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Suitable for a 'big' guy?

I have had a Kawasaki Vulcan 800 (v-twin) cruiser for a few years now, and am kinda wanting to look into getting a versys as well. My biggest concern is that it won't be powerful enough to even use as a commuter bike (I live in a very hilly valley) My 800 is just enough for me alone, and since the versys is only a 650, I am not sure it will be enough.

So I come to all of you for your opinions on the matter. Do you think that the versys is powerful enough for a large man 1up with a bit of luggage?

Oh, I should probably mention that the dealers that I can go to will under no circumstances let people take test drives due to insurance and liability issues. So a test-drive is out of the question right now.

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When you say big do you mean 6 ft or 7 1/2 ft tall? I'm 6'3" 260# and theres plenty of power to haul my lardass around
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My friend have a Vulcan 800 he's using as a starter bike he got from a family member. I'm pretty sure from what I've read the fuel injected 650 in the Versys puts out 10 or more horsepower than his carbbed 800, and it's doing it on a lighter bike. I don't the specifics of your particular Vulcan though, his is older.

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yup there is no linear consistent relationship between engine capacity and power, however you measure that power (be it PS/HP, at crank or wheel or Torque) it depends on how the engine is designed, made and installed.

I doubt you will have any problems using the Versys, however if you are used to riding a cruiser then you may need to rethink your 'style' of riding.
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I'm 6'2" 270lbs before gearing up and the versys handles my weight with ease.

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I'm 6-2, 280lbs. All I did was lower the foot pegs, and add the bar riser. The bike has great power, never felt I needed more.

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i'm 6'2 260ish. i've ridden 2up with my 120lb wife (go figure how a bigun like me got a skinny, beautiful wife!) and the V has enough power. i carry about 30lb of gear on my commute in town, granted mostly flat roads, but it has plenty of oomph. in the mountains it's fine.

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6'2", 325+ before atgatt, carry maybe 10 to 15 # of "stuff" in the side case, went on a trip this summer with at least 50# of, you guess it, "stuff" in the case and on a seat bag and the bike can scare me if I want
At the very worst, drop a cog and "Bob's your uncle"

Maybe you are a bit shy of disclosing your weight/height, but I guess you can make your own idea with all the reply, and I would be surprise to find out that the V can't carry you

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Wow, I can't believe the awesome and constructive responses already. I never expected this from any forum. Thank you.

And I am 6' and ~300# without gear. Sounds like I should try to find one to get a ride on in the spring. Again, thank you all for the quick and awesome responses.
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I have had a Kawasaki Vulcan 800 (v-twin) cruiser for a few years now, and am kinda wanting to look into getting a versys as well. My biggest concern is that it won't be powerful enough to even use as a commuter bike (I live in a very hilly valley) My 800 is just enough for me alone, and since the versys is only a 650, I am not sure it will be enough.
You do realize that engine displacement has almost nothing to do with power, right?

The Versys puts out about 10 more hp than your Vulcan despite being 150cc smaller displacement.

Depending on how big you are, the more important spec is the weight limit of 397lbs, which includes you, your gear, any accessories you add, any luggage you add, your passenger, your passenger's gear, etc.

Edit: And that's what I get for not reading the thread before replying...none of this is news.

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I'm no expert, but it's interesting to read about the relevance of torque compared to horsepower. I believe what we are really talking about here is useful torque. Peak horsepower is irrelevant in moving mass, torque is what matters most, am I right? One thing I have learned in the past year by reading posts on the forum, and riding with all types of motorcle owners; it's not the size of the engine that makes the bike a fit for a rider, it's a combination of factors that make for a fit. The Versys fits a lot of riders, and can be adapted fairly easily to fit almost anyone. Unless we're talking Andre the Giant, I would think it would work for you.

I have to admit, if I was a big guy I would probably get a BMW GS 1200. One of our MSTA chapter directors is about 6'4 or more, but he his all legs, must have at least a 38"inseam. He looks at home on the GS, not so much on his vintage Motoguzzi., but what a cool ride!

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And with a bit of suspension modification (replace rear shock or at least the spring, respring/revalve the forks, etc.) it should be good beyond the ~400lb weight limit to some extent.

I'm around 330 lbs fully geared out and there is PLENTY of get up and go.

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I have ridden two up with luggage which must come to more than 350 pounds fully laden, maybe even more as I am not sure what the missus weighs

Plus I have the bike restricted due to my license here in Spain, and only have 47 bhp. We have been on trips on this with no problem, except for when hitting long high inclines, and even then sheŽll still do 120kms/h all day long.

SheŽll be more than enough for you.
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, maybe even more as I am not sure what the missus weighs


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ANTIPING, I'm 6'2 tall and 235 lbs, used (and still own) a Vulcan 800 Classic - and V's the choice of the day, I must say. Fits like a glove when I sit on it. And... since I parted ways with my most prospective would-be passanger, I think the Versys will do great. Even on Russia-Sweden long haul I plan.

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Carful what you say about the missus weight!
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Wow, I can't believe the awesome and constructive responses already. I never expected this from any forum. Thank you.

And I am 6' and ~300# without gear. Sounds like I should try to find one to get a ride on in the spring. Again, thank you all for the quick and awesome responses.
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I go 260 and ride two up with my 130 wife and loaded to haul. No problem what so ever. Big hill, lots of twists she good to go.
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