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Offline uralrob

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Re: Quandary !
« Reply #30 on: Jun 16, 2021, 12:09 PM »

 
 The V1K is heavy and tall and has not a little more power but a lot more power than the V650.

 Fuel economy is not much different from the 650 if ridden moderately. If you wring it out you may have bigger problems on your hands than the cost of fuel  :2: .

 The V1K is noticeably harder on rear tires than the V650 even when ridden moderately. This is probably due to the extra weight of the bike and the fact that much of the pillion weight is over or behind the rear axle.

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Re: Quandary !
« Reply #31 on: Jun 16, 2021, 12:38 PM »
Thanks all.

The reason I asked about the V1K weight is that  I'd been looking at the GS1200... And by thy looks of it, the V1K is heavier. So probably not really a viable option. If I was going for a bigger bike then the GS would probably be my preference due to the shaft drive and they look better IMO.

As for power, I've ridden much faster bikes up to 170bhp so that doesn't bother me, other than I don't need loads of power... And if course it generally affects the fuel economy... Although I've also found that big low stressed engines like the V1K are usually good on fuel.

As for bias, that's kind of why I asked here because I'm more likely to find out what other V riders have tried out and what conclusions they have. And so it has proved.

As you say, it will come down to the best deal... All I can say is that I do like tall adventure type bikes and I don't really want anything too heavy.

I think if the Tracer 700 had better reviews (get the impression that the V is a better bike apart from the excellent Yamaha engine) it would be the obvious chouce.

Thanks again for all the input.
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Re: Quandary !
« Reply #32 on: Jun 17, 2021, 08:19 PM »
I had a 1200 GS, sold it to buy a Tracer 900, sold that after 2 years to get a 1200GS, sold that after 4 years to get a Versys 650 2021.  Why did I buy the Versys? - its the most fun I've had on a bike in ages
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Re: Quandary !
« Reply #33 on: Jun 17, 2021, 09:03 PM »
*Originally Posted by Nemo [+]
I had a 1200 GS, sold it to buy a Tracer 900, sold that after 2 years to get a 1200GS, sold that after 4 years to get a Versys 650 2021.  Why did I buy the Versys? - its the most fun I've had on a bike in ages
Yep , they are bloody good fun, and are a very engaging bike to ride.

It's the  most fun that you could ever have with your clothes on.   :banana: :banana:
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Re: Quandary !
« Reply #34 on: Jun 17, 2021, 09:33 PM »
*Originally Posted by 100milesaway [+]
It's the  most fun that you could ever have with your clothes on.   :banana: :banana:

I have done "fun" things with (most of) my clothes on so I may dispute this statement.

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Re: Quandary !
« Reply #35 on: Jun 17, 2021, 10:12 PM »
*Originally Posted by Nemo [+]
I had a 1200 GS, sold it to buy a Tracer 900, sold that after 2 years to get a 1200GS, sold that after 4 years to get a Versys 650 2021.  Why did I buy the Versys? - its the most fun I've had on a bike in ages

Interesting... So what did you think of the GS and the Tracer 900?

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Re: Quandary !
« Reply #36 on: Jun 17, 2021, 10:18 PM »
*Originally Posted by Stewie [+]
I have done "fun" things with (most of) my clothes on so I may dispute this statement.

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Re: Quandary !
« Reply #37 on: Jun 17, 2021, 10:35 PM »
One thing I will add to this is about weight, the specs sheets are all well and good but where the weight is carried on the bike is also very important.

For instance, my current main ride is a XT1200, not a light bike by any means, and I've always been concerned about if I could pick it up by myself. So yesterday me and a mate had a practice picking up our bikes on grass and was very surprised how easy it was to pick up. I am not particularly fit, big or strong either.

The V1K is a extremely agile bike, especially once the suspension is set up, but if you buy a used one have a  long test ride on a warm day and check for transmission wine....DAMHIK, but most are fine.
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