Compared it to the Versys.
It was a nice weekend to ride. Sat had some errands to run in Roanoke so I broke out the ZRX. Finished up sooner than expected, so I took a longer way home. Hit the Blue Ridge parkway over to Lexington, then went thru Goshen pass over to Clifton Forge. About 150 miles in all. On Sunday, my daughter and I reversed the route on the Versys. I realize that the two bikes are really intended for different things, but since they both are sitting there, thought it would be fun to compare them.
Power: ZRX. Wow! The power is addicting. You can leave it in fourth and just give it the gas to pass, or click down one and hold on. Once you pass 5K on the tach, things start happening very quickly.
Comfort: Versys. Not even close. The seating position, and wind protection on the V are much better. My knees were hurting pretty bad on the ZRX after about 100 miles or so. On the Versys, its easy to go a whole tank without stopping.
Handling: Versys. It changes course easier, especially mid corner. The V has more wheel travel and has made me a bit lazy when it comes to watching for pot holes and such. Hit some of that stuff on the ZRX, and it jars you pretty hard.
Brakes: Never had a problem with the V, but the ZRX's are quite a bit stronger.
Looks: I realize that this is the Versys site, but the ZRX in the old kawasaki racing colors just appeals to the 1982 teenager in me.
If it came down to keeping just one, the Versys would stay. But the ZRX sure is fun.