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Hello everyone. I joined this forum to begin my research on Kaswasaki Versys models and what current owners have to say about them. I currently own a 2013 Honda CB1100 which I have modded to meet my tastes. My son just purchased a new Yamaha FJ-09 and I really like its versatility. I am now contemplating moving to one of the Versys LT models and doing some light touring with him. Last year we road 2,000 miles in ten days and had a great time. I look forward to learning from everyone and their real life experience, so thanks in advance for the advice and support!

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Welcome, you can't go wrong with a Versys for versatility.........:) I've taken mine on the road less traveled.
 

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:welcome: Lived in Winfield when i was a kid.....Heres a photo out by Lock-N-Dam #25

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:welcome: aboard!

Maybe "AlaskaJeff" can show a pic from ...the road less traveled... taken just AFTER D2D this past June, while he was 'checking-out' mud...!

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Hey Ron, I am about a half hour from you on the Illinois side.

I have had my 2014 Versys 650 for about a month and put about 1100 miles on it so far. I absolutely love this bike! I have owned a lot of different bikes for many different reasons. I was about to give up on riding for a while because I felt like I was losing my passion for riding. That is until I took a ride on the bike I now own. It has awesome low to mid range power where I spend most of my time riding anyway. This bike will pull the front wheel off the ground with just acceleration without a clutch drop, if that doesn't get the juices flowing you better check your pulse. The riding position is absolutely perfect for my 6' 1" frame. The bike grabs the road very well and gives you confidence in the machine that I love. Fuel economy has been all over the place for me, I have got as much as 57mpg and as low as 40 mpg (very spirited riding). Changing oil and filter is a snap and the easiest bike to change oil I have ever owned. I really like the analog tach with digital speedo, it really works good for me.

Now for a couple of things that I like less, doesn't bother me a lot just something to either get used to or to find a fix for.
First it does vibrate a little in the handgrips and footpegs. I added grip buddies to my grips and that pretty much took care of it for me. The pegs doesn't bother me enough to mess with.
Second is the brakes are a little weak, again nothing bad just something to get used to, they actually stop fine on normal situations.
And last and the most important and one in my opinion is a must fix is the seat. Initially when I first sat on the bike I thought huh this seat feels pretty comfortable. But after buying the bike and riding for more than a half hour my butt hurts like I have never felt before. Almost like a nerve gets pinched to the point where things start to really hurt. The only thing I have tried so far is an Alaska sheepskin buttpad. And to be perfectly honest it helps just a little, not a great deal but a little. I can now ride for an hour in comfort and after two hours it still feels better than just the seat experience.
So in summary the seat is the only real issue with this motorcycle, everything else is in the good to excellent category. JMO

I would say go check one out yourself and see what you think, as close as you are, take a run over to Big St. Charles Motorsports. I bought my brand new 2014 Kawasaki Versys 650 for $4757 out the door. It still has the kawi one year warranty.I know it isn't the LT model but with all the money you will be saving you can spring for the bags and supports.
Or go for the newer body style 2015 or 2016.
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Ron,

I bought a 2015 Versys 650 LT in April. I now have over 2300 miles on it riding here in Colorado. I absolutely love the motorcycle. It does so well in the twisties here and will cruise just fine on the highway. I've not ridden as far in a day as some of the riders on the forum but have peeled off 150 mile rides no sweat. I find it has plenty of power, I like the LT's bags and handguards among other things.

I can't compare the 2015 and later bikes to the earlier generations but 2015 featured a number of material changes to the motorcycle that are said to reduce vibration and alter the styling. The changes were an important consideration for me.

I really liked the Kawasaki green too.



Good luck with your selection.
 

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And last and the most important and one in my opinion is a must fix is the seat. Initially when I first sat on the bike I thought huh this seat feels pretty comfortable. But after buying the bike and riding for more than a half hour my butt hurts like I have never felt before. Almost like a nerve gets pinched to the point where things start to really hurt. The only thing I have tried so far is an Alaska sheepskin buttpad. And to be perfectly honest it helps just a little, not a great deal but a little. I can now ride for an hour in comfort and after two hours it still feels better than just the seat experience.
So in summary the seat is the only real issue with this motorcycle, everything else is in the good to excellent category. JMO...
Herb
Herb - you can raise the front of your seat for about $2 for longer bolts and 12 washers, OR order one of the plastic bits that do it, from a fellow in the FOR SALE forum, for around $14....
 

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Herb - you can raise the front of your seat for about $2 for longer bolts and 12 washers, OR order one of the plastic bits that do it, from a fellow in the FOR SALE forum, for around $14....

I have read that this helps for the sliding forward problem (which I don't have) but does it help with comfort too?
 

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Welcome..........I just switched to a Versys (2015) from a Vulcan 1500 Classic. I haven't gotten that many miles on it just yet but so far I'm not sorry. As mentioned a seat mod and risers will make quite a difference in comfort.
 
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