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Considering trading to a Versys

I am currently on a CB1000RA 2013, its a beast of a bike, but uncomfortable and i have been having handling issues that are really pissing me off, anyhow im trying to learn first hand from versys owners about the 650LT which is what im considering. Please let me know about any major issues anyone had, and over all comments
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Certainly no issues with mine. I have had approx 20 bikes and this one suits me far, far better than any bike I've owned. The comfort and handling are both great. And the torque is equal to or better than my previous bike which was a 1000 cc Kawasaki Concours. Good luck!

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One major issue is everyone on this site will be jealous of your 650LT!
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not everyone.

In a world full of people, only some want to ride. Isn't that crazy?
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mine is not an LT, but they are all quite similar. i think if comfort is the main problem you want to solve, you'll do well with a versys. you may need to change the saddle, you may benefit from lowering the pegs. depending upon your build, you may swap out the windscreen. otherwise, the triangle is great. the motor is a peach. the handling is neutral and quick.

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I've had my 2012 650 Versys for a week now and my only complaints so far:

1. I'm used to having saddlebags, and the base model doesn't have them. (If you get an LT, it will)
2. I don't have more time to ride it.

Great handling, fun to ride, quick, 48 real-world MPG.
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I've had my new 2014 model, not LT, for 5 months now, and love it more every day, with just 1900 miles on it now. I am 5'6", 150 lbs, added the Speedy lowering kit and flatfoot, Speedy anti-vibe risers, modified the seat a bit to remove forward slide, and now just ride whenever I can.
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I am currently on a CB1000RA 2013, its a beast of a bike, but uncomfortable and i have been having handling issues that are really pissing me off, anyhow im trying to learn first hand from versys owners about the 650LT which is what im considering. Please let me know about any major issues anyone had, and over all comments
Hi banic. I think the best thing you can do, if you haven't already, is take a test ride. This could solve all sorts of questions for you.

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sadly its not so easy to get out for test rides here in ontario canada, also im still considering a fj09... i just feel lost about what to ride now a days lol
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Where in Ontario? I have a '11 650 versys that I've had since last spring. My friend picked up a new FJ-09 last year. They are quite similar in riding position with the FJ having a bit more room. The fj also has more power but this is not a very noticeable issue when riding.They are both great bikes.
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Im just outside of toronto. yea the fj looks sweet, i was actually going to get it over the cb1000r, and now its a $4-5k mistake as my mistake for the cb1000 keeps growing :P
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1850 miles on my '15LT. Only issues I've had are little things like, needing a better windscreen (resolved when the package arrives), needing a bit better gearing (resolved today by changing to a 16 tooth front sprocket from a 2011 zx6r, smoothed everything out for me) and lastly heated grips. The grips though will depend on where you live. I just haven't gotten around to getting any yet.

This bike has been great and is comfortable for hours of riding for me. 6'0" 190lbs.

I do wish someone would come up with an upgraded solution for the rear suspension knob though. I'd kill for some kind of electronic adjustment there. An adjustment on the fly would be awesome. But, I suppose the $23k multistrada would fix that problem😜.
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mine is not an LT, but they are all quite similar. i think if comfort is the main problem you want to solve, you'll do well with a versys. you may need to change the saddle, you may benefit from lowering the pegs. depending upon your build, you may swap out the windscreen. otherwise, the triangle is great. the motor is a peach. the handling is neutral and quick.
+1 on this. About the only things that might not be aperfect fit are saddle, being "scrunched" up (but certainly less than your current ride) and a taller/better windshield.

Forty years away from 2 wheel fun. Sure is great to be back smelling the roses!!!
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