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Review from someone that has owned both.
Despite very similar specs, these are two very different bikes.
Versys is more “fun” to ride round town, but not so comfortable on longer rides in stock form.
VStrom is better to customise and tour on. it has ABS.
|Vague Steering (until modified)
Falls into corners like cruiser
Smooth motor @ cruise
Vibey motor @ high revs
Motor torque has OK pull
Limited tyre feel
Good seat U shape
ABS available for only $500
Limited leg room
Lots of Acc’s available
Long front guard
Weight more on rear wheel
Long, very long wheelbase
Brilliant 350-400km fuel range
|Sharp at low speed
Tips in like sports bike
Vibey @ cruise
Smooth at high revs
Motor Pulls like a train
Harsh suspension, ok feel
Seat tips forward
Lousy minimalist dash
Sharp brake feel
No ABS in Australia
Good leg room
Front guard too short
Neutral weight balance
Average 300km fuel range
The Versys had Michelin Pilot Road 2 tyres – wonderfully sticky. Despite having very similar dyno charts, the Versys definitely feels more torquey and pulls much more when over 160km/hr. The Versys suspension is far to harsh on less than perfect roads, even after tuning it as far as I could. I find this a major failing on a bike sold for it’s long travel suspension.
The VStrom tyre choice on road is not as sticky, but has a better range of off-road tyres.
The VStrom with Racetech fork valves and springs is a much better beast than stock, with steering sharpening up, and brake dive disappearing. Before it was a bit soft and somewhat harsh.
Drag racing them side by side shows the acceleration from 1st to 6th is basically exactly the same. Seat of the pants though feels like the Versys is MUCH snappier. Ass Dyno wrong again.
Braking is interesting. The ABS gives the VStrom an unfair advantage. I have tested the ABS in both wet and dry conditions finding it reliable in both. It tested at 1.05g using Dynolicious on the iPhone, vs only 0.82g for the Versys.
I am replacing my Versys with a VStrom, as I prefer the range of parts available, ABS and the different feel especially on the highway. The Versys is more fun to ride round town, if you can ignore the issues.