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Just sold my KLR and bought a 09 Versys. Really liking the power upgrade so far. Gonna try to make a dual sport out of it. I am aware the popular consensus is to get a Vstrom but I like to be different. Havent got to ride it much yet. Just got it last night. Ht some gravel roads today. It really surprised me with street tires on. Got the front end adjusted as soft as it will go. It is really plush but the rear end is another story. I have it as soft as it will go but still very harsh. Gonna air the tires down some and see if that helps. I am a pretty big guy at 215. Has anybody on here done this before. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Welcome aboard. When I was looking for something like the Versys my short list contained the Versys 650 and V-Strom 650. I came across a good deal at a friend's dealership and jumped on an 08 Versys. I have no doubt it's the right choice for me.

I've a long time friend who rides a V-Strom 650 and has put tons of miles on it without complaint. I rode it for a while and I'm confident I have the better of the two. Not that the V-Strom is a bad bike but it's long wheel base and large front tire make it reluctant to turn in quickly and, track accurately. I don't ride off road intentionally so the Versys relative light weight, shorter wheel base, and quicker steering are plusses for me. Can't complain at all and I've had it for a handful of years now.

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Awesome, same here.

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So I posted another intro because I dont know what I am doing. lol Couldnt find this one. Thanks for the links one wizard.
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...Gonna air the tires down some and see if that helps. I am a pretty big guy at 215....
I would NOT air-down. I run 36psi F, 42psi R, ride LOTS of dirt and NEVER air-down, as then your rims will be subject to impact damage.

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I hadnt thought of that. Thanks.
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