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Old 07-12-2008, 08:31 PM   #1171
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Question One more to the Versys list

I got one, too...Anyone have a remedy for those cheapass shaky mirrors???
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Old 07-12-2008, 08:57 PM   #1172
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If they make a Versys DS I am not sure how well the engine would perform off-road. Thoughts?
ha ha, today I went for a ride with 3 KLRs on narrow washed out gravel roads- pretty technical for a Versys guy with one bald rear tire (waiting for the new ones)...point was that those guys would have loved V's engine on their bikes...It's going to be a bit more difficult to take the carbs apart and drain them if/when the bike is submerged in water (they were recounting one fellow who was fishing for his bike after dropped), but BMW and others are the same, FI...so far this little engine seems to be bullet proof, and frugal...


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Anne,

welcome to the clan...

you're complaining about mirrors spinning around, or vibrations?

Mirrors from Tiger 1050 fit, with an adaptor they (dealer) sell for the right one. KTM ones fit also (see Vendors topic about KTM folding mirrors). Kawasaki ZX1200,ugly but they fit. Then you can getLouis , and I am sure the list does not stop here. As far as I know though, the vibration does not go away 100%, regardless of type.
My advice, Go Faster and save your money!
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:08 AM   #1173
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The engine would be great for off road. It has so much grunt. Every KLR rider that has rode mine said that they wished they made a KLR with the Versys engine. The Versys is one of the best packages that has came along. A better seat from the factory and it would be dam near prefect.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:26 PM   #1174
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This is about a 35 mile loop and one of the most popular rides in north Ga. I usally hit it about 7am when there is little to no traffic and the law is still eating donuts and drinking coffee.

http://media.putfile.com/The-Loop-in-North-Ga
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:10 PM   #1175
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Looks like fun!!
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Old 07-13-2008, 01:40 PM   #1176
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Contemplating a KLR or a Versys, and right now leaning towards the Versys as I haven't read a bad thing about the engine/suspension. I'd guess it's biggest limitation versus the KLR would be off-road capability?

My plans are commuter, backroad ripper, medium distance touring, with a few maintained dirt roads thrown in for good measure. My W does pretty good, but without any real aftermarket support, it is limited. I doubt I will get rid of it as the 360 deg twin just sounds great, and the suspension is well sorted. Brakes and seat are the two biggest questionable parts of it.

My local dealer has one of the few remaining 08 KLRs in the area (never been able to see one in person, they sell so fast) but it won't be uncrated till Monday morning. He can get a Versys pretty easily, but sold the one he had on the floor last week before I had a chance to sit on it.

Anyone with any experience with both want to chime in? I've read through this thread (mostly) and spent some time on klr.net as well some of the 08 klr threads here.
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Old 07-13-2008, 02:31 PM   #1177
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They are two different beast. The KLR is still more of a street bike then a dirt bike but it is a more of a dirt bike then the Versys. The Versys is more of a motard and loves the curves and commutes. Both bikes are great ,you will have to decide what you want most.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:12 PM   #1178
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Chiming In - Versys & KLR

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Contemplating a KLR or a Versys ...
My plans are commuter, backroad ripper, medium distance touring, with a few maintained dirt roads thrown in for good measure. ...
Anyone with any experience with both want to chime in? ...
Owned an 07 KLR and loved it; but found the Versys (acquired new last October and am coming up on 6K miles) better suited to my current riding applications (almost identical to your plans - with the occasional long distance ride thrown in). Thought a short Pro/Con comparison might help:
KLR
Pros: lighter, cheaper, more adventure gear, big front wheel {offroad}
Cons: vibration (damaged my GPS, lost some parts on long rides)
Versys
Pros: more fun! more power, more refined/smooth, small front wheel {onroad}
Cons: seat painful on long rides (butt & legs {6 foot 2}) - will redo seat!
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:14 PM   #1179
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After 3500 miles, traded an '08 KLR in on my V. Have not and will not look back. Both able machines for what they are built to do, but for the riding you describe...Versys wins hands down. But as you have already no doubt read, the seat is major SUCKAGE.
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Old 07-13-2008, 03:21 PM   #1180
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Thought a short Pro/Con comparison might help:
KLR
Pros: lighter
one point - new KLR = 175 kg vs Versys at 181 - The '08 KLR is heavier than the '07, so the diff between the KLR and the V is now minimal.
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:01 PM   #1181
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After 3500 miles, traded an '08 KLR in on my V. Have not But as you have already no doubt read, the seat is major SUCKAGE.
I wouldn't go as far..or maybe there are no pain receptors in my arse I have done couple long days rides on the Versys-12 to 16 hr saddle time (stock seat still). It sucks on straights (moving around helps), but on nice roads you never know when the time goes by...I suspect rider weight has something to do with seat comfort too (I'm 185lb with gear).
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Old 07-13-2008, 06:30 PM   #1182
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Nice video of the loop. Passing on the double yellow?? Shame on you!
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:17 PM   #1183
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Thanks for taking us along on your ride William

After Anne's comment about the mirrors I just had to check it out today. Mirrors clear to about 35 mph, then blurred image starting to clear as speed increased and clear again by 70 and above - 70 mph is the legal limit on secondary highways in Montana. Anyone done handlebar mods?

We were talking about buzz/vibrations earlier in the thread. I sometimes find myself riding at 70 mph in 5th gear and really don't notice it until I look at the tach, so compared to my DRZ the Versys is very smooth. I'm still amazed at the solid feel through curves- real high grin factor
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Old 07-13-2008, 08:22 PM   #1184
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I too had a 07 KLR and the Versys. KLR is gone and the Versys is still great. The KLR is My opinion only.
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Old 07-14-2008, 03:50 AM   #1185
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I just cannot beleive that people complain about what little vibration the Versys has. After riding so many different bikes in my life time ,the Versys is one of the smoothest twins I have ever ridden. I do not use my mirrors all that much but when I do I can pretty much see what is behind me.
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