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Touring on a Versys

Just finished a ride to Minneapolis and back (BMW Rally...don't ask)

Anyway, total round trip was about 2600 miles.

Bottom line...great lite weight tourer. Never wanted for more power..the Versys will sit at 80 + mph all day long without working hard. Handles like it's on rails.

I am impressed.

I did have to buy an Airhawk due the seat started to torture my ass...but hey...90% of the stock seats on any brand are like that.
Longest day was about 600 miles.

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I put a set of aluminum side cases and a Seat Concepts seat on mine - then took it on a 1,600 mile ride.

I agree - it makes a great lightweight touring bike.
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I have taken mine to Western Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Kentcky, Tennesse, North carolina, its one GREAT road bike.

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they are a great bike and they also tend to attract some attention. Not real common...sometimes mistaken for the old Ducati Multistrada.
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I agree great light sport touring bike....

My favorite bike ever..

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4 Provinces, 11 States, 43,000kms (so far).
I agree, great for touring.

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I agree, great for touring.
ATYC - just wait till you can add Alberta, BC, and (maybe...) the Yukon to your list...!

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ATYC - just wait till you can add Alberta, BC, and (maybe...) the Yukon to your list...!

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I have a few friends who have gone from here to Alaska and parts of the NW. I really hope to someday.

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Gotta agree, the Versys makes a great light-weight tourer!
Then peel the bags off and it's about like a motard.

What a wonderful, do-all bike.....I love mine. I had a Connie which was also a great bike but I'm at the stage of my life where right is light and the Versys can do everything I need/want in a bike.


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I also agree...great lite weight tourer. I recently came back from 2400 miles through Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. The airhawk makes a big difference, once you get the amount of air dialed in.

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I put a set of aluminum side cases and a Seat Concepts seat on mine - then took it on a 1,600 mile ride.

I agree - it makes a great lightweight touring bike.
I'm not thrilled with the Seat Concepts. It's a bit firm, and has harsher edges. I sat on a stock seat at the dealer this week, and it was so soft, in comparison.

But, I remember why I purchased an aftermarket seat in the first place. It didn't hold up well. I think I'm gonna drop a nut on a better seat over the winter, but I don't want to blow $500 without knowing what it feels like.

Anyone in the Tri State area have other seats I can sit on and feel in the flesh?
Are there any seat cushions that mesh well with this bike?


All in all, throw some bags on this bike, and the riding position and maneuverability make this bike really wonderful for long rides.


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