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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 12-26-2008, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Dual sporting the Versys

I am considering a new vehicle in the garage and for more adventuresome exploration. I am currently riding a Honda ST1300 on the road and I have a TW200 on a carrier on the van. I love everything about the ST as long as it is on good pavement. I have been thinking about another bike entirely that I might be able to ride down to Mexico and explore a bit. I don't want to give up to much performance on the road and yet not be terrified of less than perfect back roads, dirt roads etc...
I am not a dirt bike rider and am not interested in another thumper. I have been considering a Buell Ulysess and the Versys. I have ridden the Stroms and not interested. I have given some thought to the F800gs although I have not test driven and don't like the money.
Has anyone really farkled a Versys for this type of activity.
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I recommend getting a tire that will give you some traction in the mud if you're going to ride on any dirt roads that might be wet. I've taken my bike on plenty of dirt roads with street tires on it with no problem. No problem unless you hit a spot in the road that is muddy. Then it wants to slide all over the place with just a little throttle.
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i'm dual sporting my V now, so far very happy with the results
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What modifications have you made and what kind of riding are you doing? Whats working and what ain't?
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A friend of ours has a Versys and she installed Avon Distanzia tires and a skid pan. This past spring she went everywhere we did on our KLR's (dirt and gravel roads, no big rocks or ruts) and I would take it anywhere as long as the pipe doesn't drag.
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I've been thinking along these lines as well. I can't afford and don't have time for two bikes. The Avon tires looked interesting, would like some more feedback on them. Gearing (sprocket sizes) is another question? I'm allready looking at alternative slipons for a little more clearance. Engine guards, barkbusters, etc.
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made a handlebar change, handguards, engine guards, radiator protector, looking into different tires, rock guard, ...just installed buell foot pegs...major improvement over stock....
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any pics?

Any pictures or supplier links. recommendations?
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Just remember "off road" means different things to differnet people. I took my completely stock Versys on a dirt/gravel road and it (the front end) was all over the place and when I hit loose gravel and mud it was downright crazy. It was no better on dirt than my CBR600 in my opinion.

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made a handlebar change, handguards, engine guards, radiator protector, looking into different tires, rock guard, ...just installed buell foot pegs...major improvement over stock....
Any mods you had to do to the Buell foot pegs?
I would sure like to see a photo!


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Here's how to make a dual sport out of a Versys:

Remove the front fender. Raise it by 8". Re-install.
Take out the two cylinder engine. Replace it with a single.
Throw away the cast rims. Replace them with spoked rims. Install knobby tires.
Take off the tiered seat. Put on one that's flat.
Put a big, flat luggage rack on the back.
Install big ugly handguards.
Spray paint it green.

That should about do it...

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After having my Versys for six months now, I have sold my ST1300 as I find the V does everything I wanted the ST1300 to do pluse allow me to ride some more backroads. Besides that, it is about 300 lbs lighter and much,much easier to handle.

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to install the buell pegs, you only need to open up the pin hole in the pegs so the stock versys pin will fit them, the hole is smaller on the buell peg than the v peg, very easy, took 5 minutes, no other mods...uses the stock peg spring also...easy...nice improvement and cost me $35.00 for the pair
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Just remember "off road" means different things to differnet people.
Yes indeed. Here's my idea of offroad... <<<< click here

Another cool video. Not me, but this is up my alley when I'm feeling frisky.


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Yes indeed. Here's my idea of offroad... <<<< click here

Another cool video. Not me, but this is up my alley when I'm feeling frisky.
There is no way that the V will do that trail....even with good tires...too top heavy.

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I've read reviews on the Buell Ulysses and apparently they want to shake themselves apart. In MCN's report, several nuts and bolts fell off !
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Coming off a decently set-up KLR (racetech cartridges up front and Moab rear shock), I just can't see spending much time off-road on the Versys. I switched to the Versys because I found I spend 98% of my time on the road and wanted something smoother up over 65mph, but sometimes miss the compliant KLR setup even on rough pavement. My driveway is about 300 yards of jeep trail, and thats plenty of off-road for me... LOL There are days I regret selling the KLR, but I have a one-bike budget and the Versys fits the bill.

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to install the buell pegs, you only need to open up the pin hole in the pegs so the stock versys pin will fit them, the hole is smaller on the buell peg than the v peg, very easy, took 5 minutes, no other mods...uses the stock peg spring also...easy...nice improvement and cost me $35.00 for the pair
Thanks I will look into that. You don't have a picture you could post do you?


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There is no way that the V will do that trail....even with good tires...too top heavy.
Yeah, that's all that's holding it back. Or maybe the fact that the heaviness up top includes 150-200 pounds too much weight no matter where it's located.

I didn't post those videos to illustrate what's possible on most dual sports, and especially whatever some ambitious soul wants to try on the Versys. The point was only to illustrate a couple of examples of one extreme in "offroad" riding. Obviously, the Versys occupies the other extreme in offroad and dual sporting, assuming it occupies any space there at all.


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