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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-02-2010, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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Move up to Versys?

Hey folks!

Has anybody "moved up" from a KLR 650 to the Versys. I'm looking to make a change to a Versys or similar ride and wondered if going from a KLR was more of a lateral move than a step up. I'd like to hear opinions. Also, how well does the Versys handle a larger (250 pounds) rider?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-02-2010, 11:33 PM
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I own an '08 KLR and bought an '08 Versys. I have owned and ridden KLRs since 1998, I don't think it would be a lateral move. The difference in performance and handling is like night and day. Don't get me wrong, I still love my KLR. My KLRs have taken me on some long road trips and have completed a Saddlesore 1000. If you want more power and stilll want the "VERSATILITY", then the Versys may be for you. I was able to take an extended test ride at a Kawasaki Demo ride at a rally. That helped me make up my mind. By the way, I weigh about 200 lbs.

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I, ahem....weigh more than you. The Versys handles big guys fine.

I also own and '08 KLR. Different bikes, different engine, different everything. Both really good at doing it all, (maybe not dirt for the Versys).

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I've ridden both
The Versys has almost twice the horsepower and much better tires and suspension for paved roads.
The KLR is a lawnmower compared to the Versys.
Not even a riding lawnmower, a push lawnmower.
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+1 on the lawnmower gig I consider the KLR, although a good bike, a thrashing machine, compared to the V.

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KLR is a dual sport while the versys is not. They are both qreat machines build for very different purposes. I tried the KLR before I went with the versys. I am vertically challenged so the KLR was not for me. Thanks to that I tried and settled on the versys which was a good choice since I do mostly road and occasionally go into unpaved roads. Getting to where I like to go usually means long streches of interstate and twisty mountain roads the versys is great in both. The bike is a great commuter too.

Now, if I could get the snow and ice on the streets to go away right now I would be riding instead of writing.

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I've got both, an '04 KLR and an '08 V.
IMHO, they compliment each other, tho' the V has better suspenders and power, while the KLR won't turn your hair 'grey' if you "cook" into a corner on dirt, as the V will. And the V won't turn your hair grey if you "cook" into a paved corner at 9/10ths, as the KLR will.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-08-2010, 08:38 PM
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I started on an 09 klx250s then traded up for the versys, i had a chance to ride the klr, to me there was no comparison. versys all the way!!
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-11-2010, 01:56 PM
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I have both too; they are two very different bikes. I almost didn't bother buying the Versys thinking the KLR would be "good enough" to commute around with but I'm glad I bought the V as well; it's a WAY better street bike - better handling, brakes, and most importantly: power.
OTOH, I still use the KLR for real dual sport use and it's far superior to the V for that...

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KLR vs. Versys

I traded my 07 KLR in on my 08 Versys. No regrets for what I use it for. But the Versys is not a dual sport. I have put 13,500 miles on my Versys so far. I love taking trips on it. I did change the gearing to suit my riding style,+1 on front and -3 on rear.(80mph speed limits on some parts of Teaxs interstate) I use gps for true mileage and my speedo is 3mph slow. A few 500 mile days/nights. I have been riding for 30+ years and currently own several models....but the Versys has the most miles. Enjoy.
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