New, Looking for a Versys - Kawasaki Versys Forum
Member Introductions Just joined? Tell us about yourself and your ride.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
New, Looking for a Versys

Hi,
I had owned a 2004 1150GS, to large, then a wr250R, to small.
Was looking very hard at a 650 Vstrom then sat on a Versys and WOW, everything felt great. I have not ridden one yet.
Trying to decide of ABS is worth going with brand new but would rather stay with used, under 5k.
I ride back roads, commute to work, I HATE interstate riding for over 45mins...

Hope to gather good info here, maybe find a Tulsa Oklahoma Versys group.
ghollaba is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-28-2013, 11:28 PM
Super Moderator
 
weljo2001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Norwalk CA
Posts: 15,846
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Garage

2009 Blue Versys.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Sold
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My Farkles...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My Video Channel
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My Photos...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


I'm not a Gynecologist. "But I'll Take A Look"

Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth...
Mike Tyson

“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein
weljo2001 is online now  
post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 12:46 AM
Member
 
King.Versys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 692
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by weljo2001 View Post
Welcome.
King.Versys is offline  
 
post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 03:31 AM
Super Moderator
 
kiwi 41's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: 44.24'S 171.15'E Timaru, NewZealand
Posts: 8,624
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Send a message via Skype™ to kiwi 41
Welcome
kiwi 41 is offline  
post #5 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 03:53 AM
MTS
Member
 
MTS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: NW USA
Posts: 3,518
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Maybe go used if you can find the right deal? Not big on used but some great deals out there!





To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
( RIDE FREE BE SAFE )
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
MTS is offline  
post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 05:56 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 1,608
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Winter is a good time to look for bargins. I was lookin' used, too, without much luck. Found a '13 leftover on ebay for $5,800. Shopped around here and found a '12 leftover in San Antonio for the same price. ABS for me is just another electronic complication.
waltermitty is offline  
post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 06:40 AM
Member
 
Capn Kirk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Virginia USA
Posts: 4,740
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Capn Kirk is offline  
post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 08:24 AM
Member
 
genehil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Mount Dora, FL
Posts: 1,251
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Pretty much all of us here on the forum have been riding non-ABS for years and years and we're still around to tell lies... so I'm guessing you'd do just fine on a good-deal gently used pre-owned V and then use the money you save on protective gear and farkles.

I don't recall anyone yet saying they would be trading their present Versys for a 2014 model just to have the advantage that ABS provides.

GeneHil - Mount Dora, FL
2011 Kawasaki Versys
Viet Nam: Dec67-Dec68 & Jul69-Dec72
genehil is offline  
post #9 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 08:40 AM
Super Moderator
 
weljo2001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Norwalk CA
Posts: 15,846
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Garage
Do a search on Cycle Trader "Kawasaki Versys Nation Wide" Saw a few new 2013 for around 5800.00

2009 Blue Versys.
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Sold
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My Farkles...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My Video Channel
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

My Photos...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


I'm not a Gynecologist. "But I'll Take A Look"

Everyone has a plan 'till they get punched in the mouth...
Mike Tyson

“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein
weljo2001 is online now  
post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 08:40 AM
Member
 
twowheeladdict's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 4,421
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Garage
Quote:
Originally Posted by genehil View Post
Pretty much all of us here on the forum have been riding non-ABS for years and years and we're still around to tell lies... so I'm guessing you'd do just fine on a good-deal gently used pre-owned V and then use the money you save on protective gear and farkles.

I don't recall anyone yet saying they would be trading their present Versys for a 2014 model just to have the advantage that ABS provides.
Interesting comment. How many miles do you ride a year and how many times have to locked up the brakes because of a panic stop?

ABS only comes into play when one panics and grabs too much brake. Experienced riders who practice emergency braking are less likely to grab too much brake compared to newer riders, but it can still happen.

I wouldn't have a heavy touring bike without ABS, but find I can handle controlled slides on light bikes. The Versys is somewhere in the middle and I have been able to handle the controlled slides thus far, but if ABS had been offered when I bought mine I would have bought ABS. Is ABS worth the thousands it would cost me to trade my '11 in on a '14? No.

My Versys Travels:


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
twowheeladdict is offline  
post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 09:11 AM
Member
 
genehil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Mount Dora, FL
Posts: 1,251
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by twowheeladdict View Post
Interesting comment. How many miles do you ride a year and how many times have to locked up the brakes because of a panic stop?

ABS only comes into play when one panics and grabs too much brake. Experienced riders who practice emergency braking are less likely to grab too much brake compared to newer riders, but it can still happen.

I wouldn't have a heavy touring bike without ABS, but find I can handle controlled slides on light bikes. The Versys is somewhere in the middle and I have been able to handle the controlled slides thus far, but if ABS had been offered when I bought mine I would have bought ABS. Is ABS worth the thousands it would cost me to trade my '11 in on a '14? No.
I do about 9-10k per year nowadays... I haven't locked up my brakes in the 2+ years I've been riding my Versys... I guess because I haven't had a panic stop. I do practice emergency braking now and then and the fact that I've been riding since 1964 and this V is about my 15th bike probably contributes to my lack of encounters with emergency situations now that I'm an old goat.

Had ABS been available when I bought her I would have certainly been happy to have it.

GeneHil - Mount Dora, FL
2011 Kawasaki Versys
Viet Nam: Dec67-Dec68 & Jul69-Dec72
genehil is offline  
post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-29-2013, 12:13 PM
Super Moderator
 
fasteddiecopeman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Kelowna, BC - summer; Florence, AZ - winter
Posts: 18,410
Mentioned: 35 Post(s)
I pretty much agree w/ genehil.

Ed
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


'08 V AZ, '15 V650LT BC
Ride to D2D 2013, June '13

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Ride to D2D 2015, June '15

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


Ride to D2D 2016, June '16

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 0 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
fasteddiecopeman is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki Versys Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome