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. 8trackmind

    8trackmind Chainsaw Monkey Juggler

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    If you want a soul stirring, passionate bike with looks and brawn, no.
    If you want a two wheeled Swiss army knife, with all the personality of a dishwasher, yes. :lol3

    The Good: In the last 14 months I've put 14,000 miles on mine with nothing other than tires and oil.
    The Bad: I had to reset the clock for daylight savings time.(which was a pain in the ass)
    The Ugly: It's ugly! (2012 and up, not as ugly though)

    I've done 500 mile days, visited multiple states, drug pegs, been off road a bit, and tossed it a couple times in the dirt.
    I LOVE my Wee (2011 DL650A) and should it come up missing or damaged, I would buy another to replace it without a second thought.

    (check out the Tennessee Plates thread in my signature to see what Me and the Wee have been up to this year)

    All the best,
    8TM
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  2. DSTEVENS

    DSTEVENS Been here awhile

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    Hey Shadowtrekkor, I bought a new 2008 and rode it over 4 years, including 4 trips to Big Bend in Texas, and lots of dirt roads. It needed lots of tires during that time but other than oil and air filter changes, never missed a beat. Very good bike, best for the money IMO. Good luck. D.
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  3. coast range rider

    coast range rider Been here awhile

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    Once the suspension, windscreen, and seat are upgraded, you might get stuck with it:
    I've been wanting to upgrade for several years now but can't seem to find another bike worthy of the upgrade cost.
    Simply need light weight, comfort, reliability and more power.
    So the Wee miles pile up, over 80,000 now without a hitch...
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  4. shadowtrekkor

    shadowtrekkor Adventurer

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    I am hooked. I have put 5000 miles on my XL600 since June. Now it is calling again, damn snow. I am looking into a heated liner to get back on two wheels. I hope the stator can keep up with the extras.:huh I am convinced that the Strom is the way to go. Great posts, thanks guys. The video review put it all in perspective. And yes to the inmate from Colorado, That is exactly what I want to do. Hit the road, adventure around the countryside,sleeping in a tent and dining on MRE's:clap and the occasional bed and breakfast, or classic diner :D. AWESOME
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  5. Gadget Man

    Gadget Man Out in the Garage...

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    I love this thread, I have been asking myself this question for over a year now. I have read everything possible on this great bike, both on line and in all the MC magazines. The Wee Strom ranks up at the top of every bike comparison test.

    I just had the discussion with my brother (KLR 650) and my wife yesterday. I told my wife I was selling both my 1999 Yamaha Road Star Silverado 1600 and my 1997 BMW 650f and I'm buying a 650 Strom. I just want one bike now and the Strom is going to be it.

    My brother is thinking of selling his KLR to go with a Wee. Once I make the change, he will follow.
    I know we will both get more out of the Wee than the bike we presently own.

    Gadget Man:beer
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  6. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Get the 2012-> model, if you can.

    Right now I've got a 2007 ABS, and the new one, and while the older one is largely responsible for the good reputation (because it's been around longer, naturally), the updated model is better in many small, but noticeable areas. After my first short test ride on the 2012 I remember thinking, that it really feels like it's more than the sum of its parts should be on paper. The older one (which I also bought new) has served me really, really well, but didn't create that feeling right away.

    But these are only my personal experiences, and differences are not huge, so it probably also comes down to money, too.
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  7. ultrarnr

    ultrarnr Adventurer

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    I have had my 2012 DL650 about 11 months now, turned over 27,000 miles yesterday coming back from the NC coast. So far it has only needed the usual tires, chain, sprockets, gas, oil. Like others have said here it isn't the fastest/best at anything but does a lot very well and if you really prefer riding to waiting for your bike to get out of the shop it is hard to beat. If there is one thing that I really do not like about the DL650 it is the alternator capacity. Somehow Suzuki has not heard of things like heated gear! It you try running a full set of heated gear (max setting) for a long time (over 7 hours) you can drain the battery to the point of the bike won't start. If you have heated grips on at the same time this can happen in a few hours. And if it is also dark and you like your high beams it gets ugly pretty fast. I have a volt meter to keep track of battery level. I also carry a set of jumper cables and a spare battery just in case. Lithium batterys are not cheap but really light and the piece of mind is worth it to me.
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  8. Pecha72

    Pecha72 Long timer

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    Alternator output was increased for -08, and possibly again for -12 (could be wrong on that, can't remember)... and basically it's true, that this kinda bike could still use some more. But 1st time I hear high beams only, without any electric accessories, and when you keep the engine running, could drain the battery. I have noticed though, that the battery can drain quite fast, if you leave the lights on after shutting down the engine. This bike's got one of the best headlights on the market, no wonder if they eat a bit of current.

    edit. Ok, re-read your post & see you meant high beams with heated gear.
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  9. ultrarnr

    ultrarnr Adventurer

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    Pecha72,

    I guess I could have wrote it better but what I meant is if you are running high beams in addition to heated gear and heated grips on high setting you can quickly drain the battery. I realize it isn't very often you would require this much juice but when the temps are in the 30's and you are on the interstate for hours on end it is pretty easy to need a lot to stay comfortable. And it sure is interesting to watch the volt meter when you have everything turned up high.
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  10. tremor38

    tremor38 Long timer

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    That's a step in the right direction. I chose the Tenere in 2011, and among the key criterea was having enough electrical capacity to handle any heated gear your throw at it. The Wee and Vee were also on the short list, but they fell quite short in that regard. Did the issue with magnets coming loose from the flyweel ever get fully resolved?
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  11. GeneC

    GeneC Been here awhile

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    Looks like Ive decided a Wee is my next bike. Does anyone know if there are any major differences/improvements between the two? Thanks in advance, Gene
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  12. greywolf

    greywolf Unpaved road avoider

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    I would be shocked if it was much beyond color. 2012 was a major re-design.
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  13. trobe

    trobe n00b

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    From what I have seen, the only change is the choice of color...I have a 2012 Adventure.
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  14. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    I call bullshit. I rode half way across the US in January 2010 in the freezing cold and 8 hours of rain with full heated gear. Gloves jacket and chaps. It would run on low and medium no sweat. The bike can do it no problem.
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  15. dsauer

    dsauer Been here awhile

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    I hate to stomp on baby ducks but I had an '07, I thought the power was ok, not great, and the brakes sucked. Be sure to get the fork brace, it scared the crap outta me at high speeds until I put that on. It's a Swiss army knife, for sure, hopefully the newer models have improved some of the aforementioned issues. Just my opinion.
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  16. Pecha72

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    2012 is more stable at higher speed. Feels very planted actually.

    2007 is okay at higher speed, too, in the context that it is a tall bike, and with a longer suspension than your average streetbike. Compare to a Transalp or Africa Twin, for example, and it does very well on the motorway. All big trailie bikes suffer at least a bit, when you get close to 100mph, if that's your primary need then don't buy this type of bike.
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  17. betitou

    betitou Thumperized!

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    :nod That's it! :nod
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  18. dsauer

    dsauer Been here awhile

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    100mph! :rofl

    You'd have to be going downhill with a tail wind to hit 100mph on the '07, I'm talking 75-80mph, you know, passing speeds. Glad the '12s are better.
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  19. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    I can do the ton on my 09 ABS no problem, GPS indicated, big screen, side cases.

    Don't do it much, but that's really about my "respect" for the law than a limitation of the bike.

    I'm under 185 lbs in gear, though.
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  20. dsauer

    dsauer Been here awhile

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    Could be altitude too, I'm at ~6,000 ft.
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