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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 01-05-2012, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Cruiser to Versys?

I see many posts on this subject but I am another possible candidate. Been a cruiser owner for 10 years. Most of my miles are commuting to work, 40 miles round trip everyday. The reason I am looking for something else is I want comfort on the expressways, which the cruiser has, but a better balanced bike that I feel connected to when I ride. I need a fun, sporty, comfortable bike that does highways and byways equally well. So here I am. Dealer visit coming this weekend to see if I can get a test ride on a 2011.
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Welcome Kindred Spirit

I learnt on a cruiser, but not many miles.

I love the balance and neutral riding position of the Versys. Here's hoping you do too.

Although I have had Miss Jaffa (Burnt Orange 2007 Versys) for a while, I still have a lot to learn.


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Test ride the versys and i am sure you will not be disappointed
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I came off 24 years of cruisers the last being a C50 2 years ago and have no regrets. It is so much more fun and I can zip down the highway and the Versys is just purring. The test ride sold the Versys. You ride it, you will likely want it.

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I own cruisers, touring, dual sport, sport, and the Versys. I would not consider the stock Versys an interstate bike. You will feel the turbulance off the SUVs, MiniVans, and Trucks more than you will on a big heavy cruiser. The Versys is a blast and very easy to ride compared to a cruiser. It is nimble, maneuverable, quick and just loves the curvy hilly terrain.

My ride to work includes 7 miles on a 65MPH parkway. I usually just get into a tucked position if I ride the Versys to work. No problem for 7 miles but I wouldn't want to ride 3 hours like that.
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You will feel the turbulance off the SUVs, MiniVans, and Trucks more than you will on a big heavy cruiser.
My C50 beat me up in the interstate. However it was an 800cc and not a "big heavy cruiser". Night and day when I jumped on the V. Versys is so much smoother on the highway, even for hours on end.

A persons size, build, & gear has a large role in how a person feels on a given machine. A tall person may be in the wind where a shorty like myself is protected from the wind by the stock windscreen. I have found that different helmets act differently in the windstream as well.

Best he test ride and find out for himself.


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My last Street bike (2010) was a classic 1983 V65 Magna with 7000 miles on it. I found my self squirming in the seat after about 45 minutes and my lowerback aching. I can make it longer than that buzzing around on my XR280 back roading. I think it has to do with the bars being flat and up right seating. Looks like the Versys will be a great set up for a moto head like Me.

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Warning! Test ride that puppie and you are doomed.

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Warning! Test ride that puppie and you are doomed.
That is for sure! I went to the ticket to ride event to try out a Ninja 1000. Also tried a concours among others. The last ride of the day was on the '11 Versys. Bought one soon after.
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