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almost 1000 miles on my new versys

I have done almost 1000 miles on the new Versys and I have one word to describe my thoughts to this point.

WOW!



It is such a great machine. It rides like a dream. Will haul ass when needed, handles great and does the two up thing with ease.

Jamie and I have taken it out twice and logged a couple of 200+ mile days and it is awesome. I really like the light weight, good suspension and terrific motor. She seems to be very happy and has plenty of room in the pillion seat.





We are looking forward to getting the top case and having just a little more space for things. Jamie used the side bags to store her helmet all weekend and it worked out well. I wear an XL and it is a tight fit. I have a new lid so I don't want to scratch it so have not been using my side bag for storage.



I am getting some electrical things installed this Friday. I will be adding my GPS (Zumo 660) and our heated gear to a fuse block. I am headed down to the Texas Hill country on a 3 day trip the last weekend of the month, so I want to have everything wired.



Went to a Tech day for our local BMW club here on Saturday. The Versys was the talk of the day. Everyone loved the look of the bike. I have to say that I loved my C-14 but I am so glad I made this move. I have not been this happy with a motorcycle in a long long time. Makes me want to ride everyday..

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Till next time. Ride safe everyone!


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Well summed up! Its hard for me to keep off of it after 2.5 years now

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I have done almost 1000 miles on the new Versys and I have one word to describe my thoughts to this point.
One of my local dealers got one in yesterday. I went up to see it today. Looks to be truly excellent. I don't have any problem holding it up with my left leg, but my right foot is in the air with my leg outstretched. No matter, it's still too busted up from last years accident to do much good if it was going over on that side anyway.

I was most interested in checking out the lowering potential. I see I can drop the triple clamps down about an inch on the forks. The dog bone on it is very wide. The spacers shown on the lowering dog bone replacement don't look nearly wide enough, but they claim it works with the 2015 V1K

http://soupysperformance.com/kawasak...ring-link.html

I like the passing light switch. Haven't seen one of those since my Ducs. Not crazy about having to buy an add on gear selector display. I replace all the electrical plugs on my gizmos with heated gear connectors, so the lack of an outlet doesn't bother me as I'd wire in a couple fused heated gear plugs to the battery anyway. Not a lot of tubing to zip tie them to on the aluminum frame though. Side bags are expected in within a few days. No word on how long it's going to take to get a topbox, which would be my preferred carry on.

Glad your having fun. I can't wait until I get mine to join you. According to the dealer, that bike has generated more calls than anything else lately. Maybe we Amuricans are finally coming around.
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I just took my helmet off from a 60 mile ride on my C14. I use it a lot when I have to meet clients. The Versys 650 is all for fun. If I only had one bike - the V1K would be the ticket. Glad you're enjoying it!
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Good to hear your enjoying it, cant wait to pick mine up when the warmer weather comes to Canada
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Thanks for the great feedback. I'm envious! I'm sure the wife will like the top case to rest her back against on long trips.


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lobo10s,

How do the bags lock/unlock when installing/removing on the bike? (I'm not talking the opening/closing).

Thanks in advance.

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Sounds like the 1000 is the way to go for 2 up riding!

Lovin every minute of it!
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Jerry, You need to check out Phillips luggage racks. It replaces the plastic rack with a nice billet aluminum one. If you get a monokey trunk you can even have him put the attachement points on the rack.

Check him out http://www.philsfarkels.com/

I have one on my Concours. Top quality.

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lobo10s,
If you don't mind me asking, how tall is your wife? Does she have difficulty getting on and off the V? Always been a stickler for my wife and she's 5'5".
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I just took my helmet off from a 60 mile ride on my C14. I use it a lot when I have to meet clients. The Versys 650 is all for fun. If I only had one bike - the V1K would be the ticket. Glad you're enjoying it!
Loved my C-14! Put 65K on this one.




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lobo10s,

How do the bags lock/unlock when installing/removing on the bike? (I'm not talking the opening/closing).

Thanks in advance.
I will take a couple of pictures for you tomorrow and post them here. It is a great design and they fit well. I am at work now or I would send them to you tonight

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If you don't mind me asking, how tall is your wife? Does she have difficulty getting on and off the V? Always been a stickler for my wife and she's 5'5".
My wife is 5'2" and she does find it a little more difficult getting on and off the bike compared to our old C-14. However she does say that the seat on the Versys is amazing and probably one of the best she has ever ridden on. This comes from a a girl with over 100K logged. She knows of what she speaks of from the pillion perspective.

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lobo10s,

How do the bags lock/unlock when installing/removing on the bike? (I'm not talking the opening/closing).

Thanks in advance.
Insert the key and turn


Pull up on the tab


Slid bags towards the back about an inch and pull off.


reverse the process. It is very simple, but the system works well and holds the bags very well.

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