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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-11-2009, 07:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Looking at the Versys

Looking for a do it all comfy sport bike to commute to work everyday, 25mi of country back roads and for the weekend fun rides also on the country ride. I have never done dirt roads so that is not a requirement.

I have narrow it down to the versys vs vstorm, more leaning to the versys.

I like the large size gas tank which will allow me to go a whole week of commuting without having to fill up mid week.

I also like that it is smaller and lighter then the vstorm, I am a small man and prefer bikes that are easier to man handle.

The only big issues about these two bikes is that I am only 5' 7'' size 31.

I sat on a vstorm, I was not able to flat foot but I was able to reach just fine on the showroom floor which is perfect even terrain.

Are there any riders here that are also short like me and been able to handle the versys ?

How is the experience ?

How is the built quality, craftsmanship of this bike ?

How does the engine feels ?

How is the engine vibrations ? Num hands and feet ?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-11-2009, 08:09 AM
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Welcome to Versys world. Yes there are lots of us like that, size wise. I am about 1 in taller with a 32 inseam and I can just tippytoe on the Versys. It has never caused me a problem. All I need is one foot down at stops. If I have to back up the toes work just fine. Or get off and roll it back ( very easy ). If the hight bothers you get the lower gell seat.
Build is great, the motor feels wonderful, if it buzzes I don't notice as I just came off of 20 years of a Honda V-twin. I rode mine to N.C. and back. 1600 miles in three days and the only thing it lacked is someplace else to put my feet. I to commute back roads 52 miles roundtrip and this thing rocks.
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I only have a 28" inseam and with a seat modification and a lowering link, it 's great. I had a ST1300 and sold it about 2 months after buying the Versys as the Versys will do what the ST will do and it will do it less 300 lbs. The V is also superior in the twisties and is also a hell of a lot easier to work on when you have to. I have no regrets

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I only have a 28" inseam and with a seat modification and a lowering link, it 's great. I had a ST1300 and sold it about 2 months after buying the Versys as the Versys will do what the ST will do and it will do it less 300 lbs. The V is also superior in the twisties and is also a hell of a lot easier to work on when you have to. I have no regrets
Can you give more detail about the new seat you got and the lowering kit...
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Lowering kit is basically a link bolted to the shock to lower the bike. You can see pics here:

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...t=lowering+kit

and here:

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...read.php?t=282


Here's a link to the web site: http://motowerk.com/default.aspx


Speedy, a member of this forum, makes that and many more great farkles for the Versys.



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