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post #21 of 32 (permalink) Old 03-10-2016, 12:17 AM
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Hi Justine, I had the possibility to try both bikes. Honda engine is just boring, looks like a diesel engine without compressor. Riding the Honda is not bad, but I never had any particular feeling on that bike. Instead, I had a great feeling on Versys, you can feel what the bike is doing and what you're doing. Fuel economy is ok with both bikes, except for gas filler on Honda, just crazy. In my opinion, Honda is the conjunction between a big scooter(Integra) and a motorbike; instead Versys is a real motorbike. My suggestions for you is: go and try both, and you'll get your answer.

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I rode several Honda NC 700's and came home with a '14 Versys. The Honda experience felt more like a scooter than a motorcycle. Low points on the Honda: rev limiter, small fuel cell with a bad location, brakes, big exhaust can, and road feel. My 2.


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I made up my mind and I will go with the Versys. [/url]
Good choice Justin5! As with the others, I'm biased, but having ridden an NC700 I can echo and expand on the "boring" comment - it was constantly running into the rev limiter just when it felt like the fun would be starting on most other motorcycles. No doubt this supports the fuel economy, so if that's your priority....

And sure, V-Twins don't rev any higher, but those somehow feel "right".

The Honda neither revs like a sporty bike, nor has the torquey feeling of a cruiser. So for me it was the worst of both worlds.

And if I sound power hungry, I downsized from a Bandit 1200 after 64K miles and am very happy with my Versys

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I've ridden both. Could not get used to the Honda engine. It has a very low redline at 6K, so you need to short shift. In comparison you can wind the Versys motor up to 10K and if your lazy don't need to shift as much. The Versys motor has a very linear torque curve but the powerband only starts at 4.5K where the Honda motor is approaching the red line. The Honda motor behaves more like a HD V twin but without the gobs of torque. It also has a LOT less power when it comes to seat of the pants feel. Try winding out both bikes when you test ride them. It does however have a very low center of gravity which should be reassuring to shorter people and newer riders. Also love the tank storage. The Honda would be a great city commuter but as others have said, the Versys is more fun to ride on a twisty secondary road. I suspect the Versys is also the better light tourer, highway bike, simply because of the increased power and better wind protection.

The Versys has a more legible dash.

As for modifications there are lots of good suggestions on this site, but I would save yourself ~$500 and stick to the stock exhaust. The exhaust is at the bottom of the bike so any weight savings will be imperceptible and I have not seen an aftermarket exhaust for the Versys that looks as good as the stock exhaust. Performance differences are simply not that noticeable, so it all really comes down to sound. Personally I'm happy with the stock sound.

Things you may want to consider are a good tank bag, to match the honda for storage and perhaps a lockable top box for the rear and maybe heated grips (not the Kawi ones though).

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I am also considering multiple bikes but really like the look and fun factor of the Versys 650. Was about to buy a Yamaha FJ09 but am now leaning towards the Versys 650 LT. Final comparison will be to the V-Strom 650 which seems to have a huge following. Have seen a comparison in one of the Cycle magazines I read and the Versys beat the Honda and the Strom.
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what made you decide to go with the Versys vs the FJ09
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Same question... same situation...

Hi peoples.

I am in EXACTLY the same decision as the writer. Stuck between the two.
Could I ask the same question, but with a more personal big?

I live about an hours ride from work. Its 30 minutes highway, 30 minutes lane splitting and jumping cars in traffic.
On highways I tend to drive about 120-150Kms (about 70-90mph)
Now.... I am 64)about 195cms.

I used to have a BMW F800S, and loved it. Great on the highway, a bit heavy for the city... and for my height I felt a little bit open as the screen was just too low (even after market couldn't fix that).

So. Which should I be going for?
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So. Which should I be going for?
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Not an easy choice, I know people who went either way. Both are great bikes.

Have you read http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...s-fj-09-a.html ?

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Versys v NC750

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I have owned both bikes. I replaced the Versys with the NC750 for several reasons. The Versys was a little too high for me so I could never get both feet down, it just wasn't a comfortable ride for me. However the Versys was much more fun and acceleration was great - it was light and handled well. The NC750 is more of a comuter bike and the storage "frunk" is great. It does not have the excitement of the Versys but for me is the better option. I use my bike everyday to ride to work and on most weekends for a good long ride in the countryside. I stay away from motorways as they bore me senseless. Don't let the smaller tank put you off the NC750 - I only fill up every 300ks or so - the bike is very good on petrol. I do miss my green machine sometimes but for what I use the bike for the NC750 is perfect.


Good luck - ride both bikes and go with your gut feeling.

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I have owned both bikes. I replaced the Versys with the NC750 for several reasons. The Versys was a little too high for me so I could never get both feet down, it just wasn't a comfortable ride for me.
Easily lowered with Motowerk kit

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However the Versys was much more fun and acceleration was great - it was light and handled well. The NC750 is more of a comuter bike and the storage "frunk" is great. It does not have the excitement of the Versys but for me is the better option. I use my bike everyday to ride to work and on most weekends for a good long ride in the countryside. I stay away from motorways as they bore me senseless. Don't let the smaller tank put you off the NC750 - I only fill up every 300ks or so - the bike is very good on petrol.
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I do miss my green machine sometimes but for what I use the bike for the NC750 is perfect.


Good luck - ride both bikes and go with your gut feeling.

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For me the Honda would be boring as bat****.
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