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Decision to get a Versys 650 LT

As of Dec. 8th, 2016 I became the new owner of a 2016 Kawasaki Versys 650LT. The bike was used and had only 1700 miles on it.
I started looking for a bike about two months earlier. Already having a Yamaha XT225 dual sport and Yamaha V-Star 1300 tourer I was looking for something that would be in between those two and a mid-sized adventure bike seemed to fit the bill. (I really like the twisty back roads) Did lots of research on the web and read comparisons and reviews of bikes like the Suzuki Vstrom 650, Honda NC700X, Honda CB500X and Kawasaki Versys 650LT. Was leaning towards the Honda CB500X, mainly because I would be able to flat foot it at stop lights. (5í 7Ē, 160 lbs, 30in inseam) Then became worried that it may struggle to keep up out on the interstate. Went to a dealer to look at the Suzuki Vstrom 650, they didnít allow test rides, it was the highest prices bike of the bunch and Honda CB500X even inched it out in one of the comparisons. Really liked the looks, reviews and price point (bang for the buck) of the Kawasaki Versys 650LT.
Found a Kawasaki dealer in Fresno, Ca. that allowed test rides. (Thatís a whole other story) Only learned one thing form that very short test ride; that bike was a lot taller than I was used to. Tried to get an out-the door price from the dealer. The dealer told me that they didnít give OTD pricing until a customer was ready to buy. Here is some advice; if you are wanting to purchase a Kawasaki donít waste your time with the dealer in Fresno Ca.
The more I thought about it I figure I would get use to a taller bike and decided to pursue the Versys. Started calling dealers and getting OTD pricing for a 2016 orange LT. Best price I got was $9,250.00, thought that was fare and was ready to do the deal. Then looked on Craigís List and a dealer in Mesa Az. Had a used 2016 LT with 1700 mile for $6400 OTD. Found a flight from Fresno Ca. to Mesa Az. for $70. Got an Uber from the airport to the dealer and by 3:00 PM on December 8th. the deal was done and I was on my way back the central California coast on my new used bike.
The trip from Mesa Az. to Morro Bay Ca. would be 640 mile. I was a bit concerned riding a new bike that far because of my bad back. The first day was form Mesa to Needles Ca. 200 miles, about 4 hours. By the time I got to Needles my legs were a bit fatigued but that was it. My arms, back, and seat all felt fine. Was most impressed with how the bike kept up on the interstate. 75 Ė 80 miles per hour no problem. The bike seemed very nimble and because of the high seating position I felt very comfortable in the congested traffic around Phoenix. Much more so than I would have on my curser. The next day was 400 miles to Morro Bay. Drove straight through, only stopped to get gas. Took about 7 hours of driving. The last 35 miles were on a very windy back road. Couldnít believe how this bike handled the twistys. After 7 hours on the road I felt great. That amount of time in the saddle and no butt pain, now thatís impressive.
In the past four weeks Iíve put another 1200 miles on the bike on all types of roads; interstate, 2-lane, back roads, gravel roads, Öetc. About the only thing I can say is Iíd still like to be able to flat foot it while stopped. Iíve ordered the Sargent low seat to see if that will help. I just hope itís as comfortable as the stock seat. After riding this bike for about four weeks and putting 1800+ miles on it Iím really considering getting rid of my V-star 1300 tourer.
Iíve got lots of future plans for my new used Versys:
  • Driving Lights
  • Lower Seat (Sargent)
  • Headlight Modulator (Kisan)
  • Louder Horn
  • Sequential LED Tail Light (MotoDynamics)
  • Dual Sport Tires (Shinko 705)
  • Crash Bar

Thanks much. Looking forward to spending more time on this forum. Maybe finding another Versys riding partner in this area.
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As of Dec. 8th, 2016 I became the new owner of a 2016 Kawasaki Versys 650LT. .
I’ve got lots of future plans for my new used Versys:
  • Driving Lights
  • Lower Seat (Sargent)
  • Headlight Modulator (Kisan)
  • Louder Horn
  • Sequential LED Tail Light (MotoDynamics)
  • Dual Sport Tires (Shinko 705)
  • Crash Bar

Thanks much. Looking forward to spending more time on this forum. Maybe finding another Versys riding partner in this area.
So your height is the same and also your inseam, weight, well I could lose another 30#.

