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Versys versus Suzuki 650 Motor characteristics

Question for you all that are also familiar with the Suzuki 650 twin.

Spent a month on an 08 Versys about 6 years ago chasing my buddy around MT. (His "for when friends visit" bike). Last summer and this summer I have had a chance to ride a suzuki (gladius and 07 sv). On paper, the zook motor is supposed to have more HP. In my memory, the Versys had substantially more rush at the top end. BUT - I've ridden and owned several more powerful bikes since then, so maybe my values have changed.

Help my mis-remembering here. Which is it? Frankly, the Zook 650 feels cool down low, but I kept running out of juice up top and banging the limiter.

Just motor impressions question here. No interest in a vstrom. Street rider wondering on the 650 kaw vs the 650 zook motor for sport street riding. Considering versys or ninja vs sv650

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Suzuki's 650 is a 90 degree V-twin engine...

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There isn't enough difference in the MK3 Versys 650 and the Suzuki Vstrom power to matter. IMHO, the Versys is a much better value. The Versys has much better luggage and it is cheaper. The LT also has a 2 year warranty compared to a 1 yr warranty for the Vstrom.

There is also a much different riding experience - with a 5" difference in wheelbase and a 17" front wheel, the Versys is a much better bike in the corners. I rode both bikes before buying my Mk3 Vs 650.
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A few years ago I had a ride on the Gladius and was very impressed with the motor. I also had a ride on the ER-6f (now the Ninja 650) on the same day and was quite unimpressed. The Versys motor was much better IMO than the 6f.
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Thanks for the info guys. I guess my view of top end rush has recalibrated since that month on a versys in MT. Keeping the C14 for my long trips and 2 up comfort for the mrs and looking for cheaper, lighter, used 2nd bike.

The 919 I had has been my favorite example of a bike where I can use all the motor for my style (and fat ass). My favorite bike over the past few years has been the ninja 1000 but hardly is a cheap 2nd bike option as the insurance was a LOT.

Guess I am just going to have to find a used Versys to ride and see if the motor still has the rush I remember compared to the gladius / sv. The weight and handling definitely fit the bill.

Thanks for the input.

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If you are interested (price, power, weight) the Versys 1000 should attract less insurance premiums than the Ninja 1000 I would suggest.
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