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I see quite a few of these Versys 650 2011 and 2012 on the market at low prices like 80k or 90k baht. I don't know much about Versys but I assume these are mk2 that came out in 2009 and later mk3 came in 2015 - can see from their headlights...

 

I thought if they are well looked after it could be good option as a 2nd bike and also get a feel for a bigger bike and without spending too much... 

 

Question is how are these bikes, will they hold up after 9 or 10 years, would they start needing a lot of maintenance now, and can the parts be easily found - I think Kawa now has even mk4..., although I think the engine hasn't changed much...!? 

 

Is it generally a good idea or it's going to be more headache than anything - p.s. I don't have the tools or space to do any maintenance or repair myself...

 

It's a tall and heavy bike but important thing for me will be comfort of riding, seating position, and low vibration - I hate vibes, my big complain with Chinese bikes...

 

I think many people had these on this forum so I hope to get some good feedback.

 

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Agree if his a newbie to big bike a Versys a handful until you get use to it weight.  That's why I mentioned 500x.    A pillow passenger if over weight can be a problem on any bike.

Cant go wrong with either Kawa or honda popular models. Versys or be cb Honda bikes. Reliable and economic.    My two bikes. 

Accessories and mods is of almost no value when it comes selling the bike.    If you buy a bike with mods, make sure you get the original parts to

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A really excellent bike my 2011 Versys would recommend one to anyone who is fit enough to handle it.

I would say the bike could go on for fifty years or  more.

Comfortable adjustable suspension.

There top heavy so crash bar essential extra.

Engines bullet proof been used for years by Kawasaki as long as on some models at one time were assembled with wrong valves, there was a recall.

Big fuel tank for long range.

Cheap to maintain, I did it myself although workshops are reasonable.

Dunlop trailmax are cheap good tyres to replace.  

Nakhon Sawan workshop was better than any other I found and was recommended by Kawasaki HQ Bangkok when others couldn't set my fuel setting properly when plugged into a diagnostic computer. 

 

Can't think of anything else but I can answer any question you want to ask on these 2011 bikes. 

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1 hour ago, Agusts said:

and low vibration - I hate vibes, my big complain with Chinese bikes...

Kawa tried to counter the vibes I think more than once. Rubber mounting the engine helped, not clear exactly when it happened. Wikipedia says 2010 but some say 2015. Some say it's still vibey. Some say it's totally fine. And then addons like crash bars or even phone mounts on handlebar can make a big impact on vibeyness. So the only way to tell for sure is to do a test ride, you'll know pretty quickly if it's ok for you.

 

Other than the vibes I've never heard of serious complaints about the Versys. It's a pretty good "do it all" and of course Japanese quality so it shouldn't break too much. Never rode one myself though.

 

You can probably ride that one for a year and just lose 20k in resale. That's damn good value.

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Cant go wrong with either Kawa or honda popular models. Versys or be cb Honda bikes. Reliable and economic. 

 

My two bikes. 

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I had the Mk3 model.

 

Really nice bike, very comfortable, especially for taller persons, good for long trips but also okay for spirited short back road blasts. If you gun it the bike is quite fast and doing 140-150 km/h for hours is not a problem.

Engine is bullet prof if maintained, friend of mine had problems with his EN6 but that was because the air-filter was too old and the paper started to come off and block the intake, easy fix.

 

Cons: Heavy, gearbox clunky, likely no ABS on those older models.

 

As eisfeld said: If you don't like it, you can sell it with minimum loss and move on. 

 

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Good bikes.

 

Cheap and easy to maintain. 

 

Start off by getting it a full service. 

 

Change all fluids and filters. New brake pads, sparkplugs etc lube cables, check the shims. etc

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1 hour ago, JeffersLos said:

Good bikes.

 

Cheap and easy to maintain. 

 

Start off by getting it a full service. 

 

Change all fluids and filters. New brake pads, sparkplugs etc lube cables, check the shims. etc

If the bike you buy, have done proper services at time, you do not need to change everything at once 😄 and when you take it for service they will tell you what you need to do. 

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4 hours ago, Tagged said:

If the bike you buy, have done proper services at time, you do not need to change everything at once 😄 and when you take it for service they will tell you what you need to do. 

