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Old 11-08-2011, 08:25 PM   #7576
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While the 650 Versys is a nice, fun, and versatile bike, I really don't put it in the Advtour class.

Its nice that all these companies are popping out Advtouring models now. Choice is almost always good for the consumer.
The Versys has it's place....I've seen some bikes set up to run down gravel roads just about as well as a V Strom (both with semi knobbies)....& they're light too. There's a longtime dirt rider here in Waco who has his DS bikes set up with semi knobby 17" front wheels & loves em. If you're not doin any really technical stuff ...they prob work just fine. I haven't sampled a bike set up like that...but I'd like to.....
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:37 PM   #7577
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The Versys has it's place....I've seen some bikes set up to run down gravel roads just about as well as a V Strom (both with semi knobbies)....& they're light too. There's a longtime dirt rider here in Waco who has his DS bikes set up with semi knobby 17" front wheels & loves em. If you're not doin any really technical stuff ...they prob work just fine. I haven't sampled a bike set up like that...but I'd like to.....
Well, sure you can use just about any bike on the graded gravel roads we run. I've heard legend of a man that rides an FJR on gravel roads too. But the true measure of an advtouring bike is can it handle some not so graded gravel or mud roads. Would you take that bike up the Dalton Highway to Prudhoe Bay? I don't think the Versys is the platform that will excel at that sort of adventure. I know I wouldn't seriously consider doing it.

Don't get me wrong, I've heard great things about the Versys 650. I'd like to own one. But if the 1000 is anything like the 650, I do not consider it a ADVtouring bike.
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:51 AM   #7578
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That only leaves Kawa as the major bike producer that doesn't have a big advtour bike. KLR1400 perhaps...
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Old 11-09-2011, 05:16 AM   #7579
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Versys 1000:

Kawasaki doesn't consider the Versys 650 a "dual purpose" bike. They list it with their sport models.

From the Kawa website:

"Q. What is an excellent bike for commuting on the superslab, weekend jaunts over canyon roads or just overall riding fun? A: The Kawasaki Versys®. Introduced to acclaim from both the motorcycling press and the public a few years ago, the Versys was named "Motorcycle of the Year" by Motorcyclist magazine and placed on numerous top 10 lists in enthusiast publications. This solidly built multi-purpose tool will have you searching for more reasons to ride and more roads to explore."
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:10 AM   #7580
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:14 AM   #7581
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Versys 1000:

Begs for a bash plate.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:21 AM   #7582
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Begs for a bash plate.
And a radiator guard, and spoke wheels, and a larger front wheel...
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:24 AM   #7583
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WOW!!! The Honda Cross Tour looks sweet!! Maybe I need to up grade when they come out. It looks worth looking into. I just put over-sized pistons in my wee strom, but now that I have the ST1300, when I get on the 650 it feels like a mini-bike. I have been very impressed with the way the wee-strom handles off road, I really want to test out the Honda Cross Tour now. I have always liked an wanted a GS, I just don't like the overall cost of the bike and parts.
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Old 11-09-2011, 06:26 AM   #7584
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WOW!!! The Honda Cross Tour looks sweet!! Maybe I need to up grade when they come out. It looks worth looking into. I just put over-sized pistons in my wee strom, but now that I have the ST1300, when I get on the 650 it feels like a mini-bike. I have been very impressed with the way the wee-strom handles off road, I really want to test out the Honda Cross Tour now. I have always liked an wanted a GS, I just don't like the overall cost of the bike and parts.
Honda makes a good product. It should be interesting to see it when it comes out. Start saving your pennies now...
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:30 AM   #7585
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And a radiator guard, and spoke wheels, and a larger front wheel...
I don't mind cast wheels, but it does need to be larger up front.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:52 AM   #7586
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WOW!!! The Honda Cross Tour looks sweet!! Maybe I need to up grade when they come out. It looks worth looking into. I just put over-sized pistons in my wee strom, but now that I have the ST1300, when I get on the 650 it feels like a mini-bike. I have been very impressed with the way the wee-strom handles off road, I really want to test out the Honda Cross Tour now. I have always liked an wanted a GS, I just don't like the overall cost of the bike and parts.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:10 AM   #7587
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New 2012 650 V-Strom Adventure with ABS. Nice to see Suzuki building a complete bike, well it does need a skid plate. Still a good entry level bike for the beginner to intermediate Adventure Tour rider, hell it would work for some seasoned riders.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:15 AM   #7588
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New 2012 650 V-Strom Adventure with ABS. Nice to see Suzuki building a complete bike, well it does need a skid plate. Still a good entry level bike for the beginner to intermediate Adventure Tour rider, hell it would work for some seasoned riders.
It looks like the gas tank extends beyond the crash guard. If so, its not a good design...
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:31 AM   #7589
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It looks like the gas tank extends beyond the crash guard. If so, its not a good design...
Most likely just the angle of the picture.
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Old 11-09-2011, 08:37 AM   #7590
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I gotta tell y'all. That Wee looks great. Couple of mod's and some needed guards and it is there. Looks to me like they were using Mud's big Vee as inspiration.
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