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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-10-2017, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Ive been riding sport bikes for the last 12 years and am now in the market for something a bit more comfortable that I can take the woman on trips with and Im doing my damnest to make a decision here. Im hoping the Versys forum can help me out with that!
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I've had my 2017 for eight months and it has 3,200 miles on it. I would have more miles on it, but I have ridden my Connie 2,000 miles also. The Only thing done was an oil and filter change. It gets 42 around town and 48+ on the highway. My modes are basic: Motowerks lowering foot pegs, Puig 5999 touring screen, and had the seat redone by Seat Concepts. I'm 6'7"/235 pounds, the bike is very comfortable. When you compare it to other manufacturers like Ducati, BMW, Suzuki, Triumph, and Yamaha, you get the most bang for your buck and the maintenance costs are low, plus the factory warranty is 24 months. You won't go wrong purchasing this bike.
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I've had my 2017 for eight months and it has 3,200 miles on it. I would have more miles on it, but I have ridden my Connie 2,000 miles also. The Only thing done was an oil and filter change. It gets 42 around town and 48+ on the highway. My modes are basic: Motowerks lowering foot pegs, Puig 5999 touring screen, and had the seat redone by Seat Concepts. I'm 6'7"/235 pounds, the bike is very comfortable. When you compare it to other manufacturers like Ducati, BMW, Suzuki, Triumph, and Yamaha, you get the most bang for your buck and the maintenance costs are low, plus the factory warranty is 24 months. You won't go wrong purchasing this bike.
Thanks for the response. I'm definitely leaning in the Versys favor but I'm shopping it against the FJ-09. The biggest point of hesitation is the price difference and the fun factor between the bikes. The FJ-09 seems to have a reputation of being a pretty fun and sporty bike but I haven't exactly heard those words spoken about the Versys.....so, is it fun to ride on a twisty road? I don't expect sport bike like lean angles, but is it satisfying to toss through some sweepers?
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Yep, Ive watched all the reviews but still cant decide! I'm hoping the input and opinions of you good people can sway me!
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Thanks for the response. I'm definitely leaning in the Versys favor but I'm shopping it against the FJ-09. The biggest point of hesitation is the price difference and the fun factor between the bikes. The FJ-09 seems to have a reputation of being a pretty fun and sporty bike but I haven't exactly heard those words spoken about the Versys.....so, is it fun to ride on a twisty road? I don't expect sport bike like lean angles, but is it satisfying to toss through some sweepers?
Yes, I've had it out on the Angeles crest highway and the Ortega Hwy in CA. The Fj09 is the Fz09 with a small windscreen and fairing. The Fj09 is a small bike, buzzy, one year warranty, and no standard panniers. Depends what you want and how it fits to your size.
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