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Old 09-06-2011, 05:40 AM   #1
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Suzuki V-Strom or Kawasaki Versys?

Hello my name is rick and i had a question reguarding an entry level Adventure bike thats not going to break the bank. I like both the Wee Strom and the Versys, but which one is better?
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Old 09-06-2011, 05:47 AM   #2
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The strom is better if comfort and luggage capacity are your main goals or if you'll be 2-up most of the time. The versys is better if you prefer a smaller, more nimble, better handling ride. Neither is clearly better across the board. The strom is a bit better in gravel and soft surfaces. Personally I prefer the verseys, but I'm particularly fond of corners evious
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Old 09-06-2011, 06:17 AM   #3
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Ok. I like the ability to dual sport and street ride, but we dont really dual sport with the street bikes but it would be a good option if i wanted to go camping or something.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:26 AM   #4
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Keep in mind the versys has a 17" front wheel so your tire options are more limited. The Stroms have a 19".
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:45 AM   #5
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I went through this dilemma a few years ago. The Versys looks like a lot of fun and I almost bought a green one. In the end, the Wee won out. I liked the fact that it felt larger and more substansive and could carry more stuff. There was also more farkle options in '09 for the Wee than the Versys. I think it comes down to what you want to do with it. For twisties and day trips, the Versys. For longer touring and maybe some dirt roads, the Wee.

Good luck on whatever you decide. Semper Fi brother.
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:55 AM   #6
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MCN did a couple comparison reviews of the Versys and V-Strom...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cy16XkzFXdY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dreoY...feature=relmfu
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:05 AM   #7
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Thanks for the info, i really wanted a KTM 640 Adventure R but they are hard to find but i definatly want an adventure bike and i whink the wee is the one im gonna go with.
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Old 09-06-2011, 09:08 AM   #8
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VStrom is the answer to your dilema!!
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:05 AM   #9
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:13 AM   #10
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You ask a good question.
Have you ridden both?
Try to do so before buying.
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:25 PM   #11
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I have yet to ride either one. But i really like what theyve done with the Wee for 2012.
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:21 PM   #12
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Definitely try to ride each one if you can. There's nothing worse than buying a bike that measures up on paper but not out in the real world. YMMV....
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Old 09-06-2011, 02:33 PM   #13
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I've been happy to own the Versys (now with 41,000 miles and multiple 1 up cross country tours) and access to a 2009 VStrom (my son's) for the past year:



They both (now) have the same luggage and I've been pondering a set of the Pirelli Scorpion Trail's for my Versys (I've been running the Angel ST's) like my son has on his VStrom, but I've yet to decide. Tire choice for the 17" Versys is running close to the 19" VStrom in many areas.

I like the larger tank on the VStrom, but to me the CG seems higher up than my Versys. I found the VStrom's seat and headlights superior to the Versys and the VStrom seemed smoother in power delivery.

However................what I like about the Versys is the "frantic" feeling of power and response available for the asking and the sharper handling. No one ever seems to talk about 1st gear "wheelies" on the VStrom as they do with the Versys.

Versys has no factory centerstand options (I use a swingarm trail stand-works fine, son uses the same for his non-centerstand Vstrom) and bash plates are sometimes best considered gravel guards.

There are many more aftermarket farkles for the pre 2011 Vstroms; what will be available for the 2012 will be less in the begining where changes affect fitments.

Sit on both to get a feel, test ride if possible!

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Old 09-06-2011, 06:37 PM   #14
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Thanks for the info, i really wanted a KTM 640 Adventure R but they are hard to find but i definatly want an adventure bike and i whink the wee is the one im gonna go with.
I'd look at the KLR as well as it may me closer to a 640 ADV than the strom. The strom is an "adventure bike" not a moto cross bike. Great bike though for the money and more comfy than the KLR or the 640
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Old 09-07-2011, 05:53 AM   #15
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I'd look at the KLR as well as it may me closer to a 640 ADV than the strom. The strom is an "adventure bike" not a moto cross bike. Great bike though for the money and more comfy than the KLR or the 640
True, ill keep that in mind. I still think the Wee Strom is what i want since i cant afford a 2011 KTM 990 Adventure Dakar.
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