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I brought this home yesterday. Fun little scoot. Had an ST1300 before this so a definite change of style. With only 100 miles I can only give a few observations:
Very light/ neutral handling.
Engine is buzzy....instruments buzz a little. Neither bother me.
Engine is surprisingly torquey and pulls well (Sure this is only 65HP?)
Nice suspension.
Very good windscreen. Much more wind than ST but no buffeting.
Seat sucks. I'll send it off this winter for a redo.
Short ride with wife revealed two-up the bike is a little tight. It does handle well with a passenger though. This bike will be used for everything, including two-up touring so I have some sidebags and a top-box coming. Givi e21 and e340.

So far I like it a lot. The biggest question I have is how it will handle a week long, two-up tour.
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A few more pics...........
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Congrats, enjoy, be safe!! :>)-
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I have about 300 miles on my 2010 V now. I too recently sold an ST 1300. I agree with most of you observation. For me however the windshield causes buffeting.

I really love the bike. The more I ride it the more that I like it.
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350 miles on my yellow V.
short wheel base makes it easy to turn through traffic and so so light making it so easy to ride the only slightly neg thing is the height i'm just getting away with it with my 29inch

cant wait to end the running in period
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I envy where you live, one of the most beautiful places in the country to ride. Unlike here in Dallas where I get to enjoy THE twisty once a week!

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Here's the windshield you need. Reasonably priced and you can order without holes to set it up exactly as you want it if you want to. He has made them of the '08's & 09's but not sure about the '10's yet. You might want to check with him.

I'm on my second Versys so I speak from experience.

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I envy where you live, one of the most beautiful places in the country to ride. Unlike here in Dallas where I get to enjoy THE twisty once a week!
We're definitely spoiled here. Utah may not have the most curvy roads but we make up for it in scenery.
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I did a quick ride after work (long way home) and decided that the gearing may be a little too low. The smooth zone seems to be around 4-4500 rpm which is about 55mph. 65-70 mph, which is a good cruising speed around here puts it right in the vibey zone of 5-6000 rpm. On the freeway it seems to be running a little harder than it needs to be. I think Kawasaki may have geared the bike more for a novice and easier starts......taking a few teeth off the rear sprocket should settle it down a bit. It certainly has the torque to pull higher gearing.

Sorry if I'm rehashing things you folks have always known. I'm just trying to verbalise my own observations.
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I have just over 1350 miles on my '10. Changed rear sprocket from 46 to 44 teeth and feels much better on the freeway and this also corrects the speedometer error. I will be buying a CalSci windshield next week and had one on my '04 VStrom DL650 back in 2005 and it worked great! The stock windshield on my Versys causes too much turbulence on my helmet and I am 5'11" with a 32" inseam.

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DBL ........ I think this is the direction I'm leaning. Did you have any trouble with chain length? Run out of adjustment?
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Chain length is fine, in fact it feels like the bike is slightly lower now because of the increased wheelbase. Hard to believe such a small difference would be noticeable but the bike felt lower once I changed the rear sprocket. The performance is just as good and 6th gear is actually there when you need it. You can also change the front sprocket from a 15 to a 16 tooth but some people have had trouble removing the nut and finding a special rubber mounted sprocket. Search the forum or maybe someone will chime in about this.

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Ride safe always and i dont thinks its a problem for 2 up on a week tour.

Keep us posted if you do one and post picture of your tour.

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