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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-28-2018, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Everyone,

My name is Nick 30 yrs old from Ohio and currently I am in the market for a 2015+ Kawasaki Versys 650. I am looking to do some light commuting, spirited weekend riding and some touring seldomly, when the wife allows.

I love the way these bikes look and keep hearing a lot of positive things about them. I am debating slightly between the V-strom and the Versys still, but I think the Versys will be a better fit for me, as I am not trying to go on any cross country trips anytime soon and just think the Versys would be a more fun bike overall. I have yet to test ride one though, as my local dealer doesn't offer test rides.

I have ridden the V-Strom plenty of times and everytime I find it an exceptional machine when it comes to comfort and its powertrain. Man there are no vibes on that bike and that transmission is butter smooth. It is definitely true what they say about the V-stroms that it is like a magic carpet, but man it is an ugly bike to look at in the garage and just way too plush and boring.

That is how I have decided on the Versys.

I have owned several bikes in the past (Yamaha R6, Yamaha FZ6 (twice), Kawasaki KLR650, Kawasaki Z1000, Suzuki Gladius SFV650) and have been riding for almost 10 years.

I can not stand 4 cylinder bikes any more, have to have an upright position and wind protection and no vibes. I can not stand viby bikes anymore and that is why I prefer the 2015+ Versys, as I have heard and read that the previous gen Versys, without the added rubber engine mounts tend to be a little more viby.

Any feedback from you guys would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Nick
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Welcome! It's a great bike, probably my favorite out of the dozen bikes I've owned.
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I have ridden the Vstrom 1000. Did not care how it steered.

I own a 2015 V-650 and absolutely love it. Previous bikes include FZ1, Ninja 1000, FZ09, Concours 14, KTM 1190 Adventure.

The V650 is my all time favorite. No it does not have the arm stretching power of the bigger bikes but is more fun to ride. When I get in the tighter stuff I am actually quicker on the lighter more nimble Versys.

Keep in mind that the 17 inch front wheel on the Versys and better steering geometry makes for a much quicker handling bike. Plus you will have a vastly larger number of available tires for the 17 inch front wheel vs the 19 inch on the Vstrom.

Don't think you could go wrong with the little Kawi.

Good luck.

Cheers.

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Welcome, and for anyone who doubts the Versys' cornering and plain fun ability, just go to youtube and search for "Kawasaki Versys 650 Vs everything else @ Cadwell Park trackday Part B". Simply amazing. You're spot on about the vibes in the older models. Noting that some extras can't reduce to manageable levels, but the 2015 has just about none whatsoever. That said, I prefer the older models cornering. The 2015+ models are much lighter in front, and while that's great on most levels, to me the earlier ones feel more planted in the corners.
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... but I think the Versys will be a better fit for me, as I am not trying to go on any cross country trips anytime soon and just think the Versys would be a more fun bike overall....
BESIDES being GREAT in 'twisties', the V650 also EXCELS in cross-country rides - here's a link to one I did last summer on my 2015 V650LT....

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...668-miles.html

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Thank you all for the responses. It is just what i hoped to hear. I will update you all when I become a proud owner of a Versys 650. I am currently scavenging Craigslist and other online market places to locate a sweet deal near by.
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