Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
I rented a Ninja 250R in Malaysia for a few days and put about 1500k's on it. It's a great little bike, easy to ride and quite comfortable.
Picked up the "Team Green" vibe, and when I came back to Australia, I swapped my SV650 for a Versys, and while the Ninja is a great little bike, the Versys is just spectacular. The Ninja is relatively quick, but has no torque, and acceleration isn't fantastic so overtaking always requires a bit of pre-planning. The Versys has bucket loads of mid range torque, right where you want it for everyday riding. It's very easy to ride, more upright and comfortable than the Ninja.
I'm 5"7 and the stock screen at the highest position puts the wind right at eye level, but then again my forks have been dropped about half an inch so it's not stock geometry. I've been up to about 185km/h on it and it feels rock stable, compared to my SV650 where I used to feel like a windsock anywhere above 170km/h. That said, I've been past 150km/h on the Ninja and it felt very stable too (even though the engine sounded like it wanted to take off into space)
I haven't had any issues with the pegs, but then my legs are short so my "duck walks" are very short.
For me, pro's of Versys vs Ninja:
- heaps more power, marvelous flexible engine with bucket loads of torque in the mid range
- More comfortable, especially for long rides
- Can take more luggage
- More difficult to filter, being a larger, less maneuverable, heavier bike
- Too tall. Only a problem for tiny people like me.