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MeToo - Greetings from Oz

Yep, even I've got one now!

I've had a KLR650 for 11 years, with road tyres for the last few and have gotten to like riding on the blacktop with road tyres rather than knobbies.
So I bought a '16 Versys - in Orange, my wife and daughter said I wasn't allowed a black one (the only colour options over here). I bought it privately with only 20k km on the clock.
There's a vid to come of my ride home (about an hour across town) plus initial thoughts.
But to start with here's a photo of a stock standard Versys 650 in Orange for you to enjoy. Oops! The KLR is for falling over, so hopefully, this is the only on its side photo there will be!

Thanks for having me.
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Hope you are drinking Coopers and not that contaminated Corona crap.

Did you get the V-650 or 1000?

Cheers mate.
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...So I bought a '16 Versys - in Orange....
FWIW - my first ride on a Versys650 was an orange Canadian '07, back in '07 - dealer demo. That ride obviously GOT my attention!

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If he is a Queenslander, more likely XXXX.��

Welcome from Port Macquarie. Start of the Oxley Highway.
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Yes, It seems a great bike, especially for the money.



I've got a little pile of things to do before I go anywhere -

1. Protection -
Radiator guard
Crashbars
Handguards
Air horn

2. Comfort
3D mesh seat cover

3. Convenience
Power outlet
Phone/GPS mount

4. Performance
ECU flash from Steve @Shoodabeen
(still in the post)

And I've just ordered spools & stand.

On the "To think about list" is -
Taller screen
Footpegs & position
Extended gear lever or not so chunky boots

Keen to ride, even if it is just around my local area (until this virus business is sorted).

Stay Sane!

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Hope you are drinking Coopers and not that contaminated Corona crap.

Did you get the V-650 or 1000?

Cheers mate.
(Just) the 650 - plenty enough for me

Ha - Coopers is made with muddy river water, only good for feeding to the pigs

I much prefer a beer from the mid-latitudes, so Corona it is this month
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Not this month

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If he is a Queenslander, more likely XXXX.��

Welcome from Port Macquarie. Start of the Oxley Highway.
G'day David

No XXXX this month, gotta support Corona.

Love a bit of Oxley - I've had the KLR down that way, a lot of sweet riding, keen as to take the V.

Cheers

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Thanks Team
Yes, It seems a great bike, especially for the money.



I've got a little pile of things to do before I go anywhere -

1. Protection -
Radiator guard
Crashbars
Handguards
Air horn

2. Comfort
3D mesh seat cover

3. Convenience
Power outlet
Phone/GPS mount

4. Performance
ECU flash from Steve @Shoodabeen
(still in the post)

And I've just ordered spools & stand.

On the "To think about list" is -
Taller screen
Footpegs & position
Extended gear lever or not so chunky boots

Keen to ride, even if it is just around my local area (until this virus business is sorted).

Stay Sane!

OBD
Watch your wallet mate...this is an addiction.
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I would be interested in hearing your comparison between the KLR and the Versys. I have a street bike (Kawi Concours 1400) and am looking to get something for riding trails & dirt. Considering the KLR or a Versys, what do you like or dislike about each?

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KLR650 - MORE dirt ready;
same weight as the Versys650, but roughly HALF the HP!
carburetted
poorer gas-mileage
tube-type tires UNLESS you mod the rims
V650 - OK on dirt roads, but not for trails (NOT enough clearance)
rides two-up no problem
will carry MORE, if you need that

Quite a few of us came to the V650 from the KLR. Would I go back...? NOPE.

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Watch your wallet mate...this is an addiction.
It sure is, the KLR has, I won't say "cost me", but consumed a lot of $$$$, but it is now an awesome bike (for a KLR).

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I would be interested in hearing your comparison between the KLR and the Versys. I have a street bike (Kawi Concours 1400) and am looking to get something for riding trails & dirt. Considering the KLR or a Versys, what do you like or dislike about each?
G'day Silarson,
the KLR is an all around ok bike - more suited to slower & dirt/gravel roads (I've read comments about the Versys being tall and heavy - they should try a KLR, especially as I'm only 5'7' with short legs). Being an old single cylinder it's viby and gutless - but ok! It's built to a price, and it shows, but all issues are well known & have readily available fixes.
I've only ridden the KLE 650 (Versys) a couple of times and with it's 17" front wheel it certainly turns better & the twin-cylinder 650 is smoother & way more powerful.
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Well...

Here's the vid of me riding home with the Versys - under 10 minutes of riding & rambling about the V.

No Video

It's a great bike, apart from the fueling at low speed/small throttle opening.
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Here's the vid of me riding home with the Versys - under 10 minutes of riding & rambling about the V.

No Video

It's a great bike, apart from the fueling at low speed/small throttle opening.
Welcome.

There is a reflash available for your bike at Shoodaben Engineering in the states. He has shipped to Oz. It is specifically designed to clean up the lower RPM range behaviors. It works superbly to eliminate the snatchiness in the lower rpm range, aside from other tuning benefits. It also turns on the radiator fan at a 10*F lower temperature.

Disclosure: I and my bike were involved for a couple of days doing the final fine tuning of this flash. The low speed snatchiness was also my concern, he tuned it out wonderfully. I've known him for 14 years, he is a true motor head.

It will be a bit spendy with the exchange rate, but it truly is the bomb. He is flashing and shipping during this Covid horror show. He works out of his house/shop.

https://sites.google.com/site/shoodabenengineering/

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Welcome to the forum.Do they still call XXXX barbed wire?I lived over there 30 years ago and it was about all you could get.
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Ooh yes!

Thanks Steve - I sent mine off the next week, but still waiting as it's stuck in post office somewhere. Of course, I paid for mine when the $ was at it's lowest. I'd read about the off/on harshness as was surprised how much it unbalanced the bike.
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Welcome.

There is a reflash available for your bike at Shoodaben Engineering in the states. He has shipped to Oz. It is specifically designed to clean up the lower RPM range behaviors. It works superbly to eliminate the snatchiness in the lower rpm range, aside from other tuning benefits. It also turns on the radiator fan at a 10*F lower temperature.

Disclosure: I and my bike were involved for a couple of days doing the final fine tuning of this flash. The low speed snatchiness was also my concern, he tuned it out wonderfully. I've known him for 14 years, he is a true motor head.

It will be a bit spendy with the exchange rate, but it truly is the bomb. He is flashing and shipping during this Covid horror show. He works out of his house/shop.

https://sites.google.com/site/shoodabenengineering/

G'day, y'all.
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Welcome to the forum.Do they still call XXXX barbed wire?I lived over there 30 years ago and it was about all you could get.
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Yep. I grew up on it. But have outgrown it now. I remember when going to the bottle shop you had 2 choices of beer (Carlton or XXXX) and the choice of warm or cold (and a cask for the ladies, and maybe some lemonade for a shandy).

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