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sv 650 v kawasaki versys

hi,new to the forum,I currently ride a sv 650 but am considering getting a kawasaki versys,I fancy a change to a more upright position but wonder if the performance of a versys might leave me a bit wanting as bit less powerfull,any body had both theses bike,s? thank,s Mark
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Asked and answered here:
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I had the 'S', I think the first year with aluminum frame. Was a great bike but didn't like the ergos - would make my wrists hurt after about an hour in the saddle. Seems to me the naked version became the Gladious (barf). Great motor though.

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I had a 03 sv naked and (2) 03 sv1000 naked. GREAT bikes, but the Versys has so much more to offer and is way more comfortable .
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good friend of mine just got an sv650. i did OK keeping up with her, but it's definitely a faster bike.

fwiw, however, my v is way more comfortable, and it seems to handle just as well if not better..

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It's a shame they don't make the naked SV650 anymore. I had 2 of them. Great bikes.

Don't get me wrong, I think the Verysy is a great bike also but they are aimed at different micro segments of types of riding. (micro segments; I kill myself )

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micro segments, I am really micro, had the versys more than a year now, done over 12,000km and have never seen a V on the road apart from the demo bike at the local shop
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You can make an SV650into a very good inexpensive track bike by fitting GSXR forks (relatively easy)and a decent shock. That's if you want to go fast

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I had an '01 SV650 and now a Versys. The SV motor is a bit stronger, but the Versys has plenty of power. The Versys is more comfortable and has better suspension.
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An alternative with the best of both worlds would be a versys with er6/650r head and 2 intake cames. Add a pipe and programmer, have it dyno tuned and you have an upright, well handling machine that will spank a stock sv650. If you buy the versys and the head/cam used, it's dirt cheap.
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I had an 08 SV650SF and I personally like the V better. The Sv is a great bike, but I like the power better on the V. Both bikes were completely stock. I actually thought the SV650 S model had me stretched out over the tank more than my 07 600RR.

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This is the list of bikes I have owned, and what I am currently riding (09 Versys, 02 DR650SE)


All of these were brand new

88 CBR1000 Hurricane First Street Bike
96 Honda Shadow 1100 ACE
03 CBR1100XX BlackBird
04 Honda XR400R
04 KTM 525 EXC
05 GoldWing ABS
06 FJR1300A
06 DR650SE
06 GSXR1000
06 GSXR 600
06 CBR1000RR
06 KTM 450 EXC
07 CBR600RR
08 Versys
08 Bandit 1250S
07 CBR 600RR (Yes I bought a second one)

And my used list of bikes owned

01 Kawasaki Concours
01 Ninja 250
06 Ninja 500
06 GSXR 1000
05 YZF600R (Track Bike)
04 KTM 450 EXC
07 ST1300 ABS
05 CBR 600RR
06 CBR 600RR (Track Street)
08 SV650SF
06 DRZ400 SM
02 VTX 1800C
02 DR650SE
05 XR650L
09 Versys

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09 Versys
02 DR650SE

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Back when the Ninja 650R came out it was being compared to the Suzuki in all the magazines. It had great reviews from the pros testing them both head to head. Fast forward to now...and you have the Versys, it's the right motor in the right chassis, change a sprocket & you'll get more torque for quick launches.
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An alternative with the best of both worlds would be a versys with er6/650r head and 2 intake cames. Add a pipe and programmer, have it dyno tuned and you have an upright, well handling machine that will spank a stock sv650. If you buy the versys and the head/cam used, it's dirt cheap.
I would agree to a point... To begin with, the ergos of a japanese standard like the V or ER6 would serve as a hinderance to it's being an effective track bike. You would have to alter, with some difficulty and expense the rearsets and handlebars/clip-ons as a start. Then you'd have to address the suspension to obtain adjustability. The SV has compatibility with the GSXR and an expansive aftermarket to make it better. Pure speed is not the end all for running on track. Where you get torque matters more. Kawasaki's aren't V-twins with the associated low end grunt. Plus the SV sounds a LOT cooler!!

3K for a used SV, plus another 2K for build, tops, and you have a really nice rig with a fully adjustable suspension and outstanding brakes for much, much less than a comparably equipped (if it even were possible) Versys or ER6. You will not spank this with a stock Kawasaki...guaranteed.

Just the same as making the V or ER6 into an effective dual sport, neither bike is designed to be an effective track bike. These Kawasaki's are what they are. Great all round bikes. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sorry.

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I had an early carb SV. Very nice engine, smooth. At 6' 3", the SV was a bit small for me. The V fits me much better.
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SV650 vs. kaw Versys

New to forum also. Just traded 05 naked SV650 for new 09 Versys. Only 400 miles so far so can't offer much info on power ( seems similar ). Versys seating position much better. SV not much fun after 50 miles. SV sound with Yosh pipe much better but thats about the only plus the SV has in my opinion. Think I'll be able to take much longer rides on the Versys.

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I would agree to a point... To begin with, the ergos of a japanese standard like the V or ER6 would serve as a hinderance to it's being an effective track bike.
Possibly all true stuff depending on the rider's preferences, but the OP never said anything about wanting a track bike. It sounded to me like he was after better ergo's, but not wanting to give up much in the power department.
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Possibly all true stuff depending on the rider's preferences, but the OP never said anything about wanting a track bike. It sounded to me like he was after better ergo's, but not wanting to give up much in the power department.
You are absolutely right! However, the OP did not make mention of doing engine mods, either.

I suppose too much info is always better than not enough, which is why I offered my input. I leave it to the OP.

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[QUOTE=mudstuck;117589]hi,new to the forum,I currently ride a sv 650 but am considering getting a kawasaki versys,I fancy a change to a more upright position but wonder if the performance of a versys might leave me a bit wanting as bit less powerfull,any body had both theses bike,s?.....was thinking of both bike,s as stock item,s as not intending modifying more than an aftermarket exhaust, thank,s for the replie,s Mark
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New to forum also. Just traded 05 naked SV650 for new 09 Versys. Only 400 miles so far so can't offer much info on power ( seems similar ). Versys seating position much better. SV not much fun after 50 miles. SV sound with Yosh pipe much better but thats about the only plus the SV has in my opinion. Think I'll be able to take much longer rides on the Versys.

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Niether of these bikes is impressive for outright performance. They are both a blast and a great value, though. Pick and choose. I had an '03 naked SV. It was a great bike, but I much prefer the V. If you're really worried about performance, you're looking at the wrong class of bike. In addition, the rider will make the difference on the performance front.
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hi,new to the forum,I currently ride a sv 650 but am considering getting a kawasaki versys,I fancy a change to a more upright position but wonder if the performance of a versys might leave me a bit wanting as bit less powerfull,any body had both theses bike,s? thank,s Mark

I don't think you will be disappointed with the Versys. I had a 06 SV650S that I did a big trip out to California on and loved the bike. I prefer the motor and sound of the SV but for an all around bike, the Versys is going to be the best choice for most people.

As far as power, neither of the bikes makes a ton of power but I know for a fact that you can cruise all day long on both at 80-90 mph and still have some room to go. One thing nice about the Versys, is has a better range and you can load it up easier for trips.

Comfort is subjective in my opinion. While I find a sportier ride more comfortable for long days in the saddle, some prefer the upright seating position that a Versys offers.


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