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Old 04-09-2015, 12:37 PM   #1
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fj09 vs 2015 versy 1000 vs 2015 gs1200

recently sold all my bikes .now looking at the following and reason and looking for opinions before i get what will be my last bike purchase

fj09---due to low weight and power

versy 10000 power and fairing (weather coverage ) but heavy at 560 lbs

gs1200...way overpriced but nice and well built --quality but relaibility ?/and i think that the fj09 and kawa may run rings around it

so, what is your opinion..

riding place ----probably will get in the miami area and ride it to conn. and vermont. and then keep it here in conn. for local rides and conn to vermont on back roads twice per year in spring
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Old 04-09-2015, 01:56 PM   #2
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Pick up the last months Rider magazine, they do a comparison between the Versys 1000, VStrom 1000 and FJ09. Versys was the better choice and for once I do agree with the Rider guys in all aspects of the test.
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:02 PM   #3
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There is a YouTube vid of this as well. I'd link, but I'm lazy
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:03 PM   #4
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The FJ-09 is quite good and could easily meet your needs. I was also impressed with the Versys 1000 and if I had to choose one that would be on the list next to the FJ. The FJ is smoother but the Versys has more power along more weight. I would have a tough time deciding between the two. It really depends on what your priorities are and personal preferences are.

For me, quality and reliability are pieces of the same puzzle. For that you are looking at Yamaha or Kawasaki.

Since this is intended to be your last bike you really need to have extensive test rides on each one.
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:25 PM   #5
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wrong section

This is the wrong place for this discussion perhaps?

The answer though: Tiger800XCX
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:38 PM   #6
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Old 04-10-2015, 06:59 AM   #7
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Had an FZ09 and rode a Versys 1K a couple of days ago. I just don't care for the FJ, but all the numbers look good (If not the bike, IMO...). The Beemer is just too much money, maintenance, and potential trouble for me. I'd definitely go Versys.
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Old 04-10-2015, 07:13 AM   #8
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Havent ridden either but sat on both. Versys 1000 feels better. Forget GS, overpriced and unreliable.
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Old 04-10-2015, 10:34 AM   #9
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Well to me at least, the GS isn't an apples to apples comparison. The GS is a true ADV bike, where the Versys and FJ are street bikes that won't kill you on a dirt trail. If you really plan on doing some serious ADV riding, then you really ought to be comparing the Super Tenere, Tiger, and GS.

If you're looking for a good all around street bike that can go down a few dirt roads without scaring you to death, then the Versys, FJ-09, and Vstrom. And honestly between those three, that's a really tough call. I've been a Yamaha man from day one, but right now I own two Kawasaki's and I'm not in the least bit disappointed. Suzuki is one of the few bikes I've never owned, but the reputation of the Vstrom is solid. I think you need to go see the bikes in the flesh and see which one floats your boat. Quality wise, feature wise, they're about a wash, so it's just going to come down to which bike speaks to your soul and says, "dood, let's go for a ride!"
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Old 04-10-2015, 10:47 AM   #10
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Jesus, the Versys 1000 is a Goldwing Lite.
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:30 PM   #11
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If you have GS money to spend I wouldn't even consider the others. (I like the Versys but I don't have GS money) Get a KTM Super Adventure 1290. It's a lot more than the FJ or Versys but a little less than the GS and from what I've been reading it flat out rocks.
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Old 04-12-2015, 02:09 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by XRman View Post
This is the wrong place for this discussion perhaps?

The answer though: Tiger800XCX
+1, a great mix of an fj 09 and the GS (if you don't mind downsizing a bit) It won't touch a versys for highway comfort, but for everything else it's great.

Over here it is more expensive than an FJ (although the FJ and the XRx are closely matched, so that's a no brainer). The XCx is cheaper than the versys though...
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