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Offline Kawi-Mike

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KLR vs Versys
« on: September 19, 2014, 10:13:39 PM »
I have a 2008 KLR 650 along with a few other bikes. The KLR has become my go anywhere do anything I need bike. Without a doubt it is my work horse. I commute 30 miles one way to work almost everyday on it. About every other weekend this summer I would ride it 332 mile from where I live to visit with my mother. I really enjoy this bike. A few weeks ago while at a friends house  I test rode his 09 Versys and  could not believe how much I liked it. My ride was only about ten miles but it left me wanting more. My question is this. Have any of you went from your KLR to a Versys and regretted it? I really don't ride off road that much and have a KLX for when I do. So if any of you have switched please speak up. Cause if you regretted it I do not want to make the same mistake. Thanks!

Offline ScareCrow

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2014, 06:56:35 PM »
I don't have a Versys (yet) but I do have a 2009 ER6n, same frame same motor (but in a different state of tune). Going from one to the other back and forth for years I can say this ... I love my ER6n but I have put 41K miles on my 2008 KLR and about 11K on the ER even though I've only had the KLR for 1 year more than the ER. The only place the KLR comes up short with the ER is the motor. The ER can cruise at 100mph all day long but I can't so 70ish is more like it and at that speed the KLR is fine. The KLR is also super easy to maintain while the ER requires some patience, example, changing the air filter requires removing the tank and other parts. The KLR has also fallen over a few times with no real damage. The ER has never fallen but if it did I would expect it would not fare as well. Like I said I love my ER (it smoked a Harley V-rod in a drag) but the KLR is the dog I play with the most.

That being said, the 2015 Versys has my attention. I really like the changes. Might trade in the ER for one this spring... just might.


Offline Kawi-Mike

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2014, 07:56:00 PM »
Thank you for your reply. Did not think anyone would ever reply. That is actually alot of help. A close friend of mine is getting a 2015 .Versys 1000 and trying to talk me into that bike. He never leaves the asphault and I do. Although it is common for him to leave his home in Santa Fe, NM  for a days ride and end up at my house in NC.  My wife is in support of the 1000 so I stay on the road insteadmof heading down trails. We hit a deer two years ago and now she realizes how quick accidents can happen. Me being off road somewhere worries her. Anyway, thanks again for the reply. Decision, decisions!

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2014, 06:18:13 AM »
I've often wondered how "light off road" worthy these bikes can be made. 
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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2014, 05:22:03 AM »
The foot pegs are suppose to have been moved on the 15 models. I felt too cramped when setting on the earlier version. I'm waiting to set on the 650 as well as the 1000 to see what the change is like.

Offline ajeli

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2015, 08:27:59 PM »
I know it's an old thread but,

I sat on one of these 650s today. Easier to throw a leg over than my KLR! Pretty comfy too.
I want to ride the Versys 1000.  :drooler:
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Offline xrjak

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2015, 09:27:16 PM »
The post is not to old Alan. Did you sit on a 2015 or an older version? I have been looking at them too.

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2015, 08:02:34 PM »
A white and black 2015. The standard 650 not the LT. I want to see an LT in person.
I noticed that the black plastics under the tank have some light flake to it. Nice touch.

They didn't have a demo or a 1000, so no test ride  :(
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Offline hartselrider

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2015, 04:27:55 AM »
I own a 2005 KLR and a 2008 Versys and obviously the ideal thing would be the versys motor in the KLR frame !!  The versys is such a better street bike and so much better 2 up. BUT Versys not so good off road and there the KLR does fine

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2015, 06:43:56 PM »
I have always wondered if it would be possible to modify the suspension on a Versa so it could handel the off road better. I would like to hear any ideas on that idea.  :biker_h4h1:
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Offline DaveC

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2015, 07:54:36 PM »
I own a 2005 KLR and a 2008 Versys and obviously the ideal thing would be the versys motor in the KLR frame !!  The versys is such a better street bike and so much better 2 up. BUT Versys not so good off road and there the KLR does fine

I have a 2008 Versys and love it, but I would get this bike in a heartbeat. For now, though, I'm waiting to see if a 2015 will arrive on a showroom floor here soon. I'd like my next bike to have ABS, and a left-over 2014 Versys is calling out to me. But I want to see what the 2015 is like first...




