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post #21 of 34 (permalink) Old 03-01-2017, 03:07 PM
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My 2015 Versys 650 LT handles highway speeds fine. At most highway speeds it's smoother than my 2012 Ninja 650 I used to own. An iPhone app I have indicates my speedo is about 3% too fast. So according to the app if I'm going 72 mph on the speedo, I'm doing 70 mph. I just don't know how accurate the app might be but those roadside radar speed limit signs in our area tend to validate the apps accuracy. FWIW.
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My 2015 Versys 650 LT handles highway speeds fine. At most highway speeds it's smoother than my 2012 Ninja 650 I used to own. An iPhone app I have indicates my speedo is about 3% too fast. So according to the app if I'm going 72 mph on the speedo, I'm doing 70 mph. I just don't know how accurate the app might be but those roadside radar speed limit signs in our area tend to validate the apps accuracy. FWIW.
I have a Garmin GPS watch for running and I've checked it against my speedometer and I'm getting about the exact same as you. I think at 75 on the speedo it's 72 on the Garmin. That's completely normal. I've had bikes that are off by closer to 10% at those speeds.
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I have a Garmin GPS watch for running and I've checked it against my speedometer and I'm getting about the exact same as you. I think at 75 on the speedo it's 72 on the Garmin. That's completely normal. I've had bikes that are off by closer to 10% at those speeds.
I got tired of trying to adjust the speed in my head to make sure I was not speeding through small towns or on the highway for that matter. So I just installed a speedometer corrector. I have not calibrated it yet, but seems like a slick device. it interupts the speed pulses and modifies them to get correct speed on the speedometer. You enter the correction factor that you need.

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I do it all the time, and that's w/ a BIG windscreen! Also done it two-up. THAT includes BOTH of my 'current' V 650s.








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I have noticed as well with my Garmin GPS my speedo clocks about 3 MPH faster than I am going. I make the mental adjustments! I also have my Garmin Zumo set up on motorcycle mode so the digital read outs are big. Helps when glancing down!
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How about cruising 80 with a passenger and top case? Is the Versys 1000 capable and stable and able to pass at will? Not doubting or challenging, just looking for real world opinions.

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How about cruising 80 with a passenger and top case? Is the Versys 1000 capable and stable and able to pass at will? Not doubting or challenging, just looking for real world opinions.

I'm close to 300 lbs Girlfriend is about 110 lbs i have a Givi E-55 Top Case and have no issues....She likes being on the back of the Versys better than the FJR. She was pissed when i sold my Versys 650 to get the FJR. When we test rode the V-1000 she was the one that wanted me to trade the FJR in on The V-1000. I wanted the new bike but she really wanted it....

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How about cruising 80 with a passenger and top case? Is the Versys 1000 capable and stable and able to pass at will? Not doubting or challenging, just looking for real world opinions.
I also owned an FJR. I had a Power Commander on both, mostly to sort their jerky throttles. On the FJR it made quite a bit more power in the midrange with the PC. You could hear the difference in the intake quite noticeably too. Can't really tell if the V1k got any sportier with the PC, but it does fuel much better on/off the throttle.
By my butt dyno, the FJR was the faster bike. It had a pretty big power spike around 6-7k rpm.
The V1k has a much more linear power delivery and it's not as much as the FJR with its 30% displacement advantage. That said, it's lighter and by no means slow or unable to cart two people around briskly.
My V1k has 30k miles on it now and several trips with the wife and luggage. It is a great bike to travel on.

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How about cruising 80 with a passenger and top case? Is the Versys 1000 capable and stable and able to pass at will? Not doubting or challenging, just looking for real world opinions.
BOTH my '08 in AZ, and my '15 in BC (both are 650s) will carry a passenger well into 'illegal' speeds. (NO top box, tho'...)


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I got tired of trying to adjust the speed in my head to make sure I was not speeding through small towns or on the highway for that matter. So I just installed a speedometer corrector. I have not calibrated it yet, but seems like a slick device. it interupts the speed pulses and modifies them to get correct speed on the speedometer. You enter the correction factor that you need.

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Since my GPS is normally left on the bike, I don't worry too much, something I would like to point out. The original back tire on my 2015 gave a within 1 KM/HR reading comparing to my GPS, as the tire wore, so did the offset of displayed speed to actual speed. I replaced the tire with a Michelin PR 4, displayed speed is off by 4 to 5% right from new, so circumference of the two tires is different even though the tire size is identical. Your fix is ideal for those that don't have a GPS and like the gearing the way it is.
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I finally got the speedo correct. Took a couple short runs on highway, exit to exit. I was not letting my GPS determine speed long enough at first and I entered wrong correct. After better stabilization, I found I need -4.2% correction. now the bike speedo is dead on!

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