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New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« on: August 30, 2018, 09:02:27 PM »
Thanks Jadzia...

Picked this up a few hours ago. Aiming it towards Nova Scotia tomorrow, brb.

My old school, ice-racing neighbor approves.

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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2018, 09:09:16 PM »
Congratulations! Pics are upside down though....
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2018, 09:39:46 PM »
Yeah, no idea why the phone does that. Preview is right-side up though.
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2018, 10:35:53 PM »
Congratulations on the new bike! Woohoo!
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2018, 03:27:13 AM »
Most excellent!
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #5 on: August 31, 2018, 06:52:12 AM »
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2018, 10:08:23 AM »
Yeah, no idea why the phone does that. Preview is right-side up though.
Iphones fix it when they view and so do computer viewers but this forum does not.
So when you take a landscape picture turn phone 180 deg. or just edit the photo before posting.
If I remember to I take landscape photos then screen shot them to make a new image.

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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2018, 10:13:39 AM »
Thanks Jadzia...

Picked this up a few hours ago. Aiming it towards Nova Scotia tomorrow, brb.

My old school, ice-racing neighbor approves.

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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2018, 11:02:46 AM »
Sweet! And congrats.   :clap:

Looking forward to the ride report.
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2018, 12:29:02 PM »
Yay motorcycles!
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #10 on: August 31, 2018, 01:32:52 PM »
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2018, 01:45:31 PM »
Them are fun bikes!  Have a safe trip east. 
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2018, 06:15:39 PM »
The 650 is a great machine,  I had mine for 10 years.
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2018, 09:25:54 PM »
OK, just got back.  5 days, 9 States, 2100 miles.  Didn't make it to Nova Scotia but instead slabbed out to Niagara Falls, then south to Virginia through the national parks, then across to Kentucky and back to Chicago. 

Initial impressions:

Good:

Engine is wonderful.  Tractable everywhere, plenty of power, loves to rev, and completely smooth at freeway speeds.  90 mph all day long is no big deal, which is as fast as I really ever want to go.

Tank range is unreal.  300 miles a tank if you're keeping it to back roads, 200+ if you're on the freeway with bags.

Suspension is fully adjustable, with a preload knob.  The settings really work and the forks are both plush and responsive respectively when they need to be.

The bags are large, secure, and simple to use.

Wind/weather protection was usable, adjustable, and offered plenty of clean air.  Couple of pop-up thunderstorms and I stayed dry.

Seating position was nice and open, with plenty of leg room.

Tach and instrument cluster offer some really useful info and it's laid out well.  Tank range, estimated mpg (instant and trip), and a gear indicator.  The LED speedo never washed out in the sun.

Plenty of lean angle and confidence-inspiring when turned over.  It's a very lightweight bike and transitioning side to side was easy.

Very, very little heat comes from the engine or exhaust to the rider.  It's all way below you at the bottom of the bike.

For such a tall and light bike, it handles crosswinds well (my personal Kryptonite).


Bad:

The seat is wide, but very soft.  It's also covered in grippy material, where I'm used to a slippery sportbike seat.  Seats are a personal preference but I was hating it after about two hours, which is bad because the tank can go for three or four.  I do not care for the seat.

Gas mileage varies wildly and drops significantly at freeway speeds, as you can see from 300 miles on back roads but 100 miles less on the slab.  The bags probably don't help.  I also found the "estimated remaining range" info would drop from 100 miles to 30 without much warning, so it's probably not to be relied upon.

Fueling at parking lot speeds is snatchy and uneven, which is made worse by the very, very light throttle springs.

The plastics are extraordinarily fragile.  I've already lost half the front wheel cowl. 


Niggles:

With all of the information available on the dash cluster, I found myself cycling through the tabs fairly often to calculate when/where to stop.  It'd be better for the rider (and probably longevity of the dash) to have a handlebar-mounted toggle instead of a single button up front.

I'm used to a low-slung sportbike, so the towering stance took a lot of getting used to in twisty roads.  The Versys is plenty capable, but I hesitated a bit in getting it leaned over and will probably still struggle for a while.  The locals were blowing by me pretty regularly, if your ego cares about such a thing.

The adjustable windscreen can only be adjusted off the bike.  I left it at its lowest position and it was fine.

The grab rails are incompatible with a bungee net.  Bring Rockstraps. 