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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2015, 10:13:57 PM »
Welcome to the forum Dave.
My local dealer said the 1000s should be showing up soon.
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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2015, 10:31:12 PM »
I sat on a 1000 at a recent show. Nice bike, but more than I need. I'll post a pic tomorrow.

And thanks for the welcome. I had joined back when the forum formed (had an 02 KLR650C prior to the V), but drifted away. Looks like I have a bit of catching up to do...

Offline aka Yamadog

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2015, 07:01:17 AM »
here is a very nice Versys someone needs to buy and bring to Tellico Plains next week  :claps:
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/showthread.php?t=74834

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2015, 06:01:32 PM »
That is a sweet ride.

Sorry for the delay in posting the Versys 1k pics. Had to work last night...






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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2015, 10:00:03 AM »
I like it.
But if I ever broke the piggy bank open, it would be for the black one.
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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2015, 10:09:48 AM »
Yeah yeah....the Mrs. was looking at one a while back and settled on an XT-250....much to my dismay. She has now outgrown the power and I just happen to leave the laptop open to the above pictures. Stopped her dead in her tracks! She went out of the house saying, "oooooh !"  Promising...!   haphap
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Offline hotshot

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #17 on: April 07, 2015, 07:39:48 PM »
I've been looking at the versys and dl 650. My 06 KLR is at 80,000 miles now. My plans are to ride the KLR until it gets 100,000 miles. Other than your general maintenance and your normal wear items the only thing I've had to replace is the clutch cable and the battery twice. I have also thought about  taking the KLR down to parts and rebuilding from the ground up.  :biker_h4h1:
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Offline myklr

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2015, 08:57:50 AM »
An old thread but with almost 4000 views...
If you have the space, keep the KLR650 and get the Versys because there are still 2014 bikes in the pipeline for dirt cheap. 

Yes, I wish Kawasaki would turn the Versys into a dual sport with a 21" front wheel, 6 gallon gas tank, and more better brakes.  Some gear ratios would have to be sorted out.

There are enough old KLR's to supply the people it makes happy; Kawasaki could let the KLR650 die.  For the right price, an old KLR makes a great winter project.  I'm keeping my 2005 KLR650 because I have twice as much in it as I could get out of it--and even if I didn't, it would fetch next to nothing--might as well keep it...  ...besides, it's just fun.

The Versys can be massaged to do mild off road: gravel, groomed dirt, little rocks...  ...easily an 80/20 bike if you give it a bash plate, crash bars, lowered dirt pegs, raised handle bars, luggage racks, etc.  The big problems are the sub-river level exhaust and tires, particularly the front 17" -- many who want the tires to go off road end up using a rear dual sport tire on the front. 

A few will rebuild the bike swapping out forks and wheels for something more dual sport oriented, but those mods radically change the geometry and require a bit of fitting/fabrication--not for the faint of heart.  At that point, might as well look for an F800 GS that was under utilized.
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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2015, 07:27:07 PM »
@myklr, keeping the kllr will be what I'll most likely do. Even if I get another bike. Work has been slow the last few months so getting a second ride is on the back burner for now.   :biker_h4h1:
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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2016, 10:28:40 PM »
I hopped off of my klr and right onto a 2013 versys. The versys is way more cramped, but oh my, it really rails the corners!

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Re: KLR vs Versys
« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2016, 04:16:28 PM »
I'm drooling over the 2015/2016 Versys 650.

I have and 2005 KLR that I plan to keep and 1995 ZG1000 Concours I plan to sell.

Since the 2015 and newer Versys is supposed to be less camped than the earlier generations I would expect it to be much less cramp than the Connie which is my only complaint with that bike.
I'm about 6.1 and ~300 pounds.  Would the 2015 Versys 650 be a good fit?

 

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