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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-01-2017, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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I bought my '16 650LT back in April to give my son something to ride on a cross-country trip with me (NC to the Grand Canyon/Vegas and back). His Ninja is NOT a touring bike by any means. I was torn between the Versys and the 650 V-Strom, but they had the LT at the basic Versys MSRP, and that provided factory bags and handguards for a few hundred less than the basic Suzuki. As expected the Versys held up very well on the trip. He dumped it in a sharply sloping parking lot in Denver (I guess he's not used to tall bikes), but otherwise the trip was flawless. I rode my '05 ElectraGlide on the trip, but I plan to use the Versys as a semi-AD bike. I know there are better machines for that, but I was looking for something comfortable over long distances, not too heavy, and reasonably priced. In the '70's I made a number of long distance trips on my CB450, so I knew a modern 650 would hold up well, and I avoid interstates whenever practical so I don't need triple-digit speeds. However, we proved the Versys will do the ton without any problems. I enjoy solo camping so the Versys will see a lot of back roads, sometimes unpaved. For the coming summer trip to Nova Scotia I plan to add a tail bag, centerstand, engine guards and aux lighting as well as switching to 70/30 or 80/20 tires. A skid plate may or may not be added, but if not for this summer then for the next.
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I guess I'm supposed to start my own thread to get started in this forum, so here goes:
I've been riding since '75 and my real passion is vintage and antique bikes. I like US, Euro and Asian bikes. I mean, two (and somtimes 3) wheels is all I need to apprectate them whatever the make, year, or style.
As for my joining this forum, I bought my '16 650LT back in April to give my son something to ride on a cross-country trip with me (NC to the Grand Canyon/Vegas and back). His Ninja is NOT a touring bike by any means. I was torn between the Versys and the 650 V-Strom, but they had the LT at the basic Versys MSRP, and that provided factory bags and handguards for a few hundred less than the basic Suzuki. As expected the Versys held up very well on the trip. He dumped it in a sharply sloping parking lot in Denver (I guess he's not used to tall bikes), but otherwise the trip was flawless. I rode my '05 ElectraGlide on the trip, but I plan to use the Versys as a semi-AD bike. I know there are better machines for that, but I was looking for something comfortable over long distances, not too heavy, and reasonably priced. In the '70's I made a number of long distance trips on my CB450, so I knew a modern 650 would hold up well, and I avoid interstates whenever practical so I don't need triple-digit speeds. However, we proved the Versys will do the ton without any problems. I enjoy solo camping so the Versys will see a lot of back roads, sometimes unpaved. For this coming summer trip to Nova Scotia I plan to add a tail bag, centerstand, engine guards and aux lighting as well as switching to 70/30 or 80/20 tires. A skid plate may or may not be added, but if not for this summer then for the next.
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Sounds like you have your summer all planned out already! Safe travels.
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The Versys will handle lots of highway easily. I rode my 09 from Texas To Cali mid-summer loaded down running speeds mostly 80-95mph. The bike seems happy at those speeds. I did have a 16T Front Sprocket on it which i preferred over the 15T...

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For solo travelling the Versys 650LT is all anyone really needs. Anything more is just wants over needs.

So far, the Versys is the only bike I have owned that I could see myself going back to in the future.

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Nova Scotia is awsome. My wife and I made that trip from south Ms. on a 03 Harley fxst. Be sure to do the loop on cape Breton, and If you camp, Meat Cove is the place.
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Nova Scotia is awsome. My wife and I made that trip from south Ms. on a 03 Harley fxst. Be sure to do the loop on cape Breton, and If you camp, Meat Cove is the place.
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Meat Cove is definitely on my list of places. Their website has a vid of the camp taken from a drone, so that will be my turn-around stopover before heading back down south.
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Absolutely agreed! We took the old ferry from Bar Harbor to Yarmouth, banged around the southern end a bit, very much enjoyed the games at Festival Antigonish, and fell in love with Cape Breton (be sure to go counter-clockwise) before heading off to PEI. Back then in the early 90s, we stayed in B&Bs for our Canada portion (because they really were just a room and a meal and were very affordable) and really enjoyed getting to know folks for a day or two at a time.

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Meat Cove is definitely on my list of places. Their website has a vid of the camp taken from a drone, so that will be my turn-around stopover before heading back down south.
Why turnaround? Follow the loop all the way round.
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...fell in love with Cape Breton (be sure to go counter-clockwise) before heading off to PEI....
And I would suggest you want to go around the Cabot Trail CW (recommended to me by Cape Bretoners on my first time - IF you go down and are sliding, it gives you an EXTRA lane BEFORE you slide over the cliff...!).

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