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A Good Deal For Tour Bikes?

Just bought (4) 2009 green Versys for my Utah motorcycle tour business. I got them for $5269 OTD! I was able to avoid state sales tax because of the exemption for rental companies. Two questions to those of you with more experience with this motorcycle: is that a pretty fair deal? And what's your honest opinion about using them with the general public as tour bikes through Southern Utah? They will be for street use only. Until now, I've been a dirt bike guy and was just a little let-down with the power (thrill-factor) of the Versys compared to my 450s. On the other hand, I was impressed at the smoothness of the power and the handling.


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A steal-deal.
Fantastic for your purpose.
Get them broke in a bit and then run them at 5-8K rpms.
Very easy to ride, forgiving.
I paid a LOT more for mine.

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I've seen better deals but never seen 4 of them together.

I mostly ride MX bikes also but have been impressed with the V. Break it in and then do a 0-100 run and you will be impressed. You can lug them anywhere but when you hit 6-7k hang on.

Sounds like you have a great place to ride. I went through SE Utah when I picked up my bike and can't wait to get back there.

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Not sure about the deal but sure you would offer discount price for overseas versys forum members on your tour.
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For someone that is going to rent them out I would be aware of the fact that it is a tall bike and people will drop them, so you will probably want some kind of crash bars. Also they are NOT a dirt bike. So don't rent them to folks taking them off road.

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Hey Moto, I am in Utah as well, Sandy.

Love my V, too tall for most women but I' six one so not a problem for me.

Good suggestion on crash bars, Lone. They are tall bikes, kinda tippy at low speed until you find the balance point. You may wanna consider lowering the seat on a couple, even for taller riders, as they will feel more comfortable on them for short term/rental use.

We live in an awesome state for riding! I can give an unbiased verification that either of the tours offered by Moto would be sensational riding. Southern Utah in the fall is amazing, and the Alpine ride would be breathtaking mountain scenery.

I love living here, for riding, rock climbing, and skiing!

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I'm in Utah up north in Pleasant View. If you bought in Utah that sounds like a great deal. I think the really low prices are in areas hit a little harder by the economy. I wish I could have avoided that state sales tax myself when I picked up a green in April for about $500 more than you paid.

Your website looks awesome and your rides will be spectacular. I think the Versys is perfectly suited and has plenty of power and fun, but agree with the thoughts about a lowered option. My wife is 5' 2" and loves to ride, but would never jump on the Versys. I'd also make sure to fix the cowl buzz for a more pleasant guest rider experience.

Post some picts of those green V's together.

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Thanks to all for your input and advice.
And yes, big discounts to all Versys owners - you guys already know how to handle them!

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And if you're thinking about lowering them, Speedy has a great kit! He's a forum member & many of us have his products on our bikes...

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is the versys the only bike you offer? if not, i wouldn't lower any, folks can pick a different machine. unpopular opinion, but bikes are usually lowered for newbies, which you probably would not want on your bikes anyway. if you're expect them to be used for touring, your money would be better spent upgrading the saddles.

edit: you might consider a preemptive wrenching session for the fairing buzz issue.

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+1 on the lowering kit... your clients will love you for it.

As a former Southern Utah resident (3 years outside of Kanab), I wish the Versys had been around when I lived there. For the combination of roads in the area (including some of the FS roads), it's about perfect.

You got some smokin' deals... enjoy!

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I spent the 4th weekend riding out of Kanab, UT. Met a group from another forum. Rode up from Phoenix, where I rented a Ninja 650R. Couldn't find a Versys to rent except in Los Angeles. There is some great riding out there. The road to the North Rim is great fun. Not much traffic and great fast sweepers. We also rode up to Cedar Breaks. Too many tar snakes and cops, but some nice scenery. Good luck with your business. You will fine the Versys very low maintenance and sturdy. The height will definitely be intimedating for some people.

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Sounds like a challenge to me!

Now I have four!
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Good luck with what sounds like an awesome business!

As a former motocross racer I can tell you, put an Arrow silencer or full system on and your Vs will feel (and sound!) a little more like your 450s!
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Until now, I've been a dirt bike guy and was just a little let-down with the power (thrill-factor) of the Versys compared to my 450s
I must apologize for that "newbie" statement. I'm still in the break-in process and until the last couple of short rides, I didn't get up into the speeds and the RPMs that really make this motorcycle shine! What a hoot - I've been away from streetbikes for too long. Oh, and this morning I took a connecting dirt road for about 10 miles (just to see how it handles-I don't plan on using them off-road). This bike ate it up and wanted more! Cool machines.

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Glad you liked the V. Break In and do enjoy the ride.
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I think it's kind of funny that you bought 4 of them for your tour business and then asked if it was a good tour bike...

I wouldn't want to tour on a versys unless it had a throttle lock, bigger windscreen, taller gearing, some kind of seat mod, and of course the buzzing issue resolved.

But it would be a fun bike to rent for the day if you lived in an area with lots of curves.
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Rumbo75, my initial choices were off-road bikes (that would narrow my market too much and not take advantage of the popularity of the national parks), dual sport bikes (just couldn't get excited about the KLR's old design, even though they have an amazing reputation and a strong following), and full-on tourers. What can I say?- when I saw the Versys, I fell in love and thought people would have a lot of fun on them. I plan on doing the mods you mentioned and luckily I do live in an area with lots of twisties. We'll see how it goes!

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Man I wanna come visit you guys!! I'd LOVE to ride your area on a Versys!!! Lots of luck to you guys!!!



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id put on 44 or 43 tooth rear sprokets so the bikes wouldnt be so quick. then id take aluminum drag feelers off the ends of the footpegs. if your shoe laces are to long they can get caught up in those things and you cant get your feet down.
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I think it's a great deal otd.

They'll make great tour bikes, but maybe you should lower at least one of them. Do you have other bikes on your fleet that are lower? The stock seat height may be too high for the average person.
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