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Old 24th February 2016, 17:47   #511
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Mate first of all let your brain take control away from your heart when you visually inspect the bike. The adrenaline and excitement that comes from the heart needs to be in check by one's brain while carrying out a PDI especially when it comes to selecting one's bike from multiple other bikes which are identical.
True. Like in our case, all the 6 bikes being delivered together were already registered in our names, so no option of choosing from the lot. Like you pointed, what we missed was a thorough inspection of the bike, and it was late evening and bikes were parked in the building basement without light. Infact we had to use mobile torch to read the engine number to identify our bikes. Not a good thing.

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Nice to read this comment. Can you please elaborate as to what you mean?

How is the heat in B2B traffic?
What i meant was that versys feels somewhat like a 4 wheeler rather a motorcycle. Could be the overall weight and weight distribution, its just crawls ahead, even at very low speeds without trying hard/effort required at handle to keep the bike upright/balanced. Combine this with a soft saddle and soft shocks, feels more like driving, the way the bike moves around.

After riding the 390 in traffic, the heat from versys is hardly noticeable.

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Which is better buy Z800 or Versys650, dilemma!! Help needed.
as a layman, i guess one is more focused, where as the other is jack of all.

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Speedo reads around 250+ kms
Team BHP does not permit mention of high speeds in its forums



Of course you meant Odo. Sorry, couldnt help myself. Look forward to the pics

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Which is better buy Z800 or Versys650, dilemma!! Help needed.
Really depends on your intended usage. You want a more versatile motorcycle that you can use almost everyday and will be much more comfier over longer distances; you get the versys. If you need more power coming out of a corner on your weekend ride, you get the Z800

Simples


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Old 24th February 2016, 18:37   #513
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Of course you meant Odo. Sorry, couldnt help myself. Look forward to the pics
Please excuse my bad english as well as typing skills.

BTW first versys delivered to a lady in Bangalore. Boosts my confidence with regards to height and weight.

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Really depends on your intended usage. You want a more versatile motorcycle that you can use almost everyday and will be much more comfier over longer distances; you get the versys. If you need more power coming out of a corner on your weekend ride, you get the Z800




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Both are very capable bikes when it comes to touring. A friend of mine rode all the way from Pune to Bangalore on his Z800 last year and continued to Munnar, Kodai and many other places.

Most often, its the rider and not the bike that lacks fitness or potential. Don't get me wrong. I don't mean any offence.

Both have their + and - points as you listed.

I would suggest you ride both and choose the one that connects with your heart.

Thanks. Getting the Test drive is the tricky part.

BTW, when I enquired about Versys @Alappuzha KTM, they told me it would launch soon😀😀. Buffoon 's.

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Thanks. Getting the Test drive is the tricky part.

BTW, when I enquired about Versys @Alappuzha KTM, they told me it would launch soon😀😀. Buffoon 's.
Yes it is the case with many KTM outlets. They are just not aware about Versys. Actually very strange and secretive marketing strategy by Bajaj Kawasaki combine.

This happened with me too. The KTM outlet in my place was not aware only so had to book with another dealer (KTM) 170 KMs away from home n I am going to be the first one to buy a Versys online... Well almost. ;-)

My bike now getting delivered direct to my home from factory in crate. Dealer sending his mechanic to my place to unpack it, do PDI & hand it over to my parents as am away for 2 months. :-( Stupid me n my luck.

By the way it's in transit now, likely to reach on 3rd March.

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I am going to be the first one to buy a Versys online...

That's really cool. I didn't know you could do that.
How did you go about it? Tried the Kawasaki website but couldn't find anything.
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No I didn't do it, it's the dealer who has helped me out. It is still ordered in his dealership name with delivery address as my home rather than his godown . He taking the additional task of sending his guys for pdi etc.
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Which is better buy Z800 or Versys650, dilemma!! Help needed.

+ ve's for Z800

Bigger engine, more powerful, better acceleration.
Slipper clutch
Better road tyres
I dont think the Z800 has slipper clutch....
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I dont think the Z800 has slipper clutch....
Don't be such a killjoy

It does come with a slipper clutch
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Wow, Didnt even know that, now I can be more aggressively downshifting
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Don't be such a killjoy

It does come with a slipper clutch
There's some confusion on this. The official website does not highlight if the bike has a slipper clutch. The same goes with the international reports that i could find of. Only in the Indian automotive coverage, does it say it has a slipper clutch. Kind of confusing. There are aftermarket slipper clutch ad ons available.
I'd suggest blip while downshifting till you confirm. On the other hand if for the price it does have a slipper clutch that is an awesome add on from Kawasaki. Super stuff
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Pl move z800 discussion to appropriate thread. We are in Versys 650 thread.
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Expect comparison of verseys with z800 in this thread. For a difference of around 2l it's definitely a vfm compared to many other offerings and z800 discussion in a verseys thread is inevitable.

It's good to have since it gives a good perspective for verseys buyer to see features and so forth compared in this thread. I am one such buyer and having this comparison in this thread helps.

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^^ +1. The discussion is absolutely relevant. Also, do we have a dedicated thread for the Z? I think not
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Expect comparison of verseys with z800 in this thread. For a difference of around 2l it's definitely a vfm compared to many other offerings and z800 discussion in a verseys thread is inevitable.
Absolutely true. It does make sense to compare these two brothers in this thread. I took delivery of my Z800 black on 18th of this month and I have been through the same dilemma for many sleepless nights. Finally the Z800 came out as a winner for me as per my preferences and my ownership review will come up soon. My brief impressions and comparison between the two are as follows:

Advantages/Disadvantages Z800:

+ Sweet Inline 4 engine mated to a smooth shifting 6speed gearbox is pure JOY to ride.
+ Was always looking for a powerful yet torqey motor and the Z800 satisfies my quench to the core.
+ Has got decent ground clearance of around 150mm, and so far haven't scraped any speed bumps.
+ Shorter and narrower than Versys, makes it a everyday bike too.
- The rider seat is a bit on the harder side which may lead to pain in the A** after a long ride, say around 200+kms.
- The clutch again is a bit harder, but now after 700+kms on the odo I am getting used to it. Particularly painful in crawling traffic.
- Costlier than Versys by a considerable margin of around 1.2 Lakhs.
- Heavier than Versys by around 15kgs, but again you don't feel the weight once you start riding.
- Limited turning radius and I felt the Versys has got a wee bit better number here.

Advantages/Disadvantages Versys 650:

+ Comfortable seating position for both rider and pillion.
+ Better bump absorption and ground clearance compared to Z800. Mind you, even the Z800 soaks bumps and undulations pretty well.
- It's a twin cylinder motor and makes around 40% less power than Z800.
- Taller and wider than Z800. May turn out to be a bit of hindrance in daily riding for anyone below 5'9".

I would say, if you are looking for a comfortable cruiser with high ground clearance, ability to take off beaten tracks, mild off-road use and particularly if you plan to ride with a pillion, then go with the Versys 650. For all other reasons and with an additional investment of 1.2Lakhs for the Z800, it will only put a smile on your face for the sheer pulling power and growl of the Inline 4. You can use the Z800 as an everyday bike too.

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^^ +1. The discussion is absolutely relevant. Also, do we have a dedicated thread for the Z? I think not
There's no dedicated Z800 thread, my decision process was solely based on the ownership reviews by "djay99", "v12" and "TheCelestial" . I thank all these guys from the bottom of my heart for all the precise details they have covered in their respective threads.

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