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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-04-2009, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Versys Test ride

I finally got the opportunity to ride the versys this weekend. I have been looking at this bike a lot and doing the comparisons with others. I have not rode the weestrom, but rode my buddies 1000strom and liked it alot. I have also rode the 800 bmw. Normally, I would NEVER consider anything as small as the wee or versys, but power is not my motivation here. Like a lot of folks today the bottom line is my top line. Had the $24000 BMW before, and after the downturn in the US economy, I look at a lot of things differently. No more do I care to be a slave to an expensive motorcycle. Also dont want my family to sacrafice bacause dad wants a bike. That is what led me to the Versys.

My Search Critera is.
1. Upright Seating Position.
2. inexpensive (to purchase, operate, and maintain)
3. Very fun to ride.
4. can take on long rides maybe once a year.


I must say I was very surprised how much snap the Versys had. I was thinking it would be like a klr 650 where you twist the throttle and yawn. It isnt a liter bike, but is not anemic either. The only dissapointing thing was that I did not have the opportunity to take it on the hiway, or in the twisties (Stealership is in the city)

How does that V do on the hiway?
Buffeting?
How is it for wind protection?
6th gear seems really tall. Is it too tall? (most of my riding will be on rural hiway and twisty country roads.)
Do the side cases affect it much?

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It is amazing in the twisties. Very easy to keep up with the liter bikes. Runs great on the highway, but can get blown around a little bit. It is light, but doesn't seem to be too bad on the interstate. I try to stay off of them if I can (don't really like being around cars moving at that speed with everyone on their cell phone)! But it will run all day at highway speeds with no problem.

I don't find that the cases have much effect. Ask mountainrider about that...he runs the twisties all the time with his side cases. I have run the Dragon (the twistiest of roads)with top and side cases...not too bad, but I had them packed full and the extra weight did have some effect on the handling.

Overall it sounds like the V is perfect for what you are looking for.

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I bought a motorcycle because my wife said that I couldn't! Now I have two and she still says I can't have another one!
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Now I have four!
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My Search Critera is.
1. Upright Seating Position. Best seating position I've had on any bike.
2. inexpensive (to purchase, operate, and maintain). Yep other than tires every 6k miles or so its cheap.
3. Very fun to ride. In spades a total blast, specially in the twisties.
4. can take on long rides maybe once a year. Yep, done numerous 1000mile trips on mine (just turned 21k miles). Good range, 5 gallon tank around 50mpg.

How does that V do on the hiway? Will cruise all day at 85-90mph if that's your thing.
Buffeting? No buffeting for me, but you do get a wind blast from the stock screen. I'm told a Powerbronze screen angeled out with 1/2 inch spacers at the bottom will cure the blast.
How is it for wind protection? See above, piss poor at best.
6th gear seems really tall. Is it too tall? (most of my riding will be on rural hiway and twisty country roads.) Many of us have actually gone to a 16tooth sprocket on the front to make it taller. I've had mine on for 18k miles and wouldn't go back. You can also change the rear out obviously.
Do the side cases affect it much? No.

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Thanks Machog-
You're right down the road from me. Live in Snohomish and work in Snoqualmie. What is a good price around here for a V? I have been looking for a used one. but not sure with the lower price point if its worth going used or not?
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ff, don't go to Bellevue Kawasaki-I did and paid full list, but it was two years ago just as they were coming out and I had to HAVE it NOW, my own fault.

There are a ton of dealers in our area-Waldron in Issaquah have a good reputation-just depends who has one. Regardless, you will love this machine and if you amortize the price over the miles, I'm about 21,000miles, its not so bad!

We have a very loose group in the Northwet about 12 members called Viagra. VersysIntoAdventuresandGreatRidesAnytime! We normally get together about 4-5 times a year and have had some great rides.

Watch this forum-think HikewithMike posted a ride to Neah Bay today. Or you can set your own ride up and post it here-see who shows.

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Sounds fun!
I am wondering if I should go used or get the '10? If I go used it will probably be a red bike cause that is what's being sold, and I am not huge on that color but could probably black out a few things and make it look better to me. Usually with used bikes you get some other stuff with it which is a plus. There is the risk of getting someone elses problems though.
With the bad weather arriving it maybe be good to wait until Jan to buy one when sales suck even more than they do now?
From what I have been reading I would really like to take this bike over Diablo pass.
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Check out ebay, you can usually find the dealers within a couple hour ride lately for approx 5-5500. Red for sure is the fastest but do what you can. Good luck. I love it , I had alot of bikes but like others I cant have a 20,000 Harley right now which let me to this forum where I found the V. It ended up being probaly the most fun I had on a bike.I ride about a 100 mile a day and had to put a corbin seat, the stock killed me, also got a different windshield. All in all the bike is great. Hope this helps. Good luck man
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As I posted in the For Sale section, Hillsboro MC has a brand new green '09 for sale at $5500. That's used bike prices...

If you decide to look at it, ask to speak with Nick. Tell him I sent you, and I said not to try to pull a fast one on fees (he's going to whine that at that price they don't make any money. Bring cheese ).

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As I posted in the For Sale section, Hillsboro MC has a brand new green '09 for sale at $5500. That's used bike prices...

If you decide to look at it, ask to speak with Nick. Tell him I sent you, and I said not to try to pull a fast one on fees (he's going to whine that at that price they don't make any money. Bring cheese ).

Gustavo
I saw that, I have never got a bike out of state before so that would make me nervous. THEN... there is the fact that we now have a 2010 versys that I think is JUST BEAUTIFUL!! That bike aloing with other posts just might sway me.

BTW- are you on the ADV rider forum?
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Buying out of state is trivial, especially when it's only one state over, it's not like you have to fly across the country to pick it up..

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BTW- are you on the ADV rider forum?
Yup, same Gustavo posting here, there and several other places (well, at least when I have time... )


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i saw a used red one for sale for 3500 on craigslist last week in the hudson valley region for NY. Great deal if it was in good condition. Looked like the bike was parked outside though. I bought a slightly used vulcan for half of the new dealer price and it only had 192 miles on it, but I had to ride it home through 7 states so I'm out of the market for a bike for now.
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