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Keep my V or trade for...

Currently have an 07 and an 08 V. 07 is going up for sale, but wondering whether to trade both in on something else. Only things that interest me are a new V with ABS, 2013+ strom, or a CB500x. Anyone have experience with all these bikes? Currently leaning towards keeping the 08 V. Way too much time to think and not enough time to ride with all this white crap flying around outside.
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Gonna take a bath on the trade-in deal, any way you go. Blame it on Cabin Fever!
There is a guy on here that has a 500x, a 650 Strom, and a Versys.
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Gonna take a bath on the trade-in deal, any way you go. Blame it on Cabin Fever!
There is a guy on here that has a 500x, a 650 Strom, and a Versys.
Would love to hear him chime in. I mostly ride secondary hwys with some major hwy rides. 120 km round trip daily commute most of the summer. A little gravel, no off road. Would probably sell the 07 privately as it's got 68000 on the clock, but can trade in the 08 and actually come out even or ahead(got it for a steal).
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Have you looked into a 700x? That would be the bike if I traded in my V.

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Have you looked into a 700x? That would be the bike if I traded in my V.
For that sort of bike the one that looks most interesting to me is the NC750X--which it looks like we don't get in the US this year. The NC700X always seemed like it might be a great commuter but hard to tell if I'd enjoy the riding experience.

If I had to buy with no test ride (as we often do here with Japanese bikes) I'd feel a lot safer choosing the 750. With the choices we do get (and no demo rides), I'd be inclined to choose the CB500X over the NC700X.

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Would love to hear him chime in. I mostly ride secondary hwys with some major hwy rides. 120 km round trip daily commute most of the summer. A little gravel, no off road. Would probably sell the 07 privately as it's got 68000 on the clock, but can trade in the 08 and actually come out even or ahead(got it for a steal).
If it helps - I have 48,500 miles on my '08, and in NO way do I consider it "worn-out".

I had a long 'test-ride' on the NC700X when it came out. Nothing particularly special about it, but for me the "deal-breaker" is the fact that the seat (and ANYTHING strapped across it) needs to be removed/ opened for re-fuelling. I started a thread about it when I rode it.

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For that sort of bike the one that looks most interesting to me is the NC750X--which it looks like we don't get in the US this year. The NC700X always seemed like it might be a great commuter but hard to tell if I'd enjoy the riding experience.

If I had to buy with no test ride (as we often do here with Japanese bikes) I'd feel a lot safer choosing the 750. With the choices we do get (and no demo rides), I'd be inclined to choose the CB500X over the NC700X.

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I'd agree the new 750 is a tad bit better. I've ridden a NC700x, enjoyed it. The gear ratio was a bit wonky at first, but I got use to it really fast as I short shift the V all the time anyways. The 500 is a smaller motorcycle. if you are over 5'8" I feel like you would be cramped almost instantaneously. Forget taking long trips on it.

I've owned a ton of bikes. The only bike I have always kept in my stable is my trusty SV650. The Versys is fantastic, and I am so glad I bought it. Don't see replacing it any time soon. But when I do, the bike that replaces it will have to get a consistent 55mpg or more. It's much more fun to ride a slow bike fast, than a fast bike slow! I'll be downsizing cc wise probably.

But in the mean time I'll keep buying bikes just for the hell of it. Cause I like riding and romping around on new bikes! Next on the list is a late 90's early 2000, 1200 Sportster (with plans on doing an R1 front suspension and wheel swap as well as a 17" rear wheel) Chop off as much weight as possible. I'm a bit wonky myself.

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I'd agree the new 750 is a tad bit better. I've ridden a NC700x, enjoyed it.
A big thing for me is I'd want ABS, and on the 700 it's bundled with DCT. Maybe I'd love DCT, maybe I wouldn't like it. Without a demo ride safest option might be to skip it. On the 750 ABS you can. In the UK anyway.
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would consider the Honda 750.
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For that sort of bike the one that looks most interesting to me is the NC750X--which it looks like we don't get in the US this year. The NC700X always seemed like it might be a great commuter but hard to tell if I'd enjoy the riding experience.

