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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-15-2010, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Touring on the V

Hi all -

I am actually considering buying a V in the next couple of weeks (previous purchase was negated) - I do mostly touring on the east coast - 2 to 7 day trips - which usually include a lot of highway driving to get to the twisties etc.

Question: Is the v made for this type of riding? I've heard the V is buzzy at hwy speeds, and with the small fairing, and wondering whether this bike is a good fit. Others I am considering a Vstrom, and Bandit 1250.

Any input would be appreciated as I have only room for 1 in the garage.
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I'd go with the Bandit 1250. Been around the block a few times, it handles great and is most definitely highway capable. I'd liken the V to a supermoto. Go anywhere, do anything. With that said you will need to spend another 600.00 + to get the V to where you will enjoy it for more than a few hours at a time.
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I’d have to disagree with that. I did an Iron Butt SS1600 last summer with nothing more than my wife’s Obus Form pillow cut in half for a little extra padding. The bike was never a concern the whole trip and I could have gone another 200 klm’s.

I also did a 1300 klm in the same day run last summer on the stock seat. The bike can do whatever you want it to do.

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I did a few long (1,000+ mile) weekends on my V last summer and the bike was great. It doesn't provide the wind protection of my ST1300 but I can ride it all day. I don't ride a lot of highway miles on either bike, just not my cup of tea, but the times I blasted off a quick hundred miles on I-90 it did fine. If I were to keep just one of the two bikes, at this point I'd keep the Versys.


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You should also consider the after market parts availability and COST since you will probably need/want to take some clothes etc on your 2-7 day trips.
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Already have the gear - (sold my 600 bandit in OCt 09) - I will replace the stock windscreen with a larger one, heated grips, 12v outlet etc on the bike of choice at a minimum. I have soft tail bags, but will get hard ones for the new bike. I sold by 600 because the bottom end torque was lousy (top end was decent) and a lot of vibes at 65mps range
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I would EXPECT a lot of vibes going 65 miles per second - but I meant 65mpHour! HA!
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Don't get me wrong...Anyone. I love my '09 Versys. I do have some bones of contention though with the design.
Stock Mirrors are useless unless you lean your head off center to look.
No center stand and none available (not withstanding lowering footpegs and getting a custom one made.)
Stator is prone to wheel wash without some custom mod or a hugger.
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If I were to keep just one of the two bikes, at this point I'd keep the Versys.
Bones, now you know Mellow is going to revoke your membership over at the ST-owners forum :-)

I have both too. In my case, the V is my daily commute. I like it because it's lighter and just down right funnnnnnnn to ride :-)

I could easily take long trips on the V by myself. It has decent power, can add good luggage, and be set to go.

Now for two-up, we prefer the ST1300, but don't think that is fair comparison as they are truly different animals.

I think you will be happy with the V when you use it for touring and just sprints around town. It's a fun bike.......

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I plan on doing some touring on my V but my biggest concern is the vibration. My throttle hand goes numb after only 25 minutes of riding at a steady pace on the freeway.
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Is anyone located near Mclean VA - I would love to take the V for a short spin to try it out before I put down the $$ to buy one. Willing to pay up if I drop it (not planning to).

The reviews are great - just want to make sure.
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BTW looking at a 2008 with 5700 miles for 5k out the door - no mods at a local dealer - good buy or not?
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csa- If you have cash then walk into the dealer with 4,500 and see if they take it.

Seriously though, it's used and 2 years old. I think you can get it for less. I wouldn't pay that.
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Rumbo -

yea - tnx for the word. Concerned about your post ref the vibes - no one else has said they are that severe....Any mods to cause it?
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nice - that just about says it all doesn't it!

One last newbie to verysys question - where does everyone get the pic of the US with the color coded states you've been through?
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I'd have to do something with the stock seat before I'd do any real touring on my Versys. I'm going to replace it with a Corbin or try to rework it myself. For me, that's the bikes weak link.
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csa- No mods on my bike. I have a 2009 and its viby as hell. I'm gonna try some new grips with gel in them.
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I had to throw $1500 at my Versys to make it tourable. Is that a word?

I honestly think it makes a great lightweight tourer. And great fun in the mountains. And it goes wherever you point it.
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nice - that just about says it all doesn't it!

One last newbie to verysys question - where does everyone get the pic of the US with the color coded states you've been through?
Here is the link

http://www.epgsoft.com/VisitedStatesMap/

you might have to play and try the different sizes or save all sizes.

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