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Old 02-18-2014, 04:24 PM   #1576
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:05 PM   #1577
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What a crazy bastard.. cool vid though
I guess where there's a will there's a way......
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:11 AM   #1578
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The bike looks ok, but the finish and the details are disappointing for that price tag. The clutch/brake levers have a cheap "look and feel" (like you ordered them from AliExpres). Details like the horn, wires and connectors are the cheapest possible.

I don't know anything about the quality of the engine, but the overall impression does not justify the price. Tiger 800 is cheaper and looks like a much better quality product (and costs less).

For example, Suzuki skid plate (on the more expensive "Adventure" model) is made from soft plastic, just for the looks and cosmetics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN87VeBNltQ
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:48 AM   #1579
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The bike looks ok, but the finish and the details are disappointing for that price tag.

Funny thats how I felt about the Super tenere.. Brake peddle and shifter look like the were stamped out of pot metal (yea yea I know you cant stamp pot metal but you get the point…)

Tiger 800 is cheaper and looks like a much better quality product

The triumph product just exudes quality.. I mean the even engrave the handle bar with the triumph logo….
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:09 AM   #1580
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I decided to replace my Vee2 order with these two bikes:

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Old 03-04-2014, 11:14 AM   #1581
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The bike looks ok, but the finish and the details are disappointing for that price tag. The clutch/brake levers have a cheap "look and feel" (like you ordered them from AliExpres). Details like the horn, wires and connectors are the cheapest possible.

I don't know anything about the quality of the engine, but the overall impression does not justify the price. Tiger 800 is cheaper and looks like a much better quality product (and costs less).

For example, Suzuki skid plate (on the more expensive "Adventure" model) is made from soft plastic, just for the looks and cosmetics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZN87VeBNltQ
I think the bike is just fine. There is a guy who just put 300,000 miles on a K3 with only wear and tear replacements. If you can get that kinda of mileage for the price then it is well worth it
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:33 AM   #1582
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No doubt the old Stroms are reliable machines.

Regarding longevity, I think it depends on:
1. Manufacture quality of that particular bike (pure luck, since you cannot inspect everything when buying)
2. Who and how maintains it
3. Who and how rides it

I think it is a mistake to buy any bike expecting it will survive the maximum mileage. For example: I don't hesitate to ride my V-Strom 2up on gravel or mild offroad, and I don't expect it will last for 300.000 ridden like that.
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Old 03-04-2014, 01:13 PM   #1583
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have you written up a compare between those. that would interest me.
is it the angle of shot... the fz appears to be adjusted up in the nose - did you lower the rear or is that the stock setup? what bug deflector on the front? its a tempting bike for modding into a mild adv. I'm waiting to see if anyone figures out a 19" wheel that can be fitted on the front

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I decided to replace my Vee2 order with these two bikes:

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Old 03-04-2014, 01:51 PM   #1584
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The FZ is stock with the stock V-Strom screen . . . Off my Strom.

The V-Strom feels 100 lbs heavier than the FZ-09 . . . Both bikes are very smooth. I can go 250 miles on the Wee with over a gallon reserve . . . I fill the FZ at 130 miles.

The Wee has all the power you need . . . Like a Honda Accord 4 cylinder. The FZ feels like a S2000 . . .

They are not in the same class. If I ride the Wee after getting off the FZ . . . It feels a bit under powered. I try to alternate days with them.

After riding the FZ . . . I doubt I would buy a bike much bigger or heavier than a Wee.

The Vee2 with an after market lighter pipe is still in my mind in the future . . . Because it feels similar to the new DL650's in size and weight.
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Old 03-04-2014, 04:47 PM   #1585
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The FZ is stock with the stock V-Strom screen . . . Off my Strom.

The V-Strom feels 100 lbs heavier than the FZ-09 . . . Both bikes are very smooth. I can go 250 miles on the Wee with over a gallon reserve . . . I fill the FZ at 130 miles.

The Wee has all the power you need . . . Like a Honda Accord 4 cylinder. The FZ feels like a S2000 . . .

They are not in the same class. If I ride the Wee after getting off the FZ . . . It feels under powered. I try to alternate days with them.

After riding the FZ . . . I doubt I would buy a bike bigger or heavier than a Wee.

The Vee2 with an after market lighter pipe is still in my mind in the future . . . Because it feels similar to the new DL650's in size and weight.
McMann,

Why did you get off the Vee2 bandwagon? You were one of the bike's biggest supporters.
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Old 03-04-2014, 05:06 PM   #1586
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McMann,

Why did you get off the Vee2 bandwagon? You were one of the bike's biggest supporters.
He was drawn over to the dark side...
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Old 03-04-2014, 06:48 PM   #1587
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If the Vee2 was available . . . It would be in my garage . . . and I would have been riding the wheels off of it.

I sold several of my bikes and found a low mile like-new '11 Wee that really does everything I need . . . and then started reading and watching Youtube about the FZ-09.

I stopped by my local FZ dealer and made him an offer he should have refused . . . He probably thought I was bluffing . . . It really is a thrilling ride.

The Vee2 is a nice bike with a great engine . . . looking forward to a demo ride.
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Old 03-04-2014, 09:56 PM   #1588
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I really like the new 1000, and for anything and everything that might be considered cheap and an afterthought, there is always plenty of aftermarket available to remedy that.
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Old 03-05-2014, 04:38 AM   #1589
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As I just stated on another thread, and as I'll repeat here, I'd love to see a Sport version of the new V w/a few tweaks/upgrades and 17" wheels and tires. I know this is advrider, but does no one else have such a dream?
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Old 03-05-2014, 05:10 AM   #1590
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More than likely . . . you should be able to find a 17" front wheel for the Vee2 . . .

Plan B: Buy a low mile SV1000S, get a LSL handlebar conversion kit, Motowerk Versys peg lowering bracket, Sargent seat, taller touring wind screen and a SW-Motech Alu-rack.

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