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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-01-2017, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Versys 650 LT interstate cruising?

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1st time poster (actually, guess not. Forgot I joined years ago ) who is considering a 650/1000 Versys LT as a next bike. My question is with the 650. I would be doing some long distance trips with the bike and a lot of interstate/freeway miles. In regards to gearing, can the 650 cruise comfortably gearing wise at 80 with stock gearing? A 16/45 or 15/44 combo would likely be installed but just curious. Thanks for any input.. troop

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I have a 15' LT and just did two 250 mile freeway runs (one in each direction). The first was at 65-70 and the second was at 75-80. No problems either way. I'm leaving in about a week for a 3000+ mile ride (some will be interstate) and am looking forward to the ride.
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I have a 15' LT and just did two 250 mile freeway runs (one in each direction). The first was at 65-70 and the second was at 75-80. No problems either way.
It'll do 80, it's a teensy bit of work to get up to and hold 80 but once there, yeah, it'll do it all day long.
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On my 09 with a 16T front sprocket i did a lot of highway miles running 80-95mph. Went from Texas to Cali 850 miles the first day and the remaining 550 the next mostly at those speeds and the bike was loaded down plus my weight of 270lbs before gear...

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Stock gearing will hold ANY (sane) speed you want..., and you CAN NOT install a 17T front. NO room.

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Stock gearing will hold ANY (sane) speed you want..., and you CAN NOT install a 17T front. NO room.
Yeah .. typo on my part. Stock at 15/46 and either 16/46 or 15/44 combo.
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I have a 15' 650 and riding all day at 80 is not a problem. I often ride 300 to 350 mile trips with a lot of fast highways and freeways with no problems. Did a 600 miler last month with nothing but smiles. I recently installed a 16 tooth front sprocket and like it a lot.
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I have recently installed a 44T rear sprocket and am very happy with the results.

I still have a full deck.
I just shuffle slower.
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Sigh.
For an objective answer: at 80mph, you run 6000 rpms.
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Greetings,
With your 44 tooth rear sprocket, what did that drop your rpm's to at 70 MPH? How is it accelerating and / or starting from a stop? Any change in the speedometer?

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I have an 09 with the 44 tooth for the last 25,000. I cruise at 70 MPH and 5,000 +-.
Acceleration is still decent and is easier to keep the front tire on the ground. Speedometer is reading abt 2 percent high and odometer is now slightly lagging.
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So.. If I read things correctly(?) between the 16/46 and 15/44 changes, not only does the 16/46 combo lower the rpms a bit, but also puts the speedo reading a bit closer to accurate?
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i went on my 650 15' LT from NYC to Canada last summer with full luggage (top case and stock side cases) plus a passenger. Was cruising at 80mph all day keeping rmp at around 6k, the bike didn't seem to care...
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Greetings,
With your 44 tooth rear sprocket, what did that drop your rpm's to at 70 MPH?
Approximately 500 RPM.

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How is it accelerating and / or starting from a stop?
It's fine. There is not much difference than felt before with the OEM rear sprocket.


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Any change in the speedometer?
It is now matched with GPS speed. The odometer should be a bit low ... but I have not verified that.

I still have a full deck.
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Thanks QUESPRESS!

Not sure 500 rpm is worth it, but it does make a difference because as you know you are at 6000 at 70 mph and that 500 rpm would be nice. Dropping it by 1,000 rpm could get you out of the power band of the 650.

My speedo reads a good 3 mph low at that speed, maybe closer to 4 mph on the GPS. I think it is that way to keep Kawasaki from being libel for you speeding. There is a lawyer in every box. My 2016 Honda Accord is right on the money, first car like that!

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You guys are on Motorcycles, not driving a 40 Motorhome.

What are you doing on the interstate?

Yes, I have done the interstate because of work trips where I had to get there, but on vacation I try to avoid them as much as possible.

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Some of my destinations/points of interest are 2.5K miles with 6 days to do it. With multiple 400+ mile days, some interstate travel is unavoidable. Next year will be a 10 day/4K mile trip. Sure I can take my H-D bagger with cruise/stereo/fairing/etc/etc, but I'm thinking something more nimbler. I also currently have a 2015 FZ09 with touring amenities such as Madstad/handguards/heated grips/luggage rack-topcase/accessory seat/taller gearing/etc/etc. What I can't change is the 3.7 ga fuel tank. I won't bother toting an extra fuel can cuz if I have to stop to add that fuel, I might as well stop 30 miles sooner and fill up the tank. Still exploring...
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Traveling at 80 all day with stock gearing is no problem under load. At steady interstate speeds the fuel mileage is usually in the high 40s mpg, so I do 230+ miles between fill-ups on the V's 5.5 gallon tank. I could push it a little further and probably do 260+ miles between tanks, but better safe than sorry. Biggest difference you'll probably notice coming from a bagger is the handling, and from the FZ-09 is the wind protection. The Versys has a great balance between handling and protection. The only must-do for taking it on the kind of trips you're talking about is to change out the seat.
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My Vs (on the other hand...) are OFF a bit on speed, but ON on odometer, at least w/ an OEM size rear tire they are. As I have a GPS on each bike, I don't really care, as I monitor the GPS speed.


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I just finished a 3,000 mile trip on mine (all gears stock), virtually all of it on the interstate. The engine was working, for sure -- but I pushed it pretty hard and it didn't fail me. I'd do it again.

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