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Hi from the "Land Down Under"

Hi, I'm another rider from Australia interested in a Versys.

Unfortunately the Versys isn't very popular in Australia, in fact I've never seen one being ridden on the streets despite the bike being sold here for 2 or 3 years.

So I've joined the forum to try and learn a bit about the 2010 Versys before buying. I currently ride a 2007 FJR1300 and a (soon to be traded) 2007 Hornet (Honda 919 in US).

Looks like there is some great info on this site
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I am an Aussie now living in Beautiful BC

Although the bikes aren't as cheap as in the US they are more affordable than Oz.

I tried to get my best mate to buy a V, and he couldn't even find one at the dealership to sit on, let alone test ride.

in tracking one down


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I am an Aussie now living in Beautiful BC
Although the bikes aren't as cheap as in the US they are more affordable than Oz.
I tried to get my best mate to buy a V, and he couldn't even find one at the dealership to sit on, let alone test ride.
in tracking one down
Hi bigaussie, no problem tracking down a Versys as the local stealer had 2 on the floor a month ago, its just that I have never seen one actually being ridden.

I'm in Melbourne so on road costs a bit cheaper than other states but a Versys will still cost me $12,892 on road which sucks when you can see that our A$ almost equals a US$ at the moment (US$1=A98cents).

Be gentle with the locals mate
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I'm in Melbourne so on road costs a bit cheaper than other states but a Versys will still cost me $12,892 on road which sucks when you can see that our A$ almost equals a US$ at the moment (US$1=A98cents).
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Have you looked into importing one yourself. You can buy a nice one in the USA for $6000 or less. That would leave you about $6892 to cover shipping and import duties or whatever fees might be imposed. Oh, here I go thinking outloud again - just a thought.
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Hi bigaussie, no problem tracking down a Versys as the local stealer had 2 on the floor a month ago, its just that I have never seen one actually being ridden.

I'm in Melbourne so on road costs a bit cheaper than other states but a Versys will still cost me $12,892 on road which sucks when you can see that our A$ almost equals a US$ at the moment (US$1=A98cents).

Be gentle with the locals mate


What is the reasoning behind such high prices? Is it the bikes or cars as well?
Here, on the opposite side of the planet, we have 5% customs tax and 17% VAT.
Versys is about 6-6500euro.
There are some insane countries in EU (Denmark comes to mind) where any regular bike costs 20-30,000 euro.


Good luck with the Versys.
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I traded an 06/FJR1300 in on a 2010 Versys. I had 80k on the FJR, so was looking for something different.
I'm loving the Versys touring capability. I did change the seat and added some Caribou luggage to make it road worthy for me. Other than that just some cosmetic changes. Handles fantastic and I am not missing the power like I thought I would.
I do have a 99/Bandit 1200 that is tricked out for the times I want some speed but find myself not riding it much with the Versys in the garage ready to go.
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Unfortunately the Versys isn't very popular in Australia, in fact I've never seen one being ridden on the streets despite the bike being sold here for 2 or 3 years.
You never know. I'd never seen one being ridden here in TX, then last weekend I met 4 guys on them at the local dealership, and they met up with more locals for some tasty BBQ lunch. I think Versys owners are just stealthy.

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As I rode back from the dealership in Santa Fe just after I purchased my Versys over two years ago, I stopped at a traffic light and another Versys passed going the other way. I have not seen one being ridden since.

Sure I am told that there is at least another one in town. I have even spoken to its rider. I just have never seen another one being ridden.

I doesn't help that the nearest dealership is 40 miles away.
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Welcome! The Versys is just not a bike for show, I think it's more of a riders machine. You have to get off the beaten track to find them, usually in the twisties. I like the fact that they are unusual, and always draw attention wherever I go. Good luck and hope you find one.
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Im seeing a few more on the streets here in perth lately, better late than never
Does sound pricey, bought mine new in 2009 for just over $9000.
Still loving the bike, but man , u definately need twin Ixil pipes
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In bikerider mag price listed for versys in NZ nov 08 was $11995 and early 09 they went up to $15,595 that was a massive $3500 jump. In our current exchange rate At $11995 NZ would be around $8600 US but the new price means $11,200 US so we getting ripped off so you guys in the states may not always get the best colors or ABS but you get them a lot cheaper than us colonies do
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Hi Kiwi14, I probably should clarify our Oz price of A$12,892 a little better.

That is an "on road price" which adds around a A$1,000 to the price (state registration, compulsory 3rd party insurance and state stamp duty).

In addition it is the ABS model which usually adds between $600 - $1,000 to the price, we can only get the ABS model here.

You guys in Unzud (New Zealand) are sure having a hard time with your NZ$, I think it was only about a year ago and it was worth more than the A$ now it seems to going south rapidly.
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The yellow ABS version is $16,795 the non ABS black is $14,995 NZ
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I traded an 06/FJR1300 in on a 2010 Versys. I had 80k on the FJR, so was looking for something different.
I'm loving the Versys touring capability. I did change the seat and added some Caribou luggage to make it road worthy for me. Other than that just some cosmetic changes. Handles fantastic and I am not missing the power like I thought I would.
I do have a 99/Bandit 1200 that is tricked out for the times I want some speed but find myself not riding it much with the Versys in the garage ready to go.
In a sea of Lemmings, I own the Woodchuck.
Always seems to be the case when I have 2 bikes, one bike always ends up a favourite and gets ridden most of the time and the other bike just sits in the garage.

Its a problem I like to have though

BTW there are some neat smilies on this site
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Hi Kiwi14, I probably should clarify our Oz price of A$12,892 a little better.


You guys in Unzud (New Zealand) are sure having a hard time with your NZ$, I think it was only about a year ago and it was worth more than the A$ now it seems to going south rapidly.
Yep last couple times i was in Aust it was about 90cents to your dollar now its in the seventies but sure good for the outfit i work for Fonterra as exporters love that.
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Hi, I'm another rider from Australia interested in a Versys.

Unfortunately the Versys isn't very popular in Australia, in fact I've never seen one being ridden on the streets despite the bike being sold here for 2 or 3 years.

So I've joined the forum to try and learn a bit about the 2010 Versys before buying. I currently ride a 2007 FJR1300 and a (soon to be traded) 2007 Hornet (Honda 919 in US).

Looks like there is some great info on this site
Well guys I joined for the same reason you did mate. I'm keen on buying a Versys myself for the commute into town (Melbourne City) but cannot seem to locate a dealer willing / or that has one in stock to try beofre I buy. Im not keen on parting with my cash if I dont like.

How did you go yourself with locating one?
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