Originally Posted by twowheeladdict
I agree with tropicalbikey. The Versys is faster off the line and the Ninja has more top end. The Versys is more streetable and a blast in the tight stuff. The Versys is also more comfortable for touring. Even with a Spencer seat on the Ninja I could not tolerate a 400 mile day.
You're talking about quickness
. Magazines got high 11 second 1/4 mile drag times on the Ninja, high 12s for the Versys. It may
be possible to pull on an EX650 off the line and it may not. The Ninja is lower and easier to launch hard. If you do pull ahead off the line, you aren't staying ahead long. The .9 second difference in drag times is huge for bikes of similar weight with nearly the same engine.
As far as which is faster
, it's easily the Ninja. It's still pulling at the point where the Versys speedometer has started creeping up slowly. That's my own comparison with stock gearing on both. A lot of Versys owners go to taller gearing, and maybe that helps as I think you're past the power peak at that point.
The Versys pulls plenty hard at US legal speeds though, and has enough power to pass on 2-lanes. Though the Ninja is better at that.
I don't want to go back, as I prefer the Versys for most things. But not everyone will.
FWIW I did a 563 mile day on the stock Ninja seat, and it didn't bother me.
OTOH on day 4 of a moto trip I once found myself sitting on the Ninja's pillion seat or standing regularly because I'd had all of the rider seat I could take.
I like the stock Versys seat much more. On this forum though it seems like a lot of riders aren't happy with it.