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Old 08-23-2007, 07:09 PM   #21
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For the last two years, Kawasaki has done a great job of delivering value for dollars bikes. The 650 Ninja is a V-twin sportbike for the masses. The Vulcan 900 Custom is a 4:5 scale Dyna Glide. The Versys seems to be a poor man's Ducati. Unlike some readers I really like the styling of the Versys. Yeah it looks like a funky European bike...that's the whole idea.

I like all three of these "value" bikes, but the Vulcan 900 custom is my favorite. With fuel injection, belt drive, and 55hp it BLOWS AWAY the other mid-sized cruisers. Plus it looks great.

I agree that it is tough to market sportbikes without a fairing in the US. It will be interesting to see how well this bike sells here.
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:40 PM   #22
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Me, I think I'd take a Wee Strom (and sell my V-Strom he says with tears running down his cheeks).
Yep the Suzuki DL650 still fills the small adventurer tourer better if you hit dirt occasionally too, so I'll be sticking with mine for now. That said, it's good to see the Versys come to US shores... maybe the Wee Strom will get a much needed update.
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Old 08-23-2007, 09:23 PM   #23
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Yep the Suzuki DL650 still fills the small adventurer tourer better if you hit dirt occasionally too, so I'll be sticking with mine for now. That said, it's good to see the Versys come to US shores... maybe the Wee Strom will get a much needed update.
... that for adventure tourers weight is king. The wheel size of the Versys is less important than that low weight. With more aggressive tires that light bike will be better than the heavier ATs despite less travel and 17" wheels. I'd put money on it. Anyone who has compared 600lb bikes on dirt roads vs 450lb bikes knows this.
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Old 08-24-2007, 12:00 AM   #24
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Old 08-24-2007, 02:34 AM   #25
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Are you mad? Mad, I say? Mad?

The Ducati multistrada is the very perfect model of a modern major multi . . . well . . . strada.

I was hoping for a comparison. Sure, Ducati ditched the 620cc engine (a pity, in my view, as it was a brilliant city bike), but these are two of the ONLY bikes that do the same things (you know, everything).

I (sniff) would have enjoyed reading about the (sniff) differences.

Oh well. I guess I'll just go back to work.
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Old 08-24-2007, 05:30 AM   #26
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... that for adventure tourers weight is king. The wheel size of the Versys is less important than that low weight. With more aggressive tires that light bike will be better than the heavier ATs despite less travel and 17" wheels. I'd put money on it. Anyone who has compared 600lb bikes on dirt roads vs 450lb bikes knows this.
Especially when you have to pick it up after you dump it!
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:33 AM   #27
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Well - don't drop it, then!

(of course, try tellin' that to Chip Hyde Iron Butt Rally - 2007 IBR - Day 3: Attrition Begins )
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Old 08-24-2007, 07:34 AM   #28
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I just hope they will be offering test rides at biketober fest.
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Old 08-24-2007, 08:45 AM   #29
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I could ride one. Though a smidge more power would be nice for my 265lbs a$$. I'd be plenty happy with it the way it is though.
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Old 08-24-2007, 03:13 PM   #30
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... that for adventure tourers weight is king. The wheel size of the Versys is less important than that low weight. With more aggressive tires that light bike will be better than the heavier ATs despite less travel and 17" wheels. I'd put money on it. Anyone who has compared 600lb bikes on dirt roads vs 450lb bikes knows this.
Yep, but a WeeStrom is 420 pounds dry -- less with an aftermarket exhaust -- so it's definitely in Versys territory. Truth is that's still a bit much for real offroading... fine for trails and some rough stuff, but too bulking for narrow trails or big rocks.
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