I know asking this question here is like the church choir if Jesus is good for you.... but here goes:
Is the Versys 650LT the right bike for me?
I've been riding close to year. I have a 2016 CB500f and a 1998 DR350. I got the DR350 a few months ago to learn trail riding -- I don't like dirt riding. Don't mind regular fire roads, but once rocks and ruts are introduced, I'd just rather hike that trail.
Here's what I want to do:
Load up some gear & clothes, head out and do some basic motocamping. I live 1.5 mile from my work, so the bike wouldn't be a daily communter. But I am in So Cal -- Mt Baldy Road is 10 minutes from my house. The start to HWY 39 & HWY 18 are both within 30 minutes from me. So I want something I can take up mountain roads.
I am a 68 year old male that had a DRZ400s, too many times a close call with the bike on top of me, by myself, I have a 30 inch in seam , same height as you, keep in mind this is a heavy bike, many have knobbies on the bike, I don't and hard packed gravel is the closest I come to off road. This bike excels in the paved twisties, just a blast to ride, I have Pilot road 4s on the rear and the original 2015 650 ABS Dunlop on the front, which will be replaced this winter with a road 5.
My dream bike has always been the BMWf800gs. I have few motorcycle buddies that say just get a VStrom. However, the Vstrom feels like a tank. The ergonomics don't match my body. My friend said I could just get a new seat and handlebar, and move the pegs, etc to make the Vstrom fit me better. But I'm like why not go with the Versys that feels so comfortable right off the lot? (FYI -- female, 5'7"). My friend said the Versys doesn't have enough power.
I beg to differ on the power, my combined weight with gear and all my luggage is around 250 LBS, with another rider I have no problem doing 80 MPH all day, so I question just how much knowledge your friend has, the 2015 is 68 HP, many get up to 75 MPG , Fast-Edie just posted that on his last ride.
But I'm 145 lbs.... I'm thinking he is thinking from his perspective of being 200 lbs. I suspect me and all my gear will be less weight than him and his helmet.
YES -- I have read the thread about "Should I buy a Versys?" on the 650 forum.
Thank you for any advise!
Again expect to hear from Weljo , anyone suggesting it lacks power needs to understand you run this bike around 6500 to 8000 RPM all day
, I prefer riding without a passenger , but I see no reason this shouldn't work for you, you will need to lower it . Lots of help on this forum. Make sure you post a second time to get full membership.