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Cool Versys story

I went to buy oil at JP Superbikes in Port Charlotte, Florida today. It's a small shop with a big heart. The owner told me a story about last summer when he went to Deals Gap N.C. to run the dragon on his Yamaha FZ1. Seems he was moving pretty fast trying to overtake a bike in front of him...would almost catch him in the straights and lose him in the curves..almost catch him in the straights and lose him in the curves...this little scenario continued until he got to the top of the mountain. Finally the bike he could not catch pulled over and he did as well. Lo and behold the bike he just could not pass "chasing the dragon" turned out to be none other than a Kawasaki Versys.
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The other day I came up on a couple of guys on sport bikes. I donít know what they were but judging by the size of their rear tires they were probably pretty big. The guys are all decked out in full racing leathers, spectacularly painted FF helmets and looked suitable for the cover a bike magazine... and there I am with a big old windshield, luggage, a 3/4 helmet and wearing jeans.

I see them spot me in their mirrors and as we hit the straight they both get on it Ė HARD! I rolled it on a little bit but didnít even attempt to stay with them and they pulled away from me so fast that they were probably 1/8 mile ahead of me when they got to the next turn. By the time they were exiting the turn I was about 20 feet behind them

We did this several times... and then we hit a long series of essíes. What a hoot! These guys have their asses hanging off the seats and knees out... but theyíve only got the bikes about halfway into the usable lean angle! Iím sitting square in the saddle, not even dropping a shoulder and running 10 feet behind them...

Finally I decided to end it and I passed them one by one in the middle of the corners... by the time I exited the last corner they were nowhere to be seen.

I think I ruined their whole day... and they didnít even know that I was probably 2 or 3 times their age.

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I think I ruined their whole day... and they didnít even know that I was probably 2 or 3 times their age.

Although I have had Miss Jaffa (Burnt Orange 2007 Versys) for a while, I still have a lot to learn.


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Part of the reason why I love the upright riding style..I feel that I have more 'control' of the bike. It's a lot taller than my honda cruiser, but it also feels more stable. Feels like I can do more with it than I could leaning forward or back (sport/cruiser style)
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Good stories, both of them.


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I think there is a few of us here have been there and brought that t shirt on our mighty V, even on a track there is nothing like going around the outside of a corner passing a R1 only to have him snot past you down the back straight.

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Got to love it!

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This is such a cool thread !!!

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I think there is a few of us here have been there and brought that t shirt on our mighty V, even on a track there is nothing like going around the outside of a corner passing a R1 only to have him snot past you down the back straight.
I'm not trying to hate, and I LOVE my V, but there is no way a V can out corner a newer RR sportbike, mostly when on a track. I DO believe a good rider on a V can out ride a crappy rider on a sportbike anyday I did it last weekend before I hit the dirt roads! But if I'm going to the track (Miller Motorsport Parkway) I'm gonna take the R6 not the V. IMHO

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I'm not trying to hate, and I LOVE my V, but there is no way a V can out corner a newer RR sportbike, mostly when on a track. I DO believe a good rider on a V can out ride a crappy rider on a sportbike anyday I did it last weekend before I hit the dirt roads! But if I'm going to the track (Miller Motorsport Parkway) I'm gonna take the R6 not the V. IMHO

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No argument from me but some of those guys on super bikes I went around could not do corners but knew how to go fast in a straight line. I know a good rider will take me out corners and straight but sometime when your on the little horse you need some balls or like me just having a mid life crisis.
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I've had a couple of instances on the dragon where ya smoke up on (leathered up) saddle jockeys on crotch rockets, and it freaks them out, they pull over and let you by.
And me, all loaded with full rally & camping gear, on about my 800th mile for the day.

But boy were their outfits purdy.

Then there was the time I followed 2 super low slung Indians going 2 mph around the corners and gunning it in the straightaways, I couldn't get by them for 11 miles

So I just went back and did it all again Twice

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A couple of weeks ago my son and I were riding the Dragon and on one run going from Tennessee down to the N. Carolina side we came up on what I thought was a KLR (possibly a KTM) and he flat knew how to ride. We finally caught him on a short straight and got around him. A lot of times, it's not the bike but the rider that makes the difference.

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I'm not trying to hate, and I LOVE my V, but there is no way a V can out corner a newer RR sportbike, mostly when on a track. I DO believe a good rider on a V can out ride a crappy rider on a sportbike anyday I did it last weekend before I hit the dirt roads! But if I'm going to the track (Miller Motorsport Parkway) I'm gonna take the R6 not the V. IMHO

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That's the thing; Many RR sportbike riders have no clue how to wring great performance out of them, usually due to lack of riding/cornering experience.

Recently I went on a ride with two young guys, one on a GSX-R 1000 and the other on a Bandit 1200, me on my Versys with barn door windshield and top case (does not get much more dorky).
I was leading because I had the day's route in my GPS. Every time the roads got curvy I completely lost them. They caught up again on the straights. ...And because I slowed down for them now and then.

It is the rider, not only the bike.
When riders are equally skilled, the sport bikes should be able to beat the Versys.
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It is much more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow.........
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The V is no slouch in the corners. I do miss the 600 for balls out straight acceleration.

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The V is no slouch in the corners. I do miss the 600 for balls out straight acceleration.

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