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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by MNrider, Nov 21, 2012.
at what speed?
Usually sit between 110 and 120 kph cruising which would average around 75mph I think. At 120 I'm about 5500 rpm. Even commuting to work and nipping round town I'm still getting close!
I would also consider test riding a Kawasaki Versys 650 too. The Versys has better handling/agility than the WeeStrom 650 on pavement and is more fun to ride fast on pavement, especially if it is twisty. I did a lot of comparison test rides before settling on buying my Versys. The Versys is not perfect however, it needs a bigger aftermarket windshield to ride distances at speed and you need to install aftermarket peg lowering kit to get a similar amount of leg room as the VStrom provides stock. While the parallel twin of the Versys seems to be more responsive and powerful than the similar sized VTwin of the VStrom it does produce slightly more vibration although not enough to be annoying or shake the rear view mirrors.
Either the VStrom or Versys can cruise comfortably at 80mph all day. Most of the motorcycle magazines have preferred the Versys over the VStrom in head to head comparison tests because of the slight edge it has in handling and engine response.
If you do like I did, and put full street tyres (Michelin Pilot Road 3's in my case) on the 2012/2013 Wee, then I'd say handling on pavement gets pretty damn close to a Versys.
The crappy OEM tyres (on all Wee models) are the biggest reason it won't cut it on tarmac, or at least there's room for improvement. I mostly ride on pavement nowadays, and the occasional gravel road is still just fine, so street tyres are a good choice for me.
I upped my counter sprocket to a 16 about a year ago and absolutly love it. Doesn't really change your fuel mileage but just winds out longer and cruises better. About a 500 rpm change at speed.
I'd like to see a comparison of all three: RPM's/w OEM sprocket(how many teeth?) vs. 16 , vs. 17? thanks!
FWIW, my R1150R gets 40-45+ mpg loaded.
Stock sprocket is 15 teeth. Suppose you were doing X speed at 6000rpm with a 15 tooth sprocket. You would be running 5600rpm with a 16tooth, 5300 with a 17tooth.
Take a look at http://www.gearingcommander.com/. You can compare the sprockets you are wondering about.
I don't know the "plug-ins" for the chart for the 2012 strom? Nice resource,thanks!