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I currently have a 2011 KLR 650 & am starting to look for an in addition too bike. The V seems like it would fill bill, light weight (relatively speaking) can still fit my 6ft 210# body with room to move, good mpg's, easy maintenance. Lots of questions will be coming.
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I sold 2000 model dr650 Suzuki(11,000 miles) last fall for $2300 and the next day bought a 2008 versys (5300 miles )for $3800---best $1500 ive spent in a long time!
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I went to the dealership to get a KLR but bought the Versys..
Haha, me too. I actually owned a KLR before (1995 model that my wife called my "Barbie bike" because the the colors were so "festive"), and thought another would make a great bad weather bike. After looking into it a little, I realized the Versys would be almost as good, and have much better road manners.
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I had a 2002 BMW 1150 RT before getting the KLR 3 yrs ago. I had so much fun riding the KLR, I only road the BMW 2 or 3 times that first year of KLR ownership & then sold it the following summer. The KLR is now pretty close to perfect after lot's of $$. I say pretty close, because it is still lacking 30-40 hp & a 6th gear. I would be one of the first in line if Kawasaki put the Versys motor in a real dual sport similar to the KLR.

I keep looking for just the right bike that can be all & do all. I have test ridden just about everything out there except the new 1000 Vstrom, the 1190 KTM ADV R & the KTM 690 Enduro R. Triumph 800's, Bmw 800 & new wc 1200, Guzzi Stelvio, Ducuti Multistrada, The Yam super 10. They all have some nice features but not all in one package overall. I am needing/wanting something I can ride everyday as well as ride to the trails & back & pick up by myself. I might wind up keeping the KLR & just add another bike like the Versys. I've yet to ride one. It was 17 degs & snowing this morning when I went by the dealer.

The V appears to be easier to work on than the wee strom, especially for valve adjst's.

There are some screaming deals on left overs 12's & 13's right now compared to the 14's with ABS. Even though I love ABS, I'm not sure it is worth the $1300-$1500 difference between the years. That would almost buy all of the farkles I would want.
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