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I just sold my ZX14 and have been seriously looking at the Versys or C14 as a replacement.

I have a CDL and with the new federal laws for commercial drivers I will not be purchasing another bullet bike. They just attract to much attention. The wrong kind of attention. Don't get me wrong I love the ZX14 I've owned 2 of them and also a ZZR-1200, a Katana 600, and a Honda XL200R.

I've been reading up on the Versys and it sounds like a great all around bike.

I still haven't pulled the trigger yet. I like to research before buying and I would love to hear some feedback.

What's the fuel economy like? How big is the tank? What kind of range are you getting? What is the most comfortable cruising speed? What RPM's are you turning at 80mph indicated? Any negatives I should know about?

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Rated 53mpg, typically 46-50mpg seems average.
5 gallon tank
Comfortable cruising speed, depends on the person.
6000rpms70-75mph.

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Robert1 to the forum and all info that you need is in here. Just take your time to brows through the pages and

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Robert1, the versys is a great piece of machinery, great commuter, open highways and best of all its secret weapon that puts smiles on all bikers the twisties, crank it around the corners and you will be a believer
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Thanks for the replys. I will take the advice and spend some time on the forum reading.
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I USUALLY get more than 250 miles to a tank.

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I think I got about 189 out of my first tank but I rode the piss out of it.

easily get over 200 to a tank as long as you dont get rev happy like I did
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Hard to say how much mileage you can get out of a tank, because it will go some distance on near empty indicated. I don't remember hearing anyone say they ran out
of gas. So, mileage for a "tank" of gas would be somewhat variable, based on gas filled against capacity, at the average mileage for that bike. Who wants to be the first to fill a V up, and run it dry? I'll buy you a coffee! Oh, and not fair to do the last mile around your block! Straight line road trip!

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Comming off of bigger bikes myself I was very concerned about the Versys being a "Cheap" and "Beginner" bike. It's no Motogp bike for sure, but it is a very fun bike to ride. I feel it has to be the absolute best bang for the buck in a motorcycle.
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Comming off of bigger bikes myself I was very concerned about the Versys being a "Cheap" and "Beginner" bike. It's no Motogp bike for sure, but it is a very fun bike to ride. I feel it has to be the absolute best bang for the buck in a motorcycle.
I've been wondering the same thing.

Thanks for the comment.

I'm slow to make decisions, I just know it's time for me to stop riding Hyper bikes.
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Quick question.

When doing a Valve adjustment on the Versys are you using the 9.48mm shims?
And what are the Valve adjustment intervals?
Also what oil filter are you running?
Is it a canister filter?
What type of oil are you running?
How about tires, will ST tires work like Michelin Pilot Road 2's?

With the ZX14 I was using a Wal-Mart SuperTech ST7317 oil filter and it works perfect and only costs $3. And I was running Mobil 1 15w-50 car oil.
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One other thing, if you don't change your own tires your wasting money, It's EASY.


Dyna Beads work better for balance than anything I've ever tried. I know first hand that they keep a perfect balance right up to 186mph.
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Comming off of bigger bikes myself I was very concerned about the Versys being a "Cheap" and "Beginner" bike. It's no Motogp bike for sure, but it is a very fun bike to ride. I feel it has to be the absolute best bang for the buck in a motorcycle.
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