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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 06-24-2018, 10:12 AM Thread Starter
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Want a new 650 LT

Hello everybody,

I just joined the forum to read about the Versys since I am considering buying one. I have owned several bikes in the past, my most recent one was a Harley Davidson 1200 Custom that I sold last year. I'm done with the big heavy cruisers and want something light, nimble, and fun to just jump on and go.

The Harley was just too big and noisy for my taste and it wasn't fun commuting to work in traffic. It was heavy and hot. My commute to work is 50% open highway and 50% Philadelphia stop and go traffic. On the Harley, by the time I got to work, I was drenched in sweat from the insane heat rising up from the motor.

So I've been doing some homework, looking at "adventure sport" bikes from all the manufacturers. Kawasaki seems to have the best deal on the 650 LT -- for the price, it already comes with hard bags.

The 650 is more desirable to me over the 1000. Even though I'm accustomed to larger displacements, the 650 is smaller, lighter, and more nimble, which is precisely what I'm looking for. Even though my friends are laughing at me because, for reasons unknown, a 650CC motorcycle is a "girl's bike." But I'm secure enough in my masculinity to handle it. I'm old enough now to want things that are enjoyable for me versus something that's cool or masculine. I have nothing to prove.

I was considering a used one but I have never bought a brand new motorcycle before and Kawasaki has 12 months 0% financing so I figure why not, right?

Well, wanted to pop in and introduce myself and hopefully by the time I post again I will be the proud owner of a 2018 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT...unless someone can talk me out of it.
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FYI , personally I would buy the 650 ABS and buy the Givi Trekker bags Givi Trekker Monokey Luggage Case Silver(pair) - 33 liters/case | 66L Total - TwistedThrottle.ca. Having said that the LT has a 2 year warranty, comes with Barkbuster type hand gaurds etc.

When I purchased my 2015 650ABS I had a $300 farkle option in the purchase, as to 2 years warranty, ask anyone on this forum just how reliable and trouble free the Versys is, within 6 months if you ride it, any possible problems will show.If you do have a problem, many are caused by the dealer, again easily corrected. A example to think about, brig something you intend to put in the side cases, see if it will fit, my latest viewing of these was the fact a service manual in a 3 ring binder wouldn't fit in the side case, he removed the binder and brought the loose pages. Also your ignition key is used to open these , best to get some spares.
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Welcome! Don't look back you are going to love your Versys.
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Thanks for the tip on the side bags. I do want to make sure my laptop fits in there since I will be commuting to work. But I also plan on adding a rear trunk. I'm disappointed in the lack of color choices on the Versys but I do like the white so I guess it's not too bad. I was just hoping I could get it in blue.
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Thanks for the tip on the side bags. I do want to make sure my laptop fits in there since I will be commuting to work. But I also plan on adding a rear trunk. I'm disappointed in the lack of color choices on the Versys but I do like the white so I guess it's not too bad. I was just hoping I could get it in blue.
There have been several posts on the soft key, no longer are the steel blank keys available , I have had several of my riding buddies complain that the need to pull the ignition key out to open the case, also that the irregular shape won't allow the fitting of the helmet worn. I have a tank bag, both my top and side cases are individual and different keys, those keys are readily accessible, without touching my ignition key, only time I need to use my ignition key is for gassing up , so less wear and tear on the key, just a FYI. Also the trekker cases can be top opened or suitcase opened, huge difference, nothing like having the bike on the side stand and the left case everything falls out when opened, absolutely 0 regret buying the Trekker cases, I had the V35 cases before on the 07, hated the left side case.
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I use the stock keys for spares. I got one of these to use its fits the 2015-present Versys 650 & 1000's......https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Kawasak...item2cd0c2b733

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...Even though my friends are laughing at me because, for reasons unknown, a 650CC motorcycle is a "girl's bike."....
Back when I started riding ('63) the Triumph Bonneville (40HP) was considered an 'experts' only bike, while today the V650 (at 63 to 67HP) is a "girls bike"....

Go figure.

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I came down from a Kaw ZX14 (aka "an ICBM with turn signals") and found the 650 LT a much more tractable machine both in town and on the highway.

I've been able to pull off (somewhat painfully) 500 miles days, ride in the rain, hot weather, twisty roads, straight boring roads, heavy traffic, and no traffic all with zero drama and zero problems.

I don't think you'll have any complaints. I've had a ball so far.
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its a great machine.... there will be no regrets

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The Harley was just too big and noisy for my taste and it wasn't fun commuting to work in traffic. It was heavy and hot. My commute to work is 50% open highway and 50% Philadelphia stop and go traffic. On the Harley, by the time I got to work, I was drenched in sweat from the insane heat rising up from the motor.

There's a lot of truth in that. I've had a fair number of bikes over sixty years riding year round, and Sierra the V650LT may be the least heat-making ride of all. Got your exhaust down behind your heel, headers nowhere in sight, barely sipping any gas... it's all damn cool.

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Hello everybody,

I just joined the forum to read about the Versys since I am considering buying one. I have owned several bikes in the past, my most recent one was a Harley Davidson 1200 Custom that I sold last year. I'm done with the big heavy cruisers and want something light, nimble, and fun to just jump on and go.

The Harley was just too big and noisy for my taste and it wasn't fun commuting to work in traffic. It was heavy and hot. My commute to work is 50% open highway and 50% Philadelphia stop and go traffic. On the Harley, by the time I got to work, I was drenched in sweat from the insane heat rising up from the motor.

So I've been doing some homework, looking at "adventure sport" bikes from all the manufacturers. Kawasaki seems to have the best deal on the 650 LT -- for the price, it already comes with hard bags.

The 650 is more desirable to me over the 1000. Even though I'm accustomed to larger displacements, the 650 is smaller, lighter, and more nimble, which is precisely what I'm looking for. Even though my friends are laughing at me because, for reasons unknown, a 650CC motorcycle is a "girl's bike." But I'm secure enough in my masculinity to handle it. I'm old enough now to want things that are enjoyable for me versus something that's cool or masculine. I have nothing to prove.

I was considering a used one but I have never bought a brand new motorcycle before and Kawasaki has 12 months 0% financing so I figure why not, right?

Well, wanted to pop in and introduce myself and hopefully by the time I post again I will be the proud owner of a 2018 Kawasaki Versys 650 LT...unless someone can talk me out of it.
This could have been my post, except I never had a Harley, but plenty of cruisers. Now I have a Super Tenere, great bike, but want something even lighter and smoother to ride as I mostly just commute anymore.
The V650 should do the trick, if I can ever get rid of the ST.
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I am really enjoying my 2018 650 LT. It has far exceeded my expectations. It is the "keeper" I've been searching many years for.

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Take a look at Cycletrader.com. It is a great site for comparing prices
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