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post #1 of 13 Old 07-29-2019, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Hey all. Gary from NYC here. I just sold my 2009 Kawasaki EX500 over the weekend. Right now in the market for either a Kawasaki Versys 650 or the V-Strom 650. Pretty much going to go with the best bike I can get at the right price. I'm really open to both and joined the forum to learn and see what others have to say.

Thanks for having me.
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-29-2019, 09:40 PM
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Welcome, Gary -
No one here will recommend the Versys over the Strom. Now, the Honda Cb500x? That is a different story!
All the adventure bikes have their pluses and minuses. Have had an '09 Wee for the last 4 years and am happy with the platform.
Will run down the highway all day at 80 mph and finds its way admirably in the twisties. Great manners on dirt, dry grass (wet grass is the Devil!) and packed gravel. Once you get into sand, wet clay or loose gravel, different story, and different tires needed!
Tons of support and accessories for the Strom.
Good luck with your hunt for the right bike for you.

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Welcome to the forum, Gary.

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post #4 of 13 Old 07-29-2019, 11:22 PM
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Welcome to the forums--I had a similar dilemma myself deciding between a V Strom and Versys.

I'm curious as you're in NYC--are you looking into a V Strom to escape the city or mostly spend inside of it? It's a pretty tall bike (and I'm only 5'10"), so it's usually not my favorite bike to ride in crowded places. But for stretching out in the country it's great.

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post #5 of 13 Old 07-30-2019, 04:28 AM
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Welcome to the Forum, Gary. There is very little difference in the top speed of both rides. The seating on Versys may feed more sporty but the Wee is more comfortable for longer trips. Also, if you are longer in the leg, I found that the Versys is not comfortable for taller riders. My advice, is to test ride both and you will understand why the Wee is a good choice. Best of luck with whatever you decide on.
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post #6 of 13 Old 07-30-2019, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the welcome guys. What I want in my next ride is the ability to do longer rides more comfortably. Also looking for something more modern and powerful compared to the EX500. Iíve done almost 250 miles on a single day in the EX500, and while itís doable, itís not the most comfortable. Iím a cyclist as well, so long days in the saddle are a norm for me. Would love to plan a multi day trip to and through New England and/or Montreal for the F1 race next year.

I am actually checking out a 2013 Wee this week with less than 7,000 miles with a $4,800 asking price. Is there anything Wee-specific I should be looking out for?
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post #7 of 13 Old 07-30-2019, 06:31 AM Thread Starter
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I'm curious as you're in NYC--are you looking into a V Strom to escape the city or mostly spend inside of it? It's a pretty tall bike (and I'm only 5'10"), so it's usually not my favorite bike to ride in crowded places. But for stretching out in the country it's great.

A motorcycle and bicycle are my tools to escape the City on weekends.

Iím also 5í10Ē, but am all arms and legs. Iím able to more than tip toe on an Africa Twin so the height of the Wee is not much of an issue for me.

The forum activity is very promising and I like how there are regional events held. Crossing my fingers.
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post #8 of 13 Old 07-30-2019, 01:04 PM
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Hola, Gary...What K9 said.
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-01-2019, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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Planning to pick up a 2016 Wee in 2 hours north in CT on Saturday. Seller seems like a legit guy so I'm hoping I won't find anything wrong with the bike when I pick it up. Already signed up for insurance and looking forward to the ride back. Wish be luck!
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post #10 of 13 Old 08-01-2019, 04:30 PM
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As a former NYer... unless they finally caved in and repaved the cross Bronx the strom is the perfect tool for getting out of the city! I made the trip to bear mountain and the Catskills dozens of times on different bikes and getting from queens to the palisades was an hour of torture.

I think it's a perfect around town bike. I personally don't feel the seat height and I am 5'9 if I had a good night's sleep. It handles quickly it has a nice bar for slow speed or moving on the yellow line. It's quick enough to get you out of trouble and I think it has a nice tight turning radius.

Over the last few weeks of riding mine I have thought a couple of times how nice it would have been to have it when I was back in NYC
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