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Old 06-28-2006, 04:52 AM   #11
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Gearing is spot on.

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Old 06-28-2006, 04:54 AM   #12
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Default DAMN YOU SUZUKI....

My GF has a WeeStrom. We love it. I've taken it to LA and back, etc etc etc.



Actually, its a better all-round streetbike than my VFR: it has less get-up-and-go (but enough), the seating is very comfortable, the range is better, the suspenison is better for F@#)$(* potholes, etc...



(And I need to get a set of pilot roads for it...)



BUT DAMN YOU! I want an ABS bike, and NOW suzuki comes out with ABS for 07? I'm not allowed to get a WeeStrom of my own, but I want an ABS commuter...



Damn, damn damn...



Maby they will do the SV ABSed as well...

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Old 06-28-2006, 05:45 AM   #13
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This writeup demonstrated to me something I'd suspected all along. The OEMs retaliate against m/c publications. This explains the ridiculous level of fawning on virtually every motorcycle that makes it in the pages of the print publications. And explains why I quit subscribing to CW, Motorcyclist, etc years ago. I knew what each road test was gonna say and I knew that the advertiser that spent the most bucks would get it's poor selling bike listed as Bike -of-the-Year year after year after year after year........
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Old 06-28-2006, 05:54 AM   #14
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i bought a new DL650 in Dec and have put 4500 miles on it thus far. overall, i like the bike: great commuter, handles well and feels light, comfortable for long trips (lowest position is best position for windscreen), great range on a tank of fuel, good for passenger and/or luggage. On the negative side: brakes lack feel, fairing too far from rider creates some turbulence, handle bars too high, foot pegs exactly where your calves are when you stand at a stop, absolutely no feel on the front wheel when cornering.

Although not the do everything bike i thought it would be, its pretty close.
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Old 06-28-2006, 05:57 AM   #15
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You're not allowed? Does the GF keep the testicles in her Wee Strom?
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Old 06-28-2006, 06:01 AM   #16
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You mean the VFR really isn't the Bike of the Year?
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Old 06-28-2006, 06:13 AM   #17
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Great writeup. I've got a 2006 599, and I love driving it around town. It's docile enough at the low end of the powerband to run through downtown Austin, and at the high end, has enough power to scare the crap out of me. This is my first bike, so I don't have much to compare it too, but it's only slow in relative terms.



Also, I followed a friend through a ride in the Hill Country this weekend. I know he was going easy, but I had no trouble keeping up with his '05 Sprint ST. I did have to shift a lot more often though to keep the engine responsive.

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Old 06-28-2006, 06:55 AM   #18
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Happened to enter a dual sport event last weekend with my Strom (1000). There were three other Stroms entered, and one Wee as well. Around 300 miles of dirt and rough pavement, no problems whatsoever for any of the Strom mounted riders. Those things hold up surprisingly well to abuse.
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Old 06-28-2006, 07:25 AM   #19
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Just answer one question:



What represents "performance" in your equation?
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Old 06-28-2006, 07:38 AM   #20
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No, its just that



a: She'll never part with hers



b: Having two of the SAME bike, when we use the WeeStrom 2-up as much as solo, seems rather silly...



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