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Old 02-26-2013, 06:10 AM   #16
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I freakin' loved this bike. Best bike I've had to date. After a 4,000 mile trip out west this past summer, my right arm was numb for a month. I tried many things before the trip to quell the bar vibes, but was not able to eliminate them, only reduce them. The frequency they vibrated on the highway did not agree with me and sadly, I decided to sell it.

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Old 02-26-2013, 07:06 AM   #17
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...I bought my 2004 DL650 V-Strom "Wee-Strom" used, with only 1,700 miles on her, for only $4,200 from a friend of a friend.

I now have 30,000 miles on her.
(...)

The Wee NEVER breaks down. EVER.

(...)

If you just want to ride, all day, everywhere, and never stop for anything, get a Wee.

They just keep going and going and going and going.......


I feel like going outside to raise a Suzuki flag and salute to it!

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Old 02-26-2013, 08:08 AM   #18
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I feel like going outside to raise a Suzuki flag and salute to it!

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please be sure to add our atars and stripes to it.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:56 AM   #19
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...I bought my 2004 DL650 V-Strom "Wee-Strom" used, with only 1,700 miles on her, for only $4,200 from a friend of a friend.

I now have 30,000 miles on her.

I installed an Elka shock and .90 Sonic springs with Ricor valving in the forks.

I also installed Michelin Pilot Road 3 tires and changed the gearing with a 16 tooth front sprocket.

I'm a "Road Warrior", my Wee never really sees any dirt (Save the barbs about THAT for another topic) and she just RAILS now.

FWIW, I own an RC51 and a Ducati Monster, so I know what sport bike handling is like. This Wee with the above mods is amazing!

What people who don't own a Wee don't seem to "get", is that the Wee is in a class by itself.

Let me 'splain, Lucy.....

While on paper, the Wee is bunched together with the Versys and other "Adventure Tourers", TDMs, S10s, Togers, et al, that's missing some key differentiators of the Wee from the rest of the pack.

The Wee has OVER 200 mile tank range.

The Wee can handle like a sport bike when set-up right.

The Wee's twin headlights light up a moonless, rural highway like nothing else short of the new BMW K1600GT with optional tilting lighthouse.

The Wee can be fitted with a Barn Door of a windshield for wind and weather protection.

The Wee has a SUPER comfy riding position that fits everybody and can easily be modified to fit YOU.

The Wee has as much aftermarket support as a Harley.

The Wee can get 60 MPG.

The Wee NEVER breaks down. EVER.

The Wee NEVER breaks down. EVER.

The Wee's chain and sprockets last forever.

The Wee's operating costs are super duper low.

The Wee uses the same size tires as other "Adventure" bikes and therefore the tire choices are Top Shelf.

The Wee cab be bought used for $4,000.

The Wee can accept every type of luggage, hard or soft, on the planet.

The Wee has a huge payload rating. This is key. You can load the Wee like a pack mule, with huge cargo racks and tons of real estate to take everything and the kitchen sink if you desire.

The Wee has a huge plastic nose that is ripe for custom stickers and paint jobs.

The Wee has unlimited space to mount GPS, radar detectors, heated grip controllers, electronic chain oiler controlers, Go Pro cameras, etc.

The Wee can mount highway pegs and crash bars and you can look like Ewan and Charley.

The Wee can cruise all day on the Interstate at 90 mph and then you can turn down that gravel road you always wondered about and skinny dip with your girl friend at that secluded waterfall.

The Wee can be had with ABS, but without being burdened by other, possibly more failure prone and finicky customizable electronic riding aids.

You can buy a used Wee for $4,000 like I did, and then you can drop $6,000 worth of mods on her, and you have a bike that smokes any other $10,000 bike on the planet.

Even if you leave her stock, that $4,000 used Wee will bring more smiles per mile than anything else for your money...and this is key...with ZERO HEADACHES over the life of ownership.

If you just want to ride, all day, everywhere, and never stop for anything, get a Wee.

They just keep going and going and going and going.......


V-Strom@TexasBorder by Shooter158, on Flickr
This is what I'm talking about. I would love to get another bike but the wee trumps everything for all practical purposes.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:36 AM   #20
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yep. pretty much nails strom ownership.

sure it has shortcomings but you can address those.
yes the looks are polarizing, but what adv bike is not?


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Originally Posted by 10/10ths View Post
...I bought my 2004 DL650 V-Strom "Wee-Strom" used, with only 1,700 miles on her, for only $4,200 from a friend of a friend.

I now have 30,000 miles on her.

I installed an Elka shock and .90 Sonic springs with Ricor valving in the forks.

I also installed Michelin Pilot Road 3 tires and changed the gearing with a 16 tooth front sprocket.

I'm a "Road Warrior", my Wee never really sees any dirt (Save the barbs about THAT for another topic) and she just RAILS now.

