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Crossrunner versus Versys1000
« on: January 23, 2012, 03:40:55 PM »
Went for a test on Versys 1000 saturday morning.

Looks - salesman said "that bike is a fantastic ride" - I asked if he had intentionally missed off the first bit "that bike might look really ugly but..." :002: I rather liked the 650 Versys and, like the dealer, - wanted the same look but 1000 engine. How anybody can knock the look of the CR and find some bikes (like this one) acceptable or even attractive astounds me. OK if you rae competing head on with the ugly BMW GS in the adventure class - but the Versys is not.

There is also a wacking great big cannon of an exhaust strapped to the side - as an ex Suzuki rider I am used to a small calibre bazooka but this is just too much. However I have already seen very stubby aftermarket cans - and actually the stock one does sound quite good when you are on it. Reasonable noise but not to the extent that it would send you balmy after 250 miles three days on the trott. But the rasp of the CR Vtec was sadly missed.

Riding Position - very nice upright, wide bars and face full on giving super vision -felt a bit KTM Adventure style looking forward - good mirrors - back brake pedal setting far too low though - at first I thought there was no brake as I had pressed down almost as far as I thought was neeeded and nothing happened.

Can't comment on screen, wind noise and protection cos it was a really windy morning and I didn't put my ear plugs back in before going on the ride.The screen is manually adjustable and you can do it on the move - and I would guess it gives reasonable protection - just not sure about the noise/turbulence issues.

The negative for me was the seat height - I don't like any bike where I cannot plant one or both feet any time I need to and the Versys is just that bit too high for me. Anyone used to riding a high seat bike 850mm would probably have no problem - but not for me - the CR @ 815 is just about right.

It was also just that little bit harder for me to get right leg over the pillion seat  - with panniers it would probably be hard work - so another negative on that score - no such problems with the CR.

The ride - you know straight away that you have an in line 4 under you - probably plenty of power although the bike only had 24 miles on the clock so it was not loosened up and I didn't find it any better than the CR to hussle along.

After riding a 1250 Suzuki - the 1000 kawasaki motor felt a bit tame - but maybe it does loosen up. It's not heavy and easy to progress in traffic (overtaking and filtering) - but it felt a bit staid and almost within 2 miles I felt that I had experienced all the bike could offer. Also I didn't like it at slow speed - quite tall with a small front wheel and tippy toe feet - not good for paddling U turns - although you would probably get better with practice. Not a bike I would like to ride on more challenging roads.

But the most important thing was the one word missing from my summary of - the ride "FUN" - not sure where that comes in.

Overall I felt the Versys was OK  - but if I went back to when I changed from Suzuki GSX1250FA - to CR - and added the Versys to the 10 other bikes I considered - I would not have gone for it instead of the CR.
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Re: Crossrunner versus Versys1000
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2012, 05:16:01 PM »
Hi Joe,

thanks for the report :152:.I guess the seat high should no problem for me,but all other points you have decriped very objective.

I was thinking about a additional rubrik in this forum,where we can discuss about other bikes than the CR.I guess that would be very interesting if someone like Joe,made a testride.

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Re: Crossrunner versus Versys1000
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2012, 05:58:23 AM »
Hopefully tomorrow I will be taking a test ride on the new Honda NC700X as a possible replacement for my Deauville. If anyone is interested I will post a short report on here. At least some people on here should like its looks
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2012, 06:23:51 AM »
*Originally Posted by Rocker66 [+]
Hopefully tomorrow I will be taking a test ride on the new Honda NC700X as a possible replacement for my Deauville. If anyone is interested I will post a short report on here. At least some people on here should like its looks

Although I'm not interested in getting a new bike this year, I would love to hear some feedback on the NC700X from a CR rider. I am considering either a scooter or the NC700X for commuting duties into London.

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Re: Crossrunner versus Versys1000
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2012, 06:46:01 AM »
*Originally Posted by maxincuk [+]
Although I'm not interested in getting a new bike this year, I would love to hear some feedback on the NC700X from a CR rider. I am considering either a scooter or the NC700X for commuting duties into London.
You have just given me a bad start to the day by using the "s" word this early in the morning :008:
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2012, 06:50:43 AM »
Yeah, difficult to ignore them seeing how they fly past you through the London rush hour madness and doing close to 100mpg. But there's hope :)

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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2012, 06:59:04 AM »
Back on topic, I was really looking forward to the Versys 1000, since I loved the 650, if only had a bit more power for 2-up riding. Unfortunately, exterior design wise, it was a big disappointment for me, and I like to think of myself as pretty open minded about new designs. Also the comfort bit was a bit worrying but I guess I could have replaced the seat with something custom made etc. For me it was so ugly that I didn't even considered test riding it.


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Re: Crossrunner versus Versys1000
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2012, 01:42:22 PM »
I think that it is one of the ugliest bikes I have ever seen. That coming from someone who owned one of the early Multistradas is saying something :002:
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Re: Crossrunner versus Versys1000
« Reply #8 on: January 24, 2012, 01:43:38 PM »
*Originally Posted by Rocker66 [+]
Hopefully tomorrow I will be taking a test ride on the new Honda NC700X as a possible replacement for my Deauville. If anyone is interested I will post a short report on here. At least some people on here should like its looks

Its said the dct2 auto is far far better suited to the low reving engine m8.  Which version you going to ride ?

Remember....  Its not a v4 with vtec  :001:

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Re: Crossrunner versus Versys1000
« Reply #9 on: January 24, 2012, 01:44:56 PM »
The manual as I don't think that the DCT version is available yet
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