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Why can't I make myself love it?

Been looking at it and looking at it. I know in my head that the Versys is the best bang for the buck motorcycle-wise, probably bar none but I keep finding myself drifting over the the BMW F650GS forums and lately, the Ducati Multistrada 1200s. Neither of these bikes offer enough improvement to justify the cost increase but I think just lusting after these "premium" bikes prevents the Versys from floating my boat. Not sure what to do.
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It will be 99% a commuter back and forth to work (50 mile round trip, no interstate but mostly divided 65mph highway). I try to take at least one mc vacation a year. I am 5'10" and 215lbs. The V is just about a perfect fit. I think part of it is I am coming off of a Hyosung and now I want ALL the bells and whistles. Wisdom says wait for that to pass and buy what is smart. I am concerned that either way, I'll just wish I had the other. The grass is always greener, you know.

I've not sat on a Multistrada yet. I may try to avoid that at all and at least, be in the not completely stupid expensive category.
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Bikes don't make sense (cents?). Get what speaks to you... buying a bike should be a combination of what you can afford and what speaks to your heart. That said I waited a year before i got mine... i should of pulled the trigger earlier.
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Had the 02 650 GS great bike and wanted to get the newer twin version but the price was to steep for me. Best bang for buck imho is the V
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If you don't love the bike you won't ride it as much. Riding to work takes more prep time and effort than just jumping in the car. Your hot when it's hot, cold when it's cold and wet when it's wet. Makes no sense to ride a motorcycle when you have a perfectly good car with heat, ac, radio etc. You have to WANT to. So if you don't love the ride you will find yourself sitting in the car again once the NEW wears off.

After 6k miles I still ride my V to work every chance I can.

I'd try and test ride them both. I rode a BMW F800gs a few months after I had the V. I liked somethings better on the BMW, but overall still liked the V better. Was and still am a happy V camper.

Like the others said, go with what excites you the most!

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Test ride those bikes you fancy and come to a conclusion. You won't regret it anyway you go.

Agreed. I test drove a lot of bikes that I thought I coveted (ktm duke, ducati hypermotard etc). Test driving is really the only way to know for sure what your heart desires!
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take your time and test them all if you can and come to a decision thats best for you. I bought my V just to commute back and forth to work. But enjoy it so much its now my main transportation. As far as bells & whistles you can have that to and quite a few of them with the money you would save if you got the Versys.

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As far as bells & whistles you can have that to and quite a few of them with the money you would save if you got the Versys.
Noticed Joseph that you are a leader in bells/whistles
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Noticed Joseph that you are a leader in bells/whistles
Just trying to make it comfortable and have what makes it necessary for a daily driver.Or i should say what i feel is needed. Stopped driving my Xterra after getting the V so i gave it to my girlfriends son. Have added a few more bells and have a few whistles waiting for me in the garage.Not able to list them in the signature area i've used up all the space thats provided.

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It will be 99% a commuter back and forth to work (50 mile round trip, no interstate but mostly divided 65mph highway). I try to take at least one mc vacation a year. I am 5'10" and 215lbs. The V is just about a perfect fit. I think part of it is I am coming off of a Hyosung and now I want ALL the bells and whistles. Wisdom says wait for that to pass and buy what is smart. I am concerned that either way, I'll just wish I had the other. The grass is always greener, you know.

I've not sat on a Multistrada yet. I may try to avoid that at all and at least, be in the not completely stupid expensive category.
What model Hyosung are you coming from?

What bells & whistles are missing from the Versys you are seeing on other makes & models that you are wanting?

When I looked at the Versys, I knew there was some things that were on the "must have" list to be happy with it. All of it was less than $1K so even adding that into the price, I think I have a better bike for less money than what I could have spent on the BMW.

There is no doubt the Multistrada is a nice bike, but after talking to a buddy of mine who has owned three Duc's and the cost of maintenance the Versys was even more appealing to me.

It also may not be a deciding factor, but I would just check insurance prices too between the models.

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If you have the money, go for the Ducati, ride it a few months, then trade in for a Versys before the MS need a service.
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the bmw and ducati are nice bikes, you can't do wrong there if you have the money. if i had the money i would probably have bought an aprilia shiver instead, but i'm very happy with the versys.

there are alot of factors that make a motorcycle fun. how it looks, how much it costs, how much work,how it fits you, etc. But the biggest factor IMO is how it rides, and the versys rides like butter. the only other bike i had that was this smooth was my weestrom.

See if you can test ride the versys. I know you can test ride bmw and ducati. then decide.
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and by the way, you shouldn't try to make yourself fall in love, you'll always be wishing you had bought the one you loved. Buy that one. life is too short.
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and by the way, you shouldn't try to make yourself fall in love, you'll always be wishing you had bought the one you loved. Buy that one. life is too short.
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If you really plan on using the bike as a commuter 99% of the time you should get the Versys. The Multistrata is not only much more expensive to purchase but everything else is too including maintenance, insurance, parts, and gas mileage. BUT: It also sounds like you want a bike for fun so recheck your REAL priorities and then decide. Remember that a bike used as a commuter 99% of the time is just an appliance and a 250cc scooter would be even better than the Versys in that scenario.
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Definately buy what moves your heart. I bought my '08 V new to get a more commuter friendly bike from my KLR due to a change to all interstate commute from 90% back roads. I loved the KLR but the V made the most sense, fit the best and I did love the performance. Sadly I just can not fall in love with the look of the machine so it has sat in the garage covered with a sheet. This year I've put a whopping 200 miles on it with no desire to take it out for more. I've decided that I'm going to definately sell it, probably post it this weekend after I get some photos of it.

So the moral of the story is, as everyone has said, spend the extra if you need to (and can afford to) to get exactly what you want. Otherwise you are wasting your purchase price. After the V is gone I'll probably start looking for a used KLR.
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