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Revzilla Versys Review

TeamZilla rode a Versys for 3000 miles and posted a review.

http://www.revzilla.com/hub-2014-kaw...ddy_deals_2014
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Article speaks for itself.

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Just finished my 1100 km, 4 Day adventure doing the Tamiskaming Loop in North Eastern Ontario. My 2013 Versys performed absolutely perfect! I was running with a BMW F800GS, a V-Strom 650, and an SV650.* I will put on a 16 tooth front sprocket, and a bigger windshield, but not much more needs to be changed. Every day while on the bike I had a smile, and love the symmetry and sleek nature of the bike. This review is spot on like others mentioned.

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Good write up. Even included a shout-out to Lance Oliver.

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So we are somewhat of a cult. Do we have a secret handshake or something?
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddM7kJ9xQfA

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The V hand signal from Spock. "Live long and prosper"
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This stood out as summing up the bike

"So much so that I recently encouraged my friend, Josh, who came on our Arizona adventure, to buy one as his first motorcycle. TeamZilla Editor Lance Oliver, who was riding motorcycles before I was born, has a Versys fitted with saddlebags that he uses for long-distance trips. Professional stunt rider Jason Britton rides a Versys as his daily rider. When one bike can meet the varied needs of such a diverse group of new and experienced riders, that says something about its versatility."
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TeamZilla rode a Versys for 3000 miles and posted a review.

http://www.revzilla.com/hub-2014-kaw...ddy_deals_2014
One of the most accurate reviews of the Versys IMO. I've found changing the pads to EBC HH pads on the front improved things. There is also the issue of the long travel forks on the front that cause dive. Coming from a single rotor Kawasaki Ninja 500 the Versys brakes were a big improvement. I have to agree the transmission is clunky and could be a lot more smooth but agility & fun factor is best in class if you have ever done the comparison with the vStrom and while the Honda is a great bike it feels under powered compared to the Versys.

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Glad you guys thought the review hit the mark.

We're gradually gearing up with more content at the RevZilla site. Something new is posted every weekday.

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Glad to see it's working out with that, Lance! It looks like Sean knows how to get in good with the Boss!
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They got it right. I bought that exact bike about 2 months ago and I love it. I have put in about 25+ years of riding and it's my favorite bike so far BY far.
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I REALLY like my Versys, but my only complaint is high speed oomph; specifically, on I-20, down here in Texas, where the speed limit is 75 mph. I've kept pace with empty cattle trucks doing 100+. That being said, would the V1000 keep pace with every other category our V650 has so impressed so many people with?
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