If I had to buy with no test ride (as we often do here with Japanese bikes) I'd feel a lot safer choosing the 750. With the choices we do get (and no demo rides), I'd be inclined to choose the CB500X over the NC700X.

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Had no idea that there was a 750. looks like it's coming to Canada too. Will have to look into this.
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I'd keep the '07 since with that many miles will practically be worthless, and sell the '08. I can't think of any other bike that would be SO much better (for your purposes) that it would be worth putting money toward. So, I'd just look at bikes that were totally different than the V, to fill a different niche than the bike you've already got.

I was kind of in the same position as you. I got the itch to buy a new bike when I inherited enough money I could buy any bike I wanted. But the Versys that I had just bought, did everything I wanted/needed, so I just bought a bike I always thought would be cool to own (ever since 1986 when Cycle World hopped one up), a Harley Sportster.
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Even with the manual transmissions, those Hondas just remind my of a super scooter. I can see where they would appeal to new riders, or someone looking for alternative (to a car) transportation, but they've just never struck me as a rider's bike.

The in bike helmet storage (like a scooter) would be cool, but the under seat gassing thing would get old.
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I'd keep the '07 since with that many miles will practically be worthless, and sell the '08. I can't think of any other bike that would be SO much better (for your purposes) that it would be worth putting money toward. So, I'd just look at bikes that were totally different than the V, to fill a different niche than the bike you've already got.

I was kind of in the same position as you. I got the itch to buy a new bike when I inherited enough money I could buy any bike I wanted. But the Versys that I had just bought, did everything I wanted/needed, so I just bought a bike I always thought would be cool to own (ever since 1986 when Cycle World hopped one up), a Harley Sportster.
There are loads I'd like to own, but I only really have room for one (which is why I have a V). I guess what I was getting at is question re: has anyone found something better as an allrounder?
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There are loads I'd like to own, but I only really have room for one (which is why I have a V). I guess what I was getting at is question re: has anyone found something better as an allrounder?
Well, then maybe you need to think about where you feel the Versys is deficient. There are many bikes that do one thing or another better than the V. It's just a matter of what you are looking for in a bike.
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I think the idea to keep the 07 & sell the 08 (at a profit!) is a great idea.
Run the 07 into the ground & keep the money in the bank from the 08 while adding to the "new bike fund"
(which could be years) & then decide again, because the alternatives suggested so far are inferior machines to the Versys!
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I can't disagree with anybody above. Though, I don't think you need 2 Versys 650s. Why not trade one for something completely different? a nice dirtbike perhaps, or how about a late 70s Honda CB as a little café project? The world of motorcycling is huge.
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I can't disagree with anybody above. Though, I don't think you need 2 Versys 650s. Why not trade one for something completely different? a nice dirtbike perhaps, or how about a late 70s Honda CB as a little café project? The world of motorcycling is huge.
It sounds like 2 bikes are out of the question for the O.P.
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I can't disagree with anybody above. Though, I don't think you need 2 Versys 650s. Why not trade one for something completely different? a nice dirtbike perhaps, or how about a late 70s Honda CB as a little café project? The world of motorcycling is huge.
Ya, the intention wasn't to keep both V's in the first place. I picked up the '08 with 28000km on it for $1500. Needs a little work, but only another $1000-$1500 worth. For that price, my plan was to sell the '07 in the spring to cover all expenses on the '08. New one came with a bunch of good stuff on it, and any other farkles I would just mine off the older one. What got me in trouble was a crappy winter with too much time to think and a bunch of bike mags in my mailbox. Both bikes are set up completely different, with the newer one having rear hugger / fender eliminator, a 2 bros can, and I've ordered PR4's. Old one was set up more for gravel. I expect the newer one will be a totally different ride once complete. Was actually thinking about an enduro or cafe racer as well, but I really only have storage space for 1 (plus my wife's scoot). Unless something changes, will probably keep the '08, but $$ talks, and will see who wants to give my what for which come spring.
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