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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-06-2018, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Different ride

Not new to riding but I got a 2018 650 LT.
I am used to a low sitting cruiser, flat foot. this one I am on my toes, used to it now.

other thing is it likes a higher RPM and I'm used to lower.
so now I go back to the cruiser and drive it like I do the versys and seems way different.

so, down the rabbit hole buying specific versys items.

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Congrats on your new Versys!

Yes, they are very different from cruisers. Besides the obvious seating position the engine rev's can take some time to get used to. I rode cruisers for 25 years before the ADV-style bikes got a hold of me. I then went to a V-strom, then an NC700 and now my 2018 Versys...and even those three have different rev limits!

But this Versys, IMO, is by far the best of the three. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I do mine!
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I just got a new versys (2016 model though) yesterday. Although no experience on a cruiser, I can relate to the tippie toes! (30” or 76 cm inseam). I ordered the lowering kit from Moto Werk after a couple of hours riding. It has had good reviews on this site. I believe I will feel more comfortable with being able to “flat foot it”.

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I got about 1,000 miles on it now since I got it 6/23 and I'm used to the height, ride and higher RPM.
it shifts smooth, well really nice @ 6k. less, but good at 6k.

the only thing I've bought for it YET is a relay for powering USB. extra lights up front is next.


did just get a new helmet. a bell race star carbon fiber. was looking for lighter, different profile.
I had a Bell mag-9 sena, it's a half open face. the star is defiantly lighter and a lot quieter. the wind
coming off the wind screen is unnoticeable now.

money pit, will name it that.
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get the motowerk lowering kit and big foot side stand kit. well worth the investment. actually, the versys has a lot of pull from 3000 up (though did change the rear sprocket to 44T). i stay usually in the 3-5k range, but it loves the higher revs as well.
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