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I am thinking about getting a 650 versys. I was wondering if someone could tell me of common problems and if insurance is high on these bikes and what to expect from them.
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I am thinking about getting a 650 versys. I was wondering if someone could tell me of common problems and if insurance is high on these bikes and what to expect from them.
The bike is solid and begs to be ridden. Just change the oil and keep the chain lubed and she will do you proud. I've not had any issues except my gas disappearing....mmmm
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Not sure how the insurance compares to other adventure-style bikes, but it's cheaper than a sportbike!
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You didn't mention your age or marital status so insurance could be all over the board.


If your a 16 year old male, you might consider something else.


The Versys is a solid bike.
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I would say, the only problem with the V, is the brutal stock seat and windscreen....And for me, she's a very vibey bike!
Insurance cost me 80 bucks a month on my 2012.
I enjoyed the V, but it didn't stir my soul...lol. Just traded her in for a Yamaha Fazer 8...
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I've got no problems with the seat or stock windscreen... I'm old and have 50+ years of claims-free insurance under my belt for both two and four wheeled driving... I just got my V's insurance renewal (Progressive) for the coming year and it was right at $200. As far as I'm concerned you can't go wrong with a Versys.

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There are no common or unusual problems with this bike with the only exception being fairing rattle. I think this issue only applies to the Gen. 1 bike. It can be fixed by the owner with some carefully placed foam tape placed between the fairing panels where they overlap. The stock seat is fine for long miles as long as the rider's butt size is within the standard deviation lines on the bell curve. If not there is always the aftermarket. There are however a number of aftermarket parts, that although not necessary, will make this already great bike an even better one. Eg. crash bars, touring wind screen, top box or saddle bags...

As for insurance it is not in the sport bike category so is relatively cheap.
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Not sure how the insurance compares to other adventure-style bikes, but it's cheaper than a sportbike!
Had a new 2009 klr that I swap for a new 2009 V, and my insurance dropped because they considered that the V was not a DS bike

1/3 off from the KLR

Was happy with that !


Can't give you a quote on insurance since here in Québec, the system is much different than the rest of north america

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$80 a Month? That is horrible. even when my '08 was brand new it only cost $127 for the year through Progressive.
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$80 a Month? That is horrible. even when my '08 was brand new it only cost $127 for the year through Progressive.

My guess is that for $127/year you weren't getting much actual coverage in the event of a claim and/or your deductibles were very high and/or you're married to the insurance agent.


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$80 a Month? That is horrible. even when my '08 was brand new it only cost $127 for the year through Progressive.
I was thinking the same thing.

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The stock seat is fine for long miles as long as the rider's butt size is within the standard deviation lines on the bell curve.


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Mine is around 180.00 for the year with full coverage, low ded, and 3000.00 worth of accessory coverage with progressive, but I don't have a glove box full of tickets either.

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My insurance doubled when i moved from Texas to California using the same carrier.

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My insurance doubled when i moved from Texas to California using the same carrier.
I hear ya.

I'll be changing companies when this one starts going up. Usually they start going up a little a long hoping you want notice or hoping you want take the time to shop around.

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I guess that we have to move to Connecticut to get cheap insurance and be able to insure a few bikes.

I live in Ontario, Canada.

I am married, have 40+ years of clean driving record. Currently pay $505 insurance for my 2013 V, $250 for my 2009 KLX S, and was paying $450 for my 2006 650 KLR when I sold it in 2010.

I still like the V after 6,000 Klms. I can still keep up with my high cc. cruiser buddies, but I do have to row the gears a little harder. But they cannot keep up in the twisties. The bike does like to play.
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[QUOTE=BigOleChalupa;391290]I would say, the only problem with the V, is the brutal stock seat and windscreen....And for me, she's a very vibey bike!
Insurance cost me 80 bucks a month on my 2012.
I enjoyed the V, but it didn't stir my soul...lol. Just traded her in for a Yamaha Fazer 8...
Cheers
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Whooooops....... I don't know why I said 80 bucks a month??.... I should have said 38 bucks a month... A bit better!!!
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I don't know why guys complain about the seat....I think it's comfortable and I'm not tiny! The windscreen is a little small, but it works ok for me. It is a motorbike! Best all round fun bike I've ever had.

Lovin every minute of it!
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