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Old 01-08-2008, 12:21 PM   #1
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:26 PM   #2
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Nice article. As you can see, the Versys makes a lot of sense, does a lot of things, and is attractively priced. It makes even more sense in Europe and the UK, where we like trail-styled omnibikes far more than customs. Yet... even though it's been with us for a while now, I don't see many of them about. Or any of them, come to that. Which suggests that there's something about it that just doesn't excite. I haven't had the chance to ride one. Anybody out there who's tried one and can say what the missing ingredient is?
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Old 01-08-2008, 12:53 PM   #3
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Nice write up. The bike, however, is not for me. I read an article on the F800GS recently and concluded that the GS is much more suited to my taste. I know there will be thousands of dollars difference between the two, but in the end there are many fire roads hidden in these North Georgia hills that beg to be explored and money shouldn't be the determining factor here. I believe the GS will be much happier doing the job than the Versys. It doesn't hurt to know that the GS has more power in both the 650 and 800 sizes and will have a much better resale value, too.
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Anybody out there who's tried one and can say what the missing ingredient is?
I was seriously considering this bike versus the V-Strom. What made my mind up was the size, the VerSys is tiny, the V-Strom has the size and road presence I want. Ok, the 1000 cc engine in the Vee was better too, but compared to the Wee, it's tiny.
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Visually it doesn't do much for me. It does seem infinitely practical though.
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Visually it doesn't do much for me. It does seem infinitely practical though.
It's one of those bikes that looks much better in person than in pictures IMHO.
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It's one of those bikes that looks much better in person than in pictures IMHO.
Absolutely. It's a cool looking machine.
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Absolutely. It's a cool looking machine.
I've looked at this machine in-person, and I think you're mistaken - it looks just as bad as it does in the video/photos (from the front, at least).

Really, my problem is with the headlight - the "formed piece of the fairing" really doesn't do much for me. Kawasaki has been borderline-fugly with most of the headlights of its sport bikes in the last few years.

Now and again, they put on the Dress and Crossover.........
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I've looked at this machine in-person, and I think you're mistaken - it looks just as bad as it does in the video/photos (from the front, at least).

Really, my problem is with the headlight - the "formed piece of the fairing" really doesn't do much for me. Kawasaki has been borderline-fugly with most of the headlights of its sport bikes in the last few years.

Now and again, they put on the Dress and Crossover.........
You're wrong. If you can't see how sharp this bike looks you must be one of those les..... er, perv..... er, never mind.
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Old 01-08-2008, 03:03 PM   #10
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Other reviewers have had issues with the direct mount shock, as opposed to the use of linkage, ya didn't think I read that book Wilbers put out did you? And what happens if BMW decideds to bring the 650 to the US? Is it far to compare the two considering the price?
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