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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-28-2017, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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1 Year with the V!

So this week marks the 1-year anniversary and 8,000 miles with the V and couldn't be more happy with the bike.

It's fast, agile and most of all reliable! Loving it! It took to places I've never been and met some amazing people that otherwise would have never crossed paths with.

I could confidently say, this bike has changed my life to the better.

Pics from my latest trip (this past weekend) at Mount Washington, NH attached.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-28-2017, 05:01 PM
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Great to hear your thoughts after a year with the bike.
I have only had my 2017 650 for 4 weeks and I to am very happy.

Have just about finished the 1600klm running period.

A great all round bike.
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I'm at a year for my v 650 love the bike did 5000 miles about a month or so ago. I think I need a air pad though I don't like stopping every 100 miles for a break but love the bike. Tires lasted longer than expected 8800 miles on or tires still have at least 1000 miles left

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I have an Airhawk but haven't used it yet on the Versys.

I have on the previous bike and it works really well.

I have been riding without it until I get used to the extra height of the Versys.

I about to start using it, will let you know how it goes.
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So this week marks the 1-year anniversary and 8,000 miles with the V and couldn't be more happy with the bike.

It's fast, agile and most of all reliable! Loving it! It took to places I've never been and met some amazing people that otherwise would have never crossed paths with.

I could confidently say, this bike has changed my life to the better.

Pics from my latest trip (this past weekend) at Mount Washington, NH attached.
Now, imagine a 21 L tank (400km per tank at 90 kph), better suspension and brakes, abs, a fresh sporty look, a digital cluster with fuel economy/range details, and handguard/luggage included (LT)... This is gen 3. Go get one!


Have you gone in dirt/forest road yet? If not, you are not done finding the V's capabilities...
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Sorry for the late reply, I haven't visited the forum in a while!

I haven't gone off-roading with it yet but I am planning to do so next season. Getting together the necessary upgrades.

Figured I should learn on the V since its lighter than most ADV bikes before jumping on something bigger!

What are you thoughts?!
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For off road, lighter is almost always better. You may want to reconsider that something bigger thinkin'. BTDT.

But then the Versys is not exactly designed for any off road except easy going stuff. I would want something with more suspension travel for anything more than gravel roads.

It all depends on your off/on road ratio and what you want. One of my favorite bikes, at least with a decent price tag, was my DIL's '09 KLX250. What a blast off road and railing CA 33 north of Ojia(Ojai(?)). Not so good for touring without a bigger tank and better seat though. Quite a few folks out running around on 250's/350's having a blast, just sayin'.
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And most of Canada too, eh?

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I love my '16 V650 LT, but I don't really take it off of the pavement. For that I've got a '14 KLX250 which is an awesome dual sport which spends 95% of the time on dirt roads, fire roads, Off road vehicle parks, and even single track trails in the Sierra. It's a cold blooded little bike, and it definitely could use fuel injection like the new models have.
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For off road, lighter is almost always better. You may want to reconsider that something bigger thinkin'. BTDT.

But then the Versys is not exactly designed for any off road except easy going stuff. I would want something with more suspension travel for anything more than gravel roads.

It all depends on your off/on road ratio and what you want. One of my favorite bikes, at least with a decent price tag, was my DIL's '09 KLX250. What a blast off road and railing CA 33 north of Ojia(Ojai(?)). Not so good for touring without a bigger tank and better seat though. Quite a few folks out running around on 250's/350's having a blast, just sayin'.
Hey Steve highway 33 is a bit of a poke from the right coast. When were you out this way?

33 was my weekly moto gp playground when I was living in Santa Barbara. What a fantastic road.

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So this week marks the 1-year anniversary and 8,000 miles with the V and couldn't be more happy with the bike.

It's fast, agile and most of all reliable! Loving it! It took to places I've never been and met some amazing people that otherwise would have never crossed paths with.

I could confidently say, this bike has changed my life to the better.

Pics from my latest trip (this past weekend) at Mount Washington, NH attached.

FYI you can also post photos using bbq posting using the gallery, you have a available storage of 1000 photos, searching your photos use user cp Pictures and albums
If you check FastEddie posts both ways in his ride posts, this allows non members to view the jpeg photos.

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...Figured I should learn on the V since its lighter than most ADV bikes before jumping on something bigger!

What are you thoughts?!
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From the Dempster Hwy, ALL taken from or OF my '09 650....















...and in AZ on my '08.







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Hey Steve highway 33 is a bit of a poke from the right coast. When were you out this way?

33 was my weekly moto gp playground when I was living in Santa Barbara. What a fantastic road.

Cheers.
Lotsa good roads out there, 33 among them.

Back in '09 I rode my KLR out to Point Mugu. My now retired Navy boy and soon to be retired Navy D-I-L lived on base. I stored the KLR there for a few years, flying out for a two week jaunt every year. I would then have occasion to use her bike when riding with the Navy Boy in some of the back country. He had a 610 Husky.

I made it a point to always hit the Pistachio store on the north end of fun stuff on 33 to load up on goodies to bring back home.

Good times, no doubt though it sounds like the area got a little crispy recently.

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And most of Canada too, eh?
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Lotsa good roads out there, 33 among them.

I made it a point to always hit the Pistachio store on the north end of fun stuff on 33 to load up on goodies to bring back home.

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Pistachio store??? Not familiar. Where is it located? In Ojai?

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Hey Steve highway 33 is a bit of a poke from the right coast. When were you out this way?

33 was my weekly moto gp playground when I was living in Santa Barbara. What a fantastic road.

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Pistachio store??? Not familiar. Where is it located? In Ojai?
https://www.santabarbarapistachios.com/the-farm

North of the good stuff on 33 about 3-4 miles south of SR166.

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This is pretty much also my first season on my 09 V650, bought it in August and put 4000mi on it since. It has its good points and its not so good points.

My thoughts on the 1st Gen 650

The good

Handling is great
Fairly comfortable riding position.
Rock solid reliable.
Cheap to maintain.

The not so good

Way too vibey, especially through the bars.
The motor HATES high elevation, at 6000+ ft it is definitely not fast (might just be me being used to more powerful bikes, my last bike had 20 more hp than a V650).
Stock windscreen is a joke
Calling the suspension stiff would be an understatement (I run 5 turns out on the front and 4 notches on the back for preload with 1.5 turns of rebound on the front and 4 clicks of rebound on the back, I am 250lbs)
Fairings rattle at exactly 4000rpm
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I've had mine since May of 2016. It's been one heck of a ride and looking back at the pictures. I bet you had flashbacks of memories like I did.

Keep enjoying it!

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https://www.santabarbarapistachios.com/the-farm

North of the good stuff on 33 about 3-4 miles south of SR166.
That would be Ventucopa.

Great little hole in the wall restaurant there called "The Place."

It's the hangout spot for all the local farmers. Probably your Pistachio growers too.

Grab a burger and share some local conversation. Don't think you will find any Obama or Hillary supporters there...Lol.

Just checked Google Earth. Santa Babara Pistachio Company is one mile north of The Place on the same side of the 33. Small world.

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