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New here. I don't have a bike at the moment. I'm researching the options.
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I'm in the same boat. In the process of selling my Harley as we speak. Plan on getting a 15-17 after the first of the year. Will probably end up with a new 2015 in white if I'm lucky or a low mileage used one.
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What are you looking for in a bike?


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New here. I don't have a bike at the moment. I'm researching the options.
What are you looking for in a bike?

What I want to know as well.

The Versys falls into the faux adventure, or street adventure category of motorcycles. It looks like an adventure bike, has the ergonomics of an adventure bike, but is intended for the less than stellar roads that urban and northern rural areas have to deal with.

There are a few bikes in this category with some models leaning more towards adding fire roads to the adventure, while others go all the way to off road exploring.

Honda has the 500X and 700/750X models. They get better fuel economy than the Versys and make good commuters, but have lackluster performance and suspension. Valve checks are pretty frequent.

Yamaha has the FJ09, and the FJ07(not in US). Similar bike to the Versys.

Suzuki has the Vstrom. 19 inch front wheel, better pillion accommodation. More relaxed riding position.

Triumph Tiger 800 has a full line up of sweet triple powertrain bikes, but dealer support and price are negative aspects, but they are superior adventure bikes.

Ducati is releasing a smaller multistrada to compete in the midrange adventure market.

And of course there is BMW.

In my opinion, the Versys is the sportier bike. The 1st and 2nd Gen bikes ride more like supermotos when riding the twisty mountain roads.

Test ride as many as you can. That is the only way you really know.

Some will try and say that the Versys is fine off road, but you can find videos of GSXR SS bikes, and Harleys riding off road too.
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Welcome..........I traded off the 05' Vulcan 1500 Classic I had for a 15' Versys 650 LT. Seems like a nice bike and should fit the bill for my style of riding. Takes a bit of finagling to get it comfy for a shorter person however.
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My last and most loved bike was a Buell XB9 CityX. If not for the HD engine I'd still be riding it.
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Hi I can sell you mine a 2009 blue with 162000 miles excellent conditions
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to a forum of knowledgeable bike riders, a wealth of knowledge here, and usually less than 8 hours for answers to almost anything.
a) Cold Fusion.
b) Goading Congress into i) DOING something. ii) DOING the RIGHT thing.
c) Fixing widespread stupid.
d) Dogs and Cats living together peacefully.
e) The Middle East.

I'll think of more, but this is a good start.
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One year and a few months later and a new 17 Versys 650 LT is in the garage.. Loving it so far aside from the seat issue.
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