This is what I have and I will list them in order of preference;
Speedy lowering link and flat foot for the stand and lowering kit for the stand, should also include his foot brake extender
Speedy lowering pegs
Speedy highway peg mounts
Denali split bomb horn, several versions of this under different names
Speedy mirror extenders, just added recently because of slight interference with my tank bag
Tank bag --once you have had one you wonder how you got by without one before
Power outlets
The above list is about 1/3 of what I have, the other 2/3 may or may not appeal to you in your area, such as Oxford heated grips and Barkbuster Storm hand guards
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Congratulations. You lucked out finding a California bike out of state. It is hard to buy Japanese bikes New because they sure do depreciate a lot. Almost 30 percent with practically no miles.

The 3rd gen is starting to grow on me. Wish both headlight were illuminated when on low beam.

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Congrats on the new bike. I get my 15 white LT tomorrow, in transit as we speak. At 5'8" I heard where you are coming from being slightly vertically challenged. I would recommend doing the Speedy lowering kit first before getting the Sargent low seat. You already said the stock seat worked fine. I would rather lower the suspension first and have a more cushy seat. Those that have the Sargent seat may say different.
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Just curious why so many put the Speedy lowering pegs on. I could see this if you are long legged tall inseam but for us shorties is it really needed? Guess I won't know till I get some miles on my bike over the next few weeks. Suppose to be back into the 60's by next Monday here in Dallas.
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Just curious why so many put the Speedy lowering pegs on. I could see this if you are long legged tall inseam but for us shorties is it really needed? Guess I won't know till I get some miles on my bike over the next few weeks. Suppose to be back into the 60's by next Monday here in Dallas.
I rode my '15 for a few months w/out the peg-lowering (they are a BIT lower than on the Gen 1 and 2s), then added them - WAY nicer now...!

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From SoCal....Are you in the military? The reason i ask its near impossible to get a bike registered from another state in Cali unless you are in the military or it has 7500 miles on it. I Brought my 09 V from Texas and had to ride it around for a few months to hit the 7500 but i still had my Texas Driver License also.

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I bought a 2015 650LT a few months ago and it had already been lowered. I modified the seat and now it seems to be quite comfortable. I had been considering lowering the pegs but instead I added highway pegs for more movement options. The first long ride should tell me if that's all it needs.
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No, not in military.
I did call the DMV and gave them all the details. They said it wouldn't be a problem because the bike has the California emissions. But now you are the 2nd person to mention the 7500 mile rule. Maybe the rule has changed or maybe I'm in for a big surprise. I guess we'll see when I get the title and head down to the DMV.
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I did call the DMV and gave them all the details. They said it wouldn't be a problem because the bike has the California emissions. But now you are the 2nd person to mention the 7500 mile rule. Maybe the rule has changed or maybe I'm in for a big surprise. I guess we'll see when I get the title and head down to the DMV.

Well best of luck to you. California tries it best to keep people from buying cars and bikes out of state to bring back. Thats why bike prices here are always higher.

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Emission Control Information
To protect the environment in which we all live, Kawasaki has incorporated
crankcase emission (1) and exhaust emission (2) control systems in compliance
with applicable regulations of the United States Environmental Protection Agency
and California Air Resources Board. Additionally, Kawasaki has incorporated
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1. Crankcase Emission Control System
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Just curious why so many put the Speedy lowering pegs on. I could see this if you are long legged tall inseam but for us shorties is it really needed? Guess I won't know till I get some miles on my bike over the next few weeks. Suppose to be back into the 60's by next Monday here in Dallas.


There are Speedy's peg lowering blocks for less pressure on the knee's for the long legged. Then theres Speedy's Lowering Kit to lower the bike for the shorties....
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Just curious why so many put the Speedy lowering pegs on. I could see this if you are long legged tall inseam but for us shorties is it really needed? Guess I won't know till I get some miles on my bike over the next few weeks. Suppose to be back into the 60's by next Monday here in Dallas.
Everyone needs to make the bike comfortable for them if they ride all day long. If you are only riding 20 miles or less at a time you will never notice enough to spend the money.

For me, the seat comes first and then you modify the peg and handlebar position to work with the seat position. I like a wide seat that supports the back of the thighs so higher pegs that don't put too much pressure on the thighs works for me. Narrow seats with the pegs below you might mean a different position.

I went through 4 sets of handlebars and handlebar riser combinations for about 8 different setups on the Ninja 650, as well as seat mod and peg mod and realized after 4 years that I needed the Versys. If the Versys had a shaft drive and electronic cruise control it would have been perfect for my touring needs.

If and when I go back to a street adventure style bike, it will probably be a Yamaha Super Tenere unless something lighter with all it's features comes out.

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