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Old 09-28-2018, 09:38 AM   #21
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Re: Kind of new to riding

Welcome along, nice bike choice, you should be able to get an old stock new or very lightly used for that budget. Enjoy and remember we love pictures of bikes around here and ride reports too. no pressure.
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Old 09-28-2018, 09:40 AM   #22
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Welcome along, nice bike choice, you should be able to get an old stock new or very lightly used for that budget. Enjoy and remember we love pictures of bikes around here and ride reports too. no pressure.


I got all sorts of riding picture. But a little different then yall might be used to lol


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Old 09-28-2018, 12:28 PM   #23
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I have a 2008 Versys 650 and love it. Plenty of power ,handles very nice and routinely gives me 50 mpg on regular gas. The newer ones are supposed to be even better. Get a used one and save the money for farkels B-)

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Old 09-29-2018, 02:55 PM   #24
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After the meet up today, Im interested in the Suzuki tenere(SP?). Learned a lot


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Old 09-29-2018, 03:04 PM   #25
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After the meet up today, I’m interested in the Suzuki tenere(SP?). Learned a lot
There you go, good choice, execpt you'll have to decide between the Suzuki VStrom and the Yamaha Super Tenere. Still some more to learn.
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Old 09-29-2018, 03:44 PM   #26
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Both are excellent bikes, separated by a few thousand dollars. Lots of folks on this site ride each. In fact, at least a couple I can think of have owned both. Rod (Mr2mch) has owned a string of VStroms (mostly 650s, I believe) and spent about 3 years on a Super Tenere. He could probably give you a good head-to-head comparison.
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Old 09-29-2018, 03:56 PM   #27
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Re: Kind of new to riding

And a neighbor of mine is trying to sell his WeeStrom ...

https://dallas.craigslist.org/sdf/mc...709899712.html

Decent bike, good platform and not a huge investment in case you want to move to something else.
You could probably sell it for close to what you paid next year.
Can't beat riding a bike for nothing.
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Old 09-29-2018, 04:05 PM   #28
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The 2012 and newer 650 VStroms are better than the older style. But the old ones are great bikes just the same - I had a 2005. Reliable, nearly indestructible, good gas mileage, and they're just good go-anywhere-do-anything bikes. And that one has really low mileage for an '04. And as Mitch pointed out, you could probably ride that one for a year and resell it for about what you paid.
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Old 10-01-2018, 02:24 PM   #29
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Bear in mind Kawasaki is announcing a couple of new bikes in November, possibly the replacement of the KLR (or the Versys X650!).
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Old 10-01-2018, 04:03 PM   #30
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, possibly the replacement of the KLR (or the Versys X650!).

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Old 10-04-2018, 02:08 AM   #31
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17' v strom 650 xt model was $8500 $10,600 out the door with additional extended engine warranty purchased.

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Old 10-04-2018, 09:01 AM   #32
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Old 10-04-2018, 11:45 AM   #33
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I have an 07 V-Strom for sale.
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Old 10-12-2018, 10:38 AM   #34
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I can't recommend the Versys 650 enough. I keep thinking about replacing mine with something younger, stronger, etc. But the Versys is still so darn fun! And capable, I've done a 5k mile ride and multiple 400+ mile days on it, no problems at all.

But, picking a bike is a personal decision with tons of factors: budget, ergos, brand and type, etc. So I guess I'd suggest buying something used as a test-fit. If it works, then either keep it or upgrade to a newer model. If it doesn't fit you like a glove, then switch. Overall, the 'mid-sized adventure' segment (650 to 1000cc) is perfect for me.
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Old 10-24-2018, 08:49 AM   #35
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I have a 09 Versys for sale that I modified the suspension. It has the great street manners and will get down gravel roads way better than a stock Versys.
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Old 10-24-2018, 09:23 PM   #36
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I can say that a stock 2009 Versys with Shinko 705 tires is okay on gravel roads, but I'm new to riding myself so I can't say if the few things I've experience were the bike or me. It has felt "loose" in the front more than once on gravel at about 20-25 mph.

If Multisurface Rider's Versys was for sale when I got mine, I would have considered it. Too bad I didn't see the add until about 6 months after I got my bike. My bike is getting me about 43 mpg using 87 octane. Wish I knew what people did to hit 50 or better.
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Old 10-24-2018, 10:20 PM   #37
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I consistently get 50+mpg on my 2008 if I don't get too heavy on the throttle and keep it under 75 on the highway.
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Old 10-25-2018, 09:39 AM   #38
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I can say that a stock 2009 Versys with Shinko 705 tires is okay on gravel roads, but I'm new to riding myself so I can't say if the few things I've experience were the bike or me. It has felt "loose" in the front more than once on gravel at about 20-25 mph.
I put some Shinko 805's on my daughter's NC700X with 17" wheels and all the sudden its a gravel machine. I couldn't believe the difference.
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Old 10-26-2018, 09:09 AM   #39
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Welcome aboard! perhaps a used 1250 BANDIT?
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Old 10-26-2018, 10:32 AM   #40
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Re: Kind of new to riding

Why not the Kawasaki Z 900?

https://www.cycleworld.com/new-2018-...-retro-standad
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