"Quick"... you can't be serious?I totally agree...this is not a bike I would recommend for beginners...its tall and quick, not an ideal combo for beginners. Maybe a 500 or Ninja 250 would be better to start on IMHO...
I find it interesting to read this thread. I recently bought an '09 Versys for my son (20 yr old) just because I thought it was a great beginner bike. The reason it is a good beginner bike is because of all the reasons that you guys mention.
I think that last line says it all; my son loves his Versys and I don't see him upgrading anytime soon, not like with a Ninja 250 or an EX500 which you can grow out of in 6 months.
- Great gas mileage
- Good suspension; easy to handle
- Good power but not overwhelming
- Nice and even power band
- Good looks in nice colors
- Forgiving enough for a beginner but will grow with you as you gain experience
That's what I mean Eddie!The 650 Versys can run the quarter mile in 12.96 seconds, at 99.15 mph. Might not sound exciting, but I was among the "early" motorcycle drag racers, and I CAN remember how difficult it was to turn 112 in 12.75 seconds back in '65, testing my dragster engine in a stock Triumph frame, but running alcohol.
We tend to become 'bored' w/ the technology that we have, ALMOST FREE!
Yes it was! The engine was WAY-Y-Y beyond a Bonneville, and 'running FUEL' [even IF ONLY alcohol]. It had 12 to 1 compression, VERY radical Harmon & Collins 'roller' cams, 1.5" Wal Philips 'Injectors', and based on the THUNDERBIRD 650.Your Triumph was 13mph quicker than a Versys... down the 1/4 mile. And 13mph more down a quarter mile
is substantial to the tune of about 6 bike lengths. And that was with a machine that was from more than
half a century ago... a 650 Bonnie I guess....
Sensational! That looks like one of those super sexy Akront wheels.Yes it was! The engine was WAY-Y-Y beyond a Bonneville, and 'running FUEL' [even IF ONLY alcohol]. It had 12 to 1 compression, VERY radical Harmon & Collins 'roller' cams, 1.5" Wal Philips 'Injectors', and based on the THUNDERBIRD 650.
Here's a pic of that engine in the T'bird running gear,
Quasimodo2 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr
and while being 'built'
Quasimodo4 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr
and I USUALLY ran at Shepherds Field Dragstrip in Calgary, AB, at about 3,500'ASL.
GOOD fun, 'specially when you're 'young-and-stupid'....
Beginner bike 🤣 This rider has 50 yrs in the saddle. My last 2 bikes were 4 cylinder liter or better, V65 Sabre (1100) and K100RS (1000). Enjoyed them both very much. I wanted something lighter and easier to handle, enough performance to be fun to run around on town or out of town on, and didn’t want to break the bank doing it. I opted for the Vx300 and couldn’t be happier with my choice. Spinning up that motor puts a big smile on my face and I can get the thrill while staying within reasonable legal limits. My first Kawasaki, it has exceeded my expectations. It’s a solid bike when pushed to its limits. It’s a joy to ride and easy to handle. I’ve just half a season on it, freeway commuting, surface streets, and dirt roads mostly. Truly the most versatile bike I’ve ridden. I look forward to putting some new rubber on it over the off season and do some off road exploring with it too. I don’t miss my “expert rider” bikes one bit.
Back then I know that the "dirt" guys didn't like those rims, as they would "mud-up" very quickly. However - on a street-bike (or dragster) they looked GREAT, and were LIGHT! Here's another "gratuitous" pic of the drag-bike....first thing I noticed was high flange Akront wheels just like my Bultaco's used to have