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Versys for me?

Greetings. I lurk here quite a bit, but don't post much.

I'm a re-entry rider currently on an '05 Vulcan 750. It's been a good re-entry bike, but I'd like something a little newer and more capable. I ride solo only, but I'm 5'11" and 275. I can't force myself to get interested in cruisers much and I'm also not particularly interested in sport bikes...I like standard motorcycles, including Versys, V-Strom, Bandit and the like...

I have checked out the Versys. For some reason, they don't seem to be selling very well around here (Sacramento, CA) and there are a bunch in the showrooms. I don't get it, because it's a very nice motorcycle . Its capabilities are pretty apparent, from my reading on this website...mutliday, multistate, multiroad excursions with essentially no problems. Also, it seems to fit me better than the V-Strom.

My only concern is this: Is this bike going to be able to lug my large self around, or are my expectations unrealistic? I'm sure this question is asked fairly frequently, so I apologize if this is redundant, but any input you can provide will be most appreciated. Thanks for all replies.

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No worries Bob, The versys will haul you anywhere that you want to go. I am 5'10" and 275 lbs. The V amazes me everytime I climb aboard (and I do mean climb...lol) I have a 30" inseam. I am still trying to figure out how to mount and dismount gracefully...hmmmmm
I live on the Texas gulf coast (CC) and it is usually pretty windy around here (15 to 25 mph) No problems riding on the freeway at speeds 70-80mph. The V still wants to go faster. I came off of a 1600cc meanstreak. I was afraid I would miss the Torque. I am here to tell ya not even a little...The Versys will put a grin on your face everytime you ride it... These are just my opinions. Hope this helps alittle.
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A test ride will surely seal the deal!!!


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Mine hauls me and my girlfriend around which has to be 350 pounds total, without gear.
Go for it.
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Looks like we're getting there. Retirement about January 10, 2011...new bike January 11, 2011...

Back at the dealer looking at the '09 Versys again...they've got some screaming deals right now-I think they have three or four '09 leftovers. Since I can only afford one bike, this might be the one, since I can pay cash for it...

...and still farkle it...

I don't know if I can wait until January...
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I'm 6'2" 270 lbs plus gear top case etc. The bike handles it well quick on the take offs and no problem passing. I'm use to larger bikes and thought a 650 would be down on power for me but the versys has more than i need

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That's really good to know.

I know the Versys does well on the secondary roads, but sometimes, you just have to get on the interstate to get quickly from Point A to Point B, so I was curious how the Versys does when that is necessary...

I think you may have answered that question...sounds like it does it all pretty well...
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I'm usally cruising about 85mph on the interstates here and she's purring like a kitten

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Wow...OK, I'm convinced....large, heavy cruiser not required...

As I mentioned, I particularly like the seating position on the Versys...

Wonder if the windscreen is going to have enough deflection...
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No on the stock windscreen. on going topic. I think it would make a nice ash tray though

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Wonder if the windscreen is going to have enough deflection...[/QUOTE]

I ride with Harley riders, they would appreciate even the stock wind screen, especially when its cold. I have the GIVI and it is better than stock.

About your weight concern, consider the fact that the V has a lot more suspension than your heavy cruiser. That said, if you want a rocket, buy this: It has the suspension and twice the horsepower, at twice the price!

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take the v for a test ride and you will be hooked the motor is simly majic i just bought a 2009 on wednesday traded a c50 suzuki cruiser i cant imagine anybody needing any more for normal riding
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I remember reading that MOTY article...it's one of the reasons I started having an interest in the Versys.

The suspension is great...at least when I planted my caboose on the bike...definitely intend to test ride it, but I already like the long travel feature. I also prefer the Versys seating position and ergonomics over the V-Strom and way over the cruisers...

Don't want a rocket...just a good, reliable bike that'll do what I want it to do...90% local 1-2 day rides in the foothills and mountains around here and 10% multi-state touring...
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Hi jinglebob

Only had my versys 2 weeks, and only on the freeway once...it does fine...but just remember it's a 650 not a 750 or a 1000....it does have limits...just my 2 cents worth....cheers

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My lovely wife has a 800cc cruiser and when i riding her cruiser and she on the V and I try to pass her she opens up the V and leaves me for dust and she is newbe to riding. I would also that my wee 650 has left a lot of bigger bikes well behind on rides through twisty roads and i have to slow down on the straights on other side for them to catch up. On loading i weight 80kgs and weighted all 3 bins before a away trip 28kgs, bit of a sore point as i was carting half my wifes gear including a blinkin hair straightner (for future referance i refuse to load the hair thing) but the bike handled a 2500km trip over 6 days through wind, rain and hot sun brilliantly. Do not think you will have any problems riding on your interstate roads.
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