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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-31-2013, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to buy a versys

Hi guys I currently ride a 2005 klr 650 100miles a day and its taking a toll on the bike. I am looking at a new 2013 versys 650. My questions are will this bike be the right choice for 50miles each way? I ride the 15 and like to cruise between 80-90 mph will this bike safely do this? My klr tops out at 80 mph screaming... Will it be fine in the desert heat? Is it a comfortable long hauler? And lastly how is the fuel mileage? thanks for your help!
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The Versys will work fine. I rode from Texas to California mid summer mostly running between 80-96 mph bike loaded down and me weighing 275lbs before gear.Did 850 miles the first day and 550 the second. You might want to put a 16T front sprocket or a 44T rear sprocket on. The Versys is great for lane splitting


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greenmacjines13, ...hard to say if the Versys is THE right bike for you, but I have this comment: just rode my 2012 Versys across Texas (I-10) west-bound ...the stretch from San Antonio to El Paso county is over 500 miles with a posted speed limit of 80 mph. I did 90 all the way...the fuel mileage dropped to 39 mpg...heavy cross-winds all the way, and the bike was stable. I have done the same route on other bikes, including the old EX-500, and that two-cylinder bike had to be flogged a bit...but the Versys is different: there is no feeling of strain at 90 - it just goes, and the way you get to 90 tells you it is willing to do more w/o complaint. I thought sustained 90 mph on the Versys felt very mellow, just as it should on a decent sport-bike.


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You might want to put a 16T front sprocket or a 44T rear sprocket on.
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I put a 44 tooth on the rear and it will ride those speeds all day long without strain.
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thanks for the replys. Ya I looked at one today when I picked up parts for the klr. They are nice lloking and look way more comfortable and the price is nice also. How are the electrical systems on them for adding heated gear in the winter time? I like the klr but its just not the right bike for doing constant 80 mph on the highway. Yes I do a lot of lane splitting being here in California that's why I was wanting to stick to a narrow dual sport. Im just a little nervous about the higway riding on it being that it is only a 650 and it is going to be my daily driver I have no other vehicle. But I guess since it is a dual cylinder it is less wear on it unlike my single piston klr.
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