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BMW RT to Kawasaki Versys

Gave up my 1100RT for a 2008 Versys. No regrets. Much different ride but I'm having a blast so far on the Versys. Love the versatility of the bike and the high rev limit. Wish they made more aggressive tires for it. Very limited in this way.
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By "more aggressive" tires do you mean more off-road oriented tread? You're right, options are limited by the 17" front and rear rims. Consider Avon Distanzias or Pirelli Scorpion Trails. If you want chunkier tread than that you can put a rear tire of the correct size on the front with a mate on the rear.

It's worth keeping in mind that Kawasaki lists the Versys among their sport bike offerings, not dual-purpose.


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Ironic. I always thought my next bike would be an RT. Maybe I'll just buy more farkles for the V and stick with what I have...
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Gave up my 1100RT for a 2008 Versys. No regrets. Much different ride but I'm having a blast so far on the Versys. Love the versatility of the bike and the high rev limit. Wish they made more aggressive tires for it. Very limited in this way.
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It's funny, I just bought an 1150 Rockster thinking I was going to sell the Vee but I don't think I can. The rides are so different but I like them both.
Where in or around MD did you take your RT, I'm looking for a BMW mechanic to take care of whatever I can't handle on it. I'm starting to think I'm going to end up being the local BMW guy because I can't seem to find anyone close.
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Actually put on the Avon Distansia tires. Pretty good tires. Just finished roughening them up a bit this weekend. Bike corners nice.


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Used to take my 99' RT to Bob's BMW over near Baltimore for the big service items. Routine stuff I usually did myself.Click image for larger version

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I did the same. Sold my 03 1150rt to get the V.. no regrets
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It's funny, I just bought an 1150 Rockster thinking I was going to sell the Vee but I don't think I can. The rides are so different but I like them both.
Where in or around MD did you take your RT, I'm looking for a BMW mechanic to take care of whatever I can't handle on it. I'm starting to think I'm going to end up being the local BMW guy because I can't seem to find anyone close.
Bob's BMW is the major dealer in the MD area. Really nice shop and a mini BMW museum, too.

The shop isn't cheap by a long shot, but they do excellent work and also have loaner bikes available.
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Whenever I have the urge to jump on a BMW boxster, I sit down at my wife's Bernina sewing machine and crank it up to high. Precision machine but those tight corner stitches are a bugger.
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…we're also selling our 2010 R1200RT should you reconsider.
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