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Old 08-10-2008, 07:34 PM   #21
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Perhaps it should be called a "VS" - 'Versatile Sport'!?
you sure you want to brand it with that term?

perhaps you're not familiar with the vernacular meaning??

link may be NSFW... but it means it's "comfortable being EITHER a "pitcher" or "catcher".
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Old 08-12-2008, 08:38 AM   #22
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It's dual purpose because it's has a comfortable upright seating position, is meant for street and touring duty, and with better tires can handle mild forrest roads.

What he said .........




Primate , I do like the distanzia tire really well ( on someone else;s bike though ) . My " V " is intended for it's realistic " Dual Purpose " useage , Sport/Light Tour . The only gravel I inted for it to ever see is when getting down my driveway . I do have to admit though , there are times I am going down my drive that I wish it had D606's , lol .
As for off road , I have an 07 KLR farkled quite nicely for dirt/fs/light trails . I am looking for a more offroad bike as of now , but I am looking to sell off a 4 wheeler before I purchase one . After buying two brand hammer new bikes this summer and paying cash , I really need to slow down on purchasing something else until I sell off something . Wanna buy a nice 4 wheeler ? LOL
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Self explainatory.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ1CHFwR8lY&NR=1

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Old 10-20-2008, 05:33 PM   #24
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And that, folks, is why we don't rush into river crossings at high speed!
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:36 PM   #25
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Hahaha
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:49 PM   #26
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Owned both and August and Po-Sloke hit the nail on the head. If you go to Kawasaki's web site it lists the Versys under SPORT not dual purpose. Ins. people do mostly the same. Find your rideing type and pic the best for that situation. One is not better than the other. Is just what intent you pic to ride. Just like the arguement that knobby tires are better than street tires. For what intent are you going to use either in. Just buy both bikes and be done with it.
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:43 PM   #27
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The first time this bike hits a water crossing it will sputter like a speedboat and stall.

Not a bad bike, but dual purpose?

EDIT: No need for owners to get upset, I'm not against the bike, I just question the classification
I think the answer is because it is a bike and not a jet ski.
Dual purpose means street/trail ,not

street / lake .



Edit >>>I dont I dont even know wher i am at.

How did I get on a versys page?
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:33 PM   #28
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It's dual purpose because it's has a comfortable upright seating position, is meant for street and touring duty, and with better tires can handle mild forrest roads.

That would be a STANDARD motorcycle. Upright - able to travel established roads. Any base model sportster can do the same.



For what it is, I just don't see the Versys as viable here in 'Merica for another 2 years. It disapears in the crowd. Too tall for most, and no benefit in performance for the height.

It could meld into a GS800 competitor with an engine upgrade and some new rims, but that would require frame mods and then it becomes a different bike, wouldn't it?

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It's not the same as a "standard". Look at how it's engineered.
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Not that it matters, but for the sake of the post ... how is this NOT a standard? Engineering? they took a tame Ninja street model and opened the egos up a to give a classic sit up and ride fit.

17" wheels front and rear for street application.

Modest power, nothing really noteworthy - strong enough for normal riding.

It's no sport bike, it's not an adv bike with those wheels, and it's not a cruizer. Will it go just about anywhere an existing road can take you? Probably, but so can a lot of other bikes with a proper set of tires installed.

I have not ridden one, I did throw my leg over one though and it is a fine bike for the street. I just don't see it having enough character to last in the market.

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It is not what we think of when picturing a dual sport or "enduro" bike .. certainly not like a KLR. But, it fits the category better than it does with the sport bikes. It will handle rough roads and is easily set up for light touring. "Dual Sport Touring" may be a better definition .. it is definitely a niche type bike that is deserving of its own category. All Kawasaki needs is a larger model to complement it.
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I just took delivery on a new, GREEN, '09 Versys, and I haven't put much mileage on it yet.

Basically, I'm more of a road/street rider, and so far this bike is just great for local use!

It'll probably do more, but it's too new to tell.

I'll say more, when I can.

