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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-01-2011, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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I am new to the forum. I do not own a Versys, yet. I have drooled over the Versys since its introduction. I have one freind who has one, our riding styles are very much alike. So, I think this would be the perfect bike.
I have joined here to learn about the bike. The plus's and minus's, if there are any minus's. Mod's if any.
Is there a thread here dedicated to specific regions?
Is there a for sale thread here?
It is getting close time to get my own Versys.
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Hey James. I got my '11 Versys one month ago. What you think about the Versys is going to depend on what you have owned before. There are many subjective opinions regarding comfort, ergonomics, power, handling, wind protection, vibration, oil, tires, settings, etc. Is it a touring bike, sport bike, commuter, dual sport, etc.

Whenever a manufacture designs a bike that is a versatile system (Versys) there are compromises that are made. The nice thing is that if you are wanting to use the bike for one purpose over the others you can make modifications to make it better at that purpose.

For me this bike is as close to the heart of motorcycling as you can get. Back in the 1980s when I started riding on 1970s motorcycles most bikes were versatile. My first bike was a Yamaha XS 750. The sitting position was very similar to the Versys. That bike could be turned into a cafe racer at one end to a full up touring bike at the other end of the spectrum just by adding different accessories.

Sorry for the long post and welcome to the forum. I got a chance to ride the entire Natchez Trace a couple months ago and it was a great ride. Are you close to the trace?
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I have been riding Dualsports about 3 years now. I started with a Honda CRF230L. After about 10,000 miles on it, I found myself ragging it out. So, I wanted something more. I searched for a Suzuki DRZ400, but could not find one nearby. I settled for a Kawasaki KLX 250S. It was double the fun as the 230. Again after about 7,000 miles on it, I found myself riding it very hard. But this time at highway speeds. I had explored all roads trails etc, within a 50 mile radius. So to get to new places I needed to use more highway tovjust get to new areas.
I was able to trade the KLX for a Honda XR650L. I am currently riding it. Its a great bike, I like it for its Dualsport capabilities. Cant beat it JMOP
I want to ride further, stay overnite, carry gear or luggage, and 2up sometimes now. I have looked at many bikes but the Versys always rises to the top of the list. I think this bike will be the perfect addition to my stable.
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I like twowheeladdict rode bikes a while ago and my favorite in the 80's was my DR 500 which I used to go all around the country as it has that nice upright position. My opinion of the Versys is it is a great road bike and the tighter/twistier the road the better she is but is limited off road unless you spend a bit on mods ( the plastic is to expensive to replace) and if I wanted to go into real rough stuff would be better with a KLR or a DR in my opinion.

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Welcome, eeore39648, where in Mississippi? I live in Ferriday, LA, just across the river from Natchez, and often come over to ride some of the great twisties in and around the Homochitto River area. I have a blue '09, been on it since last August, about 9K miles and couldn't be happier (well, maybe a more soul-stirring exhaust note, but then again, when this one hits its upper register, it does have a nice angry snarl). This forum is almost as addictive as riding the V, and you will learn more than you can absorb about ALL those topics you mentioned. LOTS of different accessories/"farkles" and modifications to decide on, and several of the veteran members have been very helpful responding to some questions.
I haven't seen ANY other V's in my area, and very few "native" dual-sport/sport-tourers of any kind, unless you count BMW's passing through from who-knows-where, which I don't, so maybe we'll cross paths sometimes.
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Welcome, eeore39648, where in Mississippi? I live in Ferriday, LA, just across the river from Natchez, and often come over to ride some of the great twisties in and around the Homochitto River area. I have a blue '09, been on it since last August, about 9K miles and couldn't be happier (well, maybe a more soul-stirring exhaust note, but then again, when this one hits its upper register, it does have a nice angry snarl). This forum is almost as addictive as riding the V, and you will learn more than you can absorb about ALL those topics you mentioned. LOTS of different accessories/"farkles" and modifications to decide on, and several of the veteran members have been very helpful responding to some questions.
I haven't seen ANY other V's in my area, and very few "native" dual-sport/sport-tourers of any kind, unless you count BMW's passing through from who-knows-where, which I don't, so maybe we'll cross paths sometimes.
Thanks for all the welcomes!
I am in central MS. I have been riding the past 3 years with a group I met over on ADVRider. We base our communications there in the, Jackson MS riders, thread. There are 15 or so, of us who ride somewhere, all the time. We ride with each other when we can. I am the only XRL. I always got to be different. Several KLR's, 4 BMW GS's, 2 DRZ400's, 1 Husky 610, 2 Z1000's, ! KLX250(my old bike), 2 Triumph Tiger's, and 1 VERSYS! I have picked the Versys guys brain, each time I ride with him, drooling everywhere. Come to think of it maybe thats why we haven't ridden together since last summer. Nah, just joking. It doesn't matter, we all accept you on whatever bike. Just ride waht you brung, and be ready to ride All day!
We have ridden in the Homochitto area, a time or two. It has alot to desire. I have not ridden as much as I would like in South MS. Hopefully soon I can find a good deal on a Versys, and head your way.
You have not seen any dualsports other than BMW bikes? They are popular, even here amoung my freinds. But there are some KLR riders in LA, in your area.
Last year a buddy and me crashed a camp out, Dual Sport Riders of Louisiana, were having. We met, oh 15-20, very cool riders from LA. Of all ages mid 20's to 60 years old. They do alot together as a group, and it showed.
They were from Covington, Baton Rouge, Slidell, the list goes on. We had found out from another of our buddies, the location of the campout. We showed up introduced ourselves and how we found out, and it was on after that. We rode all day, sat around the campfire, and had a really great time. They are more road twistie type riders. Unlike most Central MS riders, who wantt o Blaze a trail. Been there done that, over it.
You may want to check out the Dual Sport Riders of Louisiana web site.
I am not taking anything away from this site, just since your in LA maybe you would be interested.
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