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Old 07-01-2010, 07:34 AM   #2581
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i passed on a new 2009 versys otd would have been $5,086 but it was blue and i wanted green. So i piced up the green used 2009 with 800 miles. And i lucked out and it has an extended waranty on it till 2014. I paid $4,837 otd.
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Old 07-01-2010, 04:48 PM   #2582
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i passed on a new 2009 versys otd would have been $5,086 but it was blue and i wanted green. So i piced up the green used 2009 with 800 miles. And i lucked out and it has an extended waranty on it till 2014. I paid $4,837 otd.
Congrats, sounds like a nice deal!!
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:42 PM   #2583
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Bike # 13 and counting. A leftover 2009 Kawasaki Versys





I was on the fence of which bike to get next. There was a certain FZ1 from here on this board that would more than likely been in my driveway had the finances worked, but for reasons beyond my control, I couldn't get it. I have wanted a 1200 GS since the first time I rode Chris', but if and when I do get a GS, I want it to be exactly what I want, and I just can't afford to spend that kind of money on a bike right now. I looked and Tiger 1050's, Multistrada 1100's, and Ulysses's.

Then comes the Versys. I rode this bike back in February, and wasn't impressed. I only rode it about 10 miles, and it was freezing, so I wasn't really focused on getting a good impression of the bike. Yesterday, I went tire kicking at the same dealer, started looking at it again. Same bike has been sitting on the floor all year. My buddy Wesley, who is a salesman there asked if I wanted to ride it again. This time it was warm, and I was able to ride the bike for a little over an hour. What a difference warm weather, and a little time on a bike makes. I'm convinced that this will be one of the most fun motorcycles I will ever own. Even after only 120 miles. I know I like to trade bikes often, but only time will tell if this one stays for the long term.




P.S. Sold the KLR today too!
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:57 PM   #2584
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Bike # 13 and counting. A leftover 2009 Kawasaki Versys

Did you paint the body panels and plastics? First thing I'd do should I pick one up. Really set the bike off. Very cool
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:10 PM   #2585
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Did you paint the body panels and plastics?
Looks like every green 2009 to me...





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Old 07-01-2010, 08:14 PM   #2586
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Before this was a Pirelli MT-60. Handled great, didn't wear very well. Too expensive for the miles.
Thanks, same problems here with the front wearing out almost twice as fast as the rear. Once I lift the fender I'll try a Tourance and a Shinko -still on the fence for how will handle on spirited rides on tarmac though... Wish there was an easier way, than trial and error, to find out how the bike will handle the different tire sizes
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Old 07-01-2010, 08:17 PM   #2587
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Looks like every green 2009 to me...





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Well I'll be damned......

So the green come blacked, and the blue doesnt.

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Old 07-01-2010, 08:24 PM   #2588
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I'm getting ready to head out on my Versys Friday for a month out west.
Where are you going, and are you stopping by to visit?


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Old 07-01-2010, 09:06 PM   #2589
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Thanks, same problems here with the front wearing out almost twice as fast as the rear. Once I lift the fender I'll try a Tourance and a Shinko -still on the fence for how will handle on spirited rides on tarmac though... Wish there was an easier way, than trial and error, to find out how the bike will handle the different tire sizes
Wow, twice as fast. More preload for the forks or less rear shock might make a difference.

The Shinko 705 has changed their tread pattern and is not longer like the Tourance or Anakee. I like to older tread pattern though will be testing a set of the 705s when I can get a rear tire.
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Old 07-02-2010, 07:19 AM   #2590
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Bike # 13 and counting. A leftover 2009 Kawasaki Versys.
I'm convinced that this will be one of the most fun motorcycles I will ever own. Even after only 120 miles. I know I like to trade bikes often, but only time will tell if this one stays for the long term.




P.S. Sold the KLR today too!
Congrats, you're gonna have a lot of fun!
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Old 07-02-2010, 08:11 AM   #2591
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Blue 2009 here. Bought new in March. Almost 5000 on the odo. so far. I'm loving it.
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:45 AM   #2592
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:56 PM   #2593
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A few pics from a quick spur-of-the-moment trip to Whidbey Island in WA









It was pouring in Snoqualmie when I left
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Old 07-03-2010, 10:41 AM   #2594
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Was able to get-a-way for 1200 miles on my Versys last weekend. To The Great Nortwoods of Wisconsin and The UP. Home base was my buddy's cabin near Eagle River.



Tried real hard to get lost. Miss Garmin wouldn't let me.



Did only 150 miles of Forest Service roads (dirt and gravel no 2-track). Some of my favorite roads were all cut to hell from many logging operations.



Just a fun relaxing weekend wandering some secluded places. And I kept the bike upright.





This V is built for backroads.

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Old 07-03-2010, 04:17 PM   #2595
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Wow, twice as fast. More preload for the forks or less rear shock might make a difference.

The Shinko 705 has changed their tread pattern and is not longer like the Tourance or Anakee. I like to older tread pattern though will be testing a set of the 705s when I can get a rear tire.
Well, the wear could be due to those reasons, but I am sure that has something to do with the front being SM compound too
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