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Hi everybody. I just joined the forum because I'm looking for a new bike. My FJR1300 is for sale and the V65 Magna is gonna be right behind it. My riding has changed over the years to the point I don't tour much any more and am looking for something that's just plain fun to ride about town and a few country roads. And I don't want to have to pass up an interesting looking gravel road either like I would with the FJR. I've been looking at the Versys, SV650, DL650. and Gladius. Simple maintenance would also be nice. I'm 45, six foot, 195 pounds. The Versys is at the top of my list. So everybody, which way should I go?
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My riding has changed much like yours has. I've gone from a BMW 12GS to a VFR to a Fazer 1000 in the last 20 months and now with the Versys. I no longer need a large capacity bike to lug a pillion as I ride solo these days. I don't carry much luggage and if it doesn't fit in a topbox or fit on the rear seat, I don't need it. I don't need the big horsepower or top speeds anymore and find the Versys fast enough for all occasions so far. I can still do gentle off roading, tho' in all honesty, the Versys isn't really a dual purpose bike like the Tiger 800 or F800GS. But fire trails are fine and I know there are many who are more hardcore at off roading, but again, I'm happy with the limitations I put on myself.

But the best thing I've found with the Versys is the fun factor. I've got my mojo back and I'm having more fun on this bike than many others I've owned over the many years I've been riding. The best bike I've ever owned was my 12GS, and the Versys is just as good as the big BM was, but without the reliability worries or the weight. It's more flickable, more economical, just as comfortable and right now, there's nothing I'd rather have which for me is quite something as I've usually always been thinking about 'the next big thing'.

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We're around the same size and age...I've had my V since they landed in Oz in 07 and it's still a keeper...once in a while I get tempted (ktm duke, f800r, dorsoduro, the new husky nudo etc) but the V continues to tick all the boxes. And with scheduled valve clearance checks at 42K kms (though I'll do it earlier for peace of mind) it is cheap to maintain. Plus there's a few things you can do to make it truly yours, whether going the dual sport, touring or motard/urban assault route (for example). Go for it
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I don't want to have to pass up an interesting looking gravel road either
Sadly, roads like this can be difficult on a stock Versys. (in my opinion)
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Everyone's needs vary.....and of-course here you'll find nothing but 'Versys" fans!
Not exactly unbiased opinions.

That being said, I have no desire to go down gravel roads (though many have done extensive mods so they can do just that) and the "V" was never intended (IMHO) to do said same.
Versatile System? ...Think public roads and track days...IMHO!
..and that's versatile enough for me.

Perhaps the KLR-650 would better serve your needs...It's build to do the off road thing, water-cooled, big front wheel, lighter, tons of touring accesories/luggage options.....and it would keep you in the same price point too.


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Thanks for the replies

I'm feeling the same way as Davy F. I've had my share of fast bikes, (I personally ran a 10.69 1/4 mile at 129.8 mph on my old FZ1) and am looking to slow down and just have fun. I've ridden a KLR and don't think I'm ready to slow down THAT much Besides, 99% of time I'll be on the street. Everybody keeps mentioning the fun factor. That's what I want! Forget the high speeds that make you see god. I'm too old for that. I found a new 2009 Versys at a local dealer for $4999. I think I'll take a ride up there Tuesday. I'll keep you posted.
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Sounds like you've got a very nice price there. I hope you plan to buy an ABS-fitted though. It is definitely worth every cent.
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Sounds like you've got a very nice price there. I hope you plan to buy an ABS-fitted though. It is definitely worth every cent.
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I've been looking at the Versys, SV650, DL650. and Gladius. Simple maintenance would also be nice. I'm 45, six foot, 195 pounds. The Versys is at the top of my list. So everybody, which way should I go?
I've been riding the wifes versys more lately and i just CAN'T get to like the bike. I only ride it so she can ride my DL650. The versys vibrates too much for me, my rear gets tickled at about 45 - 55 mph. can't see anything in the mirrors, and the buffeting is not very fun. My DL 650 can go where the versys goes, I have an adjusible shield, same luggage and gas ileage. IMO the DL650 is better for riding, Versys needs some help. DL650 has many aftermarket farkles, Versys not so. Sorry V

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I rode a DL650 last week. It was a smooth ride, good handling, but it just felt bulky to me. I'm going to get a ride on a Versys tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.
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I rode a DL650 last week. It was a smooth ride, good handling, but it just felt bulky to me. I'm going to get a ride on a Versys tomorrow. I'll let you know how it goes.
YES the DL650 feels bulky, and somehow I like that. It gives me a feeling of security in a way. The Vesrsy has a more Flimsy / tinny feel to me. Cornering is more comfortable on the DL, for some odd reason I don't feel safe when cornering on the V. My wife says the 650 feels like it corners by itself as,

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My last bike right before the Versys was a Wee Strom but I sold it in less than a year as it just didn't have the fun factor to me. Personally it would be great on highway trips or 2-up riding but around town and day trips it felt big and bulky and heavy. I much prefer the Versys for my type of riding, far more agile and responsive. I've put twice as many mile on in 4 months than almost a year with Vstrom.....Just my opinion from having had both.

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Been riding BM bikes for more than 20 years but just love the V.
However would be best if able to test those bikes you fancy. That way you won't as yourself "What If?"


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Been riding BM bikes for more than 20 years but just love the V.
However would be best if able to test those bikes you fancy. That way you won't as yourself "What If?"

As a former BM GS rider, I have to agree. Plus, I'm lucky enough to be able to generally get a demo on pretty much anything I fancy. I've had the Tiger 800XC, Tiger 1050, Ducati MultiStrada, KTM 990 Adventure, KTM SMT to name a few out recently. And I ended up with the Versys. I guess a possible replacement in a few years might be the Tiger 800, but then again, there might be something else come along that takes my fancy. I will be taking a Honda CrossRunner out soon and definately the Cross Tourer 1200 when it gets released.

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Maybe next year

My wife talked me out of selling the FJR1300. I guess she's right. It's a fantastic bike in like new condition. Besides, I just spooned on a new set of tires. I rode a Versys last week and it was almost just as I expected. Loads of fun! I'm going to get one some day, but probably not this year any more.
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Test ride sold me also. Now if I can just keep from unloading the front suspension when I take off from a stop.
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