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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-09-2014, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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800-mile weekend; first "long" ride

Took my 2010 Versys from Goshen, Indiana to the Rockerbox Motofest in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin over the weekend. The bike was just barely past its break in period (715 miles) when I bought it this spring, and this was my first lengthy ride on it. I had it loaded with camping gear in two OEM (Givi) hard cases and a seal bag strapped on the pillion.

It handled great on curvey, hilly roads through central Wisconsin, and navigated crazy Chicago tollroad traffic like a champ. My only complaint is that it feels a bit "jumpy" when cruising at lower speeds (20-30 mph). I'm wondering if other V riders have experienced this, or what riding tips you might have. My "other" bike -- a 500 CC Royal Enfield -- loves to cruise at slow speeds (and in fact tops out at about 80 mph); it feels like an old pair of slippers rolling at 25 mph. The Versys feels like it wants to get through from 20 to 40 as quickly as possible.

All in all, I'm liking the Versys a ton.
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All in all, I'm liking the Versys a ton.
That's PROBABLY because, unlike your Enfield, the Versys WILL do the "Ton"....


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I like the Versys a lot. I rarely want to go 20-40 mph so, the fact that it doesn't like to go 25 mph doesn't strike me as a negative. It's actually pretty good on canyon roads and pulls great from low rpms as you exit a corner.


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Mine had the issue "hunting" when cruising at low revs. Balancing the throttle bodies helped, but fitting a Dobeck EFC cured the problem completely. Well worth the money.
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gear higher slip the clutch fixes the issue for new
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When you say "jumpy" do you mean that it feels like it has an overly sensitive or overly responsive throttle? If so, I've found (like ggg) that slipping the clutch helps, especially when I navigate the inside of a parking structure (@ 5 to 20 mph). Grasping the throttle in a "wrist down" position helps, as well as using your hips, abs, & torso to support yourself on the bike, with "light hands" on the bars (always). Over the past 6+ years on my V I've gotten pretty good at "calibrating" my wrist for low speed throttle control. I treat it like a challenge that my V has thrown down for me.
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Thanks for the comments. I'll keep experimenting to see if I can adjust my riding. Might eventually look into a Dobeck if that smooths things out considerably.
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