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Offline Dan

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« on: May 12, 2017, 05:37:18 AM »

When I ride my Ninja young men typically give me the thumbs up or tell me how much they like it.


Since I've been riding my Versys it's seems the retiree crowd will give me kudos on owning a fine machine.

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Re: Bike Demographics
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2017, 05:56:17 AM »
Are you sure it's the bike and not the age of the rider?   whoohoo1 poke1 whoohoo1

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2017, 06:03:58 AM »
Are you sure it's the bike and not the age of the rider?   whoohoo1 poke1 whoohoo1


All I know is that when we were on our Michigan Coast to Coast tour the teenagers in the car next to us all loved my Ninja over the FJR's.   muhaha2

Offline Kevdog3019

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Re: Bike Demographics
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2017, 10:18:04 AM »
Easy one:
Sporty (Ninja) says younger
Versys says older

That's the attraction factor I've seen. Don't see many 60 yr. olds on crotch rockets or 20 yr. olds on dual sports.


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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2017, 01:23:23 PM »
Easy one:
Sporty (Ninja) says younger
Versys says older

That's the attraction factor I've seen. Don't see many 60 yr. olds on crotch rockets or 20 yr. olds on dual sports.




Well to be fair the Ninja 650 isn't really a crotchrocket, it has handlebars not clip-ons and I would argue that you do see quite a few young men on dual sport and adventure bikes.  I also really don't think the current Versys looks much like an adventure bike, more like a tallish sporty standard.


I get your point though and that's the funny part to me.  The Versys 650 and Ninja 650 use the exact same motor and quite a few other parts can be found on both bikes.  It's totally judging a book by it's cover.

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Re: Bike Demographics
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2017, 05:09:28 PM »
Are you sure it's the bike and not the age of the rider?   whoohoo1 poke1 whoohoo1
Didn't you get called old today because of your topbox?   llaugh1


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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2017, 04:16:45 PM »
Am I wrong in thinking the ergonomics are different?
  Old men (with aging knees) appreciate the sit-up-and-beg riding position.


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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2017, 05:05:02 PM »
Am I wrong in thinking the ergonomics are different?
  Old men (with aging knees) appreciate the sit-up-and-beg riding position.


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You're right, the rider triangle is much more relaxed on the Versys, especially the knees, the arms not so much.

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Re: Bike Demographics
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2017, 05:23:01 AM »
Not only are the ergos different, but the appearance is.  How many of those people know the difference?  Heck, I had several harley riders tell me they liked my "Beemer" when I was riding the Concours. 

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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2017, 08:33:59 AM »
Other than being taller the newest Versys and Ninja look more alike than before, except for height.






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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2017, 05:22:19 PM »
Not surprising. Generally young people are more into flash, looking cool, etc.

Age brings an appreciation for function.

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Re: Bike Demographics
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2017, 06:51:30 PM »

I long ago gave up trying to correct non-riders when they mis-identified my bike.


My '98 Concours was referred to, at various times by numerous people, as a "crotch rocket", "Hog", "sport bike", and "Beemer". In fact, so many people used to mistake the old Connies for BMWs that someone came up with a green/white roundel with 'KMW' on it. Until they got the cease-and-desist letter, that is.


I've had my '12 V-Strom for about 2 months and, just this Sunday, as I waited for everyone to arrive for our NHF ride, some guy came up and told me he really liked my BMW.


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Re: Bike Demographics
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2017, 07:15:39 PM »
Not surprising. Generally young people are more into flash, looking cool, etc.

Age brings an appreciation for function.

Well said!  Flashy Jap rockets and ostentatious Italian showroom bling do nothing for me anymore.  "Built not bought" is my vice...show me a down and dirty custom and now we're talking!
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