2015 Versys 650

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by DarrenVS, Nov 26, 2015.

  1. DarrenVS

    DarrenVS Been here awhile

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    After 5 years of trouble free riding on my 2010 versys the financial controller has agreed the funds for me to change my bike
    So hopefully in a weeks time I will have a shiny new black 650 to replace my not so shiny black 650.
    The dealer has thrown a few extras into the deal to bring the new bike to the same spec as my old one. I'll be having a genuine Kawasaki top case, hand guards and spot lights and heated grips instead of the after market stuff on my old bike.
    I hope the new model is as reliable as my old bike has been over the last 40,000 miles
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  2. cls

    cls Long timer Supporter

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    I have no doubt you will like it even more than your current bike. They are one of the best, real world, do-it-all bikes going, and the '15 is notably better than the previous Gen.'s. Congrats and enjoy.
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  3. DarrenVS

    DarrenVS Been here awhile

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    It looks like I might be able to pick up the bike this weekend.
    Getting a little bit excited
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  4. Baba Al

    Baba Al The Decider

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    I traded in my Vstrom for one and absolutely love it. Great bike!
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  5. DarrenVS

    DarrenVS Been here awhile

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    When I bought my versys in 2010, I traded in a V Strom 1k. Didn't regret it at all. The versys is so balanced for commuting through heavy traffic. I even won a slow riding competition against some guys who'd didn't think my " little" 650 was a proper bike as it only had a twin engine. Soon showed them what my little bike would do
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  6. DarrenVS

    DarrenVS Been here awhile

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    Well I picked up the new bike today
    Zero miles fresh out the crate and all shiny for about an hour until it started raining.
    Who buys a new bike in England at the end of November?
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  7. DarrenVS

    DarrenVS Been here awhile

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    Here she is

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  8. theloop

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    Very nice, that red spring on the rear shock looks much better than the green one offered in the U.S.

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  9. JJaafar

    JJaafar Long timer

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    Apparently, you :D

    Anyway, congrats on the new ride! I'm looking (and dreaming) at one as a choice to replace my Duke next year hahahaha
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  10. DarrenVS

    DarrenVS Been here awhile

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    Done about 100 miles now. Added my SW Motech mirror extenders so I can now see behind. Also put my Ram Mount waterproof phone/ satnav box. Next job is to fit the Speedy/ Motoworks foot peg lowering blocks. The new pegs have been lowered compared to my old 2010 model, but my poor old knees need some help.
    The new Dunlops tyres are doing OK in the wet windy conditions over here in the south of England
    The Oxford heated grips are nice and toasty, and comfortably chunky.
    And the Kawasaki led spots are very bright, far out performing the main headlight, I'll change the headlight bulb at the weekend
    Also I think the UK 2016 models get the green shock as well

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  11. jgreene0717

    jgreene0717 Adventurer

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    Nice bike. Have a '15 as well. Best bike I've owned so far.

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  12. Nice Goat

    Nice Goat higher is better

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    Looks great! Very similar to my Versys 1000 in black!
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  13. DarrenVS

    DarrenVS Been here awhile

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    Took my little girl ( she's 16) for a little ride on a very windy day here in the south of England

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  14. DarrenVS

    DarrenVS Been here awhile

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    Finally had time to fit my Motowerks footpeg lowering blocks today.
    The new Versys has lower pegs than the previous model, but these blocks give my poor old knees an extra 33mm of space by putting the pegs straight down by that amount. Had them on my old bike and they feel even better on this one
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  15. DarrenVS

    DarrenVS Been here awhile

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    Thought I'd better add a photo. This is from the Motowerks site .
    The only additional job was to rotate the gear linkage a little to lower the lever. I didn't alter the brake lever as it actually felt better with it in its original position

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  16. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Good to see Speedy is still getting the job done. :thumb

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  17. DarrenVS

    DarrenVS Been here awhile

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    Well my little new lovely has reached its first 500 miles. Can't wait till the end of the week to get the service done
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  18. DarrenVS

    DarrenVS Been here awhile

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    Here's a pic from Portland Bill in Dorset

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  19. NJPinesExplorer

    NJPinesExplorer n00b

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    The Versys 650 really looks great in the shiny black with the red spring! Congrats!

    I've been eying the 650 LT in white here in the states against a few more expensive bikes (Tiger 800, Africa Twin, etc.), but I just keep coming back to the Versys for it's incredible price and real-world versatility. The fact that you bought another after 40,000 miles just confirms how great these bikes really are. Here's to another 40K on your 2015!
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  20. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    It just means he didn't listen to us and didn't keep his original one for another 40K miles... :lol3

    But a nice bike in black with that red spring. :thumb

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