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post #1 of 29 Old 08-02-2012, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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Versys or VStrom

I joined this forum because I think I want a Versys or VStrom as my next bike. Have people ridden both? What are your thoughts?

Edit: Doh, should have posted this in the other section but cannot seem to delete.
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post #2 of 29 Old 08-02-2012, 02:52 AM
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My last bike was an ER-6, which I believe is the same engine as the Versys. I traded that for a new Glee, and I've got to say, the Glee's 650 V-Twin is a winner in my book.
It's smoother, torquier and a lot more to my taste.
The gear shifts are smoother and the gearing is a big taller (from the ER-6) which makes for a much better ride IMHO.
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The new Strom 650 is a smother, more comfortable, and a bit more dirt capable bike. It also offers more wind and weather protection, as well as luggage options. It is more of a "true" adventure touring bike.

The Versys will be a bit more "sporty" handling in the twisties, but will be noticeably comfortable and buzzy.
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+1 for both the above. I also had an ER-6f before buying a vstrom and test rode both the old and new models of versys and vstrom. Until the new model came out I would have gone with the versys, but the new Wee is a much sleeker and faster beast. Dashboard info is a far cry from old and now better than the versys.
It'll also depend on your riding. The versys is better suited to sealed roads with the 17" front and low exhaust, while the Wee can tackle gravel roads and hard trails easily.

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post #5 of 29 Old 08-02-2012, 06:22 AM
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There is a decent side-by-side review of the Wee, Versys and G650GS. Google it. I discovered it while interested in the BMW, but ended up with the Wee.

I looked at the Versys when I shopped for the Wee, but as I knew I would be farkling bigtime, the Versys was definitely less attractive (doesn't even have a standard rear rack).

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I had a new 09 Versys last year for 5 months and really liked it, except for 2 things when considering it as a primary bike:

It was a bit too small (I'm just over 6'4" and 280) and I'd end up cramped up after 45 minutes. I needed more distance between the bars and seat and seat to pegs.

Power was inadequate at 60hp, which is the same as the 650 Vstrom. I haven't had anything that weak in over 20 years. I needed it geared down for more acceleration around town and at the same time I needed less gearing on the highway.....always a compromise with these weaker engines.

If you're more normal sized and aren't used to 130+ hp motorcycles, Versys might be a good bike to consider. The pluses:

1. Suspension was great, far better than a stock 650 or 1000 Vstrom.
2. Brakes are hands down so much better it's not even funny.
3. Handling overall is better, it feels more like a street bike and is way more agile than a 650 or 1000 Vstrom on tighter roads.
4. That parallel twin engine is a nice one, I prefer it to the 650 Vstrom in overall feel.
5. No ridiculous wind turbulence where you have to try every bracket and windshield known to man to try to fix it.

It will have less wind protection as the fairing is smaller but you can get a Givi windscreen which will really punch a nice smooth hole through the wind.

Luggage, you can get Ventura sportbike luggage systems, Givi hard bags, etc.

I needed something with more than 60hp and ended up selling it and picking up a mint 06 1000 Vstrom for pennies difference in price. Having something physically larger and over 90hp is more normal for me.

That being said, if I could afforded to keep both, I'd have converted that Versys into a city assault bike....think of a KLR/Versys hybrid.

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I have ridden the ninja 650... same engine... from that perspective only, the wee strom was much more responsive and smoother.
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Wife has the '08 Versys, and this year in March got the Wee. Our last road trip she took the wee and admited to why people like it more tham the Versys. Shee's a Vstrom believer now.
Versys is probably more nimble off road, and has better acceleration, but hold no value and has far less Farkles on the market. Fuel mileage and top speed are about even for both models. Iv'e had my wee since '08 - not one regrett.

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The comparison test between the three (Suz, Kaw and BMW) leaned toward the Suzuki and considered it to have the better motor. However, it tested the 2012 Wee, so there may be some comparitive advantages or disadvantages with the earlier Wee's.
I guess it depends on what year you are considering.
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I looked at both. The versys insurance rates were double what the VStrom rates were at Least through my insurance company.


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