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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-08-2012, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone,

I found out about this site while asking questions at a local Kawasaki Dealership. I am looking to do some adventure/camping/desert style riding after the first of the year. I originally had decided on the KLR 650, but I liked the look of the Versys and also the fact that the Versys is fi vs the KLR being carburetor-rated. I was wondering if the 17" front wheel could be swapped out for a 19" so I asked the parts guy at the Dealership.

He did a quick search and turned me onto this site which will help me since I am doing my homework to see what to purchase next year.

I also like the better power that the Versys has especially since my riding for the next 4 or so years will be about a 70% street/highways and 30% off road and not to mention the feel of the seat. The Versys seat is really comfortable. I am just not sure how it will do when off road.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 11:49 AM
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Well the Versys is a really great, possibly the best all round street bike in it's price range IMO. But..... it is not the ideal off road machine in it's stock configuration. I would say it is more a 95% on road/5% off road bike. This is because the stock suspension is on the firm side which gives a sporty ride on pavement but it will rattle your fillings at any kind of speed on bumpy dirt roads. It is more like an economy version of the Ducati MultiStrada. Every adv bike is a trade off in off road ability vs higher speed on pavement handling and the Versys is biased heavily toward on pavement handling. That is not to say it will not handle the occasional graded, smooth dirt road very well but I would look to a KLR or similar bike for rougher terrain that is not passable to a car. The Versys will run circles around softer sprung, lower powered, off road machines on pavement but on rough terrain you want soft suspension, less weight, a lower center of gravity and a 21 inch front wheel. Just saying don't expect to take the Versys on Dakar type terrain and don't expect an off road biased bike to perform like the Versys on pavement either.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-09-2012, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Sprocket. I have been reading quite a few posts and I really think I need to stick with the KLR as it seams to be a mule when it comes to off road yet it handles its own and anything else you want to stack on it to bring along with you.

Plus you never know when you may want to make a right or a left turn and head into the hills for a little excitement. Thanks again for the info.
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