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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by pilot, Oct 17, 2007.
Very Nice! Like said above, I agree the best bike out there for the money! It was a nice 35-degrees today and low wind, so took mine for a ride.
I like the color.
Looks nice Wiliam!
Sounds impressive coming from someone with your experience....What have been some of your more recent bikes ?
Have you noticed what the cruising rpm is at around 70 mph ?
I just sold my 04 SV650 and 01 XR650R motard to buy this bike. Last year I had two different SVs ,the problem was they were the first gen. and the carbs froze up on cold mornings. So I finally got the 04 with fuel injection and solved that problem. In 05 I bought a Buell City-X and we were in love right right up until I crashed into a utlity pole broke myself up pretty bad. Thought I would never ride again but here I am. It was not the bikes fault ,I ran over something and it put such a big hole in the tire that I did not have time to react. I have had just about every kind of bike there is. Speed Triples ,Concours ,ZRX , F650 , I need to set down and just see what I have had. The Versys will be doing about 70 mph at 6000 rpms. If you live in flat country or do not ride the curves very agressive you could gear it up. The bike has lots of pulling power.
Go here and help get the word out. If we want the Versys to stay Kawasaki needs to know we love it.
I've heard they sell pretty quick at the dealership...
I have the only one in this area. You would think that people here would buy them to ride the mountains. Most ADV riders here buy BMWs ,to much money for a less fun bike.
William, I'll see you at "March Badness" WC
Just exactly where are you, William? (You might want to update your profile, as it says nothing about where you live.) Those roads in your video look familiar... you're not in my neck of the woods, are you?
It will be fun. I was really in the market for a Uly but price made me drift towards something smaller and now I am so happy. I love 650cc bikes.
I live in Suches Ga. and ride the tri-state area. To me this is the greatest place in the world to ride. I can be in Tenn. ,N.C. ,northern S.C. and Ala. in a short time.
Have you guys checked this sight out?
I picked up a Versys in October after test riding an F800ST (loved it, perfect bike, pricey though). I stumbled into my local multi-brand Jap bike dealer and was suprised to see a Versys. I had read about it in the mags and it sounded like exactly what I needed to displace the SV650S which I found to be very uncomfortable to my wrists after 20 mins of riding. The Versys complements my '92 R100GS and I find the Versys to be more relaxing, fun, and possibly as comfortable as my R100GS on tour. It is almost as perfect as an F800, as far as perceived weight, power, comfort and size for a mid-sized all-rounder.
I'm 6'2" with a 34" inseam and I've ridden around 350 miles a day for a few days on it (2 lane backroads, so basically all day rides) and I think the seat is a little low for me and it's angled forward at the front. I'd like a little more legroom, but the stock windscreen is surprisingly effective and quiet with no buffeting. Clean air at my height. I'm having a little more fun now that it is broken in, those first 1000 miles were tough, having to keep the revs down, ~55mph.
I don't find that the bike is lacking anything except for a choice in colors. Red is not my bag. Headlight is strange looking, but I haven't seen any good looking bikes in this class, plus it looks pretty good from the rider's seat while underway. Who cares.
Best modification so far is removing the goofy "KAWASAKI" decal from the sides of the fairing. I left the 'Versys" one, it looks just right. Also picked up the SW-Motech gas-cap mounted tankbag mount and used a cheapie Nelson-Rigg tankbag on top of it. Looks great and follows the contour of the tank, sort of "floating" above it magically without straps.
Rear suspension is stiff, I think an aftermarket shock may be in its future. Picked up a calsci windshield but haven't tried it yet. I'll report on that later. Also looking into the hard luggage options and haven't decided whether to get the nice Givi V35 sexy contoured cases or go with the SW-Motech "universal" type mounts and some Pelican boxes bolted to those.
It was OK with a dry bag and no luggage for a 4 day tour to GA 60, etc. and Cherohala by way of Hiwassee, etc. in October. We'll see how the luggage plan develops.
Mike in AL
PS. HunterSon, I'd like to know what kind of tail bag you have there. Looks like a good size.
Look what Santa brought me! I installed them today and will check them out later today. Windshield and hand guards. Merry Christmas!
Who makes the hand guards? The set-up looks nice.
Those look like V Strom hand guards. They are a bit big, causing a lot of wind drag and deflection. A Wee Strom owner noticed excessive wind deflecting on his legs, as well as enough drag to slow him down. Drilling a bunch of big holes in them helped a bit...
Thanks and they are V-Strom. I would go with the KTM or Acerbis ones. Less fitting involved.
"They are a bit big, causing a lot of wind drag and deflection. A Wee Strom owner noticed excessive wind deflecting on his legs, as well as enough drag to slow him down."
WHAT? You are kidding right? What he went from 120 mph to 118? I guess all the bikes out there with hand guards have been depriving themselves of mach speed.
They work great for helping keep the cold air from hitting your hands and on my bike work great so far. I would recomend them.
It would take more then those hand guards to slow a bike down to where you could tell the difference. I might have to drill some holes through me because if those hand guards will do that much harm I am really screwing this bike up.
How much of a difference does the windscreen make over the stock one ? It looks a bit more substantial... Looks nice too!