Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: South of Cleveland, OH
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I have several hundred miles experience in a back-to-back test w a very good friend on his Wee. We switched bikes and came away with remarkably similar conclusions:
The "experience" begins when lifting each bike off it's sidestand. The V feels much lighter and is much easier to move around in your garage.
While neither seat is very good, the Wee seat is far better than the V. YMMV
The reach to the stock handlebars is way longer on the Wee. Much more comfortable on the V.
The footpegs and leg position on the V were very sportbike-like. The Wee has a more open riding posture.
I liked the Wee engine just a little bit more than the V. Just a little, mind you. This had more to do with smoothness than outright torque.
In my experience the V out-dragged the Wee every time, regardless of the rider.
The Wee felt like a large bike in it's handling response. The V felt like my dirtbike in comparison. Faster turn-in, much more flickable, MUCH more hooligan-esque.
Brakes about the same, with the slight edge to the V.
In a perfect world if I were purely touring I think the Wee would be better. In MY world of 90% local riding, once I changed the seat and the footpegs the V is perfect.
God...for a 1 liter Versys...........