FWIW, I own an RC51 and a Ducati Monster, so I know what sport bike handling is like. This Wee with the above mods is amazing!

What people who don't own a Wee don't seem to "get", is that the Wee is in a class by itself.

Let me 'splain, Lucy.....

While on paper, the Wee is bunched together with the Versys and other "Adventure Tourers", TDMs, S10s, Togers, et al, that's missing some key differentiators of the Wee from the rest of the pack.

The Wee has OVER 200 mile tank range.

The Wee can handle like a sport bike when set-up right.

The Wee's twin headlights light up a moonless, rural highway like nothing else short of the new BMW K1600GT with optional tilting lighthouse.

The Wee can be fitted with a Barn Door of a windshield for wind and weather protection.

The Wee has a SUPER comfy riding position that fits everybody and can easily be modified to fit YOU.

The Wee has as much aftermarket support as a Harley.

The Wee can get 60 MPG.

The Wee NEVER breaks down. EVER.

The Wee NEVER breaks down. EVER.

The Wee's chain and sprockets last forever.

The Wee's operating costs are super duper low.

The Wee uses the same size tires as other "Adventure" bikes and therefore the tire choices are Top Shelf.

The Wee cab be bought used for $4,000.

The Wee can accept every type of luggage, hard or soft, on the planet.

The Wee has a huge payload rating. This is key. You can load the Wee like a pack mule, with huge cargo racks and tons of real estate to take everything and the kitchen sink if you desire.

The Wee has a huge plastic nose that is ripe for custom stickers and paint jobs.

The Wee has unlimited space to mount GPS, radar detectors, heated grip controllers, electronic chain oiler controlers, Go Pro cameras, etc.

The Wee can mount highway pegs and crash bars and you can look like Ewan and Charley.

The Wee can cruise all day on the Interstate at 90 mph and then you can turn down that gravel road you always wondered about and skinny dip with your girl friend at that secluded waterfall.

The Wee can be had with ABS, but without being burdened by other, possibly more failure prone and finicky customizable electronic riding aids.

You can buy a used Wee for $4,000 like I did, and then you can drop $6,000 worth of mods on her, and you have a bike that smokes any other $10,000 bike on the planet.

Even if you leave her stock, that $4,000 used Wee will bring more smiles per mile than anything else for your money...and this is key...with ZERO HEADACHES over the life of ownership.

If you just want to ride, all day, everywhere, and never stop for anything, get a Wee.

They just keep going and going and going and going.......


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Old 02-26-2013, 12:59 PM   #21
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I had enough of all of you Wee owners ranting and raving all over the place, so, I went out and bought one (a nice new Black 650 Adventure). Now, I hope that all of you guys were not kidding...
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:36 PM   #22
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I had enough of all of you Wee owners ranting and raving all over the place, so, I went out and bought one (a nice new Black 650 Adventure). Now, I hope that all of you guys were not kidding...
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:48 PM   #23
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Geez! Do you guys know just how much it sounds like yer part of a cult? I've never known any group of bike owners who drank the Kool-Aid to this extent....

When I retired, I bought an FJR thinking I was gonna do some serious touring. Put 8000 miles on it the first summer I owned it....and then, I bought the damn Wee. When I first looked at 'em, I thought they were ugliest thing I'd ever layed eyes on. They even LOOKED slow! But since then, I haven't put 500 miles on the FJR and it's currently for sale on this forum (Hint, hint!)

I bought my orange '09 (Isn't that really 'burnt umber'?) used with about 9000 miles on the odo, and in the last year I've put on another 12,000 miles, and I haven't even done any long tours. I typically rail the back road twisties on Shinko 705s and can scrape the pegs hard enough that I have to turn up the shock pre-load for more clearance!

Listening to the other guys I ride with who also owned Wees, I figgered they were blowing smoke...until I had to REALLY push hard on my CBR1K to keep up. BTW, I sold that, too....

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The Wee's twin headlights light up a moonless, rural highway like nothing else short of the new BMW K1600GT with optional tilting lighthouse.
Plus 10 on this! Never had a bike with OEM lighting that came close to the Wee!!!
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:06 PM   #24
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It depends, I've spent months testing more expensive bikes and felt that none really filled the DL650's shoes as an all rounder for someone without a car.

That isn't the most common use for a bike, though.
That's a solid conviction in your bike that is hard to argue against. I hope I get to felling that way about the bike I buy next.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:52 PM   #25
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The secret to happiness...

...is wanting what you have, not having what you want.

I am so perfectly happy with my RC51, Monster, and DL650 V-Strom, that I have NO desire to replace them with another bike.

And if I could only keep one, it would be the Wee.

And my RC51 is a Nicky Hayden edition that not only has the factory Hayden signature on the tank, but also has a solo seat cowl that I took with me to Colin Edward's boot camp and got him to autograph it. So I have Colin's real sig on the bike.

I'd still let that go before the Wee.

