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Old 11-24-2016, 11:39 AM   #21
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Re: 650 VStrom vs Versys 650

Yeah, he had identical '06 and '05 red 650s. The '06 made the Alaska trip. I bought the '05. Rode it for 5 years & loved it. It still belongs to a friend who lives nearby, so I have visitation rights.
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Old 12-03-2016, 04:50 PM   #22
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Re: 650 VStrom vs Versys 650

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Speaking of being a pack mule, check this blog from JGLOW, the guy I bought my 1st VStrom from. Nothing here for or against the Versys, which didn't even exist yet. But it'll give you a good idea of just how capable the DL650 is.

http://2texans2alaska.blogspot.com/


Heres my 09 Versys packed down and carrying me 280lbs plus gear on my trip from Texas to Cali mid summer. Did 850 miles the first day and the last 550 miles the second day....

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Old 12-03-2016, 11:19 PM   #23
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Re: 650 VStrom vs Versys 650

I've owned 1st and 2nd gen V-storms and done multiple thousand mile trips.
Ditto on a Versys I owned.
V-Strom is beautifully boring but the bike to pick for long distance and trouble free maintenance.
But if you got a little rowdy in you man the Versys has that edge with flickable and beautiful handling that can give you an attitude if not careful.
Gentlemans express vs.rowdy,aggressive youngster.

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Old 12-10-2016, 06:39 PM   #24
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Re: 650 VStrom vs Versys 650

Darn! I don't think I have any rowdyness left in me.

I briefly test rode a '08 Versys 650 this week. First time back on any bike in over 10yrs. Felt pretty OK.

But I'm looking at V Strom 650's now to compare.

I did also mount a '08 DL1000 couple weeks ago. So maybe there is still some rowdy trying to bubble back up in me.
Or maybe it was just gas...

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Old 12-12-2016, 11:37 AM   #25
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Re: 650 VStrom vs Versys 650

Asking other peiple about which bike is better or best is like asking other people whom you should marry.

Unless they are your height, weight, ride the way you do, have the same level of riding experience, same tolerance for vibes or not you are far better off taking the exact models you're considering for a ride and find out for yourself. Then, most opinions you'll get are of older models and the Versus of today isn't even the same bike like 2 years ago, the changes are significant.

The V-Strom 650 and Versys are popular rental bikes, its worth the money to really try them out and make a good decision. If you try out older year models and then buy new not much was accomplished.
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:47 AM   #26
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Re: 650 VStrom vs Versys 650

Strictly bike vs.bike a big difference is the Versys has a 5.5" shorter wheelbase.
That's huge in determining the bike to match your purpose.
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:48 AM   #27
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Re: 650 VStrom vs Versys 650

My wife is the perfect wife. She's the one you should marry; except she's taken and has been for 39 years, so you'll have to look elsewhere and settle for second best.

Oh yeah, VStroms and Versys'. Versi? Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, lots of TWTers own one or the other, or maybe both in rare instances. I'm sure you can wrangle a test ride somewhere. For those in the Metroplex, I've offered my 650 for an occasional test ride, and don't mind doing so again.
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:55 AM   #28
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Re: 650 VStrom vs Versys 650

Thank you all for the great info. Taking all the info provided here and my own personal research I am going to put the VStrom as my first choice. I will start shopping around for preowned and see what deals I can find.

Thanks again!
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Old 12-12-2016, 12:01 PM   #29
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Re: 650 VStrom vs Versys 650

A little late to the discussion, but I like the VStrom. I have ridden a limited amount on the jeep trails in Colorado and gravel roads in Texas, but I like it. Since it sounds like you want to do some camping with the bike check out my bike and campsite from my time near Ouray this past summer -
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