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Old 02-27-2013, 06:21 AM   #31
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My stable has a K3 GSXR 750 and a 12DL650A, living in Colorado it just makes sense to have two bikes for me. That said, during this time of the year the gix stays home a lot more than the DL. But come the summer time it will be extremely hard for me to pick which set of leathers to throw on and which keys to grab.
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:35 AM   #32
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Wow...Really?

The lack of an ABS off switch and a factory accessories outlet is the deal killer?

To disable the ABS, just pull the fuse.

To add an accessories outlet, just buy one for ten bucks and screw it to the battery.

Done and done.

Congratulations! You just saved $10,000.

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Old 02-27-2013, 06:52 AM   #33
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pitchers pleaze or it didn't happen
Here it is on the day I brought it home:
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:55 AM   #34
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"Here it is on the day I brought it home:"

Jealous of the top case. I need one.

For any lurkers out there, if you ever contemplated a Wee, save yourself the time and headache and sleepless nights and just go get it already. It may not have everything right out of the box, but everytime you upgrade something you feel even more attached to the bike.
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Old 02-27-2013, 07:00 AM   #35
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Here it is on the day I brought it home:


Dang.

You got the version (or virgin) I would love to have.

That's the one. You totally suck, respectfully.
At least till I can affords one too. Give us some more action shots of that thing just to rub it in!


Till, then, I ride my two wheeled thailand-built tractor.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:36 AM   #36
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The lack of an ABS off switch and a factory accessories outlet is the deal killer?

To disable the ABS, just pull the fuse.

To add an accessories outlet, just buy one for ten bucks and screw it to the battery.

Done and done.

Congratulations! You just saved $10,000.

Cheers.
I read somewhere on ADVRider that some bikes, the ABS can be turned off by putting the bike on the ctr stand and shifting into second gear and running the bike up to a certain speed for a bit. This fools the computer into thinking the ABS is not working correctly and turns it off until you shut the key off and restart the bike. Don't know if it works on a Wee but it would be nice if someone would check this out and let us know.


NICE BIKE Plassman Can I try it?
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:49 AM   #37
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I have added a SW-Motech center stand (what a nice piece of hardware - quite a shame that it is hidden away down there), and a front fender extender. A skid plate is next, and probably last. For a while at least. After looking at all of the available skid plates, the OEM plastic shroud definitely looks the best to me. The Givi is next, in terms of looks, but neither offers any real protection. In terms of real protection, the Moto-guardian plate looks to be the strongest, it just does not have the clean lines of the OEM shroud, or the Givi. The SW-M plate is somewhere in the middle, offering decent protection (if not a jacking point), while still offering nice clean appearance.
They all cost about the same amount.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:50 AM   #38
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Couple sources for simple 12 volt socket options


Electrical leads to run an easy 12 volt cigarette lighter accessory socket for your bike:


Nifty 25 foot extension: (maybe to reach your tent from the bike)


Generic plug n play socket:

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Old 02-27-2013, 09:33 PM   #39
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I'm on Vstrom #5 (4 of them Wee's) and just can't seem to get away either. My history is 04 DL650, 04 DL1000, 07 DL650, 08 DL650, 09 DL650 with a combined 130k miles between them.

I bought my first Wee at the urging of a friend when we were planning an AK trip in 06. He had an Aprillia Caponard and I was planning on riding an FZ1, but he convinced me to go buy a used 04 DL650. I put 38k on on that DL650 in a little over a year and loved it. I decided the next year, I wanted to get the DL1000. (Had owned a TL1000S) so I figured it would be similar. Turns out in that year of the Wee ownership, I became so spoiled by how smooth and quiet that engine was and the more raw DL1000 engine just didn't do fit for me. I put 30k on the DL1000 in 7 months, but I was yearning to go back to the DL650. I hated the DL1000 so much, it almost kept me from going back to a DL650, but I remembered how much I liked it the first time.

Next one was an 07 DL650 and wow, how nice and smooth the dual spark model was! I was in love all over again. I really had no reason to get rid of the 07 model, but someone offered to buy it from me out of the blue with 18k on it. I sold it and tried to fill the void with other bikes, but kept missing the strom. It just fit me and worked so well, and can't beat the value.

It was late 09 and I was searching for the orange 09 model, but couldn't find one anywhere. I finally gave in and bought an 08 Yellow, but not even 2 months later, an 09 Orange showed up and I had to have it. Only put about 7500 on the 08 model before selling it. I've had my Orange 09 DL650 for almost 3 years now (longest I've owned a strom) and it's approaching 40k miles.

Lately I've been feeling like maybe its time for something different, but I just haven't been able to make that happen. I may have to just break down and put some suspension under this one and hang onto it a little longer.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:02 AM   #40
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wow blue lightning that's quite a story of ownership. My story is similar, but I have owned several suzuki Gs1000g's and Gs850g's. bought with low miles and put 40k on each. the GS850g was way better than the 1000. when I was in the market for a new bike (fuel injected no miles) I just started looking at the wee wondering if it would keep up in traffic. It sure does even loaded with camp gear.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:11 AM   #41
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This thread makes me love my Wee even more if possible!
Next step for me, since I have the crash bars and some other stuff, is mounting those Shinko 705 or maybe Heidi K60 and try some dirt so I can bring nice pictures back!
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:31 AM   #42
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Nobody pays me what I ask for my Wee. That is the only reason I ride it.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:34 AM   #43
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Ever drag knee on a Shinko? Do yourself a favor and buy some Michelins. I may be a bit of a snob, but i will not cheap out on tires.

I got 45K out of a DID chain and Sunstar sprockets. I only had to replace them because the salt rusted the chain and it kinked. Its a little spendy, but it lasts.

After smashing one DL, i think i will buy another. I'm just torn between the power of the 1k or the looks of the new 650.

They are intoxicatingly awesome bikes once you get to know them.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:33 PM   #44
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Lately I've been feeling like maybe its time for something different
Ok, how about a 2012-> Wee..? Ive had a K7 (in fact still got it!), a K9 orange, and now the new one. Not hugely different, but nicely improved here and there
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:17 PM   #45
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Ok, how about a 2012-> Wee..? Ive had a K7 (in fact still got it!), a K9 orange, and now the new one. Not hugely different, but nicely improved here and there
I've ridden the 2012+ DL650 and its certainly nice, and definitely some nice improvements over the previous generation, but at this time not my next bike.

I've wanted a BMW 1200GSA for a long time, but the price has always stopped me. More recently though, the Triumph Tiger 800XC is where I think I might be headed next.
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