I am trying to justify it with the concept that my used Versys was at least 1000 less than a comparable year/condition/mileage Strom.
With those wheels the Versys should be at least as capable if not more so than the Strom.
When I had my Strom I would easily have paid $600 to have a separate set of spoked wheels set up with knobbies on them.
I have almost got myself convinced, but still strugging.
I WANT a set of them bad, just trying to justify the approx $1600 cost.
This build is helping push me over the top and solidify that I want the rims in black.
To me with these wheels the Versys would be a better ADV bike than the 650 Strom and slot it between it and GS800/Tiger 800 while not breaking the bank.
The tubeless would be the bomb but the price is way off the mark, $1600? give me a break!. I'm not a big fan of mags on motorcycles but the one's on the V are some of the better looking mags. Thanks for the info!
As others have said...it would be far better (and certainly more economical) if Kawasaki responded to the popularity of "dual sport/dual purpose" motorcycles with a Versys ADV model.
As most experienced riders know...it takes a lot more than spoked wheels to significantly improve the suitability of the V for off-pavement riding. Personally, I'd opt for adding a KLR to the garage before spending more money to enhance my Versys.
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Fear is just excitement in need of an attitude adjustment.
The spoked wheels are a hard pill to swallow but...
1) They aren't for everyone. If you don't spend all that much time on dirt, then keep the 17's... they're perfectly good wheels.
2) There is no replacing the larger wheels/tire setup it has now. It rolls over rough surfaces smoothly and (with the new tires) a lot more grip. Only you know if you need this or not.
3) A point can be made about having these options available from the manufacturer. Moves like this in manufacturing are often complex but I'm sure some folks would pay and extra 1,200 bucks for, oh lets say,1.5" more inches of travel and 19 or 21" front spoked wheel? With the right suspension and the given reliability of the motor, this would be a hard bike to beat for 8.5k off the showroom floor. Imagine all the extra "Versytility!"
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Will do. Looks like my trip for next spring is delayed temporarily. Sadly the want is more than funds will allow for a bit. Extracurricular functions for my oldest daughter are taking precedence for the short term. Working on securing a part time job to buffer the trip fund. Teenagers are expensive.
But there is so much to explore around me that I could have some cheap adventures locally in the short term.
im going with the spoked wheels next year, with suspension upgrades. I do 4-500kms on dirt and owned a klr, but I do most of my riding on the blacktop. the versys won out. The KLR is a fine bike for slow speed roads, but not ideal for eating up milage on the road. the versys is great at 600-1000km days from the floor, but needs a little help on dirt. ordering this wheel setup and suspension, I can go back and forth then. street tires on stockers, dirt tires on the laced wheels, and best of both worlds.
I thought of going down the path of this sort of mod until I realised that the position of the air filter makes it a pointless exercise for anyone living in a dry, dusty place. I'd rather ride a proper dirt bike off road and be able clean the filter in just a few minutes.