What exactly are they? Do you own one or want one? Are they useful, silly, or what?
It sounds like that saying that it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow. I'm not sure how true it is, but I've always enjoyed every bike I've ridden for what it is.I don't know what qualifies as an adventure bike, everywhere I've seen Versys is its own catagory. I suppose Versys is more capable of off road riding than a Vulcan or Ninja, but I don't think it is actually made for off road.
Kawasaki has KLR classed as dual purpose, described as a bike for adventure touring.
All I can do on a Versys is tippie-toe, but I'm 5 inches shorter than you, that has nothing to do with why I don't own one. I don't own one because they are way too much fun, they're lightweight, smooth, easy to handle thru the curves, hit the straight-a-way and look down at the speedometer and you're doing 85.........I'd lose my license in no time.
But then trying to ride one around close to legal speeds is boring.
Thanks. I wasn't drawn to any of the others listed, though, as the list quickly went into dual purpose bikes. I really want more of a sport tour, I guess, but built tall like a dual purpose.
Have you looked at the BMW GS line? They have a 650 thumper, a 700 and 800 twin version that aren't too pricey.Thanks. I wasn't drawn to any of the others listed, though, as the list quickly went into dual purpose bikes. I really want more of a sport tour, I guess, but built tall like a dual purpose.
I really like the 700+800's, but they are a big bump in price for me, maybe $4000 or 5000 up from a Versys or V-strom, counting luggage. Maintenance costs might be higher, too, although resale would be good. I might buy one used if I found the right deal. New, they are a bit more than I'd like to spend.Have you looked at the BMW GS line? They have a 650 thumper, a 700 and 800 twin version that aren't too pricey.
I tried to make the initial post more open ended to see more answers. The two bikes I'm most interested in are being tagged 'adventure' in reviews. However, in the case of the Versys LT in particular, 'sport touring' might be a better tag, to me.Man this thread made a sharp turn. There's a huge difference between adventure or dual sport and sport tourer. Anyone else get whiplash?