Versys owners checkin

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

  1. ghollaba

    ghollaba Backroads

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    Question for you guys.
    How is the Versys on fire roads?
    I am looking at a vstrom but am intrigued on the Versys.
    Have not been able to ride one yet..
  2. David R

    David R I been called a Nut Job..

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    Vstrom more for off road.

    I don't do dirt.

    Sent from the phone in my shoe. Maxwell Smart.
  3. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    Having ridden both IMHO it's just as good on a fire road, feels lighter because of the narrower engine. Only bad point is the 17" front. When I got my '08 in '07, 17" tire choices where not good, so I put a VStrom wheel on mine. Now there are better tires available for the 17" wheel. It's only an issue in deep gravel, most fire roads are lacking gravel anyway so itÂ’s not a big deal. Bottom line: even with a 17" wheel I rather have the Versys.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  4. motopreserve

    motopreserve Been here awhile

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    Plenty of people riding these on the gravel. If you want a real treat - do a search for JDrocks. Also, the Versys Forum offers a ton of examples of these bikes being used for something other than strictly road riding.

    As Sieg said, there are now a bunch more tires available that will give better traction in the rougher stuff. I just got a pair of Pirelli Scorpion Trails which should help with the gravel, but still maintain some lifespan. But you can get Conti TKCs and I'm sure have a ball.

    Never ridden a V-Strom, but the more I ride the Versys, the more comfortable and 'lighter' it has come to feel, which in my opinion counts most, when you are hauling down a road that doesn't feel like glue beneath your tires.:huh
  5. ColoSean

    ColoSean Yard-sale Expert

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    Before buying the Versys, we looked at both bikes. Personally I felt the Versys "felt" smaller and I like the engine much more. The engine is really peppy and fun. Off-road, the Versys is fine. The 17" can be a little limiting, but you'd be surprised what it can handle. We've had it over many of the Colorado passes with little to no issue. Thus, it's more then fine on fire and gravel roads. The only real issue we've had was when we had it in deep sand. Then again, all big bikes suck in deep sand.
  6. rpeterk

    rpeterk Been here awhile

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    The versys does a pretty good job off road. Like most things off road it is somewhat up to the riders skill and comfort with riding dirt and sand. With the stock tires it wasnt much fun but did it and even road fircuts doing enduro layout. Finally got the tck80s and now the bike is just about as much fun offroad as it is on road. Is it my KTM300 yell no but for a sunday ride thru the pines its not bad and even lowered it still can hop some decent logs of need be. The tck80 tires are a little noisier then stock and the speedo is off about 3-4 mph based on my phones gps but I never checked it stock and I know the speedo being off is a complaint. Gearing is still stock for now but would like to change it to correct the speedo at some time.

    If your going to consider doing any off road and do paniers then make sure you do something better then the plastics or the thinner boxes. They wont hold up to laying the bike down and you will at some point do that. I own a fab/machine shop so I made my own but happy trails also make nice HD boxes that are dirt worthy. Not sure who else.


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  7. outsidein

    outsidein Been here awhile

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    The Versys is fantastic for what it is, an economical all rounder built for pavement use and it will handle the occasional smooth dirt and gravel roads ok if you keep your speed down but if you spend more than 5% of your time off pavement there are bikes built in this price range (like the KLR) that are more suitable if you are spending 25%-50% of your riding off pavement.

    IMO off road and on road handling are at the opposite ends of the same scale. Making a bike better off road means reducing it's capibility on pavement and vice versa. As long the dirt or gravel road is passable to a regular 2 wheel drive passenger car the Versys will do fine on it. If it is rougher than that though you will want a more off road capable bike. It's not just tires and wheels. The Versys suspension is too stiff and short travel for serious off road travel plus it weighs a lot and has high center of gravity. IMO it will never be the ideal off road bike.
  8. BuffWv

    BuffWv Long timer

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    Question Where does everyone get the brackets ( without making them ) to raise the front fender...
  9. rpeterk

    rpeterk Been here awhile

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    The front fender is in its stock location on my bike in the above pic. The TKC has enough clearance for anything you would want to ride in unless you ride into muck hole and bury it.

  10. Jeff B

    Jeff B Socially Awkward

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    Are those TKC's radials?
  11. ColoSean

    ColoSean Yard-sale Expert

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    If you look at mine on the page before, you'll see that there are two holes to hold the front fender on. I'm only using one of those holes. I just basically shifted it up and used some zip ties for reinforcement and to keep the brake line in place. Probably not the best solution, but we haven't had any issues thus far.
  12. urbanXJ

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  13. BuffWv

    BuffWv Long timer

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    Got the new Shinkos on, now the big question what air pressure is everyone running in these tires.
  14. flying_hun

    flying_hun Moral Hazard

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    Which model Shinko? I'm just about to mount up a second pair of the 011, which I like far more than expected.
  15. BuffWv

    BuffWv Long timer

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    705s and I hope I put the front one on right I mean backwards since its a rear tire up front
  16. Cuff

    Cuff no function beer well w/o

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    Same tire as you (130/150) and I mounted both tires in the same direction. No issues in the cold and rain here in the Vancouver area. Did take a long time to break in as dry road was at a premium. Got the tires mostly for cost and the big ass puddles we get out here in the valley.

    Air is at 28 rear and 26 front right now and the bike is stable. My only fear is when it gets dry and wram again the tires might not grip enough but will last forever. Hmmm, maybe just keep them for winter and long trips?
  17. flying_hun

    flying_hun Moral Hazard

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    Can't help with pressure info, but looking forward to your review.
  18. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    mounts with the arrow.
  19. BuffWv

    BuffWv Long timer

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    Crap I was told by an old street racer when using a rear on the front you change the direction of the tire
  20. BuffWv

    BuffWv Long timer

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    Just did alot of raeding on this subject. All articles say that the rear tire up front needs to be reversed due to when the tire is made its for the force put against the carcuss and sidewalls. We will see Gonna go break them in