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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-15-2015, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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If you didn't get a Versys.....

If you didn't buy a Versys what would you have bought?
I had this question asked to me the other day, and my response was the FZ09. Which led to an interesting conversation as to how the progression went from FZ 09 to Versys, and why I ended up with the V. For me It was down to comfort, and price.

What I want to know is what was everyone elses "almost bike"

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If you didn't buy a Versys what would you have bought?
I had this question asked to me the other day, and my response was the FZ09. Which led to an interesting conversation as to how the progression went from FZ 09 to Versys, and why I ended up with the V. For me It was down to comfort, and price.

What I want to know is what was everyone elses "almost bike"
I was happy with my Vic before I wrecked it. Problem is they don't sell the model I like anymore and they are considerably more expensive, especially once you start adding the go fast goodies.

I've been riding standards and sport tourers the better part of the last 30+ years. The comfort of the cruiser was a nice change of pace. Their low maintenance and low center of gravity really make for a great practical machine.

When I saw the new V1K, it was love at first sight. Seemingly all the comfort of a cruiser, all the fun of a sportbike engine, all the designed for maintenance goodness of a Kaw, and it's purdy. We'll have to see how my short (and currently busted) legs deal with the lofty perch.

If I had a dealer nearby I might get a BMW1200R, but I don't so that's out. So I'd have to go with another Vic if this didn't (doesn't) work out.
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I was all about the Suzuki SV650. I spent a lot of time on there forums and that's what I really wanted.
Then for some reason I started looking at the V.

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I would have gone with the Ninja 650.

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My almost was the '11 ninja 1000. Test rode both at a demo event along with the concours. The Versys just put a smile on my face. Added the Connie a year later.

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I might have gotten an NC700X if I didn't get such a good deal on my 09 Versys. I wish the Versys was better with fuel economy. The focus on fuel economy is one of the things I like about the NC, also like the storage up front although don't so much like that the fuel filler is behind you.
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well if we wanna rewrite that as tradefor versys not buy it could have been a 06 HD sportster......... and thank god the versys guy came along..... i HATE modern HD's . so yeah
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I went from the fz-09 to the V. Factors were too much motor for the suspension, not comfortable, and more expensive insurance.

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Was considering the Ninja 650. Then I reevaluated what I wanted to do, which was more touring, so the upright seated Versys won out.
If I were still considering, the Tiger 800 and FJ09 would be considerations.
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I'm looking at the Tiger 800
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Super tenere 1200 hands down...


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Maybe we should start another tread. What bike was on your wish list that you bought but regretted? Maybe it was something you drooled over when you where younger or something that blew you away on that first 10 minute test ride.

I had the Tiger 800 on top of my list before the Versys. I just couldn't afford it. I managed to pick one up a couple of months ago for the right price. I was great. I thought I'd found the prefect bike for me. That was until we came into summer here is Brisbane. It's only then that I found out how hot the engine can get on these. It felt like it was burning my legs. I just couldn't put up with it for 12 weeks a year. Too much for me. I traded it in as soon as I could. Time to start that list again. The V 1000 is on top ATM.

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I shopping the used maket something sporty close to upright or up right seating
I was looking at bmw gs1150 gs 1200 vstrom 650 . what I would love to have found was honda transalp 600 with low miles. these are hard to find now with out being overpriced here in California.
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Had a Tenere. Nice bike.

Walked into the dealer early one morning and saw a "Kawasaki green" Versys sitting there.

"What the hell is THAT" ?
"It's a Kawasaki, can't you tell" ?
"....they're a lot of fun to ride... let me get you a tag...."

Certainly, the price was right, and it IS fun to ride.
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Had a Tenere. Nice bike.

Walked into the dealer early one morning and saw a "Kawasaki green" Versys sitting there.

"What the hell is THAT" ?
"It's a Kawasaki, can't you tell" ?
"....they're a lot of fun to ride... let me get you a tag...."

Certainly, the price was right, and it IS fun to ride.
You went from a Super Tenere to a '14 Versys? I would really like to know why since I keep thinking about going to the Tenere because of the driveshaft and cruise control for distance touring.

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If my feet could have reached the ground a little better, I would have gone with a KLR.
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I would have gone with the Ninja 650.
My first bike was a 2006 650R. It was a great bike, but I feel like the Versys is more of a "grownups" bike. It's probably just because how it looks

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You went from a Super Tenere to a '14 Versys? I would really like to know why since I keep thinking about going to the Tenere because of the driveshaft and cruise control for distance touring.
Certainly, the Super Tenere would make a better long distance bike - no doubt about that. Better wind protection, more power, and the newer ones have electronic cruise and maybe heated grips? And more.

In my case, I wanted a lighter, sorta "around town and 2-lane bike", and it works very well for that. Longest trip so far has been out thru MO, KS, IA, NE, SD, NE, MN and back thru IA and home to MO.

We have several motorcycles, so the Versys fits perfectly in-between.

If you're seriously contemplating a Super Tenere - SHOP AROUND ! There are huge discounts on those bikes. Also, make sure to get the side wind deflectors that mount up front and on top of the fairing. Huge reduction in wind buffeting.

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I went out to by a Suzuki V-strom and came home with the Versys.
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I was looking at KLR's because I didn't know the Versys existed. 3 months later I had a 2008. Glad I didn't get the KLR because I do more commuting than touring and the Versys is more comfortable.


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