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Thinking about getting a Versys

Hey guys! I currently have a CB500X and am thinking of selling it and upgrading to the 2015 versys 650, so I figured I'd hop on your forum to see what this bike is all about. I have a few questions but not sure if I should ask them here or wait until I'm approved and post in the main forum...
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It's an absolute RIOT of a bike with great riding dynamics all around. It's truely a multipurpose machine. Long highway rides are a breeze, and it isn't afraid of corners either. You'll love it if you get one, trust me. Three months in and I'm happy as a clam.

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well at least you bought a 500 over the 300.... the Versys is going excite you MUCH more
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Chappss I test rode a 2014 CB500x and enjoyed it for the most part as the ergos were good, the seat was surprisingly comfortable and the exhaust note was good. I would have bought one but the stealership flubbed on the price (they quoted me the non ABS version when I specifically asked for ABS). So I told them to contact me when they were ready to honor that price..they never did.

Glad I waited because a month or two later I test rode the 2015 650 V and knew it was a winner.

The Vs ergo triangle is a little sportier but that allows for more control on cornering and the Vs seat was hard initially but I'm used to it and can ride for a couple of hours without issue. Little things like cheap looking suspension and non attached gas cap left me wanting more from the CB.

I'm more conservative and wouldn't upgrade unless you need a certain feature (like ABS) or can buy a 2015 during the off season once the 2016 models (new colors only) ship.

The CB500x is a great bike. Keep riding it and hang around here as long as you like!
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You know whats good about these bikes, (and your 500)is you can Hop on a forum like this and just see what you are getting. I mean, read through these forums, and there just isn't a lot of things going wrong. Sure there are a lot of folks wanting to adjust, or modify it to fit them, make it faster, lower taller, softer, etc.. But in general There just isn't a lot that seems to break on these bikes.
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Chappss I test rode a 2014 CB500x and enjoyed it for the most part as the ergos were good, the seat was surprisingly comfortable and the exhaust note was good. I would have bought one but the stealership flubbed on the price (they quoted me the non ABS version when I specifically asked for ABS). So I told them to contact me when they were ready to honor that price..they never did.

Glad I waited because a month or two later I test rode the 2015 650 V and knew it was a winner.

The Vs ergo triangle is a little sportier but that allows for more control on cornering and the Vs seat was hard initially but I'm used to it and can ride for a couple of hours without issue. Little things like cheap looking suspension and non attached gas cap left me wanting more from the CB.

I'm more conservative and wouldn't upgrade unless you need a certain feature (like ABS) or can buy a 2015 during the off season once the 2016 models (new colors only) ship.

The CB500x is a great bike. Keep riding it and hang around here as long as you like!

Well that's perfect that you have ridden the two bikes and are able to compare them. I love the CB, it just leaves me wanting a little more. I think the main thing I'm worried about is that I hear the Versys vibrates a lot. Is that still an issue on the 2015 model? One thing I love about the CB is how smooth it is and even at 75mph you still can't feel any vibration
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I have a 2012 with no vibration problems at all. A pleasure to ride!


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You're thinkin too much just do it. Welcome to the forum
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Well Mines a left over 14, not a 15.. Supposedly the 15's are a wee bit better. However, being that I dang near absolutely despised the bike mainly because of vibes for the first 200 miles, it is a legitimate question!
Safe to say though, that it gets smoother and smoother! And I only have a tad over 1100 miles on it now, I imagine it getting smoother as it wears in more.

BUT, on the other hand the Buzziness / Vibes are all relative to the individual rider. so what one might find annoying, another may see it as no big deal. The only thing you can do is ride and try it out and see if it is an Issue for You! The gloves you wear, boots, riding gear in general can lead to slight variations of what one experiences.

I will say, this seems to be one of those bikes, you cannot judge quickly.

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Well Mines a left over 14, not a 15.. Supposedly the 15's are a wee bit better. However, being that I dang near absolutely despised the bike mainly because of vibes for the first 200 miles, it is a legitimate question!
Safe to say though, that it gets smoother and smoother! And I only have a tad over 1100 miles on it now, I imagine it getting smoother as it wears in more.

BUT, on the other hand the Buzziness / Vibes are all relative to the individual rider. so what one might find annoying, another may see it as no big deal. The only thing you can do is ride and try it out and see if it is an Issue for You! The gloves you wear, boots, riding gear in general can lead to slight variations of what one experiences.

I will say, this seems to be one of those bikes, you cannot judge quickly.
I'd love to test ride one but the dealers don't let you unless it's pre-owned. I think the only other way is to wait until a demo comes around
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Chappss I test rode a 2014 CB500x and enjoyed it for the most part as the ergos were good, the seat was surprisingly comfortable and the exhaust note was good. I would have bought one but the stealership flubbed on the price (they quoted me the non ABS version when I specifically asked for ABS). So I told them to contact me when they were ready to honor that price..they never did.

Glad I waited because a month or two later I test rode the 2015 650 V and knew it was a winner.

The Vs ergo triangle is a little sportier but that allows for more control on cornering and the Vs seat was hard initially but I'm used to it and can ride for a couple of hours without issue. Little things like cheap looking suspension and non attached gas cap left me wanting more from the CB.

I'm more conservative and wouldn't upgrade unless you need a certain feature (like ABS) or can buy a 2015 during the off season once the 2016 models (new colors only) ship.

The CB500x is a great bike. Keep riding it and hang around here as long as you like!

Well that's perfect that you have ridden the two bikes and are able to compare them. I love the CB, it just leaves me wanting a little more. I think the main thing I'm worried about is that I hear the Versys vibrates a lot. Is that still an issue on the 2015 model? One thing I love about the CB is how smooth it is and even at 75mph you still can't feel any vibration
There-in lies the balance between dry weight, fuel efficiency, and grin factor. I can say 95% of the time I'm happy with power output. Being realistic you might say the same about the CB.

It seems that 20% of the posts on this site are about engine vibes. A parallel twin will always vibe compared to v-twins like the DL/SV but for me they smoothed out well below 1K miles and now I notice a slight numbness in the hands during hour long rides. No issues with vibes in the seat. I'm very happy with my gen III 650 V.
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There-in lies the balance between dry weight, fuel efficiency, and grin factor. I can say 95% of the time I'm happy with power output. Being realistic you might say the same about the CB.

It seems that 20% of the posts on this site are about engine vibes. A parallel twin will always vibe compared to v-twins like the DL/SV but for me they smoothed out well below 1K miles and now I notice a slight numbness in the hands during hour long rides. No issues with vibes in the seat. I'm very happy with my gen III 650 V.
Yea I've heard people say the parallel twins vibe a bit, but I literally don't feel anything on my CBX so if the Versys feels anything similar than I'll be quite content
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wouldn't expect the kawi to be as smooth as the Honda, but the vibes are really nothing.
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