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Old 08-08-2013, 01:37 AM   #31
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I used to shift my 650R around 4000 around town (flat ground), and
keep it around 3500 in all gears but 6th, and the 650R has less torque
down low (but a bigger punch up top then the V).
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:46 AM   #32
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I went from a Shadow ACE 750 to a 2011 Versys.

The Versys is so much more fun.
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:51 AM   #33
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Old 08-08-2013, 05:55 AM   #34
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NC700X with DCT will probably be my next bike.
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Old 08-10-2013, 04:39 AM   #35
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I love my versys. Adding laced wheelset and some, make that lots of armor for adventure riding.


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Old 08-11-2013, 01:27 PM   #36
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I love my versys. Adding laced wheelset and some, make that lots of armor for adventure riding.


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I just bought the NC 700, I had an 08 versys I loved that bike I think even more than my Tiger 1050, except for the engine on the 1050. I am thinking about doing the spoked wheels on the 700, it's a great bike after you get used to the engine.
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Old 08-11-2013, 05:30 PM   #37
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I just bought the NC 700, I had an 08 versys I loved that bike I think even more than my Tiger 1050, except for the engine on the 1050. I am thinking about doing the spoked wheels on the 700, it's a great bike after you get used to the engine.
Why do you have to 'get used to the engine'?
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Old 08-11-2013, 05:43 PM   #38
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I've put about 20,000 miles on my Versys (original owner put 10,000 miles on it), and it's only the second bike I've owned (first was an EX500). Never ridden an NCX.

The Versys is always fun to ride. Always. I commute on it, 10 miles each way, and I get to work in a good mood and I arrive home in a good mood.

I have taken it on long trips and have had a few 400-plus mile days, and the Versys isn't comfortable on those big-mileage days. I'm 6 feet tall, and the bike isn't big enough for a guy my size to ride comfortably more than six hours a day. From what I've ready about the Honda, it's better suited for tall people. And the Versys vibrations get to you after a few hours.

On the other hand, I can hang off it and ride on twisty mountain roads like I'm on a sportbike.

It's an incredibly, exhiliratingly fun bike that's comfortable for the first three or four hours (if you're a tall guy). If that appeals to you, get one.
I bought my '09 Versys new, put about 15000 miles on it before I sold it. The Versys is a great city bike, but it left a lot to be desired on the highway. It wasn't bad till you got about 4 or 5 hours in. I was doing 12 hour trips just to cross Texas. It's good bike, rock solid and you can throw it around, it can be an Adventure bike, it just takes a little work.
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Old 08-11-2013, 08:51 PM   #39
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I have taken it on long trips and have had a few 400-plus mile days, and the Versys isn't comfortable on those big-mileage days. I'm 6 feet tall, and the bike isn't big enough for a guy my size to ride comfortably more than six hours a day. From what I've ready about the Honda, it's better suited for tall people. And the Versys vibrations get to you after a few hours.
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Tall people don't belong on a versys for any length of time. You're legs will go suffer. (I'm 6-5.) The entire riding position doesn't work well for tall people. A friend lent me a Versys to ride Ohio to Louisiana and back. I'm glad I got to ride the bike but I would never buy one.
It handles well and has a very spirited engine.
Vibes made my hands go numb. Being that I was usually riding a KTM640 without a problem, I was shocked.

I really suggest a bike that can be made into something for your height. See if you can sit on one of the BMW twins. A 650/800. They've been around for a few years. I've heard that they're not so bad for tall people. I love my 990, but they're terrible on fuel. If you can deal with that, a used SM/SMR/SMT has a lot of wheelie factor.


I test rode the new CB500X. It's got a lot of great things going for it. If you're under 6'. No clue in regards to the NCX.


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Old 08-12-2013, 07:25 AM   #40
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Tall people don't belong on a versys for any length of time. You're legs will go suffer. (I'm 6-5.) The entire riding position doesn't work well for tall people. A friend lent me a Versys to ride Ohio to Louisiana and back. I'm glad I got to ride the bike but I would never buy one.
It handles well and has a very spirited engine.
Vibes made my hands go numb. Being that I was usually riding a KTM640 without a problem, I was shocked.
A tall seat really helps the Versys, and there's a kit to lower the pegs. I have a 34" inseam, and with stock pegs but a Baldwin Tall seat, it's very comfy for long distances.

I agree on the vibes. They aren't rough, paint-can shaker vibes like a big thumper; they are higher-frequency. I don't notice them for the first hour or two, then I need to keep a loose grip or I get numb hands. Good gloves help this a lot, and I think grips might fix it entirely.
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The vibes would tickle my nose something awful. Maybe it vibrated the hair in my nose.

Maybe that's why the wifey liked it so much.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:32 AM   #42
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The vibes would tickle my nose something awful. Maybe it vibrated the hair in my nose.

Maybe that's why the wifey liked it so much.
+1 on both counts, nose itch & GF "comfort", I had both on the 650R!
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Old 08-12-2013, 02:10 PM   #43
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I used to shift my 650R around 4000 around town (flat ground), and
keep it around 3500 in all gears but 6th, and the 650R has less torque
down low (but a bigger punch up top then the V).
3500-4000 is the worse zone as far as vibes go on my Versys.

On mine it is smoother the more you rev it.
5000 is not bad, 6000 is better still. It's not until you get over 8000 that it starts swinging twords worse again.

Its funny but times when I think to myself that the bike is running particularly smooth, I find I am running along at speed in 5th gear and had forgot to shift up to 6th.
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Old 08-13-2013, 12:51 AM   #44
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3500-4000 is the worse zone as far as vibes go on my Versys.

On mine it is smoother the more you rev it.
5000 is not bad, 6000 is better still. It's not until you get over 8000 that it starts swinging twords worse again.

Its funny but times when I think to myself that the bike is running particularly smooth, I find I am running along at speed in 5th gear and had forgot to shift up to 6th.
The 650R was electric-smooth up to 4000, but at 4k it was horrible, smoothed
out from 4500 to 5500 (and pulls like a train there) but after 6k, it gets worse
as it goes higher but you never have to be at those revs since the bike
has so much torque.

I'm enjoying the smoothness of my FZ6 a lot more now, but man, do I
miss the torque...
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:05 AM   #45
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The Honda is way too heavy, 220 kg dry weight.
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