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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-07-2013, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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Missing the V

Well, I've been without my Versys for 1 week now. Traded her in for an FJR1300. While I love the FJR, I gotta say, the Versys will surely be missed. Compared to the FJR, the Versys just seems so full of life. Throttle response on the Versys has really set the bar high for me. I don't think I've experienced anything better, and I've owned over 15 bikes in the past 30+ years. Ride on guys!
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I went the other way... from a ST1100 to the Versys and have never been happier.

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The V is nimble & agile, & can manage the twisties as well as the freeways,

BUT,

I will never (for me & my riding style etc) own a better 'bike than my beloved
1998 Honda VFR 800fix (pre-V Tec) which I had from new 'till 2006.
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I kept the GIVI tall screen

I've got the GIVI screen here if anyone would like to buy. I'll entertain all offers. Works & looks great on the Versys. I only had it on there for about 4 months....and there's not a scratch on it. Let me know.
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I had a 2008 Versys, rode it for 3 years and sold it. Then bought a new 2012 FJR1300. Nice bike and smooth, but I must have also missed the Versys. Sold the FJR1300, and just picked up a 2013 Versys in white.

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The V is nimble & agile, & can manage the twisties as well as the freeways,

BUT,

I will never (for me & my riding style etc) own a better 'bike than my beloved
1998 Honda VFR 800fix (pre-V Tec) which I had from new 'till 2006.
That's because it had gear driven cams, and was pre V-Tech. I had a 2007 VFR800 special edition with the ABS and hated everything about it but the looks.
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A timely comment. I have a real bug up my a$$ for an FJR. Also have an 08 Versys that would have to go. Don't know if I can part with the V.
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A timely comment. I have a real bug up my a$$ for an FJR. Also have an 08 Versys that would have to go. Don't know if I can part with the V.
+1. Took the wife to the dealer the other day to look at our next bike - "our bike" as my wife calls it. They don't have any FJRs on the floor right now, but I had her sit on a C-14, ST1300, and Goldwing. Which one do you think she liked the best? Hint: It was the most expensive one!
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I had a FJR, never really "connected" with it. I only bought for 2up riding with my wife..that never worked. It felt top heavy, over 600lbs, and I never liked the ergo's much...

I like the Versys much better, it's one of my favorite bikes in over 40 years of riding !!!

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Sounds like many of us have been in this situation.

I've been looking at an FJR and trying to talk the wife into it for a little more of a touring and possibly two-up riding. BUT, the wife doesn't ride much so I've just been farkling out the Versys instead.

It's the only bike I know but I think I stick with it a few more years.

Congrats on your new FJR though.

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