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.