So let me first introduce myself. I've been lurking on this forum for a few months but never had a moment to introduce myself. I've always been more of a car guy but got involved in powersports industry a few years ago when a friend asked me to set up this little parts export business for him. Slowly but steadily it grew to the point where I was able to quit my corporate job. Fast forward and the industry had sucked me in to the point where I was thinking about buying a bike or a sled (being Russian, I have a soft spot for snow-related activities). So last year when I was in Russia on business the idea was born (after some heavy drinking of course
) to travel across country (MA to CA and back) on the bikes with one of my friends. As crazy as it sounds, I had no license at that point and the last time my friend rode a bike was 7 years ago.
And this is where Versys steps into a spotlight. After careful consideration Versys was ruled THE bike to ride (user-friendly, OK on long-distance travel, could be taken off pavement for some light off-road duties, etc. - you all know the drill). 2 identical 2008 bikes were sourced through this awesome forum (one from ME and another one from NC), serviced and prepped for some touring. Oh yeah, I did take some MSF classes and got my license somewhere aong the lines....
I know my pictures suck thanks to the crappy camera as we were trying to minimize amount of stuff we're hauling with us (turned out to be a non-issue at all.... lesson learned). So next time (and there WILL be next time) we're taking a regular camera - a Nikon D90 or something similar.
Bikes being serviced in our warehouse:
Airbox secret stash... and I wondered why this bike pulls worse than the other one despite having less miles on it and an Arrow pipe
All packed up for 3 weeks and ready to go
1st stop in CT
Dinner with friends in Pittsburgh
Annual bikini bike wash at World of Powersports (Decatur, IL) - we happened to stop by our friends at WOPS at the right moment
Camping out in IL
Just in case 89 won't do it
With some local fellas in the middle of nowhere in NE
Taking off at 7am from a campground in WY
I'm a sucker for this kind of scenery
Overlooking Yellowstone Lake