a GS1150. Now, after a recent longish run I was a little concerned my little 650 motor would suffer after cruising around 130kph compared to the two bigger bikes. So much so I started actively looking for a bigger bike, possibly a GS1200. After reading this I think I am better keeping the wee which incidentally I love. Just a little worried I mess up the motor on the longer runs at higher cruising speeds. Maybe it's a damn sight tougher than I thought!
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:33 AM   #34
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Make sure you've got good quality oil, and check oil level regularly (just as with any vehicle), and the Wee does sustained 130kph just fine, it will even have something in reserve, though not as much as a +1000cc bike. But plenty for a 650.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:41 AM   #35
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Back in Oct 11, I went from a Concours 1000 to the Wee, was going to keep the Concours but after a month on the Wee I sold the Connie, it could do everything the Connie could, plus go off road, I've been on a few goat trails on it, only thing I gave up is passing in gear, now I have to think and down shift to pass the Semi-Truck.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:55 AM   #36
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I feel like I cruise at anywhere from 65mph(actual) to 95mph(actual) and it feels identical.

Calsci medium screen, set to stock angle on a madstad, lowest setting (but highest bolt mounting point for madstad). Caribou 36l cases, and an occasional duffel bag strapped longitudinally.

When I'm doing around 70-75mph I get about 50mpg. I haven't done sustained rides of 90+ for obvious reasons.

I get my best MPG at 70-75mph with a barn door on the front, I must be heavy on the throttle around town.


Edit: I just did a mid-tank fillup, ~20 miles of cold weather commute and 62.3 miles of angry WOT backroads blasting (all sub 60 mph).

38.51 mpg. Yikes.
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:02 PM   #37
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I'm generally getting in excess of 500km per tank of fuel. Not quite sure what it works out as in mpg but it seems pretty good to me!
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:37 PM   #38
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I'm generally getting in excess of 500km per tank of fuel. Not quite sure what it works out as in mpg but it seems pretty good to me!
300 miles.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:35 PM   #39
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Mine is fine at all reasonable speeds even with all the camping gear. It will easily get tickets on interstates, again with all the gear. Clear the Colorado passes with ease, again with gear well into the high 90's. the speedo is about 7 to 10 % optomistic. So high 90's is probably a true 90. But going over Vail Pass @ a true 90 mph with gear on is good enough. Vail Pass is about 11,000 ft. Some Wee's report high oil consumption above 80 mph, but mine doesn't do that. Even pushing 90 all day, it doesn't seem to use any oil. But I do see a decrease in fuel mileage above about 75 mph. And push a headwind at speed and the mileage will get down into the high 40's. I have seen as low as 46 mpg on a Yellowstone trip. Loaded bike pushing strong Wyoming wind and keeping up with a GS1100. We actually matched gas usage on that leg of the trip.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:28 PM   #40
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My 2012 vstrom 650 cruises at an indicated 80 (72 GPS) all day. Cruising on I-5 is effortless, even with luggage loaded for work. I would not hesitate to trust my setup for any length of trip, under any conditions. I love the little 650 motor.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:48 PM   #41
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I'm generally getting in excess of 500km per tank of fuel. Not quite sure what it works out as in mpg but it seems pretty good to me!
at what speed?
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:28 AM   #42
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Usually sit between 110 and 120 kph cruising which would average around 75mph I think. At 120 I'm about 5500 rpm. Even commuting to work and nipping round town I'm still getting close!
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Old 11-27-2012, 01:03 AM   #43
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Hello - I'm considering going to something lighter than a 95 R100RT BMW. I see that a lot of the Iron Butt Association riders ride a 650 V-Strom. My question is - is that bike happy cruising at 75-80 MPH all day?

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I would also consider test riding a Kawasaki Versys 650 too. The Versys has better handling/agility than the WeeStrom 650 on pavement and is more fun to ride fast on pavement, especially if it is twisty. I did a lot of comparison test rides before settling on buying my Versys. The Versys is not perfect however, it needs a bigger aftermarket windshield to ride distances at speed and you need to install aftermarket peg lowering kit to get a similar amount of leg room as the VStrom provides stock. While the parallel twin of the Versys seems to be more responsive and powerful than the similar sized VTwin of the VStrom it does produce slightly more vibration although not enough to be annoying or shake the rear view mirrors.

Either the VStrom or Versys can cruise comfortably at 80mph all day. Most of the motorcycle magazines have preferred the Versys over the VStrom in head to head comparison tests because of the slight edge it has in handling and engine response.

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Old 11-27-2012, 03:30 AM   #44
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[QUOTE=outsidein;20125068]I would also consider test riding a Kawasaki Versys 650 too. The Versys has better handling/agility than the WeeStrom 650 on pavement and is more fun to ride fast on pavement, especially if it is twisty. I did a lot of comparison test rides before settling on buying my Versys. The Versys is not perfect however, it needs a bigger aftermarket windshield to ride distances at speed and you need to install aftermarket peg lowering kit to get a similar amount of leg room as the VStrom provides stock. While the parallel twin of the Versys seems to be more responsive and powerful than the similar sized VTwin of the VStrom it does produce slightly more vibration although not enough to be annoying or shake the rear view mirrors.

Either the VStrom or Versys can cruise comfortably at 80mph all day. Most of the motorcycle magazines have preferred the Versys over the VStrom in head to head comparison tests because of the slight edge it has in handling and engine response.

I tried the Versys and although it was fun I preferred the wee. The Versys has a different seating position, slightly more forward on the bike and it didn't feel as comfortable to me. There was also a fair bit of vibration at speed. In saying that it was definitely a little more responsive than the wee and certainly a fun ride. Not for me but I would certainly have a go on one. I'd like to try the Versys 1000!
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Old 11-27-2012, 03:53 AM   #45
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If you do like I did, and put full street tyres (Michelin Pilot Road 3's in my case) on the 2012/2013 Wee, then I'd say handling on pavement gets pretty damn close to a Versys.
The crappy OEM tyres (on all Wee models) are the biggest reason it won't cut it on tarmac, or at least there's room for improvement. I mostly ride on pavement nowadays, and the occasional gravel road is still just fine, so street tyres are a good choice for me.
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