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A few quick questions on the versys

Hello, new guy here, and have a few questions. On a totaly stock bike.

1. In top gear what RPM does it run at at about 100 km/hr approx. 62 MPH?
2. How is the vibration at about 100 km/hr?
3.Average range on easy highway rides per tank of gas?
4.How is it ergonomically for a 200 pound guy, that is just under 6'2" tall.
5. Any issues with a 200 pound rider, and 120 pound passenger?
6. How effective is the windshield at highway speeds?
7. Is the seat comfy for a 4 to 5 hour ride?

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1. In top gear what RPM does it run at at about 100 km/hr approx. 62 MPH?
4.5k

2. How is the vibration at about 100 km/hr?
near nothing

3.Average range on easy highway rides per tank of gas?
200+

4.How is it ergonomically for a 200 pound guy, that is just under 6'2" tall.
weight OK
Height ? my inseam is 33in and I'm OK and unaltered it is a tall person's bike

5. Any issues with a 200 pound rider, and 120 pound passenger?
not as much fun

6. How effective is the windshield at highway speeds?
"cleans up" the bikes drag, not the riders head and shoulders

7. Is the seat comfy for a 4 to 5 hour ride?
yes

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Hello, new guy here, and have a few questions. On a totaly stock bike.

1. In top gear what RPM does it run at at about 100 km/hr approx. 62 MPH?
around 4K to 4.5K

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2. How is the vibration at about 100 km/hr?
No problem at all

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3.Average range on easy highway rides per tank of gas?
I get around 200 miles to a tank before the refuel blink starts.


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4.How is it ergonomically for a 200 pound guy, that is just under 6'2" tall.
I'm 6-2, about 280 lbs, had the local speed shop set the suspension for me, and have no problems. Can all be done with the stock springs. I have added the lowering foot pegs, and the bar riser.

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5. Any issues with a 200 pound rider, and 120 pound passenger?
Should not be a problem.

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6. How effective is the windshield at highway speeds?
Could be better, but not to bad. Lots of replacement options on the market.


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7. Is the seat comfy for a 4 to 5 hour ride?
Yes

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Hello, new guy here, and have a few questions. On a totaly stock bike.

1. In top gear what RPM does it run at at about 100 km/hr approx. 62 MPH?
hard to say for me (I have a 16t front socket, but I'd guess around 5KRPM
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2. How is the vibration at about 100 km/hr?
very subjective, depends what bikes you've ridden before and what you are prepared to tolerate. I don't think its an issue, yes there is vibration but its a parallel twin its part of the bike. its not significant for me, but Its soemthing you'd need to judge yourself
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3.Average range on easy highway rides per tank of gas?
200..220miles (320..370Km) with some to spare (last trip for me was 56MPG, which is around 5l per 100k)
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4.How is it ergonomically for a 200 pound guy, that is just under 6'2" tall.
shoudl be fine, but do a test ride to make certain it meets your requirememnts
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5. Any issues with a 200 pound rider, and 120 pound passenger?
doubt it, Im 240lbs and did an extrended trip earlier this year 6,000 miles in 4 weeks
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6. How effective is the windshield at highway speeds?
depends on what you expect from a screen, its does an adequate job, its never going to be as good as an RT or simialr with an adjustabel screen, but its OK. you may need to tinker with the height or upside down or get an aftermarket screen. screens are very personal. the stock screen will cut through the wind and provide a turbulent free area for some people (either very small who duck below, or the tall who let the windbalst hit thier chest & shoulder area
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7. Is the seat comfy for a 4 to 5 hour ride?
not sure I'd want to do a 5 hour on the go, have done several 300 mile+ days (2 500+) so high mileages can be done, but you'd probably want to acclimatise your butt before doing long distance. you are going to have to get of occasionally to refill.. I reckon thats every 3...4 hours or so. however one guy I know has done 1017 miles in one day on a stock seat (think he had a gel pad for that ride though.
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I've done 300 miles in an afternoon and 1500 mile weekends with no issues. I have a low gel seat and a roho airhawk. Versys is a decent light tourer. 60 mph @ 5k rpm at top gear high frequency vibes on the pegs. Just wear good boots and socks, no issues.
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I second all of Markk9's answers except the seat, which of course is the most subjective issue of all. I do not consider it adequately comfortable for long rides. I have done days with ten hours in the saddle, and the only thing that made me want to get off the bike was the seat.

Fortunately, there are many proven ways to improve it. I'm still considering my options.

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1. 4650 rpm. that's at 100kph actual, which would be about 110 indicated.
2. light. gets worse a couple of thou higher.
3-6. nothing to add.
7. no. lowering the pegs will help.

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Thanks to all that replied, your input is appreciated.

