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post #1 of 17 Old 04-10-2010, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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My review of Versys vs VStrom

http://neuralfibre.com/paul/reviews/...s-vstrom-dl650

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-10-2010, 07:19 PM
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Good stuff. Short and sharp, just how I like reviews.

Re 160 kph + performance of the V-strom, I believe the ECU starts closing off the secondary throttles to limit top speed, so that might have been what you noticed there.

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Good review, confirms what others have written.

2 - things stand out for me:

If the Versys had an ABS option, I'd buy one.

The DL650 is hard to beat as an all-rounder, easily adaptable to what you want. It's easy to lust after other bikes, but hard to find a better one.
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as a die-hard Kawa-maniac, I got me a Strom over the Versys because the Zook is just so damg competent over a huge range of fun riding possibilities.....I still have my ol' GPz for nostalgia!

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I like it. Short and to the point. Only thing that left me scratching my head is I feel the strom has a lot more legroom than the versys. When I tried it, I felt cramped. But maybe it is just me...
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Nah, you're not the only one. I actually tested a Versys at a demo day, and that is what got me into looking for all-rounder bikes. L-O-V-E-D the Versys too, what a tremendously fun bike to ride! I bought a Strom without even driving one...as soon as I did, I knew the Versys was less capable, but more fun. Took the Strom exploring on some range roads around here and remembered why I bought the thing

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Nice, thank you. As far as touring orientation, the lack of any rear rack whatsoever on the Versys means I can't take it seriously for my needs. It does look like fun for short trips, though.
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Good report there.

Unbiased and informative.

The Wee can't wheelie

Mine does fairly easily, first gear away from traffic lights and feels like sometimes in second gear as well [used to spin in third on dry white lines with the orignal Trailwings, got Tourance on the rear now and a new one going on the front at the end of this week].

The Vee/Wee seems to be the most versatile bike for my needs, commuting daily, weekend rides and long distance touring [3,000km + per trip].

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Nice review. I heavily considered a Versys before I bought my DL650. I went with the DL because of the ABS and I wanted the softer suspension. I wouldn't mind having both a DL and Versys.

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An SV650 seems a lot more logical comparison. 17" fronts just don't cut it on rough roads, so I've never understood why people compare the Versys or Ulysses to the V-Strom, except perhaps as a commuter.

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