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Versys off road....I think so! And Happy New Year!

This is to just to put my thought about the V off pavement.

I had a KLX 250 for years and want a new 250 honda FI dual, hopefully in 2014. I would not try and take the V where I took the KLX 250. But........

The V has been really good on dirt road and trails in its street tires. In fact I have had no problem at all except on a gravel road once the gravel got about a foot deep and that would be a problem on any bike. IMO

I take the V places I would never have taken my Honda 750 Shadow. So with this thread all I say is don't take away from the V what it can do well.

If a person put different tires and a skid plate on it would be pretty good for light trails and dirt roads!

No not the best, and not good for jumping over logs ect. Its not a dirt bike or even a dual sport. Most of us understand that.

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Well that's good to know cuz I've been way offroad with the Versys, and I liked it.
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I think this guy nailed it.

This is a link from off of Woody's Wheels.

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The thought that comes to my mind when I ride off road on my Versys is

'Will those who say it can't be done get out of the way of those of us who are doing it'
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Yeh.....$7250 in mods on top of the price of the 'bike!!!!....l really don't think so!!!
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Yesah, it was expensive.

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Yeh.....$7250 in mods on top of the price of the 'bike!!!!....l really don't think so!!!
Your right. For that kind of money you could go ahead get a purpose built bike. Still looks good!

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My 1978 Honda 550 four supersport was a better off road bike than the Versys is. Larger wheels, spoked rims, dirt bike sitting position. etc.


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i met a guy at the end of a 400 mile long dirt road riding a Road King pulling a trailer. Anything is possible.
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I can't figure out why people are focused on the cost ....its his bike , his money ..he had a project in mind and he did it . I'm sure he could have just bought a 'real' off road capable bike BUT that wasn't the purpose of HIS project . Reminds me of dealing with Glock 'fanboys' , if you don't carry one your carrying crap ...

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Good post, Totally agree. I have a M&P 9 that I have grown very comfortable with, I have the same sort of experience with the fanboys you mentioned. I am glad I am not a brand whore.

THIS IS A KAWASAKI VERSYS FORUM

Is this forum not dedicated to improving the Versys and it's rider?

What do all of these members hope to accomplish buy boasting how poor the Versys is in a particular area? And stating “Yeh...My KTM Six Days is way better offroad” and “My (this) is better than (that)". All while other members are out solving Versys problems, on a Versys website? You are contributing NOTHING.

I would never tell anyone they are not capable of doing anything.

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Good post, Totally agree. I have a M&P 9 that I have grown very comfortable with, I have the same sort of experience with the fanboys you mentioned. I am glad I am not a brand whore.

THIS IS A KAWASAKI VERSYS FORUM

Is this forum not dedicated to improving the Versys and it's rider?

What do all of these members hope to accomplish buy boasting how poor the Versys is in a particular area? And stating “Yeh...My KTM Six Days is way better offroad” and “My (this) is better than (that)". All while other members are out solving Versys problems, on a Versys website? You are contributing NOTHING.

I would never tell anyone they are not capable of doing anything.
Just pointing out that ANY bike can be MODIFIED to ride off road. That doesn't make the Versys or any other street bike an OFF ROAD bike. If his title had said,"Modified my Versys to handle off road duty". There would be no discussion. Just Congrats for turning your bike into something it wasn't originally intended for.

The title can mislead the new Versys inquirer into thinking that the bike is a dual sport which it is not.

I have ridden many dirt and gravel roads on my Versys and even some light off road, but when I do that I have to do it at much slower speeds than I would or can on my KLX250S or when I had my KLR650. Those same dirt and gravel roads have been travelled on my Voyager 1700, but at no more than 20 MPH.

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I had many bikes in past, mostly Japanese built and several BMW's. I stuck with the V because i really like this little beast. It handles like a supermoto if to compare with a bigger "purposeful" BMW. After many years of riding i know exactly what i need on daily basis considering that i live and ride every day in crowded New York City. I need Comfortable, Versatile, Powerful, Reliable bike that would not coast me a fortune. Versys delivers! trust me guys when i am saying this. I took my 2008 to some dirt roads that no sport or even standard bike could handle (Skid plate and proper tires are a must) I spent close to 3000$ upgrading and personalizing my 2012. Now, some of you will say "that kind of money buys a BMW or a Tiger" /. The answer would be I don't want a BMW, I love my bike, it is just about perfect bike for an every day city rider that loves to do some ADV riding.

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Title uses the words "off road" yet in the first sentence of the first post thread Author (MTS) uses the words "off pavement"
DOH!

OFF ROAD?
Anyone got a link to any articles in any Motorcycle magazines or Motorcycle Journals stating the Versys is an OFF ROAD motorcycle?
Doesn't exist. But prove me wrong.
First person posting a link to known journal or magazine stating the Versys is an OFF ROAD motorcycle
will get 20$ paypal'd to their account by me pronto.

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THE VERSYS CAN BE UPGRADED EASILY AND INEXPENSIVELY TO ADD GRAVEL ROAD CAPABILITY.
<OFF ROAD VERSYS>
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My Versys is a road bike. I have had the Versys on dirt, as in dirt road, but it's too nice to beat the crap out of IMHO. My KLR takes care of the dirt part, the KLR can do the road but nowhere near as well as the "V" can. I try and use the right tool for the job.

BTW I was the same way with my Buell, but I've seen a few beaten half to death from offroading.

The Roadking with trailer reminded me of a photo I saw of a Goldwing some guy was riding at Moab! Talk about about a "Old Lady in a bar fight"!

Or was that look THEN leap?
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From Revista Motociclismo
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The answer to this thread is simply not either/or, but rather the Versys can be both.
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Anybody know where there is a Kawasaki Versys Forum?
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Anybody know where there is a Kawasaki Versys Forum?
Have ya tried doing a search?

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Have ya tried doing a search?
Ha Ha Ha Ha oh my god you crack me up....

Yes, I have. It brought me here. But this is a KLR forum now.
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