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Multisurface Rider
12-17-2009, 07:28 PM
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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
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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
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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
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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!

Multisurface Rider
02-08-2015, 06:45 AM
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MaxxTraxx
02-08-2015, 07:26 AM
Why don't they build the Versey like that to begin with? Looks awesome.

JQ1.0
02-08-2015, 07:36 AM
Versys in the dirt at Crooked Creek. Will give you an idea of what the bike is capable of. This one is stock.
http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=92829

ed29
02-08-2015, 01:46 PM
The Versys is decent off pavement stock, even with 17" cast wheels on both ends. The taller suspension on the same frame as the Ninja gives it a bit more clearance and helps with ledges and stuff off pavement.

Mine saw a lot of unpaved miles on the roads around Terlingua. A skid plate is a must, but there is no frame under the engine to mount it to. I counted myself lucky that no harm came to the oil filter or crankcase from the rocks I heard ping off of them.

On smoother dirt roads it is a blast. Drifts like a natural flat track racer when pushed in the curves.

Hotboot
02-08-2015, 06:56 PM
Kawasaki got it right with the geometry and balance on the Versys, a few gravel-dirt-sand roads I rode in Arkansas were fine. It's a tad heavy but an experienced rider should have no issues.

200 miles of some warm sunshine on my '13 today, sad to think I may be trading it on the FJ. Love this V bike !

Multisurface Rider
02-08-2015, 07:21 PM
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ed29
02-08-2015, 10:06 PM
I agree. Raising the front more than the back will fool with the rake and trail which will alter the handling. It is pretty neutral stock and very predictable in loose stuff.

Multisurface Rider
02-09-2015, 06:06 AM
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Jeff S
02-09-2015, 08:18 AM
I've got the 19" front on mine also, but with stock suspension / travel.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cGhBXY36HSQ/VNDbVAiCQ1I/AAAAAAAAFn4/D6dgORT4kGk/s640/_1160012.jpg

What forks do you have up front?

Are you content with the low front fender? Mine's about 1.5 " above stock and it's still too close when things get even a little muddy...

Multisurface Rider
02-09-2015, 09:30 AM
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Multisurface Rider
02-22-2015, 08:49 AM
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Multisurface Rider
03-12-2015, 10:43 AM
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