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Versys - "What is it?" & Adventure Ride Malaysia to London

Was searching versys as adventurer and found a couple of articles that I have not seen linked here nor ran across before.

Here's an editorial from '08 describing what a versys really is, and opinions about what it should be used for and how it should be setup. I found it interesting, perhaps some here will too. Found myself agreeing to and relating to much of what was said. Similar riding style I guess.
http://verlenelson.com/Motorcycles/versys/index.html

Here's a recent thread on 4 versys riders adventuring across 18 countries in 62 days. Another interesting read, particularly because it's all foreign countries:
http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=593811

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Great articles and thank for bringing them up.

The bike does not fit into a niche. More importantly is the fact that it is just fun to ride. If you have the time, experience and desire, you could try almost anything on this bike.

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thanks on links CJ

that editorial does ring a bell - and those mayalisan guys are certified brass balls crazy

and funny enough just yesterday i came out of a restaurant at lunch and there were two guys looking at the bike.

first guy "what is it . . . i mean whats it for?"
second guy "its a dirt bike"
first guy "dude, you need new tires there frkn bald"

they went back and forth for a bit while i put my gear on, then i offered this; its similar to a supermoto but its born out of a street bike rather than a dirt bike. then i went on to explain supermoto and etc etc. and as was well in the end but they still seemed really unsettled by the whole thing.

now, someone jump in here and tell me im not crazy but supermoto was on tv when i was a kid. not exactly when dinosaurs roamed the earth but it sure as sh!t was before cable tv was established and way way the hell before the web. so where have people been - to me not knowing supermoto is like not knowing what an apple is

anyways, not the first time its gone like that. its funny how you end up being a spokes person for whatever your on at the time. personally i feel like who gives a poop about categories - just ride the thing
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There was racing similar to supermoto, where the inside of a short track was used, with one jump, and the riders used about half of the oval. They had these races during the intermissions of the flat track racing, I thought they were called TT racing but I could be wrong. I dont believe supermoto racing was ever on TV before cable.

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Thanks CJ, good stuff. I agree with the first article, I call it a big super moto bike when people are asking me what the hell is it? that was my first impression of the bike anyway.

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what a versys really is, and opinions about what it should be used for and how it should be setup.
The quote below is part of what the V does to me, what I find alluring about the V cannot really be put into words, but I have this set of feelings and expectations that are simply intangible, and I will be pursuing the V into having Adventures as a Bike that it is not supposed to have....because its just a Sport Tourer.....

Motorcyclist magazine says weight is:
(tank full/empty) 457/427 lbs.
This is nearly 100 lbs. more than a KTM 690SM and only about 15 lbs. less than a dl650 V-Strom. Feel is another thing: it feels 100 pounds lighter than a V-Strom (partly because it is much smaller and nimble) and nearly as light as the KTM 690SM

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There was racing similar to supermoto, where the inside of a short track was used, with one jump, and the riders used about half of the oval. They had these races during the intermissions of the flat track racing, I thought they were called TT racing but I could be wrong. I dont believe supermoto racing was ever on TV before cable.
yea youre right on there - it was supermoto oldschool i guess.

i remember specifically seeing it on "wide world of sports". it was on sunday afternoons only, and only once in a great while was there anything about bikes let alone supermoto stuff. we got 3 channels back then, (broadcast).


did a quick search - shoulda done that in the first place

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermoto



and, just for laughs . . . adventure touring ? there is no such thing er nobody agrees on it anyway -

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventure_touring
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Hey, good stuff.

BTW, the wiki article left out 'super motard'. From what I know that's where the term 'supermoto' came from, now it's just 'sumo' or 'SM'.

Good buddy of mine is a bit of a sumo king, turning all his old dirtbikes into motards. A KDX, and XR350, and a GasGas EC250 are three of the bunch. Pics on request. He has a vintage gilera in parts, and an Aprilia 50 SM that he rides on side streets to work. I think there are 18 bikes in his garage and a couple in the livingroom. Yeah, he's single.

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I think there are 18 bikes in his garage and a couple in the livingroom. Yeah, he's single.

ah the single life, he's into it eh ? - i cant live with that kind of accumulation anymore, i drives me nuts. but hey, more power to him
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what we refer to as Super Moto here in the US is know as Super Motard in Europe. I think the races on wide world of sports was Super bikers and pitted the best from Road Racing, Flat Track and Motocross. Most of the time it was the Motocross guys dominating the event. I know our own Danny (Magoo) Chandler (CR500 Honda) won a few of those races. I believe it was Steve Wise won several too (CR500 Honda) Both Motocross guys and Steve Wise went on to do some road racing

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Wow...I remember watching those races back in the day and had entirely forgotten about them until this thread. Thanks for the memories!

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I think the races on wide world of sports was Super bikers and pitted the best from Road Racing, Flat Track and Motocross.

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what we refer to as Super Moto here in the US is know as Super Motard in Europe. I think the races on wide world of sports was Super bikers and pitted the best from Road Racing, Flat Track and Motocross. Most of the time it was the Motocross guys dominating the event. I know our own Danny (Magoo) Chandler (CR500 Honda) won a few of those races. I believe it was Steve Wise won several too (CR500 Honda) Both Motocross guys and Steve Wise went on to do some road racing

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very cool detail - i only knew it in generalities


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Sadly Danny Magoo Chandler passed away this year do to complications with his paralysis. I believe he was 50 years young.

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