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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-22-2016, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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Just Bought A New 2016 650ABS

This is my 3rd Versys...although i've strayed away a couple of times, they are my favorite bikes in 45+ years of riding...

I rode it to breakfast on Tuesday morning (I picked it up late Monday from Iron Pony Power sports). I started out on one of my 22 mile "loop" rides, and ended up riding 200 miles ..

The difference between the gen1 V's and the '15'16's I felt soon: The better ergo's, wind protection, ABS brakes, and the suspension !! I could tell that it handled much better by it needing very little to no bar input on corner entrance and tracking thru the corner, also fewer vibes...IMO Kawasaki took a very good motorcycle, and made it better.

I've said it before it's maybe the best motorcycle...ever I Luv It !!!
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Welcome Jnor,

Great testament to the Versys line in your statement. I have a first gen. and a chum of mine bought a hold-over non-current 2015 for his daughter. Of course he is bogarting it and putting all the break-in miles on it for her.

Neat to park them side by side and look for the subtle and of course the more obvious changes between the two. I confess I have not ridden it yet.

They are handy bikes to have around..... in some of that same sense as a KLR, certainly a touch more refined.



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Great shots and neat riding country. I worked for awhile for the RR in parts of Ohio in the 1970's.
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LOVE the pic w/ the train conductors looking on....

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Congrats!
ABS has kept me out of trouble a couple of times already. I hope the next upgrade a couple of years from now includes Traction Control.

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Nice bike

Can the ABS be disconnected if you are on a dirt road?

Although I have had Miss Jaffa (Burnt Orange 2007 Versys) for a while, I still have a lot to learn.


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Al - I just rode a bunch of 'gnarly' trails this morning, up near the Big White ski area, and I made a 'point' of using LOTS of rear brakes on the descents.

Rear wheel locks-up just FINE, and slides great! NOTHING disconnected.

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I like! Yes, great riding scenery and informative on the Gen3

My new escape, 16' Gen3 Versys 650ABS
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Those Givi bags look great on there. Are they water resistant? Which model?
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Those Givi bags look great on there. Are they water resistant? Which model?
They are..... Givi 3D easylock, they come with rain covers...$314.00 a pair
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