My first ride impressions
I rode home from buying the bike while feeling bad and then only a short ride to the drug store. So today I was finely able to get out for a nice long “Shake Down” ride. All week it’s rained or I was sick so I have used the time to adjust the bike to fit me. And whoever posted about the Aprilla Mirrors, I own you a beer! I can see behind me and the blurring is all but gone.
I got in 75 miles almost all back road no 4 lane at all. Being limited to a 4 grand redline for break in is a pain as I can tell the motor want to rev like crazy. I did run it up to 5 grand a couple times and she pull nicely. I was happy how smooth the motor is, and it sound so much better than my KLR. But I blew more than one up shift cause I am sure short shifting to keep the revs down. I have to remind myself that there a 6 gear in the box. All my bikes have had a 5 speed, I can see a gearing change in the near future to add a bit more legs at speed as at low end the bike pulls well.
I like the handling, tracks true and steady even if it's a somewhat bumpy ride. I still have more work on suspension set up to do. The brakes hauled me down fast enough so I didn’t smack the Turkey that flew out of the bushes In front of me, the rear locked up a bit and the bike got sideway BUT was controllable. The Versys reminds me of a Buell Ulysses in the handling and seating and THAT is a great thing. BUT the KLE doesn’t have the fueling issues or heat problems the Buell was prone to.
PLUS I topped off the tank on the way home and checking I got right at 55mph.
Even the seat isn’t too bad. So I’ll be glad when the Givis are in and I can get them mounted and “Haul the Groceries” home.
Think I’m really going to like the little bike.
Or was that look THEN leap?
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2012 650 Versys