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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-28-2009, 03:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hello from Milwaukee

Hello all!

I decided to join this forum after seeing the prase "versys forum" after only typing the letters v-e-r-s-y- (no "s") on the Google search bar.

I'm thinking that there is a %50 chance that I will buy a Versys this spring. The other bikes I like are the Harley Softails, Buel 1125 CR and a few dual-purpose bikes. The only reason why I did not give the Versys a higher rating is that I am about 5'6" and I can barely keep my toes on the ground when sitting on a floor model. I figured that I could get some better info about this bike on this forum, including input about that lower-seat option.

I consider myself to be a new-motorcycle-fanatic. I took a riders course last spring and then bought an 07 Harley Sportster 883 Low about two months later.

The Harley is a fun bike and I did just about everything on it. This included about 5 700+ mile day-trips across Wisconsin, a hundred hours of night riding, and a trip to NYC and Deal's Gap. Within three months, the bike had 10,000 miles on it!!!

I do have a few gripes with the Harley. As you all know, these things shake when they run. Unlike the bigger HD bikes, the 883 does not have balance shafts. I also knocked the kickstand off of it three times this summer: once from a driveway, the other two times from speed bumps. Worst of all, you cannot lean it in the twisties. I scraped the pegs on that bike on every other turn down at Deal's Gap!

When I bought my bike, I had narrowed my field down to two bikes: the Sportster and Versys. They were within 500$ of eachother. The dealer with the Harley said that I could take it for a few hours and decide if I wanted it. As for the Versys, the dealers were hesitant to allow me to even sit on it. I even offered $2000 as a security payment to one dealership, but he still declined.


I'm looking for a bike that I can ride from Milwaukee to Vail to Lake Tahoe to Las Vegas to Death Valley to San Francisco to Tillamook to New Orleans to Miami to Gatlinburg to Shenandoa to Washington D.C. to Boston to the Manicougan Reservoir and back again.
It needs to have some ground clearance and I also plan on mounting some luggage packs on it. Fuel econ is also important when you shoot across the desert southwest and not run dry. Reliability...yes please!

I will probably apply for membership to the Iron Butt Association within a week of purchasing my next bike!
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Welcome !!! You can buy a lowering kit for the Versys, I lowered mine, easy install.

We've since added Kawasaki hard bags, this bike is one of, if not the best motorcycle I've owned (actually the Versys is my wife's) but I ride it all of the time.

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Quite a few people on here have installed Speedy's lowering kit and seem to like the results. Search the forum and you will see quite a few bag options. I have the full complement of Givi bags...E52 top case and V35 side cases. http://cid-b8e84c6bbce8f689.skydrive...MG%7C_1660.jpg

As for mileage...generally 50+ with a 5 gallon tank seems to be pretty damn good for this type of bike.

There are quite a few threads from people in your same situation and they have asked lots of good questions. Welcome and have a look around, I bet you will find your answers.


I bought a motorcycle because my wife said that I couldn't! Now I have two and she still says I can't have another one!
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Sounds like a challenge to me!

Now I have four!
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I'm 5' 7" with about 29.5" inseam, and I just bought my Versys. I cannot get both feet down at the same time, but you can learn to deal with that fairly quickly if you're an experienced biker. The bike is narrow at the front and light, so it does not feel like you're going to lose it. I also like sitting up high, particularly in traffic.

I will be lowering the VS using Speedy's kit this weekend though.

2009 Kawasaki Versys, "Dr Doom"
2009 Suzuki Burgman 650, "StormTrooper"
2003 Suzuki Burgman 400, "Yoda"

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I also live in the Milwaukee area. I bought a Versys last May. It's really a great all-round-do-everything type bike. I didn't have the time to take it on any long trips last year, I mainly used it for commuting, and joy riding in the North Kettle Moraines. Some of the best twisties riding (and scenic riding) in the country is in southwestern Wisconsin, around Wildcat Mt. State Park. There is a great Rally held in Westby, WI every Labor Day Weekend. See www.wildcatrally.com/wc_home.html for more info.

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