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Wow, that kinda stinks for Canadians.

I'm not sure I'd put the F800GS-A in exactly the same category as the Versys 1000, but even so it's $1000 more before you even add luggage.

Really looking forward to getting the Versys alongside the FJ-09 and the V-Strom 1000 here soon.

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The 2014 Versys is selling for $8999 CDN at Montreal dealers. Montreal is a competive market for bikes so prices may be lower there. Also expect huge price drops at end of season for 2015 bikes.

I test road the Strom 1000 earlier this year and found it a huge disappointment at the price. I really wanted to like the big Strom but it really was not significantly better than the Versys 650 and slightly worse in a few minor ways. Just not worth the $$ over the Versys 650.

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Closest Yamaha dealer to me has the FJ-09 priced at $8980 (no bags).
The comparison between the 1000 LT and the FJ-09 will be inevitable. I'm eager to ride both.
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...I test road the Strom 1000 earlier this year and found it a huge disappointment at the price. I really wanted to like the big Strom but it really was not significantly better than the Versys 650 and slightly worse in a few minor ways. Just not worth the $$ over the Versys 650.
Me too!!! (I tested one last summer in Kelowna, BC, for about an hour including dirt roads.)

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If you agree with me on that you might just love the Triumph Tiger 800 XC. Its the best bike I've ridden in 2014. Your milage may vary.
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The Tiger 800 XRx is over $1000 cheaper than the Versys 1000 in Canada? Even adding bags to the Tiger, it's close to a push. Weird pricing there.
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The Tiger 800 XRx is over $1000 cheaper than the Versys 1000 in Canada? Even adding bags to the Tiger, it's close to a push. Weird pricing there.
More than just the pricing that's weird up there.....

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Tiger (last years) is 2 grand cheaper than the V1K in Aus. Than's the base model we don't get the LT
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Closest Yamaha dealer to me has the FJ-09 priced at $8980 (no bags).
The comparison between the 1000 LT and the FJ-09 will be inevitable. I'm eager to ride both.
Friend of mine has the new MT 09 i have not ridin this bike yet, but he claims the rear shock is terrible, squats under load then rebounds back too quickly then when he brakes the front dives in badly and rebounds to quickly as well, pushing through corners its an unsettled ride, so its $245 to fix the rear shock and front is all new internals around 1k with springs, front cowling only after 1,500kms has cracked in 2 places, hes already put seat foam under the front part of the seat bit like Versys but....the torques is awesome just needs the suspension fixed, sounds a bit poor on a new bike
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...so its $245 to fix the rear shock and front is all new internals around 1k with springs,...
Seems to 'jibe' w/ reports I've read (MOTORCYCLIST magazine) that indicate it needs $1500 to 'fix' the suspension....

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Changed my front tire on my 2009 Versys and had some time to wait...
Shop had a V1000 demo... and they let me ride it for 20 min.

Great engine!!! pulls nice, great sound.
Comfortable position, feels a little big bigger than my 650, longer. I noticed that the road feels smoother, suspension is doing a great job.
I cannot pronounce on the seat, but feels a little bit harder than my 650.
I was expecting to be harder to maneuver in the city, but it's not that bad!
on a little straight road it was asking for more, I think it's great for touring, 2 up....mmm
no vibration, no buzz !!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had the windshield in upper position but didn't have enough time to evaluate the protection/noise.
Gear lever seems to need a little adjustment, it didn't feel as solid as 650.
I was surprised in a curve to feel it really planted, no hesitation in really pushing it, just 10 min after I jumped on it !?!

I would love to have it. But...

The guy looked at mine: 2009 (bought in 2010), 34 000km, never down, Givi Trunk, crush bars, dual bi-xenon projectors. He gave me 3600CAD for it.

now the deal for V1000: MRSP 14 999CAD.
right off he took 3000CAD off.
Preparation and stuff 800CAD.
Total: 12 800CAD.
I could take V1000 home with taxes and leave my 650 trade for 11 000CAD.

V1000 it's a very nice bike.... but not 11 000CAD nice

Coming back home my 650 feels very nice, yes, it has some buzz and vibrations, the power is not crazy, but not lacking also....

Conclusion: I'll keep my 650 for a while.

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Changed my front tire on my 2009 Versys and had some time to wait...
Shop had a V1000 demo... and they let me ride it for 20 min.
To be honest, I'm kinda surprised that more people who get to ride new ones don't complain about vibration and abrupt throttle. The vibration is not bad, but it was there on my new V1K.

Forward a few hundred miles and a few trips to the redline. NOW the engine is damn near butter smooth and the abrupt throttle has been tamed. Maybe partly that I'm getting used to it, but it seems a whole lot better even though it wasn't awful to begin with.

The only issue I have with it now is that damn box in the exhaust under the bike is scraping when I go around corners. I suspect that's where they put the catalytic converter. Just another good reason to get rid of it. They create an enormous amount of heat.

Anyone know a good metal tube bender? I think there's some money to be made here...
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