Apologies to Colin.
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:47 PM   #26
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The Wee's twin headlights light up a moonless, rural highway like nothing else short of the new BMW K1600GT with optional tilting lighthouse.
+2. In fact the whole wee was designed just as an aid to get people running around showing off those headlights.

It's good to see function win out over fashion on occasions. This is a really good example of it.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:39 PM   #27
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I've been riding the DLxxx platform for the better part of 7 years.

Have had both the 1k ad the Wee. It is truly the "Toyota Pickup" of motorcycling. Honest, dependable (if not slightly boring) engineering. I mean boring as a complement.

Every time my eye wanders, it seems like to get close to what the wee offers, it would cost me more than double of what i could sell it for.

Would I like a bit more umph? Sure. Would traction control and a electric windshield be nice? Yes, but that costs about 15k and the Wee has been paid for since the day I took it home.

30k miles (two vstroms) and the only things that I have done for maintenance is change oil, coolant and tires. (Though valves will come up this year.

What else is there to say? "Oh Vstrom, I wish I could quit you"? Not really. I've been on many tours with much bigger and faster bikes, but that 65 hp Wee will keep pace with everyone in the twistys and in legal freeway situations too.

The Wee is the perfect bike for me at this point in my life. I really don't have time to waste, so I'd rather spend it riding!
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:47 PM   #28
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...I bought my 2004 DL650 V-Strom "Wee-Strom" used, with only 1,700 miles on her, for only $4,200 from a friend of a friend.

I now have 30,000 miles on her.

I installed an Elka shock and .90 Sonic springs with Ricor valving in the forks.

I also installed Michelin Pilot Road 3 tires and changed the gearing with a 16 tooth front sprocket.

I'm a "Road Warrior", my Wee never really sees any dirt (Save the barbs about THAT for another topic) and she just RAILS now.

FWIW, I own an RC51 and a Ducati Monster, so I know what sport bike handling is like. This Wee with the above mods is amazing!

What people who don't own a Wee don't seem to "get", is that the Wee is in a class by itself.

Let me 'splain, Lucy.....

While on paper, the Wee is bunched together with the Versys and other "Adventure Tourers", TDMs, S10s, Togers, et al, that's missing some key differentiators of the Wee from the rest of the pack.

The Wee has OVER 200 mile tank range.

The Wee can handle like a sport bike when set-up right.

The Wee's twin headlights light up a moonless, rural highway like nothing else short of the new BMW K1600GT with optional tilting lighthouse.

The Wee can be fitted with a Barn Door of a windshield for wind and weather protection.

The Wee has a SUPER comfy riding position that fits everybody and can easily be modified to fit YOU.

The Wee has as much aftermarket support as a Harley.

The Wee can get 60 MPG.

The Wee NEVER breaks down. EVER.

The Wee NEVER breaks down. EVER.

The Wee's chain and sprockets last forever.

The Wee's operating costs are super duper low.

The Wee uses the same size tires as other "Adventure" bikes and therefore the tire choices are Top Shelf.

The Wee cab be bought used for $4,000.

The Wee can accept every type of luggage, hard or soft, on the planet.

The Wee has a huge payload rating. This is key. You can load the Wee like a pack mule, with huge cargo racks and tons of real estate to take everything and the kitchen sink if you desire.

The Wee has a huge plastic nose that is ripe for custom stickers and paint jobs.

The Wee has unlimited space to mount GPS, radar detectors, heated grip controllers, electronic chain oiler controlers, Go Pro cameras, etc.

The Wee can mount highway pegs and crash bars and you can look like Ewan and Charley.

The Wee can cruise all day on the Interstate at 90 mph and then you can turn down that gravel road you always wondered about and skinny dip with your girl friend at that secluded waterfall.

The Wee can be had with ABS, but without being burdened by other, possibly more failure prone and finicky customizable electronic riding aids.

You can buy a used Wee for $4,000 like I did, and then you can drop $6,000 worth of mods on her, and you have a bike that smokes any other $10,000 bike on the planet.

Even if you leave her stock, that $4,000 used Wee will bring more smiles per mile than anything else for your money...and this is key...with ZERO HEADACHES over the life of ownership.

If you just want to ride, all day, everywhere, and never stop for anything, get a Wee.

They just keep going and going and going and going.......


V-Strom@TexasBorder by Shooter158, on Flickr
I agree the Strom is a great bike. I've found out from other's I've spoken to, the Strom is a great bike to own.

And, I agree with you, about the headlight on the Strom, it put's out some light. But, I wish the V-Strom came with an accessory harness, not to mention, I would like to be able to turn the ABS, ON or OFF.
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:08 AM   #29
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I wish the V-Strom came with an accessory harness, not to mention, I would like to be able to turn the ABS, ON or OFF.
The aftermarket has solutions for this...
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:39 AM   #30
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I have Colin's real sig on the bike.

I'd still let that go before the Wee.

Apologies to Colin.
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