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Sat on a Versys 1000 yesterday at the dealer. It had an empty tank but the center of gravity actually seemed, at least in my mind, to be lower than my Versys 650 which surprised me. Same thing with the Yamaha Tenere. Got to start the engine on the 1000 too and there is NO vibration. Only thing I did not like is the styling. The Versys 650 looks nice, the 1000, meh. My dealer unfortunately has a no test drive policy or I would have taken it for a test drive.

Dash is all digital. You would think they would develop a good dash and then use it on all their models to avoid unnecessary duplication.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-30-2012, 07:37 AM
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I've seen a white one from about 10m.
It looks incredibly bland in that color.
I guess it has to be to appeal to the 'targeted demographic'. (old farts )
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Be careful, I'm one of those. Anyway, the part I hate the most is the exhaust. It looks too bulky for my taste.
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I sat on one a few times at the Vancouver motorcycle show in January.
I didn't like it at all. It lost the smaller, more agile feel of the 650 that I like.
It reminded me too much of the V-Strom I had before the Versys,and why I got rid of it.
My opinion anyways.

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I think the only reason I'd consider upsizing is for more room on the pillion seat for my wife. It's a little tight on there on my 650.



Of course, it's all a theoretical discussion until the decide to bring it to the US.....
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I actually Really like the side profile. I would just change the exhaust and put on aprilia Mirrors haha
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That big ugly muffler just kills the looks!!!!!
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I think the only reason I'd consider upsizing is for more room on the pillion seat for my wife. It's a little tight on there on my 650.



Of course, it's all a theoretical discussion until the decide to bring it to the US.....
+1. I am in the exact same position. I love my 650, but would really like more room for the wife.
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This is kind of funny because the same sort of thing went on with the original '99 Suzuki SV650. Everyone (magazine writers and public alike) praised the bike but almost everyone said they wish there was a 1000cc version. Two years later Suzuki came out with a 1000 and most said it didn't live up to the 650. It didn't handle quite as good (heavier) and just didn't have that magic.

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It didn't handle quite as good (heavier) and just didn't have that magic.
That is well said! And the whole point. Once you go bigger it loses that magic!

Talked to a guy in Moab who had a yamaha 1000 adv. sport and he said I got it because it has shaft drive. But he said its too heavy! Took on some gravel roads but felt too heavy!





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Heck I remember when a 650 WAS a big bike. I like my "Little" Versys just fine...I traded my Buell XB12STT for it. The Buell was a smaller overall bike with a much bigger motor in it. It was at time like riding a grill due to the heat from the motor. The lack of passanger room not so on the Buell...NO passanger seat at all on the STT.

I'd looked at the Yamaha and Wee along with a 800GS before going with the V. So far I love the little bike (after a seat upgrade that is) and have NO regrets at all. I like mid size bikes best they're fast enough to play on the interstate all day long if you want, and get you in trouble if you're not careful. BUT light enough to toss around on the back roads and not throw your back out! And can haul enough to see you though a week or so trip...my KLR made it from Ohio to Florida just fine BUT I took back roads for the most part. More fun that way. BUT it is kinda of slow. That's what I got the Versys for.

If you really want to do right by your lady a Ural! I talked to a couple and she said she loved it...she could nap whan she felt like it!

Or was that look THEN leap?
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