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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-04-2015, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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Forgot how much I like riding the Versys

Hadn't ridden the Versys since some time in June after I bought my R1200R. The 2011 Versys with 57k miles had been sharing commute duties with my much older but lower miles 1st gen FZ1. It was replaced in the commuter rotation by the BMW, and was just getting started and warmed up regularly, but not ridden.

I'd planned to sell it, but kept it around for my daughter to ride when she visited (complete with lowered seat). I took it out today (using my other, unlowered seat). It started instantly, ran well, and was a blast to ride. It felt like the same hop on it and ride all day bike that I remember. Unfortunately I didn't have all day. But if I did, we would have enjoyed it.

Still leaning towards selling it soon, but part of me is considering putting dual purpose tires on it and keeping it to tour. Another part says I just don't have time for that anymore, and next time I do I planned to take the R. My decision might be made by whether there's a buyer for the Versys. Was planning to price to sell, but you still need to find someone who wants to buy.

Of the 3 bikes, the Versys is the most agile and I think lightest. They're all comfortable, but with its more relaxed knee angle the Versys wins there as well. As you might expect of a less expensive bike, it looses in many categories--though it's a competent enough motorcycle. What's surprising to me is that the air/oil-cooled shaft-drive BMW delivers not only about 180% the rwhp of the Versys, but better fuel economy as well. When I dynoed the Versys it looked like the stock map was really rich in the midrange. Haven't had the R on a dyno, but from both fuel economy and from the slight popping on decel, it seems like the map is much better. Both as far as I know are bone-stock as far as engine, exhaust etc. I've had the Versys since new, but bought the BMW with 32k miles.
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I am just approaching my 1000th Versys mile and find it impossible to take the shortest route anywhere, went to the store tonight, it's 2 miles away, I managed an 18 mile round trip )
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I am just approaching my 1000th Versys mile and find it impossible to take the shortest route anywhere, went to the store tonight, it's 2 miles away, I managed an 18 mile round trip )
only 1000? did you just get it last week =p, and sylvester knows how to make trips shorter by taking "shortcuts" IE going over/down sidewalks curbs and so on

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only 1000? did you just get it last week =p, and sylvester knows how to make trips shorter by taking "shortcuts" IE going over/down sidewalks curbs and so on
Have only had her 6 weeks and I live on an island 15 miles long

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Have only had her 6 weeks and I live on an island 15 miles long
lol ok thats acceptable .... and 15 miles? that sounds like a good privet time trials track =p....

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I am just approaching my 1000th Versys mile and find it impossible to take the shortest route anywhere, went to the store tonight, it's 2 miles away, I managed an 18 mile round trip )
millarg - you MUST have been low on gas to ONLY go 18....


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