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Old 06-16-2014, 05:19 PM   #41
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Mine is an '08. I'm sure the V-Strom would be a nice bike, too. I have friends with V-Stroms. I put on Dirt Bagz saddlebags and a tank bag, along with the Seat Concepts seat, bar risers and lowered pegs.
I rode with a friend who owns a Wee Strom this weekend, and we swapped bikes for about 40 miles. There was a bigger difference between the Vee Strom 650 and my Versys than I thought there would be. In general, the Vee Strom is quieter and smoother but feels heavier and doesn't turn as easily. The Vee Strom feels very stable, it's probably a better long distance touring bike than the Versys, but the Versys feels more sporty around town. The Vee Strom motor pulls strong all the up to it's 10,500 RPM redline, but it's geared taller so it revs a little slower.
My buddy put a lowered Corbin seat on his, you sit much lower with your knees bent more than my bike. He also had a taller windshield and much better wind protection than my Versys.
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:02 PM   #42
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...The Vee Strom feels very stable, it's probably a better long distance touring bike than the Versys, but the Versys feels more sporty around town....
I've ridden lots of long trips on my Vs, including D2D last June. Makes a GREAT long-distance touring bike for ME....

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Old 06-17-2014, 03:10 PM   #43
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I've ridden lots of long trips on my Vs, including D2D last June. Makes a GREAT long-distance touring bike for ME....

My Versys is the most comfortable bike I've ever owned, and I've owned forty or fifty of them since 1970. I own four bikes right now. I agree that the Versys is a good long distance bike, but the Vee Strom might still be better. Fasteddie, have you ever ridden a Vee Strom?
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:30 PM   #44
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My Versys is the most comfortable bike I've ever owned, and I've owned forty or fifty of them since 1970. I own four bikes right now. I agree that the Versys is a good long distance bike, but the Vee Strom might still be better. Fasteddie, have you ever ridden a Vee Strom?
Yes. Before I got my first V (I have TWO), I tried a V-Strom as well as BMWs - the 1200GS, F800GS, F650GS, and got to take an '07 Versys out for about 45 minutes.

IMHO the V is better than any of the rest, and between the AZ '08 V and my BC '09 V, I have ridden them (combined) 78,000 miles. That includes D2D 2013, about 9,000 kms over 16 days.
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Old 06-17-2014, 10:40 PM   #45
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That's it! I'm sold ,I must have one!
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:44 PM   #46
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At the end of our ride on our swapped bikes, I think each of us got back on our own bike and thought we had the better bike. I was glad to be back on my Versys, I liked it better than the Vee Strom.

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Old 06-18-2014, 01:56 PM   #47
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Lotsa bargins on ebay, new versys from $5,795.
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Old 06-18-2014, 10:00 PM   #48
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Lotsa bargins on ebay, new versys from $5,795.
5800 new in Texas ? new in Calif they start out @ 6999.000
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:14 PM   #49
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I agree with many of the other posts on this thread, that the KLR and the Versys really are two different bikes. I can say many good things about the KLR, that it is well designed, well made and reliable, but the Versys is better for my needs, as nearly all of my riding is on paved streets/roads these days and only occasionally on smooth dirt/gravel roads. Either one of these bikes are capable of VERY long distance rides, cross-continental if you could care to. But do not plan on setting any speed records with the KLR. And be prepared to give your legs an occasional stretch-out on the Versys. Otherwise, both of these bikes exhibit excellent road handling abilities. Altogether, Kawasaki presents us with two really great bikes.
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Old 08-09-2014, 09:43 AM   #50
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I have an 07 KLR and an 08 Versys. Actually I find myself using the KLR a lot more for the daily commute and grocery getter. I also take a few trips with it but not as many now that I also have the Versys. I've got the V set up strictly for the highway. I had 93k miles on my 03 KLR and went everywhere on it. If I had to give up one of these bikes it would definitely have to be the Versys because I like the off road stuff too much. But I'm sure glad I don't need to make that decision.
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