Well, I went and did it. Cycle Exchange in Ledgewood NJ had a couple of 2012 Versys (Versi?) and a 2013 V-Strom (with ABS) for sale at the sale price. Being a Steeler fan, I fell in love with the Black and Gold (OK Yellow) beauty.
Not having ridden for so many years, I had it shipped to my house the next day.
Love is a tough mistress, upon my first tentative rides I realized she had to change
a) First of all, I could not believe she would not accept a centerstand! Bitch. So I am ordering a pack jack and a decent rear-wheel stand.
b) Second, OMG the seat is unbelievably bad. Now, I am a big guy 6'3 all legs 275 pounds. But in my limited riding I got sick and tired of slamming my naughty bits into the tank. Thanks to the forum
, I am researching the front seat raising trick. Just want to know bolt/washer size and what exactly that mystery piece is (as I am doubtful I have one laying around).
c) Then having read about Moto Werks on the forum, I promptly went on that site and ordered the lowering peg block, as well as mirror extenders, swingarms spools (for the rear-wheel stand), and (because I don't like kickstands and used to always use centerstands when parking), the kickstand flatfoot (yes, I have seen kickstands sink in hot asphalt before).
d) I do want to add a small amount of storage, whether a tank bag or something else I don't know yet will read and figure out.
e) Now I remember vaguely reading something hear about the fact that she doesn't want me to lock my helmet to her? Can't remember but will have to research that as well.
Hopefully that will do it for the short term. I have the BRC2 in early October, want to get this stuff done so I can get practice before that class (at least that is why I am planning on telling my wife why I am buying this stuff and riding so much!
Then in the spring :
f) headlight - well, not that I think about it the days are getting shorter
f) I haven't ridden enough to notice any issues with the brakes, but then again it sounds like the brake line upgrade is pretty common
g) will consider buying soft bags then as well.
h) by then I will no if seat-raising is adequate or if I need a new seat.
Looking forward to many good miles!