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Old 05-05-2009, 07:59 AM   #33
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The first time this bike hits a water crossing it will sputter like a speedboat and stall.

Not a bad bike, but dual purpose?

EDIT: No need for owners to get upset, I'm not against the bike, I just question the classification

i guess it was to sell more
the tyres set up are one of street - touring bike.
most of trail tyres are 150/50 but versys 160/60 few are avaliable in this size ... (scorpion sync ..) but not scorpion trail
btw i tough in move the tube of versys to down in seat.. but ble .. to much work spend money for nothing better spend 1.000 euro in a old trail bike is not it?
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:12 PM   #34
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...It will handle rough roads and is easily set up for light touring. "Dual Sport Touring" may be a better definition .. it is definitely a niche type bike that is deserving of its own category. All Kawasaki needs is a larger model to complement it.
I'm not convinced that Kawasaki could effectively duplicate the Versys in a larger model.

I'm surrounded by hundreds of miles of hilly, twisty back roads, on which the Versys does very well, partly because it's not too heavy, and not too long of wheelbase. For that application, the Versys is as big as it ever should be, including plenty of power, fast reflexes, a fine suspension, great brakes, and a comfortable riding position, to boot. For the money, it's one hell of a great bike!

It also has just enough speed to handle the Interstates, although it ain't no monster. Yet, I don't see where Kawasaki could win customers over by making a larger, Interstate capable version of the Versys. There's already many, very capable Interstate bikes available on the market.

It can also handle moderate, dry gravel roads, but don't push it too much, as there's a definite limit as to what's available for appropriate tires, and even a little bit of mud could all too quickly plug its radiator.

All in all, I've simply gotta give the Versys a high grade, one of the nicest motorcycles I've ever owned, and that's saying something.
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:20 AM   #35
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hey motto roller,

i'm curios, if you don't mind. The twisty roads in your area, are they paved or gravel.

I can take my 08 Versys on the paved twisties, but I not too happy using the bike as an off road type , with gravel and ruts.

Your thoughts??

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@ gharr8

Nearly all of the roads I use the Versys on are paved.

It'll handle smooth, dry gravel roads OK, but I wouldn't push it too hard. The suspension is considerably stiffer than you'd want it to be for use on a dirt road, and the stock tires are about the last thing you'd want for any kind of mud. The real limit is in the available tire choices for wide 17"s front and rear, a good road selection, but near nothing for dirt, and then you'd need to be concerned about the clearance of the front fender, which is close to the tire. And, the short little front fender allows dirt/mud/pebbles to throw off of the front tire and straight into the radiator, not good.

Certainly, it's not a bike for ride off road use.

I got it for on road use, and there it works really well.
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i agree. just wanted to know. i'd be impressed with anyone that can/does ride in the boonies.


great road bike. i love riding mine. lotta bike for the buck, i say. had to re-do the seat, though, if you might have seen previous posts i've submitted
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Old 05-06-2009, 06:50 PM   #38
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dual purpose: some thoughts

1.. you can ride it down the road, and then back!!!!

2..you can ride it drunk or sober!!!

3.. you can ride it while your single and then after you're married..(ok, maybe not)
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The KLR 650 is good 50/50 dualsport if you use good 50/50 tires. It's way better off road than the big twins, and way better on the street than the enduro-type bikes. When the KLR 1rst came out, I laughed at it...but now that I've matured, I'm willing to live with it's limitations. However, the newer ones would not suit me because of the extra 35 lbs and loss of 5 hp. Wait a minute, is this post about the Versys ? Of course it's not a dualsport...but maybe when I "mature" some more, I might change my mind...lol

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...i'd be impressed with anyone that can/does ride in the boonies...
Over the past year or so I've seen some threads here on KLR650.net, where there's been a fair amount of interest in putting a Versys engine into a KLR frame. Apparently a number of such projects have been started, but I'm not aware of any being completed. However, if it could be done, it would make for one really HOT KLR, about 60 horsepower at the rear wheel, and a six speed tranny, wow!

As a road bike, the Versys is one of the all around best I've ever owned.
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