This is Thailand.

 

A famous main dealer in the North had a worker swapping genuine parts with Chinese copies, then selling the genuine parts.

 

If you buy a Thai maintained motor from a Thai, I'd strongly advise doing what I said. 

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Thanks for replies, this bike I have seen has ABS that like. I also read about that valve recall, a bit of concern if not done, my friend also mentioned at 30k km that this bike has it may need valve timing chain change, not sure about that, I don't have the manual/service book. Maybe a valve clearance check can tell about valve recall replacement and timing chain status..., so can do that first thing.

 

He also mentioned brake disks might need changing at that mileage, a bit costly, I think I can see that with touching the surface and see thickness if needs replacing...

 

Most other things probably not that pricy to service/replace..., as you guys say the engine is said to be very reliable..

 

The seat height and weight is a bit of concern, I'm like 5 10 on a good day...(!), so no flat footing Versys I guess. But I do a test drive and see how it is...

 

Ah, forgot to ask they say these are made in Thailand, or at least the 2011, true...?

 

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11 hours ago, Agusts said:

Thanks for replies, this bike I have seen has ABS that like. I also read about that valve recall, a bit of concern if not done, my friend also mentioned at 30k km that this bike has it may need valve timing chain change, not sure about that, I don't have the manual/service book. Maybe a valve clearance check can tell about valve recall replacement and timing chain status..., so can do that first thing.

 

He also mentioned brake disks might need changing at that mileage, a bit costly, I think I can see that with touching the surface and see thickness if needs replacing...

 

Most other things probably not that pricy to service/replace..., as you guys say the engine is said to be very reliable..

 

The seat height and weight is a bit of concern, I'm like 5 10 on a good day...(!), so no flat footing Versys I guess. But I do a test drive and see how it is...

 

Ah, forgot to ask they say these are made in Thailand, or at least the 2011, true...?

 

I had ABS but never needed it.

 

The service history should say whether a recall valve change was done, you can call Kawasaki HQ and say you are concerned. 

 

You can have valve check at a small cost if it has been done, if not it's free. 

 

Timing chain and brake disc are on going replacement items same as oil and oil filter, valve clearance checks, brake discs, etc it's a motorbike.

 

Now you say you're height maybe a Honda 500X would be more suitable. 

 

Bikes are assembled in Thailand not made. 

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3 minutes ago, Kwasaki said:

I had ABS but never needed it.

 

The service history should say whether a recall valve change was done, you can call Kawasaki HQ and say you are concerned. 

 

You can have valve check at a small cost if it has been done, if not it's free. 

 

Timing chain and brake disc are on going replacement items same as oil and oil filter, valve clearance checks, brake discs, etc it's a motorbike.

 

Now you say you're height maybe a Honda 500X would be more suitable. 

 

Bikes are assembled in Thailand not made. 

Im 5´9" and versys is a good hight, but if he feel like a newbie, yes 500x is absolutely a good choice, and even more economic buy. But still I guess he would have more fun on the long run with a 650, especially if he will bring a pillion with him. 

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22 minutes ago, Kwasaki said:

I had ABS but never needed it.

 

 

I have abs, but I still brake like I do not have. Just had a couple of serious brake sessions, and so far so good. Did not feel they kicked in for real yet. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Tagged said:

I have abs, but I still brake like I do not have. Just had a couple of serious brake sessions, and so far so good. Did not feel they kicked in for real yet. 

Funny when my son was over from UK I said I never felt the ABS on this Versys. 

He rode it and said yeah dad ABS working back and front, found it heavy to get a wheelie out of it but you can you want. 😂

 

I passed my advance motorbike test in UK yong's ago, didn't have ABS in those days, I guess there OK for heavy handed beginners but they have there faults IMO.

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Yes, I have CB500X on my radar too, they are smaller and lighter a bit, but they came out around 2012 or 2013, and funny enough those bikes now with similar mileage are quite a bit more expensive than equivalent Versys...!? I guess Thais being smaller and Honda lovers through and through has something to do with it...  ! ...😁

 

As I'm just thinking about a cheap 2nd bike I am in no hurry and just keep an eye for a good bargain..., they are some really rundown ones with 90k or 100k km around too...

 

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