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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-17-2009, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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2008 Versys or ZZR 600

I recently sold my 2007 KLR and have decided to replace it with either a 08 versys or 08 zzr 600. I sold my KLR as I never did any off road and I like to tour on weekends. I once did 1500km in two days and it almost did me in. I am looking for a bike more suited to this type of riding. I average 600kms in a weekend with the odd long haul trip every now and then.

I am a tall rider at 6' 3" with 34" inseam at 190lbs. From what I have read both bikes are awesome. I am looking for some input from others that may have riden both bikes.

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I havent ridden the zzr, butI can tell you, I think the V would be much more comfy on those long hauls, as you sit nice and upright. More leg space, a better POV, and better midrange (I assume)...
I (again, assumption) the ZZR will be "peppier", have a higher top end, and probably get less of those awkward "what the hell is that thing?" stares!


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Norman,

I'm an escort rider with Kawasaki demo events around the country. I've got several thousand miles on each bikes and they are both great machines.

For a person your size I'd advise going with the Versys due to their size, you might be cramped on the ZZR. They also have carbs which discourages some folks in this fuel injected world we live in.
Maintenance cost more since it's an in-line four & insurance is probably higher.

If you have a local dealer that has a ZZR ( they have been discontinued ) and Versys you may ask for a test ride on both. Sitting on them won't really help much.
The ZZR's are smooth, fast and handle great. They are more sporting and require you to lean further forward with more pressure on your wrist. The Versys is more relaxed.

My youngest son had a 2000 & a 2002 ZX6R, essentially the same bike as the ZZR without the graphics. They were great, dependable bikes but I was limited to how far I could ride them because of the ergo's.

I had a choice and I bought the Versys. Took a little 260 mile trip yesterday and grinned the whole way...........They are awesome bikes.

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I owned a 2002 ZX6R which is the same as the ZZR and it was a great bike. It was one of the last "comfortable" supersports. I absolutely loved the bike and it would do anything in the world for me whenever I asked it to. I did some light touring on it and it was comfortable to a point. I would not recommend travel on it, as oldkawboy said, it's a bit more cramped.

The Versys on the other hand doesn't have the power of the ZZR but I think that is the only place that the V falls short. Everywhere else, the V shines. I like the lighter weight, thin feel of the V over the ZZR.

I can't say anything terrible about the ZZR as that 6R was just an all around great motorcycle but I wouldn't trade my Versys for one if it was offered to me and that says volumes in my mind.

My 2002 6R, there are times I miss her:
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Well I decided against the zzr 600. I sat on it 3 times but was to unsure of the riding position to invest the money. So I put down a deposit on an 08 blue versys. I am looking forward to seeing how the versys rides.
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You won't regeret it! Congrats on your choice!


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Congrats on your choice. I have no doubt in my mind you will absolutely love this bike.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 03-19-2009, 09:15 PM
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Great choice. I purchased a 2008 600RR and a 2007 VFR last year. Neither we're as comfortable or as much fun as the Versys.
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