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I've been lurking on this forum for a long time. I've had a hard time making up my mind on what bike to buy. I currently ride a 79 xs650 that is identical to my first bike. But its not made for touring and after a 200 mile day I'm hurting. And being 6'4" doesn't help either. Know I need to make up my mind and sell my quad or my xs. I don't have enough time for all my toys.
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No I haven't. Thats one problem. I've just sat on them and admired. I can't find a used one close and my local dealer won't let me ride a new one. He keeps trying to sell me the Concourse demo. A great bike but not what I'm looking for. The V is more practical at this moment in my life. Sitting on the V reminds me of my old XR650L tall and nimble. So for now just sticking all my ot money away for a good down payment.
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My first bike way back when was an '82 Yamaha XS650. I find my Versys to be much more comfortable for long rides. I've had a lot of bikes, mostly sportbikes. The V handles really well and is comfy.
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Welcome!

The nice thing about the Versys is its versatility. You can do some sporty riding, run into town for a coffee, use it for commuting or do some touring as well, although if touring is all you do, then you may want to look elsewhere. I do a bit of everything so it's perfect.

I'm 6'1 and find everything stock suits me just fine. At your height, you may want the peg lowering kit.

Lovin every minute of it!
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My first bike way back when was an '82 Yamaha XS650. I find my Versys to be much more comfortable for long rides. I've had a lot of bikes, mostly sportbikes. The V handles really well and is comfy.
Nicely said. It probably has the best balance of performance handling and long distance comfort.
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Welcome!

The nice thing about the Versys is its versatility. You can do some sporty riding, run into town for a coffee, use it for commuting or do some touring as well, although if touring is all you do, then you may want to look elsewhere. I do a bit of everything so it's perfect.

I'm 6'1 and find everything stock suits me just fine. At your height, you may want the peg lowering kit.
That's why I'm looking at buying one. I'm just looking for a bike that does a lot of things well and won't break the bank. And also looks good with sidecases. I test rode an 84 R100RT and loved the hard sidecases but couldn't stand smacking legs on the heads. My wife won't be riding with me much and maybe just taking the kids around town a little so I don't need a big bike. And I'm ready for fuel injection.
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...And I'm ready for fuel injection.
Amen to that!

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