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Versys off road with stock tires....

We had our first real Versys adventure yesterday. We took the Versys off-road...with the stock tires. Went to a place called Ka'ena Point, it's a side-wall to an ancient volcano and it's a nature preserve. It's considered impassable without a serious off-road vehicle, so in turn we had never ventured except with a ZX11r, which, in case you were wondering, didn't work very well. Even riding two-up most of the way we never got stuck. Lot's of mud, ruts, and rocks. Only layed the bike down once (in the mud) and it came out without even a scratch!






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post #2 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-23-2009, 12:54 AM
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Wow, that looks like a good test. I ventured out on on some local trails today and thought this isn't that bad. Good for you to get out and see what you can do. I think that this bike with some Avon distanzia SM tires will do fine.
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Wow, dude, you need alot more protective gear on.
Glad you had fun, though.
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Looks like a blast!
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I had my own off-road stunts and the versys performed like a dream. I don't talk about it because so many gurus have lots to say but in the end of the day the versys never failed and nothing broke. So here are a few pics and believe me, coming from lots of proper DS riding thru Africa, this bike with its road tires did perfect on really bad mountain roads and huge rocks and sand beds. Not tested in mud yet. Even had a few MX guys stopd and stare.




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Great photos and I'm jealous. As soon as Spring arrives and the snow melts I'm putting some Pirelli MT60s on the V and heading to the mountains. You've got me chomping at the bit!
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To all of you out there riding your bikes I sure am jealous! We're suppose to have a high of 10 degrees tommorrow here where I live. I so want Spring and Summer to hurry up and get here. I want to get on my bike and ride it. Thanks for posting the pics. I like looking at different places that people get to ride. I also like looking at other bikes to see what people have done to them.
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To all of you out there riding your bikes I sure am jealous! We're suppose to have a high of 10 degrees tommorrow here where I live. I so want Spring and Summer to hurry up and get here. I want to get on my bike and ride it. Thanks for posting the pics. I like looking at different places that people get to ride. I also like looking at other bikes to see what people have done to them.

Heh, in between most of those pictures we went swimming in the ocean.....It was a nice 68 degrees...... Once summer hits I'll be jealous of all the road you have. Here if I ride for 78 miles I'm home again.

Zonkelnut: What route you ride through Africa? Thinking about doing that in a couple years......

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Hey Zonkelnut, are those pics of AZ?
Because I'm pretty sure those are sugaros in those pics...


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Saturnine -

I know that road! It can be pretty gnarly for sure, and all the crazy 4wd's having to muck it up in the mud is crazy too. Glad to hear the Versys handled it well!

I drove a rental car part way up that road too ... in strict defiance of the rental car agreement. But I let my crazy surfer bud from Australia drive it the way back ...yikes!

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I drove a rental car part way up that road too
Do you know the difference between a rental car, company car and a four-wheel drive?

The rental and company car will go absolutely anywhere!

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Hey Zonkelnut, are those pics of AZ?
Because I'm pretty sure those are sugaros in those pics...
yip. AZ (N33 11.809 W111 14.921). there is a path there
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Zonkelnut: What route you ride through Africa? Thinking about doing that in a couple years......
Where do you wanna ride? I stayed in SA and rode lots of places. Just tell me when and where and I will give you advice. I am trying to ship my versys Feb back to SA and ride up along the west of africa as most do it east coast and it is saver. But west coast is more dangerous nut more to experience.

No matter what anybody says. The people are super helpful and it is save. It is not so with the government officials and border posts. That is the hardest part. But food everywhere and water ez to get. Gas is also so that you can budget the stops. But boy, the border posts. Time and money.

O yes, did i mention I LOVE my versys? I see on this forum you get a Pirelli Tire M60 or something that is semi DS. Now if that is the case, I would be very happy. Can anybody tell me what they think of that tire?
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Well finally, a thread about taking the Vs. off road.
Sure, it may not be up to dirt bike standards in
many respects (I saw a picture of some crazy
person fording a stream with the exhaust completely
under water!).

sauturnine0; I really love that shot of you looking
off and the V is sitting there by itself. What a
cool promo shot, like in a Kawasaki marketing
brochure.

Many folks run strictly on pavement, yet there
are so many unexplored miles of dirt roads, let
alone passable trails/terrain that this bike should
be able to traverse. Knowing there are specialty
tires for more aggressive exploration is even better.

I've only ever owned one bike that I wouldn't
take off pavement to some degree (a Honda
SilverWing Maxi-Scooter that would break 100
mph but was totally useless in sand or gravel).

Heck, it's one of the capabilities that turned
me on to the Versys. I don't intend to run
motocross or hill climbing but, lacking a horse,
there are places that I intend to try to get
to that a car can't. Thanks for the great
pictures and encouragement, everyone.
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AvaChava, there are many riders taking their versys off road. And not the tame places, but exciting stuff. Most off them that I have met do not belong to a forum. They just enjoy their bike and travel with it to places. So, there is no clear indication of what people do with their versys. But being a bike capable of going on more than just dirt is true.
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post #16 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 01:30 AM
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And all this commentry just underscores my opinion that the V is perfectly capable and with a 19" front wheel and a set of DS tyres would make it a better bet than the weestrom any day of the week for light adventure touring.
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Lurkers! Now is the time to join and post your
adventure pictures! Com'on, show us where
you've taken your V. These guys above are
certifiable, but it's not always about being a
serious contender, just someone willing to buck
the trend and take a capable machine where
the cages don't go.

This thread is EXACTLY what I was trying to tell
my Maxi-Scoot buds about being able to take the
shoulder if necessary or explore a dirt road (only
way crazier than I expected) when I went over
to the Dark Side and bought a shift bike.

Com'on, explorers on Versii, show us your stuff!

The old 'street scramblers' we used to ride in
the late 60's and early 70's weren't very good
at either street riding OR scrambling in the dirt.
But we went places nobody went before and
had FUN! We didn't measure our success with
a stop watch but by the number, amount and
frequency of SMILES! We're Baaaaaaaaaaaack!
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The old 'street scramblers' we used to ride in
the late 60's and early 70's weren't very good
at either street riding OR scrambling in the dirt.
But we went places nobody went before and
had FUN! We didn't measure our success with
a stop watch but by the number, amount and
frequency of SMILES! We're Baaaaaaaaaaaack!
+1

this is the point that so many modern riders don't get. It is not the machine but the rider who dictates the journey. If you see where the old Harley riders went with their big cruisers, it makes us with such amazing machines look like pissies.

Guys, get on your bike and ride. That old cliche rings true "it is the journey, not the destination."
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19" front

Have Corsa MT60s on the V, and yes, they DO rock. Live on a dirt road and do 60/30 pavement dirt by miles...50/50 by time. Don't do real gnarly stuff, but lots of seasonal roads and "fire trails". This bike is great for where I live and how I want to ride..I can head out and take any turn any direction...loving it..will try to get some pics now that the season is here.

Risers helped A LOT for being able to stand up comfortably

So...back to my title....I was starting to look at adapting the 19" from wheel from Vstrom ........to make the ultimate Adventure bike on the cheap. Anybody got any ideas...thoughts?
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If/when you start, please start a thread & post lots of pics as you go. I know it's asking a lot, but MAN think about how helpful that would be for others who wanted to follow your example.!



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