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Urban assault/adventure Versys

Here is a V650 review from a guy in Russia (video is in English). He pretty much rides his like it's some kind of urban assault vehicle (oh the things you can get away with on a bike in Russia). The review is also spot on, at least based on my own experience with my V650.

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So sad that this guy never took it off road for real.
Maybe he needs another 50'000km to get bored of repeating all the pavement around where he lives.
Let's check where he is at in 2-3 years...(I mean, I bet he can't just eat level 1 - you'll see).

I started doing off pavement with my ninja, it was around 150'000km when I got quite into it. Got the versys and oh my this is fun with tkc80 front and any decent aggressive 50/50 rear.

It's so great to be able to do highway at 120 km/h, then hop in the woods for an hour of rocky forest road, pop back on twisties and back out into a trail with sand so on, without even pausing. This is what the VERsatile SYStem (well, let say 1 extra inch suspension and a 17 inch front wheel, really) is for.
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NOT exactly what I would consider an urban assault or ADVersys.........
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NOT exactly what I would consider an urban assault or ADVersys.........
Jeff - you BETTER check your camera's settings. I think it's OVER-exposing, 'cause all those mountains came out 'white'....


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So sad that this guy never took it off road for real.
Maybe he needs another 50'000km to get bored of repeating all the pavement around where he lives.
Let's check where he is at in 2-3 years...(I mean, I bet he can't just eat level 1 - you'll see).

I started doing off pavement with my ninja, it was around 150'000km when I got quite into it. Got the versys and oh my this is fun with tkc80 front and any decent aggressive 50/50 rear.

It's so great to be able to do highway at 120 km/h, then hop in the woods for an hour of rocky forest road, pop back on twisties and back out into a trail with sand so on, without even pausing. This is what the VERsatile SYStem (well, let say 1 extra inch suspension and a 17 inch front wheel, really) is for.
You could do all you describe on a KLX250S. And have a better off road experience. My '12 KLX250S was fine up to 65 MPH with my 200lbs in gear aboard.

When I went off road with the Versys it was definitely at a milder pace but I never tried off-road tires on it. With the shinkos it was fine on gravel and hard pack.

Right tool for the job or a compromise. When something is versatile it is usually a compromise in at least one area.
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You could do all you describe on a KLX250S. And have a better off road experience. My '12 KLX250S was fine up to 65 MPH with my 200lbs in gear aboard.

When I went off road with the Versys it was definitely at a milder pace but I never tried off-road tires on it. With the shinkos it was fine on gravel and hard pack.

Right tool for the job or a compromise. When something is versatile it is usually a compromise in at least one area.
Well, if you can't do 70+ mph, than no, a klx250 cannot follow a versys 650 as I described!

With my knobbies, I have not used all the potential yet (because I hate picking it up). I would like to try a 250 one day, but don't feel the need yet. The only thing I have to be careful for is the ground clearance and "short" suspension.

So I agree with the milder pace. But it's my limit currently, not the bikes. No jumping logs and rushing in rocks or holes; just respect the bike, but otherwise I do ADV riding just like the others; rocks, sand, mud, water crossing, even some snow! I don't feel like I made compromises for the moment.

This is my 3rd year with my adversys and I don't want a 250 yet, so it's gotta be good... It would be hard to let go of the power and the capability to go on 10'000km trips comfortably.

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Well, if you can't do 70+ mph, than no, a klx250 cannot follow a versys 650 as I described!

With my knobbies, I have not used all the potential yet (because I hate picking it up). I would like to try a 250 one day, but don't feel the need yet. The only thing I have to be careful for is the ground clearance and "short" suspension.

So I agree with the milder pace. But it's my limit currently, not the bikes. No jumping logs and rushing in rocks or holes; just respect the bike, but otherwise I do ADV riding just like the others; rocks, sand, mud, water crossing, even some snow! I don't feel like I made compromises for the moment.

This is my 3rd year with my adversys and I don't want a 250 yet, so it's gotta be good... It would be hard to let go of the power and the capability to go on 10'000km trips comfortably.
It would do 75 at sea level if I laid on the tank.

My off road bike progression was DRZ400S, KLR650, KLX250S.

Bikes I have had on single track trails: '85 Honda Shadow 700, '78 Honda 550 four SS, Versys 650. The first two were at 1st gear exploring mode.

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Urban assault/adventure Versys

This thread is REALLY (???) about..."Urban assault/adventure Versys"....

Forget that these pics are of a URAL, but this what you GOTTA do....





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Jeff - you BETTER check your camera's settings. I think it's OVER-exposing, 'cause all those mountains came out 'white'....

people might think there's snow, or something ........
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