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Old 06-05-2015, 05:15 PM   #1
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Said Goodbye to the WeeStrom Today

After 7 years and 25,000 miles I parted with the 06 Wee today. Sounds kinda silly but it was actually a bit emotional after having it for so long. I've never owned any vehicle that long, nor had as many memories associated with it.



That was taken on the way to work this morning.


And these were taken on the way home.






2015 FZ09, I was the first to take a demo ride on it and started the paperwork immediately after. I was initially thinking of replacing the Wee with a 690 Duke but the closest dealership is 4 hours south. The FZ checked off every box of what I was looking for in the Duke:
-Lighter than the Wee
-Naked bike so no buffeting
-Sportier handling and performance
-Motor with more character


80 miles in so far and I love it. Riding to Lake Placid tomorrow so it should be a little over a 200 mile day round trip. I had the dealer install the factory rear rack while I was there. Now I'm looking for some luggage options to make it practical for commuting, but easily removed for sportier rides.
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:20 PM   #2
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It's called phantom limb pain. Your bike becomes an appendage. :-)
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:26 PM   #3
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Pretty bike, and great place for a picture! Congrads!
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Old 06-05-2015, 05:28 PM   #4
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Thanks, I have to drive along the St Lawrence River on my way to work everyday so it seemed like a good spot.
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Old 06-05-2015, 11:01 PM   #5
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I now have two riding buddies with FZ9's. They are great bikes and very capable.
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Old 06-06-2015, 03:47 AM   #6
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After 2 years and 26k miles on my 2012 Wee, just this March i decided to do basically the same thing as you. Sold my Wee for an 09 Monster 696. Couldn't be happier (even with all the pending maintenance and previous owners mistakes). I've logged over 4k miles on the Monster to date. Good luck with the FZ!
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Old 06-06-2015, 03:48 AM   #7
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Very nice.

Congrats and stuff.....
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Old 06-06-2015, 04:22 AM   #8
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Just looked through my old posts and it was 7 years ago to the day that I bought the Wee. Both it and the FZ were early birthday presents to myself, both purchased on June 5th
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Old 06-06-2015, 06:00 AM   #9
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Congrats on the new bike, the FZ-09 is on my shortlist. So you weren't interested in the FJ?
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Old 06-06-2015, 06:04 AM   #10
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The FJ is nice but above my price range. They were side by side and the FZ just beckoned to be ridden. It also seems much bigger than the FZ.
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Old 06-06-2015, 10:03 AM   #11
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I like the bumblebee colors
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Old 06-06-2015, 02:05 PM   #12
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Any way of mounting 3 piece luggage on it...
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Old 06-06-2015, 03:02 PM   #13
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Yamaha has factory soft side bags and a 39 liter hard trunk. The soft bags are supposedly the "Blaze" system just with Yamaha logos.

2nd day of ownership and 300 miles down. Spent today riding the Adirondacks. Stock for stock, the FZ has less wind noise/buffeting, better seat, more comfortable ergonomics-no numb hands, no sore back, no pulled shoulders, and boat loads more power
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Old 06-06-2015, 04:56 PM   #14
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Yamaha has factory soft side bags and a 39 liter hard trunk. The soft bags are supposedly the "Blaze" system just with Yamaha logos.

2nd day of ownership and 300 miles down. Spent today riding the Adirondacks. Stock for stock, the FZ has less wind noise/buffeting, better seat, more comfortable ergonomics-no numb hands, no sore back, no pulled shoulders, and boat loads more power
They are the Blaze bags, just Yamaha branded. Great setup.


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Old 06-06-2015, 05:32 PM   #15
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Thanks, I have to drive along the St Lawrence River on my way to work everyday so it seemed like a good spot.
Thanks for the mini review / comparo. I always think that these real owner perspectives are the best. Internet can be so good for that
Where on the St Lawrence ? I am going back and forth between Kingston and Johnstown. I'll wave on my next trip. Shouldn't be too hard to see that yellow even from another country
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