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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-14-2010, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Rode a GS650/800 today-no thanks!

Swapped with my buddy coming back from a 200 mile ride.

Things I liked; more leg room between seat and pegs, but my feet still touch the ground. Gear indicator, I know the V so well, its not an issue, but on a new to me bike was great to have. Heated grips, nice-might consider some of those. Bit faster and more responsive than my V. Option of ABS, would love that on my V.

Not so keen on; runs on premium fuel and gets almost identical mpg to the V. Not as nibble, maybe me being unfamiliar with it, but didn't turn as well in the twisties, longer wheel base probably. Felt heavy and top heavy, even though gas is stored low down. Liked the computer display and functions, but tach and speedo have tiny numbers. Indicator switch and cancel is totally crap (they do self cancel), but not intuitive or ergonomically right for me. Biggest issue for me would be the cost, new V about $7k, new BMW closer to 10k, it didn't have any added value to justify the cost differential.

Thanks Dick, you just saved me some serious change, I'm staying with the V. You on the other hand are considering 'upgrading' to the V!!

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Not real fond of them myself but have plenty of friends that have them. Everyone I know runs them on regular gas.

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Not real fond of them myself but have plenty of friends that have them. Everyone I know runs them on regular gas.
I read a review of the GS800 - said the dealer could make a computor change to use regular gas.

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I never rode the GS800, but I rode an 800ST and walked away rather unimpressed. You're right about the turn signals, they are terrible and just don't make any sense. I guess I expected more out of a $12k bike...
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Some BMW guys I know insist that once you get used to it the BMW turn signal setup is the way nature intended, but I just don't buy it. "Why settle for one switch when you can have THREE?" Using that logic, why not have one gearshift lever for upshifts and another for downshifts and maybe one more for neutral? Or one throttle grip to roll on and another one to roll off? It's a great subject to spice things up around a campfire. BMW seems to be seeing the light, though, since the new K1300's have a conventional turn signal switch.


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Versys is NOT a dual use bike, is a Versatile bike
The only competitor of the versys, is(was) the multistrada 620 and the tiger1050, but it is not a 650

Versys is a high/comfortable seat sport bike, a ''heavy'' supermoto

There is NO WAY other ''dual use'' bike can go as Versys at the twisty like this, NO way
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Thanks Dick, you just saved me some serious change, I'm staying with the V. You on the other hand are considering 'upgrading' to the V!!

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I read that sentence as if your friend's name weren't Richard.
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