Today I test rode the Kawasaki Versys 650 in Bangalore and I loved it. It felt like a Tiger 800 on good behavior. 😉
The Tiger engine is far more refined and has this mad sense of power to it. But if you are not the kind of person who wants to go bat shit crazy on an highway from time to time, then the Versys 650 will keep you extremely happy.
Standing posture is very comfortable. Weight isn’t a problem at all. The ABS brakes are great. Build quality and finish is nice. Decent amount of power for adventure touring. I have absolutely nothing to complain about this motorcycle.
Everyone in India who is waiting for the KTM 390 Adventure should save money, take a loan, rob a bank, sell a kidney, whatever, and buy this motorcycle. No point postponing happiness. You live just once. Live it well.
If you are looking to buy a Tiger and don’t plan on taking it off road in an serious manner, make sure you test ride the Versys 650. You could save yourself a ton of money. Maybe use the money to buy a Duke 390 (or 390 Adventure when it shows up) for proper off road use.