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Old 11-11-2012, 10:13 PM   #5371
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just checkin in, new versys owner
other bikes are bandit 1250 and honda xrl

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Old 11-12-2012, 04:24 AM   #5372
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I have said it all along, this bike is made for the black top jungle!
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Old 11-12-2012, 07:10 AM   #5373
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New Versys owner checkin !

Hi, I'm Song. I'm from South Korea and now I'm at South Australia
I'm planning for bike trip ! Good to find this forum.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:55 PM   #5374
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Old 11-13-2012, 11:39 AM   #5375
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well my versys is 4 years old now, 32k miles and today it would hardly start.

Going to pick up a new battery on the way home. That OEM one lasted forever!
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:13 PM   #5376
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Friday I picked up a 2011 Versys. Had .01 km on the odometer from riding it from the shop to the trailer. Deal was too good to turn down.

Happy to say goodbye to my Tiger 855i, bike had tons of spirit but was an overweight pig for someone of my size.

Over the last 2 days put on 300 km's under break-in conditions. Hopefully I can hit the 1K mark by month's end.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:31 AM   #5377
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Hey fellas - dyin' to join this group, just need the bike. Live in CO Rockies, 1 1/2 hours from Colorado Springs, 1 1/2 hours from Denver, on a dirt road 7300' up. Looking to get back into riding, on a Versys. Got one for sale? Willing to travel for the right bike - any color but red. I don't currently enjoy the type of income to spend top $$ on my toy, hoping to find one in the @$4K range. Seriously, when you're done laughing, do you really need that bike in the back of your garage? Wouldn't some cash towards your NEXT one make you happier? I promise pics if I can just find one I can afford. Thanks, Samk
It's too bad you don't want a red one, I have a nice ADV set-up Versys that I'm considering unloading. It's the wife's and she's been doing a lot more off-road, so she kind of wants a KTM 690 (to match my 950). Skid plate, panniers, crash bars, bark busters etc. Awesome on Gravel/forest service roads. I even have a 19" Vstrom wheel that I haven't put on (with all of the parts spacers/rotors/etc).

Here's a shot in Buena Vista.


(It has a few more scratches then in the pic above)
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Old 11-20-2012, 04:04 PM   #5378
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What a great looking set up!
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:19 PM   #5379
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What a great looking set up!
Thanks man! Yeah, she's built for touring in Colorado...or anywhere, that's for sure! I have a 19" front wheel. It'll be bitter sweet when I put that on. 19" will roll over a lot more off-road, but that 17" is hella fun on the twisties.
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:06 AM   #5380
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I even have a 19" Vstrom wheel that I haven't put on (with all of the parts spacers/rotors/etc).
PM sent regarding the 19" wheel.
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:21 PM   #5381
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Dual sport?

Question for you guys.
How is the Versys on fire roads?
I am looking at a vstrom but am intrigued on the Versys.
Have not been able to ride one yet..
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:50 PM   #5382
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Vstrom more for off road.

I don't do dirt.

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Old 11-21-2012, 05:54 PM   #5383
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How is the Versys on fire roads?
Having ridden both IMHO it's just as good on a fire road, feels lighter because of the narrower engine. Only bad point is the 17" front. When I got my '08 in '07, 17" tire choices where not good, so I put a VStrom wheel on mine. Now there are better tires available for the 17" wheel. It's only an issue in deep gravel, most fire roads are lacking gravel anyway so it’s not a big deal. Bottom line: even with a 17" wheel I rather have the Versys.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:03 PM   #5384
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Plenty of people riding these on the gravel. If you want a real treat - do a search for JDrocks. Also, the Versys Forum offers a ton of examples of these bikes being used for something other than strictly road riding.

As Sieg said, there are now a bunch more tires available that will give better traction in the rougher stuff. I just got a pair of Pirelli Scorpion Trails which should help with the gravel, but still maintain some lifespan. But you can get Conti TKCs and I'm sure have a ball.

Never ridden a V-Strom, but the more I ride the Versys, the more comfortable and 'lighter' it has come to feel, which in my opinion counts most, when you are hauling down a road that doesn't feel like glue beneath your tires.
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:20 PM   #5385
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Question for you guys.
How is the Versys on fire roads?
I am looking at a vstrom but am intrigued on the Versys.
Have not been able to ride one yet..
Before buying the Versys, we looked at both bikes. Personally I felt the Versys "felt" smaller and I like the engine much more. The engine is really peppy and fun. Off-road, the Versys is fine. The 17" can be a little limiting, but you'd be surprised what it can handle. We've had it over many of the Colorado passes with little to no issue. Thus, it's more then fine on fire and gravel roads. The only real issue we've had was when we had it in deep sand. Then again, all big bikes suck in deep sand.
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