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Long Term Test in Motorcyclist, and we are mentioned!

I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet (did a search and didn't find anything), but in the newest issue of Motorcyclist there is a Long Term Test introduction for a '10 Versys, and the forum is mentioned in the write up. I don't have mine with me so I don't know the page number, but it is the issue with the MOTY on the cover (BMW S1000RR). Check it out if you haven't already, and hopefully they will like it as much as we do.
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any link to soft copy as we don't get it here.

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I'll be checking that out at lunch at Barnes and Noble. That's awesome. That mag seems to take a good view of Kawasaki, and the Versys always does well.

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Yes I have that very issue in my house right now. The article is on page 80. The V won the 2008 MOTY, so the reviewer is looking to add only a few things to the bike (mostly for long distance commuting i.e. storage.) The reviewer addresses the seat as not being very comfortable after 90 mins of riding, and will probably be looking into a new seat and a bigger windscreen for long distance riding. I am looking forward to the review because I am seriously looking into purchasing the V but I am not sure if it will be able to handle the storage I need once I graduate from college. I will be a teacher, so I will need to haul a lot of stuff probably.

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It was a nice write up. And two pages later there's a nice "Smart Money" article on the 2006 to 2009 650R.
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I am looking forward to the review because I am seriously looking into purchasing the V but I am not sure if it will be able to handle the storage I need once I graduate from college. I will be a teacher, so I will need to haul a lot of stuff probably.
Storage needs as in luggage capacity? It has the same options available that fit 99% of the sport-touring and touring bikes that don't have built-in (like a Goldwing) luggage - Givi, Shad, H-B, etc., etc. If that luggage capacity doesn't meet your needs, no motorcycle will.

Do a search for luggage here or on the other Versys forums to see pics of Versys with different luggage setups.


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We donīt get that magazine down here. Would one of you guys be kind enough to scan those two pages and send us an uploaded file link (rapidshare, mediafire, etc) ?


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Really the only thing I would worry about would be trying to transport a laptop and a few books..possibly a small briefcase. I figured a 45ish liter topbox would work. Anything needing a larger storage area I would just ride in the cage...ugh. I do not think it is legal to copy and send printed material BUT you can find the article (it is not posted yet) on their website www.motorcyclistonline.com look under the mc garage section at the top of the bar. they have all kinds of good stuff on their site.

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Motorcyclist Mag. To Feature Versys In Long Term Test

The current edition (September 2010) of Motorcyclist magazine includes the initial article on their long term test of the 2010 Versys. The article is on page 80 under the section entitled "MC Garage - Doin' Time". They state their goal is to err on the cheap by outfitting the V for long distance travel with the emnphasis being on comfort and cargo capacity. Should be interesting to follow.
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Indeed! Is Catterson penning that test? He seems like a pretty sharp guy
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Not sure who is penning it other than the guy (not Catterson) who has been assigned the bike for the long term test. Don't recall his name off-hand.
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Marty Estes is the ringleader listed in the article. If memory serves, he was under the dirt-riding gear review a few issues back. I do like the idea he is not going to try and off-road the bike. I am looking forward to the test myself because it sounds like he is going to try and do with the V what I am considering it for: commuting and getting some decent storage on board. Plus I like the idea he is going to go the "cheap" route. I just wish the V had a different color than black for 2010. I really like the way the green looks on this bike. Back in 2008 they gave the V the MOTY award, so Mr. Estes is already thinking he will not have to do much with the bike.

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Really the only thing I would worry about would be trying to transport a laptop and a few books..possibly a small briefcase. I figured a 45ish liter topbox would work. Anything needing a larger storage area I would just ride in the cage...ugh. I do not think it is legal to copy and send printed material BUT you can find the article (it is not posted yet) on their website www.motorcyclistonline.com look under the mc garage section at the top of the bar. they have all kinds of good stuff on their site.
ok, will wait for them to post on mc garage link on site, but I think just the article scan would not be a problem. I posted the versys 2010 part number listing which some moneywishmaker ebay seller is asking 1,99 for a copy, and nobody complained so far
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Hey guys, it's me.

Thanks for the comments. I haven't been on here for awhile but am working on my next few rounds of updates for Motorcyclist right now and as always, this place is a great resource. 6500 miles down and I love the bike. Those who are looking for the article won't have to wait much longer. We post stories on our website www.motorcyclistonline.com fairly quickly after an issue goes on-sale. It should be there relatively soon. That first installment is not much more than an introduction. There will probably be about 4 total...every 3 months. We have quite a few long-term bikes that we are living with and reporting on.

Versys is a great bike by the way! I rode it from LA to Salt Lake City for the Miller Motorsports Park WSBK race and it worked great.

I'll try to touch base here fairly often.

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Welcome aboard Marty!! We're glad you like the Versys. Obviously, most of us do too. Heh heh.

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Hey guys, it's me.

Thanks for the comments. I haven't been on here for awhile but am working on my next few rounds of updates for Motorcyclist right now and as always, this place is a great resource. 6500 miles down and I love the bike. Those who are looking for the article won't have to wait much longer. We post stories on our website www.motorcyclistonline.com fairly quickly after an issue goes on-sale. It should be there relatively soon. That first installment is not much more than an introduction. There will probably be about 4 total...every 3 months. We have quite a few long-term bikes that we are living with and reporting on.

Versys is a great bike by the way! I rode it from LA to Salt Lake City for the Miller Motorsports Park WSBK race and it worked great.

I'll try to touch base here fairly often.

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Hi Marty

great! will be looking forward for your mc garage doin time versys article!
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Welcome Marty and thanks for the update!

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