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Multisurface Rider
12-17-2009, 07:28 PM
Ok riders, what do you think of these bikes compared to all the others, Opposed twins, V-twins & Parallel twins?

Versys
http://i658.photobucket.com/albums/uu305/MultisurfaceRider/Custom%20DS%20Versys%20%20Ninja%20650R/moddedversys.jpg

Ninja 650R
http://i658.photobucket.com/albums/uu305/MultisurfaceRider/Custom%20DS%20Versys%20%20Ninja%20650R/DualSportNinja2.jpg

Ninja 650R
http://i658.photobucket.com/albums/uu305/MultisurfaceRider/Custom%20DS%20Versys%20%20Ninja%20650R/DualSportNinja.jpg




I got the pictures over at ADV, here is a link to a different kind of Versys.


http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=319441

Bear on a bicycle
12-17-2009, 07:46 PM
Are you thinking of trying this yourself?

Multisurface Rider
12-17-2009, 08:10 PM
Are you thinking of trying this yourself?


I thought that would be the first question and the answer is: well, you never know.:shrug: I would have to eyeball the bikes before transformation real hard. I do like the idea thou!

Bear on a bicycle
12-17-2009, 08:34 PM
I have a Versys, but mine is staying stock. Fun bike. The Versys motor is tuned a little more for low/mid power compared to the Ninja. Other than being a little heavy for a dirt bike, I think it would work. Those guys seem to think so...

Multisurface Rider
12-17-2009, 08:49 PM
It does not have to be a dirt bike, but it would have to be able to handle what ever comes along. I am thinking a glorified GS???

Bear on a bicycle
12-17-2009, 09:28 PM
I don't know about glorified, but with a little money, patience & creativity I think you can do it. The Versys just needs tires & maybe a skid plate, & I think it could handle a lot of off road stuff.

landman650r
12-19-2009, 02:33 AM
I'll go with Ninja 650r

I like the engine more!

JacknTexas
12-19-2009, 02:54 AM
Some riders prefer the old GSXR 1100 for a platform. (http://www.topspeed.com/motorcycles/motorcycle-news/suzuki-gsx-r-1100-dirt-bike-ar72909.html) :clap:

http://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/crop/200904/suzuki-gsx-r-1100-di-5_460x0w.jpg

bjhughes
12-19-2009, 08:55 AM
The Versys has a more dirtbike look to it. Still heavy, but probably decent for [larger] trails and fire roads.

The Ninja version looks more a GS clone...and it looks heavier. If going this route, just buy the GS and do it right.

gotdurt
12-19-2009, 02:16 PM
The geometry & ergos of the Versys are probably a lot better suited than the Ninja for such a conversion. Maybe that's what I ought to do with my CB750 :trust:

Multisurface Rider
02-07-2010, 01:41 PM
Hey Bear, how does your bike handle on good gravel and dirt roads? Tell me more if you don't mind.


I don't know about glorified, but with a little money, patience & creativity I think you can do it. The Versys just needs tires & maybe a skid plate, & I think it could handle a lot of off road stuff.

Bear on a bicycle
02-07-2010, 02:42 PM
Hey Bear, how does your bike handle on good gravel and dirt roads? Tell me more if you don't mind.

Honestly, I've not ridden it on dirt or gravel. I bought it strictly for street use. But there are a few guys that ride 'em everywhere. I've read a few threads on the Versys forum where guys are riding the Versys on dirt & gravel roads. I would think it will handle dirt roads just fine, and gravel, like sand, would depend more on the rider, but I can't see a reason it would handle poorly, other than tires.

I see you're in San Antonio. If you want to ride mine, I'd be more than willing to meet up some time. Shot me a PM!