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Daddy Versys does good in the twisties

First chance I have had to get the Daddy Versys 1000LT into the High Country tight twisties. Man this bike handles like my Wee but has the Get Up and Go that my FJR has. I think once I get the bike dialed in for my ergonomics It going to work out very well for the future. Liking it a lot. Here are a few pictures of today's ride to Echo Lake and back. About 160 miles.
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Wow, looks beautiful there.
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Beautiful Scenery & Yep the V-1K likes the twisty stuff...

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Fantastic pictures! Looks like the sort of place you'd like to get lost in. Very beautiful and peaceful!

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Nice, since you were in the neighborhood did you take a ride up Mt. Evans? I rode out to Steamboat Springs yesterday, amazing ride, if a lot long haha (almost 500mi going from Cheyenne to Steamboat Springs and coming back via Kremmling).

There are enough Versys riders in the Front Range that we should do a meetup/ride sometime.
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Nice, since you were in the neighborhood did you take a ride up Mt. Evans? I rode out to Steamboat Springs yesterday, amazing ride, if a lot long haha (almost 500mi going from Cheyenne to Steamboat Springs and coming back via Kremmling).

There are enough Versys riders in the Front Range that we should do a meetup/ride sometime.

The road to MT Evans from Echo lake was closed for pavement work,

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Great photos, it's good to hear how nice the big Versys performs. I've often read that choosing between the two V's is choosing between handling and power.


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Darn You! Now I wish I was back in Denver (lived there 1971-89). Oh well, I will get even with you in January with some pictures.

Forty years away from 2 wheel fun. Sure is great to be back smelling the roses!!!
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Great photos. I just stiffened my suspension, calibrated tires, and am bringing my V1K to the twisties in Vermont for the weekend. Calling the trip, "Operation Eliminate Chicken-Strips". Haha. Will take pics.

The bike feels so much more spritely after the suspension adjustment!

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I will chime in my two cents since I have pretty much exclusively been riding sport bikes for about 13 years before I bought the Versys and just this weekend went on a nice twisty road with it.

On a smooth road the Versys 1000 actually does very well, you can feel its long suspension but its surprising how willing it is to lean over and gobble up corners. It doesnt seem to like trail braking much but I feel like I could pretty easily "push" the average group of sport bike guys up in the twisties with out being too much of a maniac.

HOWEVER,

This bike does not handle mid corner bumps well at all. Now yes, I need to do some suspension adjustment (which Ive tinkered, but havent solved this issue yet) but there was a few times when Ive hit a dip or small bump mid corner that sends the long travel suspension into absolute butt-puckering fits. Also the lack of a steering damper and wide bars means that every little input to the bars translates to the bike. In my experience making it difficult to be smooth to drive out of corners while moving back on to the seat.

but Im really just nit picking since this bike aint really meant for that ****!
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I will chime in my two cents since I have pretty much exclusively been riding sport bikes for about 13 years before I bought the Versys and just this weekend went on a nice twisty road with it.

On a smooth road the Versys 1000 actually does very well, you can feel its long suspension but its surprising how willing it is to lean over and gobble up corners. It doesnt seem to like trail braking much but I feel like I could pretty easily "push" the average group of sport bike guys up in the twisties with out being too much of a maniac.

HOWEVER,

This bike does not handle mid corner bumps well at all. Now yes, I need to do some suspension adjustment (which Ive tinkered, but havent solved this issue yet) but there was a few times when Ive hit a dip or small bump mid corner that sends the long travel suspension into absolute butt-puckering fits. Also the lack of a steering damper and wide bars means that every little input to the bars translates to the bike. In my experience making it difficult to be smooth to drive out of corners while moving back on to the seat.

but Im really just nit picking since this bike aint really meant for that ****!
The 650 is the same, it gets unhappy in mid corner bumps.

I think the wheelbase is just too short. One of its closest competitors the V-Strom, despite being more on the adventure side of things actually feels more stable when leaned over and handles mid-corner bumps with ease.
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The "Blue Mountain Ride" should have been your heading..beautiful country.

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"Daddy" Versys?

So I must be riding a "Kiddie" Versys with my 650?...Lol.

Hey we should plan an annual race. Call it the Versys Challenge. Find a centrally located track and have a Versys track day. 1000's and 650's at the same time. Then we can find out who is the "king of the road." Humm...I like the sound of that!

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"Daddy" Versys?

So I must be riding a "Kiddie" Versys with my 650?...Lol.

Hey we should plan an annual race. Call it the Versys Challenge. Find a centrally located track and have a Versys track day. 1000's and 650's at the same time. Then we can find out who is the "king of the road." Humm...I like the sound of that!

Cheers mates.
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No, Kiddie Versys is my V300X. You are riding Mamma Versys 650.
Good one Chuck.

Guess great minds think alike. Lol.

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