FZ1, FZ6, V-Strom, Versys, bandit, or...?

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Bucket69, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Bucket69

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    I know this type question gets asked over and over...and over and over, But I can't find a direct comparison.

    I want a sport bike that has a standard seating position, comfortable 2-up and good on dirt roads.

    I like the looks of the FZ1 and FZ6, but can't seem to find much on the 2-up or dirt rad part of it.

    Also, what about the bandit? Does it fit in with the rest of these bikes?
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  2. Scubawerx

    Scubawerx Scubawerx

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    If you are an experienced rider, experienced on dirt and mature street riding, then you can make a Vstrom 1000 do anything you might throw at it. I'm 46 and have owned close to 40 motorcycles, always looking for the "perfect" bike. My 2003 Vstrom 1000 (purchased in Dec. 2012 from Black Rhino after he loaned it to me for a weekend ride to Apalachicola) is the perfect bike for all-round riding. Fits two-up just fine, handles most dirt/adventure riding, and can drag the pegs on the Dragon if you want. (Incidentally, my tire of choice for the Vee is the Shinko 705).
    It's a taller bike. I'm 6'-4" and it's perfect for me. Black Rhino is taller and he has a 2012 Vee. But if height isn't an issue for you, try the Vee. So many options for setup, dependable motor/tranny/electronics, and it farkles out with the best of them.
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  3. Bucket69

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    I'm an experienced rider, so that isn't a problem. I'm also 6'-0". Right now I am riding a KLR650 and like the way it fits, but I want something more sport/street oriented.
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  4. Scubawerx

    Scubawerx Scubawerx

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    The Vee is more street than dirt oriented. However, properly optioned out and appropriately ridden, it can handle the mountain curves, interstates, or dirt switch-backs with ease, usually getting 40-50 mpg.
    My wife especially appreciates the passenger peg location. She also is long-legged and the extra leg extension room makes her rides much more comfortable. She prefers the Vee to our once-owned Goldwing for comfort. Our last rides were primarily muscle cruisers. But the Vee fills our various riding needs with performance and power. I'd recommend the Vee for any experienced rider looking for a higher displacement ride.
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  5. Bucket69

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    Thanks...I found an 04 DL1000 local w/ 11k miles for $4400. Might go look at it.
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  6. Scubawerx

    Scubawerx Scubawerx

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    Great. Send a photo when you get your ride.
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  7. SStiffler

    SStiffler Been here awhile

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    I had a Bandit 600. I could not get comfortable on the thing. The Boys rested on the tank. I even had the seat re-done. I have a Wee Strom now and it is great. I think the Vee is the ticket if it is nice.
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  8. LexLeroy

    LexLeroy Chief Mansplainer

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    Yep, I feel the same way. My ZRX1100 got replaced with a 2008 DL1000. Now I'm a happy pup... although that ZRX motor with the Dale Walker slip-on and jet kit was kinda' fun.
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  9. Bucket69

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    What are some opinions on the FZ1 as a 2-up ride? Momma's got to be comfy...
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  10. DELTATANGO

    DELTATANGO Motorcyclist and Dog Walk

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    All design is a compromise.
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  11. Motomantra

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    Rear pegs too high for my wife.
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  12. Pecha72

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    Sporty, good on dirt, and good for two-up -- that´s gonna be a tough combination to fulfill with just one bike!

    I think one of the big trailie bikes would be the closest match... but they´re not as sporty as an FZ1. The DL1000 might actually fit the bill, long as you don´t expect it to be a real dirt bike. It´ll do that better than FZ1, Versys or Bandit, though...
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  13. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I got an FZ6, can't imagine it offroad.

    I DID some gravel/dirt on my Ninja 650R (Versys would be a better choice) and
    it was "ok", but the FZ6 with it's narrower and closed bars seems impossible
    for offroad work - FZ1 too.
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  14. DavidKXF

    DavidKXF Been here awhile

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    I owned an FZ1 and give it the thumbs down. It has an older generation R1 engine which is a bit of a screamer, not really suitable for this style of bike. If it was fitted with the newer R1 big bang engine that would be a different story.

    For me the Z1000 is a better bike due to a more flexible engine. Also look at the Speed/Street Triple these are stunning bikes.
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  15. sodapop

    sodapop Caffeinated

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    Tough combo. How about a KTM 990 SM-T?

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 4 Beta
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  16. pluric

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    I own a 1st Gen FZ1 and had a DL1000, and two 1200 Bandits. For the combination
    of riding you are talking about I would pick the Strom.
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  17. btao

    btao RIP Lilolita

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    I've had two bandits as well, the old 1200 and new 1250. The bike is super capable, 2up without throttle adjustment, but the seat ... never could get comfy for anything over 2hours. ok in the dirt, but heavy. Doesn't float much. Torque monster though, and a blast. My buddy kept his just for touring with the GF, while solo with the speed 3le
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  18. Nytelyte

    Nytelyte Somewhere about

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    My wife loves it. Did a 240 mile day ride yesterday. All day comfy for both of us, can even put the soft bags on and it doesn't bother her.

    That said, I think its too heavy and peaky for dirt, and its top heavy at that. BUT I'm smaller than you @ 5'8", and my wife is 5'4". So YMMV.
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  19. OaklandStrom

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    A Wee is like a refined KLR with double the horsepower. A Vee has even more.

    If you like the KLR, the Wee should be great. If you need to haul ass, 2 up, get the Vee. The Wee has plenty of power for most people, but I understand that some folks need more.
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  20. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Never had mine off road (single/dual track) but I've run a fair bit of gravel.

    Light bike with a huge 180 section rear sportbike tire. So, it skates around a fair bit and always keeps you on your toes, but it mostly goes forward. :lol3


    Srsly for the OP, look at the Tiger 800. Used ones are getting decent money-wise now.
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