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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-11-2011, 07:21 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, I'm manofthefield from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I currently own a 1998 Suzuki GS500, which I've had for 7 years. Before that, I started on a 1965 Yamaha YG-1 (80cc) which I fixed and rode for a couple years.

I still love my GS, but I haven't ridden it much in the last couple years mostly due to the fact that my commute is 45min on the highway and I don't get out much on the weekends. I've ridden the GS all day at 60mph with little problem, but it sucks at 75 for 45 minutes.

So I'm thinking about upgrading to something with more highway comfort. I've thought about cruisers, UJM's and sport tour/dual sport bikes like the Versys. Cruisers are good in theory, but I don't think they are any good until you spend $10k plus and they don't depreciate. UJM's that I like are hard to find used in rideable condition for a reasonable price. So that leaves the Versys which seems to be a great all around bike with that's modern and should be reliable. And for some reason I'm drawn to the Versys's odd duck styling.

So I'm here to lurk in the FS section, and learn more about the versys and maybe even ask a question or two.

So hi!
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I too, dont yet own a V. But want one bad. I think it will be the perfect bike for my riding.
From what I have read here the rear sprocket should be changed to a 43T. If you plan to use it for commutes at highway speeds.
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From what I have read here the rear sprocket should be changed to a 43T. If you plan to use it for commutes at highway speeds.
Better mileage?
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Better mileage?
Lower RPM's at highway speeds.
And maybe, better mileage too!
I would think it would have better mileage, you are lowering the RPM's.
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Welcome to the forum. For me the bike is just too much fun with the stock sprocket so I don't know if I will change it. I'm not one for interstates anyway.

IMO there are better bikes for interstate travel than the Versys. You really need to decide what you want to do and where you want to go. The Versys is an all arounder. More like the UJM of the 1970s Not great at the extremes, but does everything OK.

For interstate travel I would opt for a heavy bike that won't get blown around and provides excellent wind protection. Not sure where your budget is but I am assuming it is around $5k. I would be looking at an '07 Kawasaki Concours, a 1600cc Vulcan LT, or something along those lines for the type of riding you described.

Of course comfort is a subjective thing and you don't state why your current bike sucks on the interstate. If it is because of wind then you will not like the Versys without modifications.
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I am looking to sell my 2009 blue Versys. Excellent condition and 3650 miles on it. I live in Northville Michigan, check out picks of my bike here:
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Willing to sell for $4000 firm. If interested or any questions email me at:
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1400 mile trip all interstate 16T front sprocket. No problems.

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twowheeladdict, thanks for the advice. You may be right that I'd be better on one of those bikes. I tend to shy away from the really big heavy bikes though because I'm a small guy (5'8", 130lbs), but i've never really ridden anything that size.

TBH, the wind doesn't bother me, except if I have to hold my head up against it. I think a moderate windscreen should fix that. Otherwise I like being out in the breeze.

I think the biggest complaint with my current bike is the reach from seat to bars, straining my back. I've read from at least one person whose had both, that the Versys's bars are closer and higher up.


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I am looking to sell my 2009 blue Versys. Excellent condition and 3650 miles on it. I live in Northville Michigan, check out picks of my bike here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/4763658...7624218667756/

Willing to sell for $4000 firm. If interested or any questions email me at:
[email protected]
mplanman, nice pics and good price, imo. I'll check back with you when I'm a little more serious
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