In short, I've never owned a new bike, but this one is a keeper.  It's incredibly capable, easy to ride, and can do a little bit of everything well.  Based on Jadzia's Ninja, ownership, reliability, tire life, and general ease of use look to be pretty positive and (relatively) affordable.  Nothing about the bike bummed me out this trip; it just ran and ran.

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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2018, 09:37:55 PM »
That's neat, Nate! (that sounded cooler in my head, sorry)
Yay new motorcycles! Once you sort out a slicker seat I suspect you'll be at terrifying lean angles in no time. :burnout:


PS. The higher mileage on secondary roads is counter-intuitive, but kind of a feature rather than a bug. Cool.
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2018, 10:23:06 PM »

PS. The higher mileage on secondary roads is counter-intuitive, but kind of a feature rather than a bug. Cool.

Coming down the mountains in WV, there was a morning where I rode for three hours and used just over a gallon of gas.  It was embarrassing enough to spend literally all morning riding, only to put in $2.87 at the pump, that I felt obligated to go in and buy a snack to avoid being that guy (gasp).
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2018, 10:46:42 PM »
OK, just got back.  5 days, 9 States, 2100 miles. 
That's quite an impressive break-in ride!  What mileage is the first service?

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Gas mileage varies wildly and drops significantly at freeway speeds, as you can see from 300 miles on back roads but 100 miles less on the slab.  The bags probably don't help.
Perhaps not expected, but understandable when you do 90 mph on a 650 w/ big bags.
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #17 on: September 05, 2018, 10:59:18 PM »

That's quite an impressive break-in ride!  What mileage is the first service?


Er, 600 miles.  The dealer's gonna be pissed when I drop it off Friday.  We scheduled the first service before I even took it off the parking lot.   ???
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2018, 12:31:08 AM »
It sounds like you're getting it all sorted out.  Congrats on the bike!
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2018, 11:29:02 AM »
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #20 on: September 11, 2018, 04:46:48 PM »
Congrats, sounds like you've found a good match!  :chili:

I seriously considered the Wee-Versys but wanted to try out the Tracer's triple. And then I found a very-lightly-used one with lots of goodies for less than a V-LT. 

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« Reply #21 on: September 12, 2018, 10:18:41 AM »
Congrats, sounds like you've found a good match!  :chili:

I seriously considered the Wee-Versys but wanted to try out the Tracer's triple. And then I found a very-lightly-used one with lots of goodies for less than a V-LT.

Yet nowhere do I see a post about your impressions of said alleged Tracer.  :) 
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #22 on: November 20, 2018, 05:35:06 PM »
Congrats. Is that a 18?  It has been a couple of months now. How us the bike doing?

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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2019, 12:27:03 PM »
UPDATE PLEASE...
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2019, 05:41:25 PM »
Yeah, no idea why the phone does that. Preview is right-side up though.

Thumbnail is upside down tonight on my iPad, but pic is right side up.

Wait.   What.  This was over a year ago.   Where the H have I been
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #25 on: September 11, 2019, 08:09:33 AM »
I'm used to a low-slung sportbike, so the towering stance took a lot of getting used to in twisty roads.  The Versys is plenty capable, but I hesitated a bit in getting it leaned over and will probably still struggle for a while.  The locals were blowing by me pretty regularly, if your ego cares about such a thing.

This point always makes my ears perk up. Even when I had two CBRs and lower-angle-seating bikes, I always felt way more in control on a "sit up" bike. To date, something like a 'Strom is where I feel most comfy leaning a bike and going fast. I won't be sitting straight up, mind you, but I can move around and just feel way more in control.

Part of the reason is my t-rex arms, and the other part is having a mob enforcer's neck, so comfort and looseness is best for me on a mo' upright, mo' comfy machine.
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #26 on: September 11, 2019, 08:11:55 AM »

Wait.   What.  This was over a year ago.   Where the H have I been

Hence Bill asking for an update. :D
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #27 on: September 11, 2019, 08:41:13 AM »
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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2019, 08:50:31 AM »
Posting has expired.  Did you pull the trigger??

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Re: New bike day - Versys 650 LT
« Reply #29 on: September 11, 2019, 09:41:14 AM »
No.  I had it up already so I didn't know it expired.  It was a really nice orange '16 versys 650 w/ topcase, heated grips, new tires, sub 10k miles for 4k.  Not surprised it's gone. 
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