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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-26-2009, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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650R or Versys

Hey all,

Hope everyone is enjoying the start of summer!

Just completed a 3 day Motorcycle course and feel waaay more confident on a bike than before. I would consider myself a complete novice though. No ride time under my belt to talk about.

Anyway, I have a dilema. The plan was to finish this course and go out to buy a 650r. Well as I sit on the computer every night, and go to Kawis site, the picture of the Versys always popes up

I have read about every article, forum, and website there is to read about both bikes. I have sat on them both. Both feel good. As most know, they are basicly the same bike disguised in 2 different setups. Maybe that is the problem with me deciding?!

Any way, I need help picking. The bike will be used primarly for riding within a 30 mile area of my home. Evening cruises if you will. The versatility of the versy is so tempting. Strap on some saddles, have a top bag, and roll out for the weekend. But the looks of the new 650r and the obvious attitude it portrays makes me crave it...Maybe I need half of both?

Here are 2 questions that if some one could answer it would really help me out.

1. What are my options as far as cargo goes on a 650r? Could I somehow attatch my bookbag for school or put saddles on it to carry my books?

2. How hard is the 650r on someone's body for longer rides? My primary concern would be the wrists getting really tired from leaning forward all day. Hard to say without experience though. If I went with the Versys I'd be swapping seats.

The best part about my problem, is no matter what happens, I will have a kick ass bike in the end.

Other than the 2 questions, any advice, ideas, suggestions, etc would be great.

Thanks everyone

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 04-26-2009, 06:17 PM
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I don't own a 650, but on my 250 it's easy to throw on a heavilly loaded backpack and ride to work. i've seen people bungee bags to the rear seat too.

if you ask me the versys is ugly as hell, but to each his own
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If you have questions pertaining specifically to the 650R, you might want to ask in the 650 section. But I'll throw in my .02 anyways.

Sure you can buy saddlebags for it. I haven't bought any yet, but sooner or later I probably will. I go to school and live on campus about 50 miles from my home. When I wanna go back home I stuff all my things in a backpack and it works out fine. As for comfort, I think its great compared to other sportbikes. I can sit upright pretty comfortably at highway speeds, and my wrists don't cramp. I also have this
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...se-Assist.aspx
After buying this, my hands never get tired. I've never ridden the Versys, so I probably am biased toward the 650R, but both are great bikes. Hopefully this kinda answers your questions. Good luck pickin out the right bike for you and ride safe!


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One of my buddies that does some hardcore touring had a versys...he loved it, did several 4 day weekend trips...but upgraded to a concours (sp?) for the power and passenger capability (his wife started riding with him).

Look at it this way...which would you have the least chance of regretting? I think the 650R would have better resale, and is very capacle of touring as is (its not a hard core sport bike posture to begin with).
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If you have questions pertaining specifically to the 650R, you might want to ask in the 650 section. But I'll throw in my .02 anyways.

Sure you can buy saddlebags for it. I haven't bought any yet, but sooner or later I probably will. I go to school and live on campus about 50 miles from my home. When I wanna go back home I stuff all my things in a backpack and it works out fine. As for comfort, I think its great compared to other sportbikes. I can sit upright pretty comfortably at highway speeds, and my wrists don't cramp. I also have this
http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...se-Assist.aspx
After buying this, my hands never get tired. I've never ridden the Versys, so I probably am biased toward the 650R, but both are great bikes. Hopefully this kinda answers your questions. Good luck pickin out the right bike for you and ride safe!
Thanks for the link! Cool little device.

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I don't own a 650, but on my 250 it's easy to throw on a heavilly loaded backpack and ride to work. i've seen people bungee bags to the rear seat too.

if you ask me the versys is ugly as hell, but to each his own
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One of my buddies that does some hardcore touring had a versys...he loved it, did several 4 day weekend trips...but upgraded to a concours (sp?) for the power and passenger capability (his wife started riding with him).

Look at it this way...which would you have the least chance of regretting? I think the 650R would have better resale, and is very capacle of touring as is (its not a hard core sport bike posture to begin with).
I think that is a good point. I've found a few threads with people who have serious luggage on 250's and 650's. I think I am leaning more toward the 650r now.

Thanks for the input
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If it can make a girl who hated her bike do this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTuNz_j422U
then I suggest you get the 650r

To add the 650r doesn't make you hunch over the tank...with that being said, if you ride and your wrist and hands get sore you're RIDING WRONG! On any bike if your wrists get sore you're riding wrong. What should be keeping you up is you're back and ab muscles. Reason: to avoid tank slapper!

That vid that I posted, her forks have been dropped by 1.5" and still I wasn't "leaning" on the bars. Since then I've dropped the forks to .5" and put a flat bar with in total makes her front 3.5" lower...trust me, you'll want that weight on the front.

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Ok so I already feel convinced a 650r is the way to go. That Arrow exhaust is mean dude. One other question...

I kind of like the looks of the ER-6N...Would this accept the same mods as a 650r? Just want to be sure.

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I don't see why it wouldn't for the most part.


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Hey man... First off, you can't go wrong with the 650, Versys, or 6n. I have a 650R and the look is deceiving. The 650 has a fairly tall tank which gives the illusion of leaning over while riding... this is not the case. On the 650, you sit almost perfectly upright unless you want to tuck for high speeds.

Versys is a great bike cause it is pretty much the same as the 650 but, like someone else said, personally I find it ugly as hell.

The ER-6n is the exact same bike as the 650 so that should be a great bike.. and it is good looking too. I chose the 650R over the 6n because I like the sport-bike look. Any mods you can do to the 650 should apply to the 6n because they are the same bike.

Hope all of our resposes were helpful... you're going to like whichever bike you buy.

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I kind of like the looks of the ER-6N...Would this accept the same mods as a 650r? Just want to be sure.

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Yes, both are the same bike. It will fit the er-6r so no worries. That arrow is fucking thunder I tell you...mind you it is slightly modded to give a lower sound, but still...that thing is awesome!

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