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Versys off road

It handles damn well at 70mph on dirt/ gravel.

Running a Shinko 705 on the rear, with a balding BT023 on the front!

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LOL Great video!

Now all the "thats not a true dual sport" idiots might come a postin! LOL

Or this one "thats not off road" idiot!

Great video keep them comin!





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I saw a guy on a Harley Road King pullin' a trailer on the Haul Road (400 mile dirt road to Deadhorse, AK).
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There will be plenty more "off road" videos to come.

After I install the tkc80, single track will follow!


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Wait a minute! "everyone" knows the V can't do "off road!" This video has to be a fake!
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Now all the "thats not a true dual sport" idiots might come a postin! LOL

Or this one "thats not off road" idiot!
Evidently anyone who dares think the Versys isn't just marvelous off road is an idiot.

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Ya baby!!

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LOL Great video!

Now all the "thats not a true dual sport" idiots might come a postin! LOL

Or this one "thats not off road" idiot!

Great video keep them comin!
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Evidently anyone who dares think the Versys isn't just marvelous off road is an idiot.
Do not feel you cann't share your opinion on this forum!

LOL Post it, go for it!





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I think its partly the "versytile" nature of the V that brings so many different opinions personalities and ideas to this forum. Our bikes can be mod'ded to fit so many different people well. Tall, short, on road, off road, touring, street fighter, and on and on. Yep, speak your peace. Its never wrong to share an idea or opinion. I've learned a lot about my V here and even enjoyed the differences in opinion.
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Evidently anyone who dares think the Versys isn't just marvelous off road is an idiot.
What does "off road" mean? I guess it would also depend on what you mean by "marvelous."

Both the KTM 1190 Adventure and the KTM 300XC are both "marvelous off road" in my opinion. But it's not really the same, is it?

Click on these links to see POV video of AVERAGE riders riding both these machines off road.



You could make a strong argument that the Versys could handle the stuff the 1190 does in this video, with some add-ons. I think that is what the majority of the folks here are interested in. As am I.

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I think the Versys could handle what was in that last video just fine.

BUT.

I would never want to. The suspension is not up to the task. The Geometry isn't either.

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I did much gnarly'er off roading on my rat bike SV650 this summer. Which has zero ground clearance compared to the Versys. But it has 10x better suspenion. Ohlins out back tuned for goaty roads and my weight, and GSXR forks with the correct springs and also setup for goat roads.

The Versys could have done the same trail. Just not at the same speed as the SV was able to do it at...

With a completely bald rear tire mind you... and at 7,000 feet elevation.

The good stuff starts at 2:50


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I'd call that "fast-fire-roading", and would classify it as 'off-road' - off paved roads!

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Great Video. The guy in the front did the whole thing sitting down (!) I would be on my ass.

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Great Video. The guy in the front did the whole thing sitting down (!) I would be on my ass.

Hahaha, that was me! Standing up on a SV650 with racing rear sets is not really an option.

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Wait a minute! "everyone" knows the V can't do "off road!" This video has to be a fake!
It can't do rough ATV trails but it is great on smoother dirt roads IMO. My problem is I like good street tires on the pavement but they don't provide the kind of traction I would like to have on roads like that.
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I have taken the versys "Off road"on single track with my dirt bike club 450's and 2 strokes, well i can tell you i did the track at max 1/3 of the pace of every one else and after 30 mins i just road along the side gravel roads, then i again went 2 up riding in the outback "Flinders ranges" along some rocky 4wd tracks got 10 mins out and turned back.

You go slow enough it will go most anywhere, but off road it really is not.... off sealed roads it can do that very well at a reduced pace.

I don't see why this bike is posted up as a some what off road category its clearly a road bike, just look at the rims and tire sizes.

anyway its a great mostly do it all bike on roads
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Some are easier than others.

We've repeatedly had our GL1800 Gold Wing on gravel roads, two-up and loaded. It's not much fun, but you can do it.




Compared to THAT - the Versys is a dirt bike.

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