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Love the Versys but....

I sure would like some more HP, and better looks too. I just can't seem to get over the looks of the front of the bike. I'm sorry but the headlight assembly of the V is ugly. Coming off an FZ1, the Versys has enough power 95% of the time, but I long for more. I don't need liter bike power, split the difference and I think I'd be happy.

I see they keep coming out with cool models in Asia and Europe. I wish somebody would put the old GSXR750 motor in an upright seating position, comfortable naked bike. That would be cool. What I really want is a light bike, with dirt bike ergos, plenty of leg room, awesome handling, some wind protection, more power, better brakes and nicer looks. I like the Versys from about the gas tank on back.

I find myself looking at bikes and wondering, wonder what that one feels like? I sat on a big Harley over the weekend, while I'm sure it's comfortable I don't think I'd be happy at all with the handling or performance.
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Sounds like you would like the Street Triple.


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Maybe. I really like the way the CB1300S looks too.
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Maybe. I really like the way the CB1300S looks too.
You could go heavy again?

I really am liking the Street as it's got power all over the place from that gem of a motor, and weighs in at only 367lbs. That's sweet.

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You could go heavy again?

I really am liking the Street as it's got power all over the place from that gem of a motor, and weighs in at only 367lbs. That's sweet.

You sold your V for a Street? Still have the V? How do the ergos compare? 2up? I like to take my wife for a ride once in a while.

Yeah, I could go heavy again. I really like the handling of the Versys. Kawasaki should give her some more ooomph imho, alhtough I guess it's perfect for beginers. I'm tempted to gear it down but it's already buzzy on the highway.

Speaking of which, how is the Triumph on the highway? I don't really like to take the V on the highway.
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You sold your V for a Street? Still have the V? How do the ergos compare? 2up? I like to take my wife for a ride once in a while.

Yeah, I could go heavy again. I really like the handling of the Versys. Kawasaki should give her some more ooomph imho, alhtough I guess it's perfect for beginers. I'm tempted to gear it down but it's already buzzy on the highway.

Speaking of which, how is the Triumph on the highway? I don't really like to take the V on the highway.
No. I am still on the Versys. I have just been doing a lot of reading :~)

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Having ridden the Street Triple the saddle/ergos are nowhere near as comfortable as the V's. With that being said, the motor is absolutely phenomenal. Not to mention the brakes are a lot better than the crap V brakes.

I almost bought the Street over the V, but decided that once the thrill of the triple motor wore off I'd be stuck with an uncomfortable bike and short travel suspension.
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Check out the Aprilia Shiver -- a little heavier but real similar to the Versys.

http://www.apriliashiver.com/index.html?lang=eng
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Or the Tiger. Very similar to the Versys in ergos, way more power...







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Hell, I wish we could put an SV 650 motor in a Versys frame & see what that does...



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Or something. I just watched a street triple on YouTube at isle of man do more in 3 gears than the V does in 6. On one wheel.

There is a similar theme here, slip on, header, PCIII......new bike?
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Yeah, but I've read the street/speed triples aren't very comfortable.

You don't like the Tiger?



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That Tiger does look sweet. The new FZ1 does too, price is right as well. I was always almost getting into trouble with the FZ1. I like the V because I can really hammer it and not die. I seem to have a lead foot/wrist that likes to hit the throttle stop an awful lot. I want more power, just not insane power. I like the lightness of the V too. They sure have a lot of cool "standard" bikes available over the pond. All we get are the race replica and HOG wanna be bikes.
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I've been tempted by this devil. If my finances were just a tiny bit better, I'd be calling this guy...

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No one is ever satisfied for long...that is man's nature. If you get a faster bike,
you get less gas mileage too.

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Gas mileage is NOT the reason I ride a bike...



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'07 Tiger stats...

http://www.webbikeworld.com/triumph-...umph-tiger.htm


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(MEASURED AT CRANKSHAFT TO DIN 70020)
Maximum Power 115PS (114bhp) at 9400rpm
Maximum Torque 100Nm (74ft.lbf) at 6250rpm
Weight (Dry) 198kg (436lb)
Fuel Tank Capacity 20 liters (5.2 gal US)


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'09 FZ1 stats:

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/pr...7/0/specs.aspx

I can't seem to find hp & tq, but I would bet it's a bit over 100 hp.

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'09 FZ1 stats:

http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/pr...7/0/specs.aspx

I can't seem to find hp & tq, but I would bet it's a bit over 100 hp.
I had an '01 and it had 130hp at the rear wheel, 80 something torque. I geared it down, full exhaust, jet kit... it was INSANE!
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I had a test ride on the new orange Tiger, it had ABS, fantatic bike, effortless to ride. wasn't to sure if my enthusiasm ont he throttle was because I'm used to the sound & feel of the Versys but ultimately I felt I#d loose my licence if I rode a Tiger.

sad really, everything else looked & felt 'right'. the only obvious negative I could see was what I though was a poor mould join line on the rear seat panel.. anf that says a lot in my books.

when I grow up, or if I get bored with the Vee then I'd almost certainly get a Tiger
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