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post #341 of 353 (permalink) Old 05-26-2016, 06:30 PM
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The VStrom is no more capable off pavement than the Versys. It just has softer suspension in the stock settings. I've ridden both and the Versys handles better on pavement.

If you want a true cross over though I would look at something like the KTM 500 EXC-F, maybe the KTM 690, the soon to be launched Yamaha Ténéré 660, Honda Africa Twin, BMW 800 GS or Triumph Tiger XC. or something similar. The KLR design is getting a bit ancient and can't compete with it's more recent competition in it's class, but they are a dime a dozen on the used market, and the VStrom and Versys are road bikes.
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Here's a video comparing the V-strom with the KLR: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_QQEeW2gO4

It is the gen1 KLR which has softer suspension than the updated 2014 models, but entertaining none the less.
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KLR vs Versys...?

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YOU choose...!


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YOU choose...!

i've got a green milkcrate that would be perfect for the green Versys, ya could carry around a whole case of that canned chile.

how does a person live near the Mexican border and eat canned chile, don't get it, must be a Canuck thing...and you shouldn't pretend you're a freakin' pelican when ya eat that stuff, sooner or later you're going to hurt yourself.

here's more advice, it's Arizona, so sit in the shade for awhile, cool off, then post...otherwise it looks like you're PUI and the head forum dude has to come along and clean things up, again.


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i've got a green milkcrate that would be perfect for the green Versys....
I TOO have a green milkcrate, but the 'missus' wanted the Christmas tree a bit higher, so right NOW it's under the tree.


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...ya could carry around a whole case of that canned chile....
Yup - it'd fit alright.

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...how does a person live near the Mexican border and eat canned chile, don't get it, must be a Canuck thing....
I ONLY eat that stuff when I'm "North of 60"....

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...and you shouldn't pretend you're a freakin' pelican when ya eat that stuff, sooner or later you're going to hurt yourself.

here's more advice, it's Arizona, so sit in the shade for awhile, cool off, then post...otherwise it looks like you're PUI and the head forum dude has to come along and clean things up, again.
I HAVE to assume that PUI means "Puttering Under the Influence". Could that be the "Influence of Chile'...?


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Mostly due to the taller 19" front tire and 150 X 70 X 17 rear (4.25" wide wheel) . . . Compared to the lower profile stock 60 tires. Spoked wheels do absorb more bumps. Spokes flex a bit . . . Unlike cast wheels.

How much were the rims and hubs? Are these tubed or tubeless? Highly considering this for my future versys.

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i've got a green milkcrate that would be perfect for the green Versys, ya could carry around a whole case of that canned chile.

how does a person live near the Mexican border and eat canned chile, don't get it, must be a Canuck thing...and you shouldn't pretend you're a freakin' pelican when ya eat that stuff, sooner or later you're going to hurt yourself.

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I ONLY eat that stuff when I'm "North of 60"....



I HAVE to assume that PUI means "Puttering Under the Influence". Could that be the "Influence of Chile'...?

And this one , new members should have no trouble deciding which way to go, as long as they don't fall asleep from all the chatter
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I HAVE to assume that PUI means "Puttering Under the Influence". Could that be the "Influence of Chile'...?

just don't expect anyone to ride behind ya if you're puttering under the influence of chile, good gracious.


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How much were the rims and hubs? Are these tubed or tubeless? Highly considering this for my future versys.
that set was built around RAD hubs, no longer in business. maybe Talon or some chinese outfit is doing hubs now.

more than one way to do it, depending.


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I was recently talking to a sales person at the Kawasaki dealership. He said they have not sold many new KLRs in recent years but they are still hot on the used market at a much lower price point. He speculated that is was due to great deals on the used market for KLRs and the fact that the bike is now outdated, as a new bike, in the dual sport category from competitors like KTM, Husqvarna, BMW, Triumph and now Honda. If you're buying new there are a lot of better bikes out there for slightly more. But as a cheap dual sport (used) with plenty of aftermarket support and available parts it is hard to beat. In a recent review of the Africa Twin the reviewer stated it was both better off road and on road than the KLR and perhaps what Kawasaki should aim for if ever redesigning the now very long in tooth KLR, only in a cheaper and lower powered platform. There is now also the offroad targeted Versys 300. Kinda surprised none of the Japanese manufactures have never attempted a new mid size, off road capable, dual sport design in well over twenty years, especially in a climate of white hot sales in the adventure market. The new Honda Africa Twin is sort of in this category but at the high end with 1000cc and a higher price tag.

Perhaps it is because of the fact to get great off road performance you need very light weight, great suspension, dump ability (durability), and don't need horsepower. On a road bike HP is much more important, weight is not that important and suspension good for the road is lousy off road and vs versa. Many of the things that contribute to performance in either category are often mutually exclusive which means it is perhaps better to have two bikes, one for each purpose, rather than to compromise on one that will do neither well. I road a new BMW 800 GS, while a high quality machine, the much cheaper Versys was noticeably more planted and secure feeling on the highway while the BMW felt nervous (even with street oriented tires) - the front end felt extremely vague and numb, off road I'm sure it would be the exact opposite.

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