Prior to determining the Versys was the bike for me, I was looking at the Ninja 650r. In fact, I feel in love with that bike. Then while researching that bike and others, I started looking at the Yamaha FZ6. I then was leaning towards that bike instead of the 650r because I thought you got more bang for your buck. But, did I want to ride a bike that was a 4 cylinder, high revvin, alota shifting bike? Or did I want a thumper sounding bike with alot of torque that I didn't have to shift as much? I basically at that point given up on the 650r and as leaning on the FZ6.
Then I gave the Versys a second look. It's a tad taller which doesn't bother me, but it has inverted longer front forks which I would think give you a somewhat smoother ride compared to the 650r. I also like the handle bars on the Versys, more like a moto-x bike instead of the inward style that are on the 650r. Coming from a moto-x background this will automatically make me feel comfortable on the Versys and for a more enjoyable ride.
Although seats are poor on both bikes the seat on the Versys at least for the passenger looks more comfy.
Bottom line, I'm 46 years old and even though I think I like the 650r the Versys is more for me. I will be commuting back and forth to work, using it to go on small rides, and possibly take it on a long trip or 2. The Versys is really a great bike, and it does grow on you as when I first looked at it I thought it looked kinda weird. Now, I think the Versys looks [email protected]
@ss. I am positively sure after a month of riding the 650r I would get board with it. I think with the Versys it would take a very long time before I would get tired of riding the bike, and for me THAT'S a huge difference.
Maybe that's why we see so many 650r's for sale. Because there are a ton of em for sale.