New to Versys
I guess I'm supposed to start my own thread to get started in this forum, so here goes:
I've been riding since '75 and my real passion is vintage and antique bikes. I like US, Euro and Asian bikes. I mean, two (and somtimes 3) wheels is all I need to apprectate them whatever the make, year, or style.
As for my joining this forum, I bought my '16 650LT back in April to give my son something to ride on a cross-country trip with me (NC to the Grand Canyon/Vegas and back). His Ninja is NOT a touring bike by any means. I was torn between the Versys and the 650 V-Strom, but they had the LT at the basic Versys MSRP, and that provided factory bags and handguards for a few hundred less than the basic Suzuki. As expected the Versys held up very well on the trip. He dumped it in a sharply sloping parking lot in Denver (I guess he's not used to tall bikes), but otherwise the trip was flawless. I rode my '05 ElectraGlide on the trip, but I plan to use the Versys as a semi-AD bike. I know there are better machines for that, but I was looking for something comfortable over long distances, not too heavy, and reasonably priced. In the '70's I made a number of long distance trips on my CB450, so I knew a modern 650 would hold up well, and I avoid interstates whenever practical so I don't need triple-digit speeds. However, we proved the Versys will do the ton without any problems. I enjoy solo camping so the Versys will see a lot of back roads, sometimes unpaved. For this coming summer trip to Nova Scotia I plan to add a tail bag, centerstand, engine guards and aux lighting as well as switching to 70/30 or 80/20 tires. A skid plate may or may not be added, but if not for this summer then for the next.