convince me to buy a wee-strom

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by shadowtrekkor, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. shadowtrekkor

    shadowtrekkor Adventurer

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    My wife calls this my mid-life crisis:huh, I told her the crisis is over :lol3 referring to the last 22 years of raising 3 children-:bluduh-teenagers I am presently riding my Honda XL 600r, she got me back into riding, and looked enough like a dirtbike that my cautious wife was ok with it. Now she thinks a bigger bike would be more fun on our trips:clap I like the looks of the GS's but I can only afford one with 60,000 on the dial. I looked at a vstrom 650, and was impressed. I could have a brand new one for a hundred bucks a month :deal Is this a bike that can handle an adventure? I want a bike that is light enough to be nimble, but big enough to bolt on some jesse boxes and disappear for a month. Looking to hear the good, the bad , the ugly about it.
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  2. mtbiker

    mtbiker Adventurer

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    I just traded my 03 ST1300 that I love for the 12 adventure model. I've taken a couple of short rides on it and it is a fun bike. I say go for it. The 0% apr expires on 12/31/12.
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  3. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Sure. Went halfway around the planet with one, my GF as pillion, 6 months, no problemo.
    The 2012-> model is even better.
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  4. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    Sure, buy it and you'll never get laid again.:wink:
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  5. vanseagal

    vanseagal Adventurer

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    He already has a wife so he is not getting laid anyway. By the bike, you won't regret it.
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  6. MariusD

    MariusD Been here awhile

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    What did you pay for yours before taxes and any fees? Im looking at the same model, it seems like a pretty sweet package b/c its ready to tour right out of the box.

    Somehow i bet the 12 model will get u laid, as opposed to the older one, i can agree with u on that one.
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  7. mtbiker

    mtbiker Adventurer

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    I work at a dealership so I got it for dealer cost.:evil I'm a little worried abouot giving up my St1300 because I already have an 08 klr650....I hope i'm not overlapping models. Just try to negotiate the best deal you can. It all depends on what part of the country you live in as to what kind of deal you will get. If your dealer give some off the price and have a reputable service department go for it. Just because you get a cheaper price doesn't always mean that you get the best "deal".
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  8. nbsdave

    nbsdave Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking you should ride one. You'll be amazed.
    I have had Harley's-2, Valkyries-2; A BMW R1200C; and a Triumph America over the past years.
    I now have a 2012 Wee. It is to me the best of the lot. I don't do long trips, mostly 2-500 mile day trips occassionally 2 up.
    The more you read here and on other forums, you find they are bullet proof, easy to work on, and have lotsa stuff available to add.
    It is winter, you're in Jersey, there are killer deals on 2012 models- so get to it! Only a couple days to grab the 0% deal.
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  9. trikeflyer

    trikeflyer n00b

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    Love my '12 Wee, traded in my '06 Road Star Warrior which was more fun to look at than ride when riding any sort of distance.
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  10. betitou

    betitou Thumperized!

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    I have a '04 and I'm absolutely delighted with it.
    One thing that I miss when I'm fully packed is 20 more HP. Overtaking gets a little bit hard when riding with pillion and luggage, but nothing to be worried about, as long as you know you will need longer overtakes!
    And the best points: reliability and value for money!!
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  11. BobbyLee666

    BobbyLee666 Been here awhile

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  12. DaveStockwell

    DaveStockwell Rock Fodder

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    What he said!

    The WeeStrom is a perfectly good bike that can do many things well. It may not have a lot of the gee-wiz features of the mega-buck BMWs but that also means you have less to go awry. Save the $$, get the Vstrom, spend the savings on gas and park passes and Twisted Throttle accessories (BTW, my opinion is that the skid plate, crash bar combo from ALTRider is the best fitting for the Stroms.)

    Seriously, any nits you find with the VStrom can be easily fixed with the aftermarket. Have fun and see you on the road!

    PS: For your passenger, get one of these. http://pirateslair.net/SuzukiV.htm They will love you for it.
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  13. MariusD

    MariusD Been here awhile

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    Well said. I'm starting to feel the same way about cruisers in general, so I'm too looking at the wee and other bikes in that same class.
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  14. betitou

    betitou Thumperized!

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    You can bend a lot on a Wee, you can speed a lot, and when you look at it, it's still good looking! :lol3
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  15. Thinc2

    Thinc2 Paciugo

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    Irregardless of all the fancy comparisons - you would be getting a top notch, reliable, all purpose bike. I think it's a smart buy.
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  16. shadowtrekkor

    shadowtrekkor Adventurer

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    Looks to me as though the weestrom is the way to go. I like the bulletproof reputation it has going for it. And since I am a man of means-by no means, with this baby I can be king of the road. I am going to check out the 2013's. I will not make the zero % deal. Too much Christmas. This bike is my next step! Thanks for the reports:D
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  17. BornAgain

    BornAgain Been here awhile

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    Now she thinks a bigger bike would be more fun on our trips

    Very wise woman you should listen to her. When my wife climbed on the back of a Vee on the show room floor and pronounced it comfortable. I knew it was a done deal.:lol3
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  18. mmonce

    mmonce Been here awhile

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    I never heard of the Wee until this video review below. I was interested also in a BMW 1200, however I did not need that expensive of a bike, yet.

    I took a test drive and was immediately impressed. My other bike is a '78 BMW R100, so the newer ride was more refined.

    I use my Wee mainly for commuting and tag runs. I have three younger rug rats (8 and under), so my days away haven't begun yet.

    I hardly rode the BWM. I ride my Wee all the time. I love it. FYI, it is the 2012 base model so I can farkle myself.

    http://www.expeditionportal.com/veh...portal-tests-the-2012-suzuki-v-strom-650.html
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  19. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism!

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    The Wee is easily the best grin:D factor for the $$$$$. It's not the highest tech, it's not the fastest, it's not the best suspension, it's the best anything, it's just very good at everthing. Very versatile,very capaple machine. It's not a trail bike, but it carries all my camp gear down the highway, and into the woods and back again very well. And if the dollars count (no unlimited budget) then it can't be beat. You can buy at least 2 of them ,well farkled, for the price of anyting else. Then you have the extra money to actually enjoy some trips. Yes some farkling is in order, but easily doable, and low budget stuff.
    Does this look like something you want to do?
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  20. BigToad

    BigToad The Bone Destroyer

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    I have only had the DL 1000 and now ride the GSA however my riding mate rides the wee. The wee is bullet proof and very smooth, check out how many bikes Suzuki uses that engine in ( for many years) , it's a proven motor beyond any doubt. Plus it gets great mileage and will have no problem keeping up with the GSA's.

    I have no doubt you will be very happy with the wee!
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