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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-04-2018, 06:26 AM Thread Starter
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650 upgrading to 1000 for city commuting

I have a 2011 versys now and was considering a new 2018 650. Im moving a little further and will have a longer Highway commute, but my afternoon ride home is All City traffic. In the morning the highway is open and I would love the power of the 1000, but in the afternoon it's gridlock and the 650 does the job perfectly. Is the 1K that much harder to get around with intitle urban areas or am I better sticking with the 650 knowing it does the job perfectly. My only gripe with the 650 is I feel like it's revving High, buzzing and working too hard at 80 to 85 miles per hour
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650 will do highways all day long.
If you hate buzzing the try chaging the gearing by putting a 16Tooth front sprocket on - this will lower the highway rpm's by 500.

the thou should be good commuting, but will put out a lot of heat in traffic - you will feel it on you legs.
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80 to 85 on the long island expressway is impossible!
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Thr lie is gridlock. This is true , but I leave at 5am so it's pretty open. I have the 16t sprocket and it helps but I always find myself shifting into 7th gear lol. Just to calm the bike down.
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I had a Versys 650 and i now have a Versys 1000. I live in Los Angeles County so i know about traffic i filter,lane split every day. Its easier to do on the Versys 1000 because of the power delivery of the in-line 4 and to me its just easier to maneuver at slower speeds....


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Heres one from the other day with highway traffic,city traffic and cruising by the CHP at 85mph. Just listen to the engine its so smooth and its does its job effortless..BTW Clutches Shifts are like butter...

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