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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-26-2018, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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coming from Honda CB500F

Hi.
Call me Jack.
From Israel.

My 2018 white Versys has done 680KM approximately.
Got new from the shop.

Previously I owned a Honda CB500F for 18 months.
Nice bike. Maneuvered and responded real well.
Not good for long trips though, road bumps were very noticeable and wind protection not enough despite the added small wind shield. Plus - not enough power.

Before that rode a Piaggio XEvo 250 scooter for around 2.5 years. Really enjoyed riding her.


So I opted for this

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-26-2018, 03:18 PM
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Hello Jack and welcome...you made a wise choice...you are going to love the Versys.....

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why I opted for Versys and what I am experiencing so far

My motorcycle is my sole means of transport.

The CB500F didn't have enough power, shock absorbance and going on a trip for a few hours was a punishment
due to my legs were folded up like a concertina, the riding position - slight lean on the handlebar and the lack of wind brake (despite the small after market PUIG screen I had installed). All these were the reason I bought the CB, having been my first bike and flat footing and great maneuverability when filtering was something I saw valuable. Great bike for all that.

So, where there is a gain there must be a compromise.
But I am seeing great things in the V650.
My test drive was around 45 minutes so I really felt the bike.
I'm still challenged with climbing on and off, and getting used to the lack of both side flat footing.
Wide cornering, visibility and shocks are fantastic, in comparison that is.
I used the assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced garage owner to set the sag.
He set the back suspension according to my weight.
I am yet to set the front...contrary to what I've studied, he claims that sag is not set for front forks.
I don't believe that.

Almost forgot, I reused the Honda (Shad) fantastic 48L top box (with plate) and mounted on the Givi bracket I bought with the V650. Looks good, and the Honda logo at the back doesn't look stupid at all.
Probs won't use it all the time though.

Anyhow. Nice to join here, hope to gain knowledge and contribute and meet good people.
Shalom.

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Love that white! An awesome looking bike and even better when you're riding it. Congrats on your Versys!
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Welcome!

I also started with a CB500f -- while a good bike, just missing a bit.

I got a Versys 650 a few weeks back, and I LOVE IT!! I plan to get a lowered seat, which should be put me 100% flat footed.
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Welcome aboard. IMHO, you've made a good choice and I hope it serves you well.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by jackrobinson View Post
...going on a trip for a few hours was a punishment
due to my legs were folded up like a concertina....
You might look at adding foot-peg lowering blocks which will REALLY 'open-up' the "rider-triangle" for you. Available from "motowerk".

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...I'm still challenged with climbing on and off, and getting used to the lack of both side flat footing....
You should try the KLR "shuffle" - stand on your left foot, extend your right leg towards the Versys, then kind of 'hop' towards it till your foot is over the seat, then 'twist' and sit.

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...I am yet to set the front...contrary to what I've studied, he claims that sag is not set for front forks.
I don't believe that....
I AGREE - I set my sag at BOTH ends.

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