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Old 08-25-2007, 05:03 PM   #1
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Versys & V-Strom Coastal Ride

The day started out in an awkward way. Doug showed up at my place a few minutes early. So I grabbed the keys to the shed, but as I backed my bike out I could immediately tell something was wrong. Sure enough my rear tire was flat. So the next half hour was spent fixing a puncture, which made us a half hour late in meeting Neil at Paddy's Pond. On top of that, Bill called and left a message that he would be a no-show, due to domestic constraints.

Neil was waiting for us, as planned, and he followed us out as far as Whitbourne. He decided to take a different route from there, through Marklands, and toward the Cape Shore.

This left just Doug and I to decide whether to stick to the original plan, or to explore other options. The weather looked much better off toward the east, than toward Long Harbour, where we had originally planned to ride from Whitbourne. Since it was just the two of us, it was easy to make an on-the-fly change of plans.

We ended up heading up along the shore of Trinity Bay on a quest for lighthouse photo points for Doug, and to pay an impromptu visit on our dirtbikin' buddy Craig at his cabin in New Melbourne.

This was Doug's first ride of any significant distance, on his brand new Versys. The bike performed flawlessly, and proved itself a nearly perfect coastal road blaster. Doug commented several times, about how the ergos are far superior to his old Bandit. The neck pain he used to suffer from hunching over the Bandit, was nonexistent on the Versys.

Total distance for the afternoon ride was 370 kms.

Here's a few photos from our Trinity Bay, Newfoundland adventure...

















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Old 08-25-2007, 05:05 PM   #2
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looks good... i like that versys, gotta try one! thanks for the pics
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Old 08-27-2007, 08:58 AM   #3
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i am in lust for the Versys ... if i get my way i'm less than a year away from parking one next to my DRZ.

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Old 08-28-2007, 06:04 AM   #4
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I am in lust for the Versys ... if I get my way i'm less than a year away from parking one next to my DRZ.
Great combination. Doug has a DRZ aswell...

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Great combination. Doug has a DRZ aswell...

I am on the TT forums as well ... same user name!

I love my DRZ ... just not enough on the road with my daughter on board.
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Old 08-28-2007, 10:37 AM   #6
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Nice thing about having a DRZ, aswell as a V-Strom or Versys, is that you can set up the Zee for REAL off road riding, with deep gearing, knobbies, and lots of armor, and have the other bike for everything else.

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Old 08-28-2007, 10:41 AM   #7
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Nice thing about having a DRZ, aswell as a V-Strom or Versys, is that you can set up the Zee for REAL off road riding, with deep gearing, knobbies, and lots of armor, and have the other bike for everything else.


Exactly my intentions.
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Old 08-29-2007, 06:25 AM   #8
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Works for me, too...





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I like the black Versys

I know most moto mags have given great reviews of the performance of the V-Strom, but have there been any major reviews posted about the Versys?
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I know most moto mags have given great reviews of the performance of the V-Strom, but have there been any major reviews posted about the Versys?
Internet has this little site called "Google" just type the following in: kawasaki versys reviews

read away...
http://www.google.ca/search?q=kawasa...ient=firefox-a

Motorcycle.com just did a First Ride report as well...
http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactur...ide-63478.html

The Versys has also been written up in all the mags recently, I can get the issues for you tonight if you want.

Nice report BTW DRZ. Does your buddy miss the power of the Bandit at all? My wife rides a 650R and it's a hoot to ride.

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Old 08-29-2007, 07:15 AM   #11
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I know most moto mags have given great reviews of the performance of the V-Strom, but have there been any major reviews posted about the Versys?
"Bike" from the UK has had a couple articles. The August, 2007 issue has one along witht the bike of the year stuff. Versys came out number 15 out of 150 bikes.
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Old 08-29-2007, 07:18 AM   #12
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How's your dutch?

Here's a 'Motorfreaks' Versys Versus V-Strom comparison test...


http://www.motorfreaks.nl/index.php?...k=view&id=3794
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Does your buddy miss the power of the Bandit at all?
Just the opposite...

Doug's '96 Bandit 600S had all it's power in the upper revs. He said he would have had to drop the Bandit down two gears to keep up with the highway roll-on passing power of my DL650. But with the Versys he could just leave it in 6th gear, whenever I rolled on from 70 mph to 100 mph to pass a line of traffic.

That's the real strength of twins like the Versys and V-Strom, motor-wise. Big fat midrange joy.





Here's a few more shots I took of Doug's Versys, on the day she was delivered, BTW...



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Just the opposite...

Doug's '96 Bandit 600S had all it's power in the upper revs. He said he would have had to drop the Bandit down two gears to keep up with the highway roll-on passing power of my DL650. But with the Versys he could just leave it in 6th gear, whenever I rolled on from 70 mph to 100 mph to pass a line of traffic.

That's the real strength of twins like the Versys and V-Strom, motor-wise. Big fat midrange joy.


That's been the biggest surprise about my Versys. It really pulls hard right from the bottom. I'm thinking of gearing it up, it certainly has the power for it.
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That's been the biggest surprise about my Versys. It really pulls hard right from the bottom. I'm thinking of gearing it up, it certainly has the power for it.
The DL650 is exactly the same way. I don't think people realize how tractable the motors in these bikes really are.

My last streetbike was a 1999 Yamaha V-Max, so I do have some experience with great roll-on power. And yet my DL650 is not a let down to me at all. Unlike many inline fours, where the power delivery is much more suited to track use, the twins in the Versys and V-Strom have the kind of power delivery that's so much more satisfying in real on-street situations.



I remember trading bikes for an hour, with a guy who had an SV650, back when I still had my V-Max. That was the day I knew I would have a bike with that motor in it, in the future.
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