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Old 05-27-2012, 09:48 AM   #1
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I traded my Buell in on the Versys because after about an hour or so my knee was starting to cause me pain. Itíd gotten to the point of, Ride on Sunday, Ice on Monday and limp the rest of the week. I was a bit worried that I might have made this deal for no gain.

So now that I have the Versys to the point that I was able to take a longer trip I did so today. With the saddle Bags (to tote junk), The Seat Concepts saddle and Moto-Werkís peg lower kit (to add leg room and ease the butt pains) I was off. I loaded the flat tire kit, rain suit and cooler with cold water and off I went from Dayton Ohio to Angola Indiana, about 180 miles each way. I had a nice combination of two lane and four lane road along with a just a bit of interstate for this test run! I ended up doing about 7 hours in the saddle with only a couple of breaks other than a longish stop at a friends house. Round trip with, I am happy to say I NO pain at all, knee or butt.

The bike ran flawlessly, other than itís happiest at around 75 MPH and the Law is 65 here! (I donít need to hear ďPress hard please, 6 copiesĒ) I still need to do a little adjusting on the shift lever as itís a touch to low for my taste. I keep missing up shifts as the shifter never returns all the way down. Now I need to order a new set of springs for the "V" as I got a swift kick in the pants on every expansion joint I hit and I have a line ona set new progressively wound springs already.

PLUS I really need to stop believing weathermen. ďHot all dayĒ he said! I ended up buying a sweat shirt in Angola as I was so chilled. At least there's still a good coffee shop in Angola! Of course I did wear my mesh gear. Got about 52 MPG both ways.

I've made this trip on the KLR and it's not bad at all, other then the interstate run from Lima to US 30. The KLR is a bit slower BUT the suspension is nicer, Moab rear and Race-techs and CD springs up front it should be. I have a Sargents on the KLR and it's a nice seat BUT I think I like the Seat Concepts I put on the Versys a bit better. The KLR can haul more as well but I don't have a tour-box (tail trunk) on the Versys yet. The "V" is more at home on the open road rippeng along but I did wish I'd taken the KLR a couple of times as there are some nice short-cuts I could have taken but they are dirt roads and/or trails. I think the KLR does it's best under 5000RPM BUT the Versys only smooths out above 5200RPM.

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PS with the Saddle and Peg lowering kit the Versys sit's FAIRLY close to my KLR and itís nice and comfy to me. I think I need to look at a taller windshield as the bug splats on the face shield are a pain.

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Old 05-27-2012, 09:58 AM   #2
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Sat on a versus the other day and felt guilty about how nice it feels with 1000cc. Definitely would get one in addition to my KLR if I can convince my other half...

Very nice ride you have there...
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:10 AM   #3
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Now go get some small, powerful AUX lights for it, or a headlight modulator.

Good choice!
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:14 PM   #4
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Now go get some small, powerful AUX lights for it, or a headlight modulator.

Good choice!
I have A SET...Plane to mount them in a couple of weeks. I have to make a bracket for them I want to tuck them into the radiator intake.
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Old 06-20-2012, 10:17 PM   #5
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I have A SET...Plane to mount them in a couple of weeks. I have to make a bracket for them I want to tuck them into the radiator intake.
Glad to hear you are getting acquainted with the Versys, they are sweet rides. What brand of aux lights will you be using?
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:58 PM   #6
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I had a little set of PIAAs I was going to use but they seemd to have walked off some where. I think Kids have been in the garage as there's also a boom box and other small stuff gone AWOL on me.

Why do I think kids, who'd steal a $30.00 boom box but leave all my tools? Bikes untouched as was the food in the freezer. PLUS I think I found how they are getting in and the opening is way to small for any but a very small kid.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:04 AM   #7
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Sounds like it's time for some motion activated camera work.
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Old 07-02-2012, 06:39 PM   #8
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I'm glad to see that there is a way to change/lower the footpegs on the Versys. I test rode one yesterday at the KAW demo and I really like the bike but my "bad knee" was a little crunched up. I am a KLR owner, ('09 Blue #136), and the ergos are better for me. I really like the Versys engine, it is quite smooth and fast. I especially like actually having a 6th gear rather than the phantom 6th the KLR has that we all keep trying to shift to. If KAW was smart, (???), they'd punch out the Versys motor to 800 and put it in a KLR type frame to actually compete with the current ADV class bikes.

