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Offline Rapcity

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Re: I bit the bullet and bought the versys
« Reply #20 on: Jul 06, 2020, 10:42 AM »
well after riding around for a bit i dont think i need a QS

i don't understand how this bike handles like it does :027: its crazy. the best handling of any bike ive owned vfr 800, CBR 1100xx, VTR firestorm, hayabusa, GTR 1400, VFR 1200, ninja 1000 (although a better rider might think different)

only problem is it gives too much confidence in corners  :008:

it truly is an eye opener, i may be a convert to this bike

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Re: I bit the bullet and bought the versys
« Reply #21 on: Jul 06, 2020, 10:55 AM »
*Originally Posted by Gustavo [+]
Yeah, it has it's benefits.  Like trying to explain simple hand-foot coordination to those young, skill-limited, riders who need electronic help for everything...   :whistle:

 :008:


Seriously, I have ridden BMWs, KTMs and Ducatis with QS, all left a lot to be desired at anything that wasn't WFO.  Yes, even on upshifts, which should have been trivial.   :138: 


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I'm happy with the "young"  :028:.... :008: :008: :008:

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Re: I bit the bullet and bought the versys
« Reply #22 on: Jul 06, 2020, 12:54 PM »

  I still haven't mastered double de clutching on the V. Would  a Q.S.  help :notsure: .

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Re: I bit the bullet and bought the versys
« Reply #23 on: Jul 06, 2020, 02:53 PM »
*Originally Posted by uralrob [+]
  I still haven't mastered double de clutching on the V. Would  a Q.S.  help :notsure: .

 Rob.

Ask the bloke walking in front of you with the red flag, see if he's got any tips ;)

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Re: I bit the bullet and bought the versys
« Reply #24 on: Jul 06, 2020, 02:56 PM »
*Originally Posted by Rapcity [+]
well after riding around for a bit i dont think i need a QS

i don't understand how this bike handles like it does :027: its crazy. the best handling of any bike ive owned vfr 800, CBR 1100xx, VTR firestorm, hayabusa, GTR 1400, VFR 1200, ninja 1000 (although a better rider might think different)

only problem is it gives too much confidence in corners  :008:

it truly is an eye opener, i may be a convert to this bike

It's silly the way these bikes shouldn't work but do. On paper they're heavy, out dated and under powered with poor suspension.

But they do work. I've had some great rides on mine. The fact the versys is the bike I've owned longer than any other speaks volumes.

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Re: I bit the bullet and bought the versys
« Reply #25 on: Jul 06, 2020, 02:57 PM »
 They didn't have tips back in those days - all unfiltered  :015: .

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Re: I bit the bullet and bought the versys
« Reply #26 on: Jul 06, 2020, 03:09 PM »
I bet you had one of those fancy Dan cigarette holders

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Re: I bit the bullet and bought the versys
« Reply #27 on: Jul 06, 2020, 08:26 PM »

  ... and blew smoke rings?  :008:

 I left that to the guy with the red flag ... until I ran him over. He was on a Triumph  :whistle: .

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Re: I bit the bullet and bought the versys
« Reply #28 on: Jul 06, 2020, 09:14 PM »
Curse those triumph riders.

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Re: I bit the bullet and bought the versys
« Reply #29 on: Jul 07, 2020, 10:07 AM »
*Originally Posted by Rapcity [+]
well after riding around for a bit i dont think i need a QS

i don't understand how this bike handles like it does :027: its crazy. the best handling of any bike ive owned vfr 800, CBR 1100xx, VTR firestorm, hayabusa, GTR 1400, VFR 1200, ninja 1000 (although a better rider might think different)

only problem is it gives too much confidence in corners  :008:

it truly is an eye opener, i may be a convert to this bike
Fantastic to hear. Yep, the engineers at Kawasaki have done something magic with what is a parts bin and a reliable, old engine. Every few years I go on a test ride project to see if there's anything out there to convert me. I've test road most brands and equivalent bikes, from the Crosstourer to the Multistrada...and every time I've gotten back onto my V and said "you'll do me old mate".

Wait until you get the suspension set up right (perhaps even an upgraded rear shock?), the right tyres for your riding and a bit of farkling to suit your taste. And there's nothing more satisfying than out-riding bigger, 'better' bikes that have 50% more power, all the tech and latest whizz bangery. Then, when you see what someone who can really ride can do on the little V (like on our annual Versys Meet) you realise how capable it really is...it doesn't make sense how good the V is.

The closest I came to swapping out my V was when the revised Tiger 800 came out in 2015 but there was something about it that didn't quite justify the cost. Loved the extra power, smoothness and sound of that triple. It was superior in pretty much every regard...but it didn't quite seem necessary to me and didn't give me the fizz. The little V seems to be perfectly suited to our UK roads, traffic and conditions. Just enough of everything you need, without the stuff you think you want but won't really use.
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