Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Southern Indiana
I too recently went through the same process. I sold my DR650 that I had used for commuting to work until I retired. I had 3 bikes an thought I should cut costs and reduce the stable. Put the money in the bank and thought I would sit on it. Shortly after I saw a video on the new Versys 650. I started looking for a used bike but really wanted the gear indicator that was stock on the 2017 model. So I started considering buying a new bike but in my area they were as rare as hens teeth. Finally found one and closed the deal and can tell you for me it is one of the most satisfying bikes I have owned. I have 2 heavy bikes, Victory Kingpin and Victory Vision Touring bike and at age 66 although I have no trouble riding them I really wanted to go lighter and not to 3 wheels as some do later in life. I'm 6' 2," 195 lb, with a 34" inseam. Unlike others I think the stock seat is one of the more comfortable stock seats I have sat on. I did install a Madstad windshield for better wind protection and it works great. My last 4 lighter bikes a KLR 650, Vstrom 1000, BMW F800GS, and DR650 were all good bike but after only 600 miles I can honestly say the Versys is a more fun bike for me. I too considered the Versys 1000 but really did not want the extra weight. As far as power the 650 has plenty and the low end torque was a pleasant surprise. One of the videos I watched that helped me decide was a Kawasaki dealer doing a Versys walk around. He had bought a 1000 an his son a 650. He said after riding his sons 650 he kind of wished he had bought it instead of the 1000. I feel if you are in a hurry and need to run a lot of Interstate then the 1000 would be the way to go. If you like riding curvy, hilly, 2 lane backroads then the 650 is really hard to beat. Light, nimble, comfortable, with good power makes a really fun ride. Both are great bikes it just depends what your needs are. Good Luck. A good time awaits no matter which way you go!
Last edited by Silverbullet; 04-03-2017 at 09:03 AM.