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Old 04-24-2008, 07:46 PM   #676
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I picked mine up today and damn, what a great bike. Much more than I expected. What a great little bike! Hell, it's not even little. I love the looks and love the ride. I took it easy, to get the feel of it, but I love the feel of it. Mirrors are kinda hard to see what is behind you, I noticed. Is there a place to lock your helmet on while you're in the store? Kinda slides my long ass forward, crushing my nuts, which I'll have to address but damn, I love it!!!

I was not expecting this much bike at all. It's light, nimble, more power than I need, and fun. Two thumbs up
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:57 PM   #677
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I picked mine up today and damn, what a great bike. Much more than I expected. What a great little bike! Hell, it's not even little. I love the looks and love the ride. I took it easy, to get the feel of it, but I love the feel of it. Mirrors are kinda hard to see what is behind you, I noticed. Is there a place to lock your helmet on while you're in the store? Kinda slides my long ass forward, crushing my nuts, which I'll have to address but damn, I love it!!!

I was not expecting this much bike at all. It's light, nimble, more power than I need, and fun. Two thumbs up
Mirrors are kinda hard to see what is behind you

Some people used Louis.de universal led mirrors as replacements, or Tiger mirrors, and I think there was a different kind, can't remember the name. The extenders seem to worsen the vibes.

Is there a place to lock your helmet on while you're in the store?

There are some hooks of sort underneath the seat for "locking" the helmet.

crushing my nuts, which I'll have to address but damn, I love it!!!

Oh, I am sure everybody is very interested in how you're going to address your nuts, especially since you love them. Don't keep us waiting, please

Seriously now, congrats on your purchase

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Old 04-24-2008, 09:14 PM   #678
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As promised







And the sound clip.

http://video.exhaust-notes.com/item/NYZD7M1KZ6HM3B6F

It happens to be installed on a Ninja 650 but that is as they
say close enough for jazz.
What are your thoughts on this bike?
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:24 PM   #679
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What are your thoughts on this bike?
You mean, other the the one or two opinions expressed in the other 45 pages and 680 posts?


Or maybe that is the problem. It doesn't rival the F800GS thread, but it's not dying either...


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Old 04-24-2008, 09:34 PM   #680
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There are some hooks of sort underneath the seat for "locking" the helmet.

How do you open the seat? During my "check out" at the dealer he said that the seat does not come off without a tool??
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:34 PM   #681
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You mean, other the the one or two opinions expressed in the other 45 pages and 680 posts?


Or maybe that is the problem. It doesn't rival the F800GS thread, but it's not dying either...


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I know you are a fan of the bike, and a knowledgeable one at that. Terry, is a guy with a lot of experience and diverse tastes in bikes. I would like to know what his thoughts are on this one.

I ask because I like - but don't own - the bike too. I'll go with the Ixils if I buy one:)
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:19 PM   #682
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What are your thoughts on this bike?
Hey 101... It's a fine scooter man ...maybe even a great one. My
jury is still out on how deep the character runs at this point. It does
pretty much everything well and excels at pretty much nothing.

A couple of days ago i took it out and spanked it thoroughly along
the south shore of Nova Scotia. It cornered well and tracked true
but got a little ruffled when things got bumpy. It is all day comfortable,
a little buzzy in the upper reaches of the tach, would benefit from a
taller shield on the slab, has a great motor with what feels like a
completely flat torque curve (hmmm... can a curve be completely flat)
brakes well, sounds fantastic running the Scorpion, loves to loft
the front wheel, feels a little cheezy to me in some of its' finishes,
handles a set of Givis real well, and does it all for a reasonable bit of coin.
I'm thinking that if i crossed my newly departed KTM Supermoto with my KLR i'd probably get something resembling the Versys.
Some scoots... in spite of their defficiences (or perhaps because of them)
seem to have gobs of character... think KLR... think 1150 GS, think just
about any Ducati. This Versys is a whole lot of fun but i can't quite connect
with the soul of it.
That's not to say it doesn't have one, we just haven't been introduced yet.
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:34 PM   #683
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Old 04-25-2008, 06:15 AM   #684
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My K1200GT is what you would ride to go to the moon!

The Versys is what all the guys/gals ride to run out to the launch pad and service my GT, if they forget a tool, just sprint back to the house and pick it up run back. Easy to ride and go, translates to gets used more often.
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Old 04-25-2008, 06:31 AM   #685
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My K1200GT is what you would ride to go to the moon!

The Versys is what all the guys/gals ride to run out to the launch pad and service my GT, if they forget a tool, just sprint back to the house and pick it up run back. Easy to ride and go, translates to gets used more often.
Nice description. Somewhat accurate too.
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Old 04-25-2008, 07:05 AM   #686
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How do you open the seat? During my "check out" at the dealer he said that the seat does not come off without a tool??
There is a key hole on the left side, below the pillion seat. Put your key in, turn it and then lift up the seat.

Pretty easy. Can't believe the dealer wouldn't know that!
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:13 AM   #687
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Don't they have people that do that sort of thing for you where you live?

Do you need me to explain what a CCKLROG member is?
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:17 AM   #688
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There is a key hole on the left side, below the pillion seat. Put your key in, turn it and then lift up the seat.

Pretty easy. Can't believe the dealer wouldn't know that!

He also told me that it's a "5-speed". Living in Alabama sucks sometimes
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:43 AM   #689
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Suspenion set-up!

Everyone will be different, but this is what works best for me. on the rear, I have backed the preload down to the lowest notch. This helps a lot if your sliping into the tank. only sacrifice is a little less rear travel. Up front i screwed down the damper and rebound to the max. A little stiffer but works well. The front was getting very soft after a few thousand miles. problem solved. Also,
with the rear preload at the lowest, Two-up with panniers (350-375 lb.) is still a nice ride. No offroad two up?
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Old 04-25-2008, 09:05 PM   #690
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I ask because I like - but don't own - the bike too. I'll go with the Ixils if I buy one:)
I was just kidding. Long day "at the office" required some light hearted response. Hope you didn't take it too seriously (when in doubt, don't take me seriously. I don't take myself too seriously either... )

it's a fine bike. I think you'll like it.



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