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Old 07-02-2012, 08:32 PM   #9
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I also installed a Seat Concpets kit with +1 foam and is add even more leg room. I'd say with the seat and peg drops I have MORE legroom the my KLR.

AND Kawasaki has released a 1000 Versys in Canada, a 4 cylinder beast I'd think.

Most of my bikes have been in the 650 range, some smaller and couple larger. I find the 650 to have more than enough power to run the interstate BUT light enough to be fun. Anyway I grew up when a 650 WAS a big bike...not much was bigger, H-Ds were 58ci I think and there was the Norton 850 for the real manly man.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:48 PM   #10
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Birdy, was that color stock (black)?

Did you say what year it was?

Post some more pics... love them things.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:56 AM   #11
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Yep it a stock color and metalic black, the photo doesn't do a good job of showing it off. The only other color offered in the US of A for 2012 is yellow and black, I thought the bike looked like an overgrown bee!

I added a few farkles to it one was a Givi windshield. I was getting beat half to death by all the bugs here...right up until the heat wave hit, I think they all got cooked. I am looking at new springs, I finely found a set of replacements. It's a lot harder to farkle a Versys than a KLR. I find the the "V" is better liked across the pond the here in America and most of the slick stuff has to travel from there. The rear hugger I like is out of England and the springs of Dutch.

It's a nice bike BUT I still find I ride my KLR as much or more than the Versys. Hiway trips or road work it's the "V" otherwise I take the KLR...like a old boot, I have it broken in and it fits all comfy like.

Anyway the factory tire in the Versys are the SCARIEST tires I have even riden on. I am ordering a set of Michelins end of the month.

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Great write up Birdy. When ever I get into the Kawi shop to get MORE REPAIR PARTS for my KLR, I always stop by and pet the Versys.... like a mixed breed dog, they are so ugly they are good looking.

Anyone else see a resemblence to the new Yamaha Super Tenre' (see pic below) and the Versys?

I think it's a good thing, Birdy, don't get me wrong brother. Both sharp bikes.

Your old boot analogy, that's spot on with what my riding chum says about his KLR too, and he has one of these in the barn for trips and Sundays



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Old 07-03-2012, 08:37 AM   #13
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I looked at the Yamaha, BUT it's both WAY to large and WAY to much money...close to a GS 1200 (not the GSA) in cost.

Anyway none are really offroad bikes including the Versys. I don't care what the marketing prople try and say. Lets face it the KLR at 400+ pounds is a real pig off road...think how much fun a 550-600 pound bike's going to be in the tight stuff! Heck if it fell on you it'd likely squash you like a bug!

Now Yamaha has a 650 but they can't sell it here, EPA ya know. Honda won't bring their DS/Adventure bikes over SO it's a "V" or a "Wee" as most of the other bikes form across the pond are hard to find and harder to get parts for.

I learn that from my Buell (after H-D shut them down) If you have to ride 80 miles one way to the closest shop your not going to have any fun. I have 5 Kawasaki shops within 45 miles of me. One about 6 miles, but I hate that shop.
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One about 6 miles, but I hate that shop.
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Old thread , but since it came up Birdy do you still have the bike? And do you still love it ,thoughts? thanks
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I have one just like it now with about 15k on it. Great bike.
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Sat on a versus the other day and felt guilty about how nice it feels with 1000cc. Definitely would get one in addition to my KLR if I can convince my other half...

Very nice ride you have there...
I'm actually thinking of parting with my 2012 V-Strom 1000 to add a Versys 1000 as a companion to my KLR.
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