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Sat on a 2015 650 ABS today

I went to a local dealer and finally got to sit on a 15 650 ABS. It was white. I sat on it and initial impressions are it will fit me. It won't be as comfortable as my Super Tenere but it should work out quite nicely. I took some pics but the lighting was so poor that they didn't come out well enough to post. I did adjust the windscreen which is very straightforward. I also looked at the mounting points for the luggage even though this one doesn't come with one. Overall, the fit and finish is very nice and it is going to make the wait for my LT that much harder.

I kept going back and forth between white and green. I thought I wanted green but after I saw the white up close, I'm going with the white.
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I went to a local dealer and finally got to sit on a 15 650 ABS. It was white. I sat on it and initial impressions are it will fit me. It won't be as comfortable as my Super Tenere but it should work out quite nicely. I took some pics but the lighting was so poor that they didn't come out well enough to post. I did adjust the windscreen which is very straightforward. I also looked at the mounting points for the luggage even though this one doesn't come with one. Overall, the fit and finish is very nice and it is going to make the wait for my LT that much harder.

I kept going back and forth between white and green. I thought I wanted green but after I saw the white up close, I'm going with the white.
I would say look again, that Kawasaki green is pretty nice, please make sure first! I almost bought a 13 white Versys but ended up with the green 14 and I am so glad I did that! You will get a lot of thumbs up on a green bike.
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Please fill us in on why the move from a Super Tenere to the Versys 650 LT? Many of us are looking at the Super Tenere as the next possible progression to full up adventure touring.

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Please fill us in on why the move from a Super Tenere to the Versys 650 LT? Many of us are looking at the Super Tenere as the next possible progression to full up adventure touring.
My wife was laid off a year ago and in order to start shedding bills, I had to sell my 2012 Super Tenere. I did not want to get rid of it and I would be buying one again if the budget could support it. So, the Versys is what I'm getting to get me back on two wheels. I'm excited about it.

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I would say look again, that Kawasaki green is pretty nice, please make sure first! I almost bought a 13 white Versys but ended up with the green 14 and I am so glad I did that! You will get a lot of thumbs up on a green bike.
There were other models on the floor in the Kawasaki green. It does look good but I like the white. The dealer I am buying from has a green ABS so I will be able to do a side by side comparison when the white LT comes in.

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Please fill us in on why the move from a Super Tenere to the Versys 650 LT? Many of us are looking at the Super Tenere as the next possible progression to full up adventure touring.
Yes Please! I was seriously thinking about the Tenere as my future Adventure Bike.... and have not heard too many people going from the Super, to the Versys. I gather you have the 1200cc?

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Please fill us in on why the move from a Super Tenere to the Versys 650 LT? Many of us are looking at the Super Tenere as the next possible progression to full up adventure touring.
A "full up adventure touring" bike...? Here's one...!


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I had a 2012 Super Tenere. I wanted something a fuzz smaller and lighter.
Face it, neither one of these is an off road bike - but (for me) the Versys is better than that Tenere. YOUR preference can, and will vary

Eddie is excluded, of course. He would put knobbies on a Gold Wing.

Besides, I already had a road bike.

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I had a 2012 Super Tenere. I wanted something a fuzz smaller and lighter.
Face it, neither one of these is an off road bike - but (for me) the Versys is better than that Tenere. YOUR preference can, and will vary

Besides, I already had a road bike.

Eddie is excluded, of course. He would put knobbies on a Gold Wing.
The super tenere is definitely more capable off road than the Versys. The real question would be whether I am skilled and muscular enough to man handle that beast. I definitely prefer my KLX250 for off road riding.

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It is heavy and I wouldn't take it on anything more than fire roads. That's just me. But it is all day comfortable and is capable of doing a lot. I miss mine.

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The super tenere is definitely more capable off road than the Versys. The real question would be whether I am skilled and muscular enough to man handle that beast. I definitely prefer my KLX250 for off road riding.
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Jmarleau, I haven't found any for less than 12 new. However, I want a new one with cruise control as my S10 was set up for long rides. I rode from DFW to Montana June of 2013 and back. It was great but cruise would have been nice. First world problem, I know...

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No Kidder, you can't go wrong with the Versys 650. You have got the Yamaha "Versys Killer" for about $2000 more here in my country. But $2000 is $2000. I prefer the unique look of the older model, but I must admit, if I were looking for Street Tourer in the $9000 range, the good old 2015 V650 ABS in white is a front runner.
There is no Versys killer
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The Versys 650 has a higher top speed to the ECU speed limiter on the FJ-09. Still can't kill the Versys.

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The Versys kills the FJ09 in fuel tank range. Even the earlier Versys like mine beats the FJ, but the new one sounds much improved. Honestly if the FJ09 had a proper fuel tank it might be a Versys killer for me. But it doesn't and that's a deal breaker for me.

I'm disappointed with recent Yamaha standard motorcycles. The FZ6 and old FZ1 had a proper fuel tank and great range. My FZ1 will go farther on the freeway than my Versys will. But the current FZ1, the FZ07, FZ09 and FJ09 all have small tanks. Most disappointing is the FJ I guess because it's intended purpose would really benefit from better range.

I really like the integrated luggage mounts on the new Versys. Haven't seen the luggage yet though.

The big disappointment for me in my Versys was the crap suspension front and rear. The fork was made acceptable with a new shim stack. An R1 shock was great in back, but 2 out of 3 I've bought on ebay leaked, and I had one re-sealed twice to no avail. In the end might have been better to spring for a Penske or similar. My biggest hesitation with buying a new Versys is the crap suspension I've had on the two budget Kaws I've owned. Reviews make it sound improved on the 2015. I hope it's true.
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