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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-11-2011, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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I have the V and bought the Wee

I recently thought about buying a Vstrom 1000 but during my search
I came across a great deal on a 09 Vstrom 650 and made the purchase.
I am enjoying riding the Wee, it has a longer wheel base than the V, It
is a little heavier, taller gears, smoother ride. The engine seems great.
But when I ride the V it seems like I am riding a 1000cc bike. The V Feels
ecptionally quick thru the gears. It seems that the V would be a
decent amount quicker probably to 90mph or so,really do not know
yet, but to be honest it does,nt really matter. The suspenion on the
Vstrom seems better. Any way I rode both some today and I just feel
very fortunate to have two really Great Bikes.
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Nice to have a choice of bike depending on the riding mood of the day!
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Versys & Wee

i also have a 2008 Versys and a 2009 Wee. very different bikes but i really like riding both of them. do you have trouble deciding which bike to ride? i know poor baby.
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I am currently trying to get the Wee outfitted up to do some semi long or decent rides. I,ve just purchased a Calsci Tall windshield and installed today. I think its going to allow for more comfortable rides. Some sort of hard bags will be next,at some point.
I am riding the Wee back and forth to work also. It is nice to have at least a option
to ride a different bike, this is the first time in my life that I have been able to have two bikes. If all goes well there is a chance I can hang on to both for a extended period
of time. But my daughter starts college next year, So -well-hopefully-maybe-I,ll be able to swing it, just dont know at this point.
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IMO it does not cost very much more to own multiple bikes if:
The owner has the title and carries basic liability insurance coverage.

With that said I would add a bike if it does something better or different than one of the others I own.
Currently a dual sport, a 1 liter sport touring bike and a general purpose bike

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Can you compare & contrast the differences between the Versys & the V-Strom?

The Sales Manager at my dealer tried to steer me to the V-Strom when I decided to buy my Versys. I know there is a strong Wee following but I liked the feel & the ride of the Versys.

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I'm really digging the new Vstrom. I love the V twin in this thing.


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Can you compare & contrast the differences between the Versys & the V-Strom?
I owned a 2003 V-Strom 1000 for 4 years, owned a 2007 V-Strom 650 for 3 years, and currently own a 2011 Versys. The Versys is way more agile, less top heavy, lighter. The V-Strom has a smoother engine, and more roomy accommodations for 2 up riding. Both have crummy oem seats and windshields and lots of after market parts and support.
The 650 V-Strom is way superior to the 1000 V-Strom except for engine grunt and acceleration.
Choose which one appeals to your needs.

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I know the V is rated by insurance as a Sport Bike, what is the Wee classified as? I paid more for my V insurance than I did for my Goldwing!

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Υou must be drunk

Plz make the decision tomorrow morning
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I know the V is rated by insurance as a Sport Bike, what is the Wee classified as? I paid more for my V insurance than I did for my Goldwing!
Who are you insuring with? Every insurance company is different. My buddy had a 600cc supersport and a KLR650 and State Farm wanted to charge more for the KLR650 because it had more displacement.
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Who are you insuring with? Every insurance company is different. My buddy had a 600cc supersport and a KLR650 and State Farm wanted to charge more for the KLR650 because it had more displacement.
I use Progressive for the Wing and pay about $472 per year for full coverage. They wanted more than $700 extra for the V. I ended up insuring the V with McGraw and paid about $500 a year for full coverage.

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I use Progressive for the Wing and pay about $472 per year for full coverage. They wanted more than $700 extra for the V. I ended up insuring the V with McGraw and paid about $500 a year for full coverage.
Wow, $325 for full coverage on my V through Progressive.

I know the variables are endless....
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I pay $198/year through National General, but I'm "OLDER"!
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Maybe it's just me, but I think if I was going to be a polygamist I would want bikes with a bigger differential from the V, like say a Triumph Street Triple or touring bike like a Concours. Hell if I had the budget for two bikes I'd split the difference and get a Triumph Tiger 800XC. The new VStrom does have it's appeal though. Nice bike.

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wee and a v

the reason i have a wee and a v is: i have had a zrx, z1000, sv1000n and other bikes. at 50 i need enough leg room and tall handle bars to ride more than an hour or two. i have installed lower pegs on the v and a taller seat on the wee and can ride mostly comfortable all day. tried that on the other bikes but it didn't help enough. also most of the other bikes weren't fun around town because of the engines. the bigger bikes don't tend to run clean until about 4000 rpms. even with fuel managers.
i guess it depends on where you ride. the v and the wee are plenty different riding experiences but both are fun where i ride.
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Υou must be drunk

Plz make the decision tomorrow morning


But really, for bikes that get compared a lot, they are very different. I liked Pismo's concise rundown.
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I now own a 1000 Vstrom with hard bags and makes a great touring bike. I had to do many mods to Vee to make enjoyable including Power Commander, exhaust, suspension, gearing mods, SS brake lines. I also own a Versys which I use as a comfortable short distance sport bike. Required mods to Versys were suspension and bike protection items.

I sold my 08 Wee before buying the 06 Vee. The Wee was an excellent bike right out of the box with NO mods. My conclusion now is that my two bikes now give me slightly more capabilities than only the Wee but not by much. I do not enjoy high RPMs of either the Wee or Versys at highway speeds. The Vee has no such issue.

IMO the Wee is superior to either the Vee or the Versys for riders with only one bike. The Wee is one of the nicest bikes I have ever sold and I am left with mega sellers remorse. I could possibly sell both Vee and Versys in future and live with only a new ABS Wee. I could live with high RPMs at speed with the new Wee. I could not live with only the 1000 Vstrom or with only the Versys.

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I use Progressive for the Wing and pay about $472 per year for full coverage. They wanted more than $700 extra for the V. I ended up insuring the V with McGraw and paid about $500 a year for full coverage.
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Wow, $325 for full coverage on my V through Progressive.

I know the variables are endless....

I'm with McGraw and I pay $327 a year--full coverage with a $500 deductible.
I'm guessing/hoping you have a much lower deductible if you are paying $500 with the same company...that or a handful of speeding tickets!

Isn't the "KLE 650" considered a "standard motorcycle" and not a sportbike? I'm pretty sure it is.

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