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Old 9th May 2016, 17:45   #706
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The panniers seem to be able to take in a lot of luggage.

However with all panniers & top cases being full, wont it weigh the bike down? More so with a pillion rider ?

On the other hand if its fully loaded, it will offer better stability and ensure you are riding at saner speeds.
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The Versys and my friend, Chetan seem to go places. Yesterday he and 2 of his friends completed the Bum burner event. The other 2 were on Z800 and Multistrada. 2592.6 kms covered in 36 hours, a no mean feat.

The run was done with the top case on the machine. They started from Bengaluru and went beyond Belagavi, returned to Bengaluru and proceeded beyond Vijayawada and back to Bengaluru. Have some pics of the ride which I will upload later.

This proves the machine is a mile muncher and can easily keep up with the bigger machines with ease.
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This proves the machine is a mile muncher and can easily keep up with the bigger machines with ease.
Uday, I was chatting g with Chetan on the V650 wassaap group. The drawing you have for the off road fender for the Duke 390...can that be modified for the versys as well?
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Uday, I was chatting g with Chetan on the V650 wassaap group. The drawing you have for the off road fender for the Duke 390...can that be modified for the versys as well?
Need to see how the mounting points on the Versys650 is. Yes anything can be done, it is only improvisation of the existing part. I am out now, I will send you the drawing or rather put it up here tomorrow evening. There was another request for the same.
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Need to see how the mounting points on the Versys650 is. Yes anything can be done, it is only improvisation of the existing part. I am out now, I will send you the drawing or rather put it up here tomorrow evening. There was another request for the same.
Is the diagram in question here the "patti" you had installed to make the Ceat fit or something different?
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Me on a z800, chetan on versys 650 and friend on multistrada did bun burner. Versys is a big bike with amazing mid range torque which is what is needed in our highways. But it still struggles in top end. Biggest drawback for a tourer is the tank range when touring in higher speeds. Other than that it is a really versatile bike

P.s It is bun burner and not bum burner
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Uday, I was chatting g with Chetan on the V650 wassaap group. The drawing you have for the off road fender for the Duke 390...can that be modified for the versys as well?
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Is the diagram in question here the "patti" you had installed to make the Ceat fit or something different?
Red Liner, here you go. You can make a rough template on paper and keep it on the V650 and get going further.

Urban Nomad: Yes it is the same.

Kawasaki Versys 650 launched at Rs. 6.6 lakh-20140710_080935.jpg

The groove on the length is for the ABS sensor wire cutout. If you have a plain strip, the strip will sit on top of the wire and may cut it, so this arrangement. I have moved the mudguard by 25mm. If you are comfortable with other heights, you can do it, but anything over 25mm will mean the fender extender will rub against the radiator plastic guard.

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Slightly Off-topic, I picked Tiger xcx on April 6th and done close to 800 kms with first service couple of weeks ago.
I have been to Kawasaki showroom with another friend of mine who was keen on checking Versys prior to booking tiger.
First impression while it was still inside showroom, it felt more like jugad bike and they did changes to just give a look n feel of semi adventure bike.
Didn't liked the tank's shape and plastic wrapped around to give looks of adventure bike. Foot pegs and side stand quality was usual 150 cc bike. Friend rode the bike for good 20 minutes and shared his experience that suspension is good, engine is good, weight distribution is done well and doesn't feel heavy, gear shifts are bit harsh and initial engagement of clutch is bit sluggish. Overall a good package for 7.8 L Bangalore on road, but adding some more vitamin M and one can have the starting range of real adventure bike.
Don't know why but I felt that height of Versys is shorter than Tiger xcx and it really didn't felt like 220 KG bike, I was able to move her around very easily, getting into the bike was also effortless without much stretching the legs.
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The Versys and my friend, Chetan seem to go places. Yesterday he and 2 of his friends completed the Bum burner event. The other 2 were on Z800 and Multistrada. 2592.6 kms covered in 36 hours, a no mean feat.

Have some pics of the ride which I will upload later.
Updating the thread with some pics and the route of the ride.

The route taken
Kawasaki Versys 650 launched at Rs. 6.6 lakh-img20160516wa0000.jpg

The man on the V650
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The final odo reading @2592.6kms
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The Big 3 during a break
Kawasaki Versys 650 launched at Rs. 6.6 lakh-img20160515wa0026.jpg

The mean, green machine
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Fuel stop
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That's a nice little trail right there. Dual sport tyres are a necessity.
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Can Any of the current Versys owners please let me know the top speed of the bike? Also the maximum cruising speed without straining the engine much? Does the ABS have a switch to acitvate/deacivate? Thanks in advance. I plan to pick one soon since i was immensly impressed with one during a test ride.
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Can Any of the current Versys owners please let me know the top speed of the bike? Also the maximum cruising speed without straining the engine much? Does the ABS have a switch to acitvate/deacivate? Thanks in advance. I plan to pick one soon since i was immensly impressed with one during a test ride.
Cruising speed is a nice 130kmph at a shade under 6000 rpm. If I remember right 130 was at 5500 rpm. I remember that 110 was at 5000'ish. That's typically what I cruise at.

No switch for abs.

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Can Any of the current Versys owners please let me know the top speed of the bike?
There are YouTube videos of people doing 220kmph on the Versys 650

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Also the maximum cruising speed without straining the engine much?
This is as much a subjective question as choice of colors

Some people are comfortable at 120kmph, some at 130kmph etc

It can cruise at above mentioned or even higher speeds comfortably depending on your riding skills and road conditions etc.

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Does the ABS have a switch to acitvate/deacivate? Thanks in advance.
Thankfully, NO. According to me, ABS should always be ON. ABS in Versys 650 is so brilliant the words fail me.

And, I have realized the importance of ABS now and previously used to brush it off saying I don't really need it. Just to give you an example, I'm yet to have a slide from panic braking and I have had many times reasons for panic braking

A small write up dedicated to ABS on my ownership thread sometime later this week whenever I'm little free

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I plan to pick one soon since i was immensly impressed with one during a test ride.
Trust me, if your not one of those POWER hungry soul, Versys 650 ticks all the boxes so nicely that it makes this bike feel "PERFECT" bike ever

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According to me, ABS should always be ON. ABS in Versys 650 is so brilliant the words fail me
Off topic, but for some who wish to take the Versys off road, a switchable ABS is an absolute must! Try braking on a loose surface like a gravel strewn pavement and you will wonder why the bike is not slowing down at all. FOr the street, ABS is great. For this reason, some of the high end adv tourers get ABS modes, including off road ABS

While on the topic, I recently witnessed first hand how bad can ABS be on a loose surface, when another rider on an RC 390 tried braking hard on a road that had gravel all over it, failed to stop (a car swerved in front of him), the bike predictably did not stop, he tried to turn the bike away and was on his behind the next second. I stopped to check on him (the car had fled the scene, of course) and the guy was both angry and shocked

Angry - coz of the idiot driving the car
Shocked - Coz the bike did not stop. he kept saying to me - Dude, my bike did not stop; it JUST DID NOT STOP

So for riding in varied terrain, switchable ABS is awesome! Else your only option is to pull the fuse

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Agree with urban. However, off road at a measured pace and I think the ABS can be worked around. It's only when you are riding up a fire road that things could get a bit nasty when you are doing 70-80 kmph.
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