I have had many bikes, sort of all over the map on brands, and types.
Crotch rockets, touring, nakeds, dulasporting, and pure dirt.
Looking for an all around bike now, and have it down to 4 choices, the Versys is obviously one of them.
I will keep my dirtbike for dirt use, and keeping my old fashioned cruiser for rides to town.
Want to replace my crotch rocket with a bike for commutes, travel on weekend road trips, spirited rides on twisty roads, just going for a scenic ride on country roads, doubling my kid on weekend trips, that sort of stuff.
I have the extreme speeds demon out of my system now that I am old.
But want a comfy bike that still has enough power, and especially good handling and brakes.
I prefer secondary roads that are paved, but lower traffic than main highways, and usually are more curvy, and scenic.
A cruiser is too heavy and IMO have poor brakes and handling. The slightest bit of speed in a curve has parts dragging. Crotch rockets hurt my old man back, butt, and shoilders after a while, and are not great for passenger comfort either. Hence the sale of my Gixxer 1000.
So the search is on for the new bike to add to the stable.
Again thanks all, and keep the input flowing.
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I'll ad that I toured over 5k miles this summer 2-up, (I weigh 200+ and my girlfriend about 110), and the only time power was an issue was when I was passing a Harley going over a 9000 ft pass at 80mph.

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Thanks to all that replied, your input is appreciated.

A cruiser is too heavy and IMO have poor brakes and handling. The slightest bit of speed in a curve has parts dragging.
You've been riding the wrong cruiser! Try a Honda Valkyrie, a cruiser that thinks it's a crotch rocket; according to tests it stops quicker than any crotch rocket, does twisties well also and virtually zero vibration. 0 - 60 in 3.86 seconds, plenty quick. Easy owner maintained. Unlike ANY other cruiser! (I've owned four Valks.)

For something lighter, I've just traded my Versys on an Aprilia Shiver, half again the horsepower at the same weight, more comfortable and vibration similar to a Valkyrie.

(The Versys is a nice bike but is a shaker compared to the Shiver.)
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Thanks to all that replied, your input is appreciated.

I have had many bikes, sort of all over the map on brands, and types.
Crotch rockets, touring, nakeds, dulasporting, and pure dirt.
Looking for an all around bike now, and have it down to 4 choices, the Versys is obviously one of them.
I will keep my dirtbike for dirt use, and keeping my old fashioned cruiser for rides to town.
Want to replace my crotch rocket with a bike for commutes, travel on weekend road trips, spirited rides on twisty roads, just going for a scenic ride on country roads, doubling my kid on weekend trips, that sort of stuff.
I have the extreme speeds demon out of my system now that I am old.
But want a comfy bike that still has enough power, and especially good handling and brakes.
I prefer secondary roads that are paved, but lower traffic than main highways, and usually are more curvy, and scenic.
A cruiser is too heavy and IMO have poor brakes and handling. The slightest bit of speed in a curve has parts dragging. Crotch rockets hurt my old man back, butt, and shoilders after a while, and are not great for passenger comfort either. Hence the sale of my Gixxer 1000.
So the search is on for the new bike to add to the stable.
Again thanks all, and keep the input flowing.
Based on this I'd say you would love the bike. I'm 53 and have ridden bikes for more than 40 years, about 10 of them included street. And have had the fast bike and the big bike and the Versys is better than both of them.
It's fast enough to satisfy, and comfortable. Because of it's weight its quite nimble and easy to throw around. Can be fast when you want it to be, plus do some distance miles too. Seat mod and Givi windsreen helped the most for comfort for me. I can ride for hours and not get fatigued.

There is no other bike that compares in its price range, and for a lot more as well. My shortlist had the ER6n, street triple, tiger, and hypermotard. I could only be tempted to trade mine off for a new 800 tiger, or maybe even a multistrada. One could probably get two versys for the price of one of the others.

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You've been riding the wrong cruiser! Try a Honda Valkyrie, a cruiser that thinks it's a crotch rocket; according to tests it stops quicker than any crotch rocket, does twisties well also and virtually zero vibration. 0 - 60 in 3.86 seconds, plenty quick. Easy owner maintained. Unlike ANY other cruiser! (I've owned four Valks.)

For something lighter, I've just traded my Versys on an Aprilia Shiver, half again the horsepower at the same weight, more comfortable and vibration similar to a Valkyrie.

(The Versys is a nice bike but is a shaker compared to the Shiver.)
I have owned 3 cruisers, but you are correct, never a valkyrie.
My last one was a Harley, nice enough, but not my cup of tea really.
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Based on this I'd say you would love the bike. I'm 53 and have ridden bikes for more than 40 years, about 10 of them included street. And have had the fast bike and the big bike and the Versys is better than both of them.
It's fast enough to satisfy, and comfortable. Because of it's weight its quite nimble and easy to throw around. Can be fast when you want it to be, plus do some distance miles too. Seat mod and Givi windsreen helped the most for comfort for me. I can ride for hours and not get fatigued.

There is no other bike that compares in its price range, and for a lot more as well. My shortlist had the ER6n, street triple, tiger, and hypermotard. I could only be tempted to trade mine off for a new 800 tiger, or maybe even a multistrada. One could probably get two versys for the price of one of the others.
I considered a tiger, but not sure, also thought about 2 hondas, and then the kawasaki versys. Those are my short list 4-some. Leaning towards the versys heavily though over the others.
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CJ I couldnít agree more. I am 46 years old and have been ride for 35 years. I too ride on both side of the tracks currently owning a VMAX and a Ninja ZX7. All around my Versys is the best bang for the buck!!! Comfort, performance, torque, power, reliability, cheap on gas and insurance, it is a good weekend getaway bike, commuter or thrasher in the back roads and twisties. FUN FUN FUN!!!!!!!

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