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Highway manners

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I've been doing my research regarding the different Versys models. I plan to use it on the interstate a fair share of the time and I'm hoping someone can offer some insight to it's highway manners. What is the fastest speed the 650 can maintain without causing undue stress. Any other insight you may be able to offer would be appreciated.

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I put a 16T front sprocket on mine. Riding from Ft.Worth TX to Los Angeles CA the bike seemed to be happiest running between 85-95 mph. Get some highway pegs would be a good suggestion.

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No kidding, 85 - 95? Not to hard on the engine or to many vibrations?

The set-up sounds like my KLR minus 20 mph. I have the 16 cs and highway pegs. Thinking of the highway pegs, do you have them attached to SW-Motech bars or perhaps something from Happy Trails? Thanks!

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140KPM, that's where the versys is at its best.IMHO
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yep around 130 kph is comfy for me
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No kidding, 85 - 95? Not to hard on the engine or to many vibrations?

The set-up sounds like my KLR minus 20 mph. I have the 16 cs and highway pegs. Thinking of the highway pegs, do you have them attached to SW-Motech bars or perhaps something from Happy Trails? Thanks!

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Highway pegs mounts.....http://www.shop.motowerk.com/Versys-650_c2.htm


Rode it like that most of the trip.. Did 850 miles the first day 550 the second. Bike was loaded down and at the time i was about 270ibs plus gear...

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With a 43t rear sprocket it turns in low fives rpm at my usual interstate speed of 74 mph and isn't working too hard, sucking too much gas, or getting too much attention from revenue collectors.
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With stock setup, loaded down with gear on rear seat and v35 saddlebags, I had no trouble passing cars on I-40 from OK to Memphis. She kinda runs out of steam above 110 though.

If you are going to do those speeds a lot, keep that chain clean and lubed. My OEM was done at 15,000 miles. Replacement only needed one adjustment in 12,000 miles.

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I get a kick out of people with little peckers who insist on doing 80 - 90mph on the interstates. You will be much more comfortable, the bike will be more comfortable, you will burn less fuel, get fewer tickets, see more stuff and probably go further each day if you slow down to the speed limit or below. When I'm going somewhere I usually try to make 500 - 600 miles a day and don't generally ride at night.

The exception to this is when I get to a city. I ride fast enough to hang in the left lane. In some places like Los Angles, the left lane zips right along.

The 16T front sprocket makes a difference for the better. You can do about 70 mph (true) at around 5,200 rpm. It also help not to look like the Beverly Hillbillys.
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I get a kick out of people with little peckers who insist on doing 80 - 90mph on the interstates. You will be much more comfortable, the bike will be more comfortable, you will burn less fuel, get fewer tickets, see more stuff and probably go further each day if you slow down to the speed limit or below. When I'm going somewhere I usually try to make 500 - 600 miles a day and don't generally ride at night.

The exception to this is when I get to a city. I ride fast enough to hang in the left lane. In some places like Los Angles, the left lane zips right along.

The 16T front sprocket makes a difference for the better. You can do about 70 mph (true) at around 5,200 rpm. It also help not to look like the Beverly Hillbillys.
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I get a kick out of people with little peckers who insist on doing 80 - 90mph on the interstates. You will be much more comfortable, the bike will be more comfortable, you will burn less fuel, get fewer tickets, see more stuff and probably go further each day if you slow down to the speed limit or below. When I'm going somewhere I usually try to make 500 - 600 miles a day and don't generally ride at night.

The exception to this is when I get to a city. I ride fast enough to hang in the left lane. In some places like Los Angles, the left lane zips right along.

The 16T front sprocket makes a difference for the better. You can do about 70 mph (true) at around 5,200 rpm. It also help not to look like the Beverly Hillbillys.
I generally avoid the interstate if possible. I just don't enjoy slabbing it. However, around here (NJ) if you are going the speed limit or under on the interstate you won't keep up with the general flow of traffic, and are likely to wind up with a semi or a disgruntled commuter riding your ass.

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Ok gents, thanks for the insight.

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Highway manners? Well, let's see. How about signal before changing lanes, don't tailgate, don't flip the bird to other road users (too often), and, apparently, ride very fast if you have a little pecker. Or, is that because you ride quickly you must have a little pecker -at least according to one of us.

Oh wait, you were asking about the Versys. Never mind.

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Guess somebodys looking for a big pecker fella to ride him long and slow. ....Out before El Paso the speed limit is 80....Long boring freeway in the desert with few cars who really cares what the speed limit is..

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I get a kick out of people with little peckers who insist on doing 80 - 90mph on the interstates. You will be much more comfortable, the bike will be more comfortable, you will burn less fuel, get fewer tickets, see more stuff and probably go further each day if you slow down to the speed limit or below. When I'm going somewhere I usually try to make 500 - 600 miles a day and don't generally ride at night.

The exception to this is when I get to a city..
Huh? I avoid the interstate as much as possible, but when I get on one, I don't go slower than traffic.


Speed limits on my Texas roads are 85mph on interstates, and 70 -75 on two lane back roads.

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...What is the fastest speed the 650 can maintain without causing undue stress. Any other insight you may be able to offer would be appreciated.

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Pollack - MY experience (over about 96K MILES amongst my THREE Vs) is that it'll do whatever speed YOU are comfortable w/, bearing in mind that at a 'certain' exceedance of the speed limit, you will be looking at a felony speeding charge in MOST jurisdictions....


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I am curious about the highway capabilities mainly in part because I went on a 3K mile trip on my KLR and there were plenty of areas where I was going 10-15 below the speed limit. Also, I went through several metropolitan areas where I could not keep up with traffic going 80+. I am apprehensive to buy a bike and find out it really isn't much better than what I have. Still doing some research. Incidentally, a local shop has a new 13 for $5,200. I'm guessing that is probably about as good as I'm going to do?

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I have both Gen I KLR and '12 Versys. The Versys is a much better road bike in almost every way, brakes, power, suspension, fuel consumption, comfort. The only areas the KLR was better is dirt/off road and range. My Versys has been dead reliable, easy to work on. That is a very good price if there are no bullchit add on charges. There is no place that all the traffic is doing 80+ but the Versys will easily do that. Even better if you go with 16T front sprocket.
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I get a kick out of people with little peckers who insist on doing 80 - 90mph on the interstates. You will be much more comfortable, the bike will be more comfortable, you will burn less fuel, get fewer tickets, see more stuff and probably go further each day if you slow down to the speed limit or below. When I'm going somewhere I usually try to make 500 - 600 miles a day and don't generally ride at night.

The exception to this is when I get to a city. I ride fast enough to hang in the left lane. In some places like Los Angles, the left lane zips right along.

The 16T front sprocket makes a difference for the better. You can do about 70 mph (true) at around 5,200 rpm. It also help not to look like the Beverly Hillbillys.
Keep in mind these speedos aren't too accurate. I know I saw 95 mph on mine riding down to Tenn, GPS said 90 mph. I saw 106 mph goofing around in the cornfields, GPS said 99 mph. Really did go 106 mph per GPS once and I could feel the bars getting light and starting to dance. Not really designed for high speed...especially with my barn door windscreen.
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Mine seem to do about 117 mph (GPS). I don't know why it can't do something glamorous like 120. Mine has Zero Gravity wind screen that is the same height as stock in top holes.
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