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Old 06-19-2011, 06:23 PM   #121
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Old 07-05-2011, 04:43 PM   #122
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Interesting motorcycle. Ag, how does the Versys compare to the old DR? A Versys is for sale near me cheap.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:25 AM   #123
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Interesting motorcycle. Ag, how does the Versys compare to the old DR? A Versys is for sale near me cheap.
Well, they don't compare, very much.

The Versys is definitely a road bike. One with longer-than-typical suspension travel maybe, but it's still a road bike, and what, 450 pounds?

The DR650 is a good compromise, long-haul trail bike. It's a long way from a motocrosser and a long way from a touring bike, but does everything pretty well. DR weighs what, 360 pounds?

People take both into situations they (the bikes) don't belong, and come home fine to post on advrider about it! Long road trips on DRs and pretty impressive single track on a Versys! WAY better riders than I!

I wanted a lighter street bike than the Bandit 1250 I sold, and I was going to keep the DR, but when I started shopping for the Versys, I decided I wanted a new one (2010-2011) so I had to sell the DR for money reasons...
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Old 07-06-2011, 05:14 PM   #124
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Here's my old one. I refer to it as old because it was stolen last night, making me bikeless and sad.
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:30 AM   #125
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Here's my old one. I refer to it as old because it was stolen last night, making me bikeless and sad.
Sorry to hear that. Where was it parked?
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Old 07-09-2011, 04:51 AM   #126
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Thats sucks the big one!...I looked at a 08 with under 1000 miles at a repo lot in Michigan the other day. It had a few scratches but was in surprisingly good shape. It had bark busters and givi side racks. The guy was asking four grand and I would think he will come down. PM me anyone needs more info. I was so temped but I need something a little more nimble like my DR.
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Old 07-10-2011, 01:53 PM   #127
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So the Kawi demo truck is in town today, I rode the Ninja 1000 and the Versys. Having owned a Ninja 650R, I thought I'd be right at home on the Versys.


But I wasn't. What a weird bike!

The motor is far more agricultural than I remembered, but has a great rush of midrange power. Relative to the F800R I demo'd last month, the Versys is a far more willing playmate, just wants to rip around like a hooligan everywhere. I did miss the top-end rush from the 650R, but the Versys pulls hard enough above 6k that it really didn't matter.

The suspension was really soft, but I didn't get to mess with the settings. The seat to footpeg relationship was standard sport-tourer but the bars are high and pulled back, which was sorta odd. Would be a really interesting city bike, not sure about highway duty. Comfortable, but sortof odd wind management.

I thought I was really going to like it, and at the end of the day, it was sortof meh. Ripping back home on the interstate on my FZ6 was a revelation in smoothness. As soon I turned off the highway into my neighborhood I wanted to be back on the Versys.

I dunno.

Which is probably ok.
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Old 07-10-2011, 02:58 PM   #128
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"Top end rush of the 650R"

We must have rode different 650r's. I rode a co-workers and about fell asleep.
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Old 07-10-2011, 03:02 PM   #129
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"Top end rush of the 650R"

We must have rode different 650r's. I rode a co-workers and about fell asleep.

It is relative. Compared to the Versys, the 650R has about ten more HP and a 2k RPM higher redilne. If you flog it, it will go. Not quite like my FZ6 though...

The Versys wasn't quite as happy when wound out. Wheelied well enough.
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Old 07-11-2011, 06:07 AM   #130
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"Top end rush of the 650R"

We must have rode different 650r's. I rode a co-workers and about fell asleep.
There's a rather nice bump in power coming in at 7k on the 650R and it'll
keep pulling like that up to around 9-9,5k.

There's no such thing on the Versys, it pulls smoothly and evenly to it's
max power RPMS.
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Old 07-19-2011, 12:46 PM   #131
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I have the 1.5-1st Gen Trax cases (in the picture) and they leak. The 2nd-1st Gen came with the corners sealed during manufacture and some report they still get some leakage. The latest Evo cases have a single piece lip/seal/channel rather than the multipiece of the 1st gen cases. They 2nd Gen Evo cases also have upgraded lock/latches. I'm in the process of passing my current Trax set to my son for his Wee Strom and I'm going to replace them with a 2nd Gen/Evo set later this summer. You did well with the upgrade!
I rode in the rain with the Trax boxes last week, and washed them when I got home by spraying them HARD with the hose.

Not a DROP inside. Bone dry. I sprayed the hose directly on the seals as a test.
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:31 PM   #132
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Would be a really interesting city bike, not sure about highway duty.
I don't know anything. I just ride. But I can't disagree with you more Mr. Grainbelt. I just did 7000 miles in 20 days and I feel it's a better tourer than city bike. It really purrs at 85 mph.





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Old 07-22-2011, 02:15 PM   #133
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I don't know anything. I just ride. But I can't disagree with you more Mr. Grainbelt. I just did 7000 miles in 20 days and I feel it's a better tourer than city bike. It really purrs at 85 mph.


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Old 07-23-2011, 04:57 PM   #134
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I don't know anything. I just ride. But I can't disagree with you more Mr. Grainbelt. I just did 7000 miles in 20 days and I feel it's a better tourer than city bike. It really purrs at 85 mph.

I'm new here, just bought my Versys yesterday & I'm looking to outfit it w/ travel farkles...
Where did you get the gas can brackets?
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:38 AM   #135
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Anybody have experience with an aftermarket centre stand (since none are offered by the main aftermarket companies). I am afraid to pull the trigger on a bike without a centre stand but otherwise this bike is a great fit for me.
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