Aftermarket center stands, while not cheap, are available. I have a Hepco Becker on my '15.
Your choice of bikes should compliment each other quite well. I have '98 beat up KLR to go with my V. Works for me.
Oh, and welcome aboard.
I came from a DRZ400S also, had a Corbin seat on it, yes my biggest complaint was it should have had a sixth gear, if set for street riding it sucked off road, I have had a 07 Versys , now a 2015 Versys , I didn't like the side cases and bought the Givi Trekker cases,plus Givi top case, many things, including some helmets will not fit in the Kawasaki cases.As to a center stand, don't miss it at all, I have a prop stand that I can get either the front or rear wheel in the air to plug a tire or lube the chain, about 1 minute and it weighs nothing.
As to power , I weigh 90 KG and I carry roughly 20 KG , this bike will do 130 KM/HR all day,
thanks for the link. whats your issue with the LT cases? is it worth getting a sturdier set of cases? i have a paddock stand already. might spring for a pit bull front and rear since my trackside one feels sketchy sometimes
I think you'll find the V650 perfect for your mix of uses. For commuting and traffic it is nimble. For highway touring it is heavy enough and powerful enough. I commute half highway half city streets, about 15 miles each way. I go off road a few times each year. I love solo moto-camping, the more remote the better. The V650 does it all well.
As to mods, the common ones are aftermarket seat (or FastEddie's front shim method), larger windshield, crash bars or frame sliders, foot peg lowering, handle bar risers, and lots of electronic stuff like USB outlets etc.
The stock seat is not very comfortable for many of us. I'm 5'10" tall, so the riding position was a bit too leaned forward for me, which made the seat uncomfortable, plus the seat slopes forward, so I tended to slide into the tank a lot. I put on a Sargent brand seat (there are several other brands well liked by forum members here) which is much more comfortable. Handlebar risers also helped a lot with the riding position and I am very comfortable for all day rides now.
The foot pegs are in a fairly sporty position. I liked them until I bruised the meniscus in one knee, so now I have foot peg lowering blocks which lower the pegs by an inch or so. Much more comfortable and I wish I'd done it sooner.
The stock windshield is pretty good but I put on a Madstad which is better at highway speeds.
For off-road you should consider crash bars and possibly a skid plate depending on how adventurous your rides are. Frame sliders for sure if you don't get crash bars, just in case. Also, a good radiator guard to protect against kicked up stones if you'll be on dirt roads or trails.
Small micro sized front LED turn signals are well worth the investment. The factory front turn signals will hit the ground in any tip over at all, and then the expensive plastic fairing gets cracked. R&G Racing brand is what I put on.
Factory tires are marginal. I am maybe a bit over zealous about having good tires on my vehicles, but were I to do it again I'd swap out the OEM tires on day 1. I waited until about 1500 miles.
i dont plan on much off-roading for this bike besides graded dirt roads but i do plan on crash bars and smaller front signals from my current research at the moment. I'm in so cal so lots of mountain roads. seat wise ill give the stock one a chance.
Oh yeah, the side cases. The factory cases are both excellent and terrible at the same time.
They mount/dismount super easily. They are color matched to the bike, and keyed to your ignition key. They seem reasonably strong to carry weight, and mine have survived a couple of parking lot tip-overs with just minor scuffs. I use mine all the time.
The terrible part is the internal shape. Due to the sloped styling they won't hold rectangular objects well. A largish briefcase won't fit. I have a soft shoulder bag for work and I have to take out my tablet to squish the bag in! Groceries can be awkward to fit in. The cases are a good size but the wrong shape for me.
If I could do it over again, I'd get aftermarket cases. The factory cases are not cheap, so the additional cost of going aftermarket from the beginning is not much really. I'd get something rectangular and top loading. Several good options are out there.
The factory top box is very good though. It is made by GIVI. You can buy the exact same box but without the color panel matched to your bike. Aftermarket it comes in black or silver, and may be cheaper than from Kawi even though it is identical except for color.
good to know. im torn on that cause im not convinced on the shape but love the look of not having the racks when the stock ones are removed
I use my 2017 Versys 650 LT primarily for commuting, but I also like taking it for a run now and again. My last bike was a BMW F800ST, and while I initially felt the loss in HP and torque, I was also thankful for it. I really feel like I have more control, especially in traffic. The ST had a slightly twitchy throttle, and the Versys is nice and smooth by comparison. My commute is a lot like yours, minus the lane splitting. This bike is perfect for it. It also does just fine on the highway, upward of a 75 MPH speed limit.
I got the LT, because I need to fit stuff on the bike and it seemed a bit more cost effective to just get the package that came with side cases. As others have mentioned, they're OK. I took my Givi Maxia 52L topcase off my ST and plopped it on the Versys.
I've had this bike for about six months, and absolutely love it as both a commuter and a weekend asphalt fun machine. I've ridden it in the high heat of summer, through a couple of rain storms on the highway, and in what we Southerners call "cold." It's handled it all pretty well. All that said, I'm starting to think about things that would make it a little more comfortable. Specifically, I'm looking into a peg lowering kit and the Sargent Low seat. The latter, I hope, will bring my heels closer to the ground when I'm sitting in traffic, on a cambered road, and only one foot can touch the ground.
If you haven't had a chance to take one for a test ride. Go for it.
good info. i want to but none of local dealers have a used one or a demo one to test. will when i get a chance though.
Originally Posted by fasteddiecopeman
We have a fellow on site who is 300+ pounds, presently on a V1000, but rode a V650 for years BEFORE the V1000 - handle is "weljo".
ok ill look up his posts thanks. also are you the same fast eddie on youtube? if so ive seen a few of your vids and i like the channel. was turned onto your vids from a guy here in san diego that i ride with occasionally
FYI this post needs to be left as is, too many legit posts getting moderated and need a explanation why.