Versys owners checkin

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by pilot, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. Psalm11_6

    Psalm11_6 Adventurer

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    My last bike was a Ninja 250. The Versys is more power than I nearly ever find myself actually grabbing ahold of after that bike, having to plan out passes for quite some time down the road!

    My wife and I on mine and we're good to go for up to a 3 hour trip or so without issues. Usually for that kind of distance, we're doing 80 the entire time on the turnpike. Passing isn't a problem, though again, this is mostly flatlands out here.

    Longer than that and she says no thanks, but that's a rump problem to be corrected with a different seat eventually.
  2. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    After riding west to east across Kansas, I kissed the Welcome to Missouri sign and read the obituaries in the local paper to cheer myself up.
  3. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    Thanks for the info. I already ordered a Seat Concepts kit. All reviews of their product are very favorable.
  4. Bigolechalupa

    Bigolechalupa Been here awhile

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    Nice....let us know how it works out :1drink
  5. sosothree

    sosothree CL450 n00b

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    Stopped by another dealer... $7800 OTD on a 2011. Still Ouch. Maybe I'll make a weekend trip to that WV dealer selling for $6300 ( and pay ttl back home). :freaky
  6. miguelito

    miguelito Been here awhile

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    Not sure where PKI, (Prince Kedward Island?), is but check Ebay there are three on there for less, one for $6595, in NJ, FL, and WI. Also you might try searchtempest.com
  7. spklbuk

    spklbuk Been here awhile

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    What WV dealer would that be, please sir? :ear (Read back a few pages, but did not find it). TIA.
  8. Groves

    Groves Been here awhile

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    I swapped the rear sized 705 that was on the front for a proper size Distanzia.
    Wow, what a difference! The Versys feels much better on the road now.

    [​IMG]

    I did a bunch more gravel road riding this past weekend and I'm very pleased with them.
  9. sosothree

    sosothree CL450 n00b

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  10. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded Super Moderator

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    When I wear my stockers out, that's what I'll get. That's the right tire for the Versys.
  11. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    Looks like you got that tire on backwards.
  12. ray h

    ray h Been here awhile

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    I havent seen the Ebay add that was talked about but I'll bet it was Ridersville in Berkeley Springs. They tend to run very cheap Ebay sales.
  13. Groves

    Groves Been here awhile

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    :dunno :ear

    [​IMG]
  14. Bicyclist

    Bicyclist Been here awhile

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    Guess they do their tread backward from everyone else.
  15. ec90t

    ec90t Banned

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    I was considering the purchase of a Versys and just wanted to hear from the the bigger riders (6'02"+ 260 lb+):ear I'm looking for something simple and upright and I really like parallel twins:evil Most of my riding would be 4hr jaunts, to the local flat track races, and general commuting duties/backroad riding. I did the strom thing and really didn't like the blandness. Looking forward to hearing what everyone has to say.
  16. wordguy

    wordguy Adventurer

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    I'm about that size and the Versys works well for me. I did lower the pegs to unbend my knees a bit (34-inch inseam). But the seat and bars are stock. I have ridden all day on it and found it comfortable. It's plenty sporty for me on pavement, and I enjoy it on the occasional dirt road.

    -Alan
  17. Ogre_fl

    Ogre_fl Long timer

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    I am 6'-6" 260 lbs.
    I did the peg drop, swapped bars for a CR-High with 2" Rox risers and added a Corbin seat.
    The current ergos are very similar to my old Strom with 1" risers, CR-High bars and a suzuki Gel seat.
    Just a touch tighter in the legs as the Corbin is a little lower than stock but moves you back as well, which I do like.

    The Versys is much more engaging than the Strom and as long as you are staying on the pavement (or at least real hard pack) better handing too.
    I find the suspension handles my weight better than the Strom which is notably softer.

    I run dirt/sand roads every day, the 17" front is the only real draw back when the going gets soft, but it is workable.
  18. flying_hun

    flying_hun Moral Hazard

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    Another big guy here (6'3" 265 #'s), and I find the Versys fits me pretty well. I've added padding to the stock seat and leveled it out, and I've added Speedy's risers, and I'm about to break down and add the peg lowering kit to see if the trade-off with cornering clearance is acceptable. I've upgraded the suspension, but it's pretty stiff stock so it's mainly an issue of improving the quality of the damping. I did 400 miles on it last Saturday, and will be doing a big weekend coming up pre-running the BARF Spring Rally referenced in my sig. Probably 700-800 miles. It should be fine.

    I've been riding a long time and have owned many bikes, and it's one of the sweetest handling bikes I've ever owned.
  19. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    The stiff suspension seems to work in favour of the, um, more maturely-figured rider. Smaller guys say it's harsh for their weight.
  20. Southbark

    Southbark Adventurer

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    I am 6'2", over 300 lbs and the Versys holds up pretty well for me even when my wife or daughter are on the back. Except for the water pump it has about 8000 trouble free miles on it.. I did put a flatfoot,handlebar riser and 43 tooth rear sprocket on it.