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Back on a Versys 650...

I traded in my NC700X that was great for 12000 miles , on a 2013 Versys 650 with 5000 miles...

My old 2009 Versys was a fun bike that had 20000 miles when I sold it a few years ago..

So I knew what I needed to get on the 2013...

Motowerk footpeg lowering blocks

Zero Gravity sport touring windshield

Foam Grips

16 tooth countershaft sprocket

next up a seat concepts seat kit

These bikes are brilliant here in the urban jungle of so-cal

It's good to be back on the Versys again..sweet little bikes ...cheers

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Welcome back ! I've done the same thing and went back to a Versys (my favorite bike).....also, great color !!
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Great to here this since the NC700X was my other option. But I believe I will be happier with the Versys 650.

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I also used to have an NC700x. It was totaled in an accident and I've replaced it with a 2015 Versys 650 LT. I've only put 140 miles on my Versys so can't really compare yet.

What helmet are you using there? I've been thinking about an "adventure" style helmet for commuting. I don't know if I'd be able to travel in it though.

Also which tailbag are you using, that looks nice.

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Haven't done a full comparison yet but will when i hit a 1000 miles on her I'm at about 800 now. So far i really like it. Just ran an errand and it slices through freeway traffic like butter..

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I also used to have an NC700x. It was totaled in an accident and I've replaced it with a 2015 Versys 650 LT. I've only put 140 miles on my Versys so can't really compare yet.

What helmet are you using there? I've been thinking about an "adventure" style helmet for commuting. I don't know if I'd be able to travel in it though.

Also which tailbag are you using, that looks nice.
The tailbag is an old AXIO I have had for years...they don't hold much , however fits on the seat ok...

The Adventure style helmets work well when the sun is low and help with glare but they seem to be quite a bit less aerodynamic at speed so not as nice as a regular full face..

Thanks to this great forum and community ...you all are nice to have around to chat with and share some ideas ...

Thanks for the welcome back...and ride safe guys and gals..

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mminob: welcome back to Versys-land, that's a fine looking example you have there!
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I traded in my NC700X that was great for 12000 miles , on a 2013 Versys 650 with 5000 miles...

My old 2009 Versys was a fun bike that had 20000 miles when I sold it a few years ago..

So I knew what I needed to get on the 2013...

Motowerk footpeg lowering blocks

Zero Gravity sport touring windshield

Foam Grips

16 tooth countershaft sprocket

next up a seat concepts seat kit

These bikes are brilliant here in the urban jungle of so-cal

It's good to be back on the Versys again..sweet little bikes ...cheers

Hi, just curious why you would change the sprocket. I tried a 16 tooth on my '15 Vulcan S 650 (same basic motor) before I traded it in on my Versys. I still have it, and thought I might try it. I didn't see much change, maybe a few hundred lower RPM at freeway speed is all and the fuel info display got sort of messed up, so I put it back to the stocker's 15. I felt 1st gear was sort of short on the Vulcan, and maybe feel that on the Versys too. Thanks.

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Hi, just curious why you would change the sprocket. I tried a 16 tooth on my '15 Vulcan S 650 (same basic motor) before I traded it in on my Versys. I still have it, and thought I might try it. I didn't see much change, maybe a few hundred lower RPM at freeway speed is all and the fuel info display got sort of messed up, so I put it back to the stocker's 15. I felt 1st gear was sort of short on the Vulcan, and maybe feel that on the Versys too. Thanks.
Yeah around town the 16 tooth sprocket helps a little by not having to shift as much when going up and down the gears...first gear too low..

On the freeways around here the speeds are often above 75 mph and the 16 tooth helps a little by lowering the revs a few hundred...yes, going with the flow of traffic , or a little faster, is safer , sometimes..

I would say the 650 motor loves to rev but I like to keep the revs never more then 6000 rpm...ymmv

Don't forget the speedometer is off a little now...ride safe brother..

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