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Old 07-13-2014, 12:43 PM   #1
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Versys, Ninja, or something else?

Hi all, looking for some advice. I'm thinking of purchasing a more high perfromance road bike, but have no experience with these machines. I've ridden dirt bikes and also have a Suzuki DRZ 400 that I ride on the road and some gravel forest service roads. Looking for something more hgihway ready and with better handling and power. Looking to cruise the mountain roads, including some multi-day trips.

Any suggestions as to what I should be looking for? I have seen the Versys spoken highly of as a great road bike with still some capabilites off road. The Ninja seems more like a pue street bike. I'd really appareciate any input from you more experienced guys.

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Old 07-13-2014, 12:44 PM   #2
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also, which ninja? 300, 650, 1000?
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:28 PM   #3
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Hi all, looking for some advice. I'm thinking of purchasing a more high perfromance road bike, but have no experience with these machines. I've ridden dirt bikes and also have a Suzuki DRZ 400 that I ride on the road and some gravel forest service roads. Looking for something more hgihway ready and with better handling and power. Looking to cruise the mountain roads, including some multi-day trips.

Any suggestions as to what I should be looking for? I have seen the Versys spoken highly of as a great road bike with still some capabilites off road. The Ninja seems more like a pue street bike. I'd really appareciate any input from you more experienced guys.

Thanks
Yeah , I put 20,000 miles on a 2009 Versys and can say that it was one of the most fun do all bikes I have owned ...25 or so...just a great 650 for very little money...new or used...dirt roads or highway...kinda like a big supermoto
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:56 PM   #4
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Old 07-13-2014, 03:40 PM   #5
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I was thiking maybe I shojuld start with a 300 maybe the 650, as a starter road bike?
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:24 PM   #6
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So, I have a 2000 K1200RS, 2002 DRZ and just within the past two weeks I bought a 2008 Versys. It's really a fun bike to ride. The other bikes will be gathering some dust while I figure out what the Versys is all about.

It was ready for new tires so I put a set of Distanza's on it. I spent the last two days ripping through lots of local dirt roads. I'm tempted to do the full armor but I have the DRZ for more serious single track.

I bought the Versys to explore dirt and forest service roads where ever I find them. It's going to be fun messing with this bike.
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Old 07-13-2014, 04:33 PM   #7
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of the bikes you mentioned, it's Versys hands down

you may also want to consider the V-Strom
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Old 07-13-2014, 07:28 PM   #8
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Hi all, looking for some advice. I'm thinking of purchasing a more high perfromance road bike, but have no experience with these machines. I've ridden dirt bikes and also have a Suzuki DRZ 400 that I ride on the road and some gravel forest service roads. Looking for something more hgihway ready and with better handling and power. Looking to cruise the mountain roads, including some multi-day trips.

Any suggestions as to what I should be looking for? I have seen the Versys spoken highly of as a great road bike with still some capabilites off road. The Ninja seems more like a pue street bike. I'd really appareciate any input from you more experienced guys.

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You have the DRZ, not much reason to get a slightly dirt worthier bike. Go with the Ninja. I had a DRZ to go with my Ninja 650r for a long time, good combo
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Old 07-14-2014, 04:55 AM   #9
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Can anyone compare the Versys to the Ninja 650 for me? What am I going to have in one but not the other? It seems as if the Versys would be more of a cruising, forest service type bike, while the Ninja may be more sporty?
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Old 07-14-2014, 05:23 AM   #10
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The new FZ-07 is a direct competitor to the Ninja 650, and according to all the reviews so far, has a much better engine in it. It's a naked and the Ninja is a faired bike, which is nice for choice.
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to say the FZ-07 is a better bike than the Ninja 650 is saying a lot, because the Ninja is a very good motorcycle. Rider did a very positive review of it just a few years ago.

"The Ninja 650R successfully combines relaxed ergos, stability and good fuel economy (45.5 mpg), despite our test bike’s ridiculously pessimistic fuel gauge that indicates low fuel way too early. Nevertheless, its perfect balance of power and torque is going to make it especially hard to say good-bye when the Ninja finally goes home to Kawasaki." - Rider
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:11 AM   #12
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Can anyone compare the Versys to the Ninja 650 for me? What am I going to have in one but not the other? It seems as if the Versys would be more of a cruising, forest service type bike, while the Ninja may be more sporty?
The Versys sits a little higher at the seat. The engine blocks are the same, but the Versys is tuned for a flatter torque curve. Basically, it reached peak torque faster, but that peak is a little lower than the Ninja. Depending on the model year, the Versys has rebound and damping adjustment on the front end where the Ninja only has rebound. Honestly, they ride about the same, but the Ninja has all the extra plastic to worry about in case of a drop. I've got over 20K miles on my Versys now, and it's not leaving the garage any time soon unless Kawasaki pulls their heads out of their lower orifices and brings the Versys 1K to the states.
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:41 AM   #13
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i would go with an FZ09, OP. judging from your criteria. unless you can't live with a naked bike

i have read posts from many riders on this board with lots of experience with dozens of bikes that say this is one of the best motorcycles they've ever ridden. a few have even said they have not bought a new bike in many years, satisfied with their old tech bikes and not liking new bikes too much. but once they rode the Yamaha, they had to have it

so i would suggest also looking there
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:28 AM   #14
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As I get into this more and more, there really are a lot of options out there. I started looking at some Honda's, and there seem to be 3 or 4 that might be likely candidates. NC 700 the CB500, etc.

Probably like a lot of things, I can't really go wrong, I just want to make sure I get something sporty enough, but not too much for a fairly inexperienced road rider. I really enjoy my DRZ 400, but with 50/50 trail tires and a max speed of around 80, I'm sure I could have alot more fun on the road on one of these more sport bikes.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:50 AM   #15
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As I get into this more and more, there really are a lot of options out there. I started looking at some Honda's, and there seem to be 3 or 4 that might be likely candidates. NC 700 the CB500, etc.

Probably like a lot of things, I can't really go wrong, I just want to make sure I get something sporty enough, but not too much for a fairly inexperienced road rider. I really enjoy my DRZ 400, but with 50/50 trail tires and a max speed of around 80, I'm sure I could have alot more fun on the road on one of these more sport bikes.

It depends on how much sportiness you are wanting. How much do you enjoy power and acceleration? If you are one of those that are perfectly happy with a bike that will be only "decent" in that regard, that is good, and it will save you some money. If you really like a powerful motorcycle, I'd agree with Steve and say that the FZ-09 is an excellent choice. Also, the FZ1 is an excellent choice and can be had for great prices for what it is on the used market.

You have experience with riding. It's not like you're going to get an FZ* and immediately flip it over on your head because it has too much power. The nice thing about having a powerful bike is that it will only go as fast as you tell it to. And, it's nice to have the extra juice when you want it. You just have to be sure that you can control yourself. Good luck!
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