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Offline VersysZen

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Another 650 Versys Owner Trades up to the Big V
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:29:08 PM »
Still trying to get the first 600-mile service under my belt but so far so good: the 4-cylinder 1000cc engine is sublime. Ride safe out there on the road to Valhalla.

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Re: Another 650 Versys Owner Trades up to the Big V
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2018, 12:01:42 AM »
Congrats, the V1000 will keep that grin on your face for many miles. What did you not have with the 650. I'm often thinking I would have been better off with a 650 and some days I'm thinking of trading in the 1000 for a lighter bike.The new 650 was priced a bit more than a '15 so with me doing 2 up a lot it was an easy choice. Now my pillion has her own Kawasaki so I'm a solo rider.   Be safe out there.

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Re: Another 650 Versys Owner Trades up to the Big V
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2018, 12:31:54 AM »
I absolutely loved my 650 Versys ( but after 20k miles on it and a few long-distance trips under my belt (I mostly commuted on it with the occasional 250-mile day ride thrown in) I began to feel the bike was a bit underpowered. I weigh ~200 lbs and with the bike loaded down for multi-day adventures it was still capable but admittedly a bit wheezy. Plus, I just feel the 1000 has remarkable handling for being a heavier bike and itís traction control, power modes, and slipper clutch are a nice safety upgrade - especially when riding in the wet. I purchaaed a new 2017 that had been sitting on the showroom floor for 2 years for a very reasonable $10k. I still prefer the look of the 650 but damn this 1000 has just about the perfect balance for all around riding and the motor should have no trouble racking up 100k+ miles on it. Although a solid engine in its own right, Iím just not sure that 650 parallel Twin will have a legitimate 100k-mile engine life. Again, Kawasaki has made 2 phenomenal bikes with the Versys line. I would even hazard to say Kawasaki has outflanked Honda on all arounder greatness (Iím a Honda VFR apostate). You canít go wrong with either. I just wanted a change. Ride safe!

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Re: Another 650 Versys Owner Trades up to the Big V
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2018, 01:27:26 AM »


 Hi VersysZen, and welcome.

 Just want to put your mind to rest re the longevity of the V 650 // twin. My '08 currently has somewhere over 250 000 km on it, with the only break down being a dead fuel pump in Nevada at around 170 000 km.
 Other than that, regular maintenance and a new stator and regulator as preventative measures. The head has never been off.

 No doubt the V1k engine will prove as rock solid if anyone cares to run them long enough to find out.

 Enjoy your new ride,

 Rob.

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Re: Another 650 Versys Owner Trades up to the Big V
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2018, 04:09:13 AM »
 :185:   I also had a V-650 got tired pf waiting for the V-1000 to come to the states so got an FJR in January of 2014. Then they bring the V-1000 here in 2015 so i traded my FJR in on the Big V in July 2016...

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Re: Another 650 Versys Owner Trades up to the Big V
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2018, 11:49:04 AM »
Welcome to the forum VersysZen.... the Big Versys won't disappoint you and neither will this great forum where there will always be an answer for your questions and a portion of good banter thrown in for free   :celebrate:   
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Re: Another 650 Versys Owner Trades up to the Big V
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2018, 02:56:38 PM »
Welcome aboard, Zen.  :031:

Two fine bikes with similar missions, but yes indeed, the 1000 engine is a gift that keeps on giving. Many happy miles to you sir.
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Re: Another 650 Versys Owner Trades up to the Big V
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2018, 07:02:01 PM »
Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone!  :763:

Yes, both bikes are excellent for slightly different (although related) reasons. I just got back from my 1st 200-mile ride (trying to get those first 600 miles in) and WOW! The bike just absolutely hustles and flows. The power is never oh my god overwhelming but is always there and ready no matter what gear I'm in. I found that just leaving the bike in 4th or 5th gear and powering through 25-45 mph corners is an effortless blast and really puts a smile on my face. Oh, and I'm not sure about others on this board but whenever I break a new motor in I tend to ride it like I intent to ride it but w/ quick (and non-full throttle) jaunts through the rev range (usually keeping it under 7500 rpm until about 400 miles and then by around 500 miles I'm generally riding it normally). Again, bravo, Kawasaki.They really aced both of these models. 

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Re: Another 650 Versys Owner Trades up to the Big V
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2018, 04:01:22 PM »
Hi VersysZen and welcome to the forum. The V1K is a great bike!!
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