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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 09-16-2017, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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I've been thinking about a new bike to add to my harem lately. Looking at everything from a HD, to a R1200GS to an Africa Twin. Noticed a Versys 650 at the dealership a week or so ago and really like the looks of it. I hope to learn a lot from all the experienced people on KawasakiVersys.com .
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Well, this won't be all encompassing but the Versys is lighter and more agile and doesn't require 6 feet long legs like the BMW or Honda. Most HDs weigh much more than the Versys and I wouldn't likely take an HD off road. The Versys is, as Kawasaki secretly states is a VERsatile SYStem, and it actually does well over a wide range of riding scenarios. My two cents.

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Thanks for the info and the welcome. First of many questions to come... what's is the max highway cruising speed of a 650 Versys? At what point does it start getting too "busy"?

A little bit about me: I'm an old fart - been riding for 54 years - had lots of sport, sport touring, ADV, dual sport and dirt bikes over the years. Currently ride a DR650 and KLX250, and have 4 old Japanese vintage bikes... oh, and a CB350 vintage road racer (will get it together some year).

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I guess I must be an old fart as well given that I'm in my 72nd year. But, and it's a large but, I don't feel or more importantly act my age for which I say thank you very much.

Regarding the Versys and max highway cruising speed - it's fast enough to get you into trouble in most states, even western Texas and Arizona where interstate speed limits are as high as 85. It might seem a bit busy to some, but it seems capable of running in the busy mode all day. I swapped the rear sprocket for a 43 tooth version and I like the result. 70-75 mph reads around 5K on the rev counter, and that feels comfortable to me.

BTW, nice selection of bikes. What specifically are the vintage Japanese machines in your fleet? I'm a sucker for vintage stuff much to my dismay. If I could find a Suzuki T500 Titan in good nick I'd snap it up in a heartbeat. Had one in England in the late 60s - early 70s and loved it. It was known as the blue denim motorcycle - tough as nails and would not wear out. Rode it around the UK then shipped it to San Antonio, and then rode it to Grand Forks, ND (where I was assigned with the USAF) and eventually back to S.A. It never skipped a beat.

Sorry, too much information - a fault of mine (so says my charming wife). Welcome aboard.

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...oh, and a CB350 vintage road racer (will get it together some year)....
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