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Offline Shandy

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Re: Back from the wilderness..................
« Reply #10 on: Jul 14, 2019, 12:20 AM »
*Originally Posted by Craigasaki [+]
I have a debate inside my head every week as to whether or not i could settle with just my scruffy Mk2 Versys as my one-and-only.

I love it to bits and it does exactly what i want as an everyday bike and it accepts the constant ragging without complaint BUT i do like
to have the choice of a big, smooth speedster, don't know if i'd be happy taking the Versys down to the Alps and Pyrenees.

I blew my ZX9R up atop a mountain in South-East France last September and i've only ridden the Versys since.

I'll work it out one day  :015:

Is Versy's 1k, best of both worlds??

I know what you mean though, I am more impressed every ride with how versatile the little V is! but it just doesn't feel like it should be able to put up with the abuse as well as it does!  :lostit:  :152:
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Re: Back from the wilderness..................
« Reply #11 on: Jul 14, 2019, 05:14 PM »
I'm considering a big Versys Shandy but more likely an SX, i'll have to test-ride both.

I like to chase about the mountains a bit so prefer a sportier bike but i realise the big V is no slouch.

Best get another job first mind  :002:
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Re: Back from the wilderness..................
« Reply #12 on: Jul 14, 2019, 06:31 PM »
No, the big V is no slouch at all. Being not as nimble as the 650 leaves room for lots of nimble... it tips in and handles eagerly both fast and slow, it brakes well, and the powerplant is fantastically strong and responsive... truly a great engine. For this you heft a bit more bulk, but not much for what you get in return. For me it is a confidence inspiring bike.
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Re: Back from the wilderness..................
« Reply #13 on: Yesterday at 12:17 AM »
*Originally Posted by Craigasaki [+]
I'm considering a big Versys Shandy but more likely an SX, i'll have to test-ride both.

I like to chase about the mountains a bit so prefer a sportier bike but i realise the big V is no slouch.

Best get another job first mind  :002:

Haven't tried the big V but I can say the SX is hard to beat!

The SX is an absolute dream of a bike, but speed is effortless, be warned!  :007:

First thing is change the OEM tyres, there OK for running in but after that CHANGE!
There bloody awful, you read a lot of reviews of the SX that say about the bikes problems when tipping into corners but the truth is as soon as you put different tyres on it completly changes the bike for the better and she begs to be thrown around!

Better for solo touring as the pillion perch is supermodel bum sized really.

The riding position is both touring and sporty mixed but I recommend buying foot peg lowering kit too I think all Kawasaki test riders are 5ft tall and weigh 8st! there definitely not set up for the more European sized male  :whistle: the rear shock suffers for the same reason and is under sprung, a better spring and professional suspension set up will do you well. After that it's just personal taste.

The SX forum is a great place to start, it's a very active forum and loads of really helpful people on there. There's often bikes for sale too!

Good luck and let us know how you get on with test rides (and new job LOL)
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Re: Back from the wilderness..................
« Reply #14 on: Today at 12:17 AM »
Good points Shandy.

I'd best test the SX with me darlin' cailin on the back 'cos she's showing definite interest in the bikes again, bet she prefers the V1000  :015:

I wouldn't imagine the riding position is any more cramped than the ZX9R so i'll probably be happy enough.

As for a job................. :187:
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