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Hello everyone! My name is Brian, im 29, stationed in Abilene TX. I may have a problem... I own 4 motorcycles, and looking for a 5th, lol. My fiance' and I can ride, so the bikes are being used constantly! The CRF is my baby and the CB is her baby, and our DD's. The FZ is the fun bike. The wing is our traveling/2up/winter bike. I love motorcycles and love variety in life. I looking to snag up a 650 LT in the future and Ive been doing some research for a couple months, and I really like what im getting back. Im comparing the 650 LT with the 18 Vstrom 650XT. I don't really like the Honda NC700X and it seems the NC750X coming out soon is not gonna be much different in how it feels, rides, and sits. I like that the Vstrom for 18 is standard with traction control and ABS. My FZ-09 has Traction control, and its very useful, but that bike is a monster!! Anyways, im looking for some feedback from real owners, positives and negatives are very welcomed!! I am 6'2, 32/33 inseam, and about 230lbs. Ive realized not all motorcycles fit me, so another reason for doing research. What's the common problems/issues y'all are having? Real world MPG? Maintenance? Reliability? Thanks guys!!

I currently own:
2006 Goldwing ABS
2014 CRF250L
2017 FZ-09 ABS & Traction Control
2017 CB300F ABS

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Welcome! Why not sell the FZ-09 and get an FJ-09 (now tracer) instead and you would have a sport/adv tour bike like the Versys and FZ-09 all in one bike? I'm not sure what insurance works like in Texas but here in Ontario it's $600+/yr per road driven bike (if you have a clean driving record and are over ~35, more if not). The reason I only own one bike.
 

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Welcome From Canada

:welcome:to the forum, as has been suggested above, most of us active members will tell you the Versys is a great bike, so we may have a narrow view of what a great bike should be>:), take me for example, I had a 07 now a 2015 650 ABS Versys, as to maintenance, the only really important one is the valve shim check, as to reliability, well the biggest issue is the stator / regulator ****converting to a series regulator should solve 99.999% of any stator problem from happening provided you do it soon enough.
 

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Welcome.......I rode most of the bikes you're considering (and the FZ09) when I was looking for a smaller bike to replace the 1500 Vulcan. I wanted a BMW 650 but couldn't justify the price. It eventually came down to the Versys and the Honda NC700X and the Versys won out due to the Honda's low rev limiter. I have now put about 9K on my 15' LT (4500 of that on one trip last summer) and it makes a pretty nice one up touring bike that's capable of some less improved roads.
 

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:welcome: aboard!

...What's the common problems/issues y'all are having? Real world MPG? Maintenance? Reliability? Thanks guys!!...
I rode my '15 650LT (a Gen 3) across Canada and back (8,668 miles over 25 days) and got 57.9 mpgUS, loaded w/ camping gear

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/3-member-rides/131986-kelowna-bc-cabot-trail-nova-scotia-back-25-days-8-668-miles.html

while I have a Gen 1 ('08) in AZ w/ 77,xxx miles on it that I get around 52 mpgUS on. The Gen 3 (includes the '17 650LT) has "closed-loop" fuel injection which is the reason for great mileage!

Not MANY reliability issues, as long as you keep your valves from being 'tight'.
 

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I've thought of selling the FZ-09, but idk. I love that bike too, and its payed for. The Versy's would have to sell me over pretty well, to the point I wouldn't want to ride the FZ. Lets put it this way, the FZ-09 is also a damn near perfect bike, so that would be a tough choice, for its the bike I choose with out hesitation. As far as insurance, All 4 bikes cost me about $470/yr, with full coverage, expect the FZ-09 who doesn't have collision. My fiance' pays for the 300 which knocks it down to about $400/yr for me. It's cheap to own vehicles in TX. I used to live in NC, and I can tell you, Id have 2 bikes tops!!
 

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The only thing I do not like about Versys is it is tall for me. I have 32" inseam. but I am light so not compress suspension much. So I ended up lowering mine 1"
 

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Welcome. Can't have too many bikes! I am at 6 at the moment and it is just me.

Thankfully all 6 bikes cost me $700 a year to insure, and $500 a year to register.
Nice!!! It's great having more than one, isn't it? lol Only problem is, I never know which one to use at that moment.
 

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I just bought the 650LT 2017 two months ago and I really like it. I had a 2009 Kawi Concours 14 before for several years but it was hard to steer it on turns when going over 30mph. I think it's great you can have so many bikes for all your needs.

I think the 650LT is a great all around bike. It cruises in 6th gear at about 6000rpm at 70 mph and is very nimble. Feels great at 80mph. At 100mph it's a little light in feeling so if you're into that sort of thing you will want a heavier bike at speeds >100 but the bike has a good amount of power.

For cafe cruising this bike is very nice. Commuting 80 miles in a day total seems perfect for this bike, which I do once in a week for fun. Feels nimble and gets great mileage 55mpg. It has a short wheelbase (nimble) and also large gas tank 5 gallons so you can go pretty far ~250 miles total. I guess you don't care but the insurance with collision is lowest in it's class. Suspension is on the soft side which I like since I'm not racing. Electrical system is very stable and runs consistently at 13.8-14V while riding in motion with 12V charger connected to Apple iPhone X and recharging at 2.4A, High Beams, Heat Grips, and Fog Lights all OEM Kawasaki and all these on at once. I put in two 12V OEM connections and use the other one for a voltage and temperature reading device.

1) One Drawback is the lack of a center stand.
2) Tough to get your leg over if you are like me 5'9" especially hard to get the leg over dismounting after 2 hours of riding. Feels great though once you are on, since you can extend your legs well.

I could get the new 2017 Versys 650 LT out the door without all the extras I mentioned but with Hand guards and Panniers for $9000 including Ca tax, registration, plate in Southern California. Hope that helps. This is really not an off road bike. Beautiful machine.
 

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With your size, I’d look at a 1000lt. Looking at what you own already, the V1k would be a good option.
 

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The only thing I do not like about Versys is it is tall for me. I have 32" inseam. but I am light so not compress suspension much. So I ended up lowering mine 1"
You PROBABLY should replace the spring on your shock w/ a lighter one.
 

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...Feels nimble and gets great mileage 55mpg. It has a short wheelbase (nimble) and also large gas tank 5 gallons so you can go pretty far ~250 miles total....
Mark - your gas tank SHOULD have a 5.5 US gallon capacity.
 

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I really appreciate all the information you guys are telling me!
 

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I really appreciate all the information you guys are telling me!
For just about ANYTHING you can think of, Versys-related, there's at LEAST a few "been-there-done-that" people on the Forum.

Again - :welcome: aboard!
 

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I believe the rpm at 80mph(on gps) is 6200 with stock gearing and tires size. At least that is what my '15 shows.
 

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I did!!! :smile2: I put on a progressive lowering spring. and lowered the front forks 10 mm. The bike is way more manageable for me now!!

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Jim
Jim - I assume you meant that you RAISED your forks 10mm in the triple-trees, thus lowering your front-end...?

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