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I presently I ride a BMWk75RT a Thundercat and a Fatboy.

The BMW and cat are my main commuting and general transport the reason I keep both is that the cat which is a scream but runs like crap in the cold due to sever carb icing.

Thought it to get rid of both cat and beemer and buy a verseys.

Heres where you input will be very much appreciated.

1) Im concerned that the versys power will not be high enough.
theres no way it will meet the cat but will it even match my old hack of a BMWK75rt.

2) This will release some space in my garage and for some insain reason I have bought a NSU Quickly to restore making it number 5 and er indoors is griping about freezer access hens the planned reduction.
Concern is if I out the cat and the BMW for a verseys will it be a wise move and will it live up to the winter without disolving in front of my eyes with nothing I can do about it.

What r you views/is there any real difference worth having between the 09 and 10 model/ would you recomend luggage/how much weather potection concidering there is no such fairing.

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This bike has excellent write ups as a street bike and I have always like the look of it from launch but is it a a real do it all
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1, test ride and you will see
2, it will not dissolve over winter
3, 09/10 different headlight, put some hand guards on, if your tall maybe a taller screen
4, buy one and you will be smiling at every corner, have had a V on a track training day all mix in with high powered sports bikes and it holds its own in the corners, they flew past me on back straight at 250km/hr plus and V tapped out just over 190k but 40 k above limit and you lose you licence anyway here.
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Thanx

Basically it will serve as a commute but must admit to being an adrenaline junky on the odd moment.

I need to be able to enjoy a good ride as well as it being a fuctional mode of transport.
Wet weather protection is also a need does the mini fairing keep of the elements
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Stephen, for a commute and adrenline shot you can tick those box's, bike in my view has some protection but if it rains you are going to get wet. Took my son out for a ride to day so put a couple of rain suits in top box just in case, there were rain clouds around and it was cold at around 8 Celcius but promised him a ride.
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It has no problem doing the same things I do with my K100RS .

81 Honda CB750F with Jupiter sidecar, 82 Honda CB750F, 86 Yamaha Radian, 87 BMW K100RS, 2002 Honda XR 200R, 2007 Suzuki Bandit 1250, 2009 Green Versys, 2010 Kawasaki Vukcan 900 Custom
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To be honest most of my riding is commuting on the motorway at a steady 80mph but extra oompth is req for overtaking and keeping ahead of the dozy car drivers
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In the last 5 years I have owned a 2004 BMW r1150rt, 2006 Yamaha Stratoliner (1800cc) and still own a 2005 Yamaha Venture ( 800 pounds)
I live in the country where passing lanes are far and few and when I need to pass it has to be RIGHT NOW ! The Versys dose a great job of power when I need it.
Weather protection is slim but there are a number of larger windscreen . I just installed one by National.

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did you mis the beemer
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30 bikes in 49 years including a BMW R90/6, too many Harleys, Yamahas, Suzukis, Triumphs, Enfields and Hondas. I have been riding a Versys since 2008. In my opinion, the best all around do all bike of the lot. The only thing I find wrong is my girl can't seem to get comfortable on long rides. I spent 6 months on the Oregon coast commuting in rain and ice just about every day. It always started and ran well. I lived right on the beach and the bike held up wll to the weather. I had no garage and it was exposed to the weather 24/7. It shows no signs of rot. I'm pretty sure this bike will outlast me if I keep it that long. I have no plans to get rid of it at the presnt time, but the Concours 14 sure does catch my eye : )
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Sat on an orange 09 and must admit it was tall and felt very comfy, the only differance I could see is lights mirrows and nothing else.

it this the only changes ?????
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orange one, that is the fastest one, do not listen to any of the different colours, it has been proven in secret lab, so secret not allowed to publish results
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You then must have an orange one
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red ones slightly faster

In depth research shows the red ones are slightly faster than any of the other colors.....I'm SURE I read that somewhere
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The red paint must have a tephlon coating to make it slicker.
This was a failed attempt to keep up with the orange wolf in sheeps clothing.
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I have no response to that. Orange must be the fastest colour. My ability to understand the hue=BHPxtorque formulae is somewhat limited. I concede to your theory and will continue to enjoy red with the knowlege it is second fastest just one of lifes setbacks I will try to endure
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