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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Versys vs Transalp 650

I just have p/x my 2001 Transalp 650 to a versys 2009 with ABS and even if maybe nobody gives a heck I will post my views and the main differences between these 2 bikes:

Road holding....Versys sticks to the road while the Transalp feels light on the steering, not really giving feedback on traction etc!!

Braking.... Versys very stable even while braking hard, The Transalp dives too much and gives no reassurance while braking.

Power.... I'm not sure if both bikes are 650cc cause the versys is a mean machine compared to a the transalp.

Usability.... to remove the front cowling on the transalp was a hell of a frustrating job and would usually end up in breaking a part of the fairing!!!! Compared the Versys is a joke to remove the fairing!!!!

Fuel Consumption.... Not really sure cause I haven't even don the first tank!! but seems to me that the Transalp consumed less than the v, but will use a few more tanks to be sure.

Cooling System.... The v heats up qiucker than the Transalp and today while in traffic the fan switched on twice.....I will check the cooling liquid to see if it's ok.

Well some toughts between the 2 bikes and I'm more than happy on the change I've made!!!!!!But now I'm gonna see extreme frontiers on channel 5.
Charley Boorman..... lives my dreams!!!!!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-12-2011, 07:43 PM
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Enjoy the Versys!
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With this change, you can see the efforts made on motorcycles during the last ten years, essentially for safety.

Enjoy your V!

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Do you miss the larger front wheel and tire selection?

Malta.
Finally someone who lives in a smaller country then I.
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Not at all on roads...I will have to check on b-roads!!!
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-04-2012, 01:51 PM
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However, the V is not a Honda. As in "not Honda quality". So keep an eye out for rust on the frame, e.g. below the seat and behind the lower side panels. But some tape there. Also, some V's front fairing/speedos rattle like crazy.

I own a Honda NTV with the same V2 as the transalp, Yup, V is like twice as fast.

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Do you miss the larger front wheel and tire selection?

Malta.
Finally someone who lives in a smaller country then I.
Ivan, where in the Balkans are you?
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