Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
I decided to buy myself a new Versys 650 for Christmas. Can you please advise me?
I live in the suburban NYC area (New Haven, CT). So there is a big choice of which dealer to use. I am 47 years old, 5'9" tall and a very experienced rider. This bike will be used to replace the 1200 Sportster I sold in the spring.
The primary purpose of the Versys will be my rowdy 4-mile daily commute through a heavily-armed, potholed urban wasteland into the center city. On a good day, I can even get free air off railroad tracks and construction sites. I have other bikes for touring, etc., so I don't need an all-around bike.
WHICH YEAR TO BUY
My impression is that there is quite a bit of back inventory of Versys at the dealerships in the Northeast. I even might be able to find a NOS 2010 model. Are there any significant upgrades between the 2010 and 2013 model years?
HOW MUCH TO PAY?
In the dead of winter, I'm thinking between $6,700 to $7,200 including any freight or setup charges. (but not including sales tax or licensing). I can pay cash or finance it. Kawasaki's current offer of 5.8 percent interest is only slightly less than my credit union and seems hardly worth taking the time to fill out the form.
...I'm thinking that the yellow 2012 model would be about at the sweet spot at $7,250
ARE ANY OF THE ACCESSORY OPTIONS WORTH BOTHERING WITH?
I would love to have storage, but the tail trunk on Kawasaki's web site looks awkward. I wonder if the hard saddlebags are any good, or if the handgrip heaters are worth it. Are there other worthwhile cost-effective accessorie?.
WHEN: I have the option of buying before New Year's or afterward. Which do you think gives me more leverage with the dealer?
Thanks, with best New Year's wishes.
PS: If you are a Kawasaki dealer or someone selling a low-mileage, perfect 650 Versys in NYC or Southern England, please feel to pitch me directly at