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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 09:00 PM Thread Starter
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New guy :O

Hey all, I just found this place and decided to sign up!

I first started riding 4 years ago with my Dad. My first ride was a 2006 883 Harley Sportster Custom. Six months ago one of my co-workers let me ride his SV650 and all I can say is that I was blown out of the water!

I kinda scrambled to get a sport bike of my own and I currently ride (as of two months ago) a 2007 Ninja 650R with 23,000 miles. It's a sweet ride. Lately, I've been wanting something that will let me get off the freeway and onto some back roads while still keeping the fun sporty ride I now have.

I've been eyeing the Versys and was wondering if any of you can give me any advice (and incentives) to get a Versys or not. I don't really want to give up the new found power I have in my 650R, and am afraid if I decide to get a Versys that I won't have the 0-60 and 60-80 fun that I now have. With my riding style (and with my wife's orders) I never pop the clutch at all, it's all roll on from the beginning. But the higher seat and more upright position sounds awesome for someone being 6', especially for longer rides.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Soooo according to the sticky I have to post twice because of spam bots? Done.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-18-2012, 09:56 PM
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Actually, the Versys has a faster 0-60 due to more low end punch...
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-19-2012, 12:38 AM
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and try a test run on the Versys and see if you can keep her down on 1st...

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No...don't try riding the Versys, it will be the end of the 650R

Seriously, the V is tuned for better low and mid range which is at the region mostly we are at, and the 650R advantage over the V is at the top end. You wife will love to ride pillion more on the V.

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The V is a better all rounder bike. It has good acceleration and handling and it can fit your dual purpose needs of free way and back roads. Riding position is more comfortable and with proper windshields and all, will make the ride more comfortable. If you want multipurpose with some compromise to top end speed, the V is the one. If you want trail blazing and warp speed, keep the 650R and enhance it. My 2 cents...woo hoooo..
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-19-2012, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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That is great news. I guess I'm going to have to buy another Kawasaki this year

I don't really have the funds to get a brand new Versys right now, but I think I'm going to start shopping for a used one! I'm in Utah and I've been working my way through craigslist and ksl, but the pickings are pretty slim for a used versys through those channels (if it is indeed such a great bike why would anyone get rid of it right?) I'll probably just wait it out, unless there is a better way of getting a used one..

Thanks for the warm welcome and super quick replies!
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-19-2012, 04:51 PM
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Keep an eye on the "For Sale" posts here. Seems to be at least one Versys for sale most of the time. Of course, it probably won't be in your back yard but then you never know. Might be worth a trip to pick it up and ride it home.


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Good to know Arion, I'll keep my eyes open
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Gecko- I went from an '06 650r to an '08 Versys last summer. I miss the upper-rpm-zoom of the Ninja, but the V fits my 6'1" frame and long legs much better, especially after lowering pegs and a 2"up/2"back custom Corbin. I rode 4K on the new bike in October alone, some of it on gravel. As long as you know what you're getting, it's well worth the swap...
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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-30-2012, 05:33 AM
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I am also in Utah, yay, anyway if you live near Riverdale go to Newgate honda they let you test drive, never get any service done there but they always have Versys.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-11-2012, 06:52 AM
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versys all the way

i wanted a Ducati Monster but after a good ride whit the Versys i bought a 2012 , its alot of fun extremely fast in corners
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