Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: San Antonio, TX & Moosehead Lake, ME
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Welcome aboard. Can't speak about the Honda but here's my (and others) take on the Versys vs the V-Strom. Versys is more sporting, more agile, yet it's completely highway capable over long distances. It's well balanced, doesn't feel like it's half a mile long, and doesn't have exposed parts that could be easily damaged riding off road like the V-Strom. And it's a blast to ride (in my opinion).
The V-Strom has a longer wheel base combined with a 19 inch front wheel, making it slower to turn and less "flickable" in the corners. There are those who say the 19 inch front wheel makes the V-Strom more dirt capable. I can't attest to that. The V-Strom also has a huge muffler angled upward on the right side (the Versys has it's muffler tucked in beneath the right side of the frame just ahead of the rear wheel) and that means if you're going to mount side cases the right one will be narrower overall resulting in reduced capacity (to make room for the muffler). It also means the "beam" of a V-Strom with hard cases is something like four feet wide!
Still, both are very good, very reliable machines and don't cost an arm and a leg like many of the European alternatives. And, no matter where you may ride, there's a good chance you'll find a Kawasaki or Suzuki dealer.
Enjoy which ever you choose and ride carefully.
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