Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oneonta, NY (Formerly Winston-Salem, NC)
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I have about 17500 miles on my 2008 Versys. I sold my 2007 KLR650 to buy this bike, and I've been very happy with that decision. Don't get me wrong. I miss my KLR like crazy, but not for the reasons you mentioned. I enjoyed offroad riding quite a bit, but don't have the time, etc. for it right now.
The Versys is certainly not perfect, but it's a much more refined bike than the KLR. I think the build quality exceeds what one can possibly expect from a $6000 motorcycle.
Taking your concerns in order:
1. Buzzing - I would say most folks have a little buzzing, but nothing that can't be corrected with a little foam tape or weather stripping.
2. Too Tall - I don't know the exact numbers, but I would say the Versys and KLR are about the same height for a rider. There are good options to lower it by about 2" if you want.
3. Doohickey - No known mechanical issues that would compare to the requisite Doohickey replacement on the KLR (Believe it or not, I changed mine twice on my KLR - once with a regular spring and again to install the new torsion spring from EagleMike).
4. Overall vibrations - No comparison. The Versys is much, much smoother than the KLR. I thought I would get carpal tunnel syndrome within 30 minutes on my KLR until I did some of the vibration reducing mods. I have had no need on the Versys. I did install ProGrip 714 grips, but mainly because I like them. Folks complain a bit about seeing things vibrate in their mirrors, but they have evidently never ridden a KLR. I don't have much issues at all.
5. Frame welds cracking - I think this is isolated. There is one spot that could use an extra washer as a spacer to close up a gap. I haven't even gotten around to doing that.
6. Uncomforable seat - It's no Corbin, but it's really not that bad. I think with a few cheap mods (washer under the front clip), it is perfectly serviceable. I upgraded to a Corbin, but mainly because I do a lot of 300-600 mile day trips.
Overall it's a great bike. If I could have 2 bikes, it would be my Versys and my old KLR.
Good luck in your decision.
Chris in Oneonta, NY
08 Versys that replaced my beloved 07 KLR650
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