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Well, I have owned this bike for a year now, +/- a few weeks, can't remember.
I think we all know how I felt about this thing in the beginning.. Hated the Motor, hated the vibes, hated the suspension.. However I oddly enjoyed the ergos and stock seat which seems like a common complaint with others, go figure!
Why I held on to it, i don't know. I had the "perfect for me" bike in mind and waiting for that bike to get through its first year growing pains and read about its weaknesses was part of the reason. .. I suppose the other reason was the value of the Versys.
So here I am, now.. with about 6,500 miles on the clock. First of all, the stock tires handle poorly, however with about 6,500 miles on it, the rear is just now nearing replacement.. front still at 70% or so.. so that was suprising I think based on some of the threads I had read on here on tire wear. I fell I have about another 300-500 safe miles on the rear.
The vibes, not really an issue any more. I attribute this too the motor smoothing out as miles went on it (as some said it would) and then simply getting used to it.
Motor performance, still kind of a sore spot.. but being realistic about a 60ish hp P-twin helps. For what it is, it does well. it Easily breaks the speed limit, gets decent fuel economy. The only place I ever really find it lacking is winding it out up a slight hill to merge onto a 4 lane road to go to work.. or when riding in the mountains with steep sharp curves, where I enjoy the low end torque of a larger engine to throttle out of the curves without multiple downshifts. On the other hand, the bike LOVES the curves and I find I can comfortably come into the curve with a bit more speed which sometimes negates the need to downshift as much.

I have the suspension dialed in well (for stock) and feel I have found as good a balance as possible with this setup between being soft enough over hits, and firm enough for good carving. It is what it is, and I have done what I can with it, and all is good for this price point of bike I feel.

I have had zero issues pop up.. A few Questions needing answered, but no repairs needed.
Starts instantly, fueling seems spot on.
Brakes are fair, rear seems to catch the ABS sooner than I would like, BUT I think once I swap out the original rear tire to something with a tad more grip that will improve.

I still plan on Getting the Africa Twin Next year, But at this point I think this one will stay with me as well.
Here's to hopefully another year of reliability and fun on it!
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Well, I have owned this bike for a year now, +/- a few weeks, can't remember.
I think we all know how I felt about this thing in the beginning.. Hated the Motor, hated the vibes, hated the suspension.. However I oddly enjoyed the ergos and stock seat which seems like a common complaint with others, go figure!
Why I held on to it, i don't know. I had the "perfect for me" bike in mind and waiting for that bike to get through its first year growing pains and read about its weaknesses was part of the reason. .. I suppose the other reason was the value of the Versys.
So here I am, now.. with about 6,500 miles on the clock. First of all, the stock tires handle poorly, however with about 6,500 miles on it, the rear is just now nearing replacement.. front still at 70% or so.. so that was suprising I think based on some of the threads I had read on here on tire wear. I fell I have about another 300-500 safe miles on the rear.
The vibes, not really an issue any more. I attribute this too the motor smoothing out as miles went on it (as some said it would) and then simply getting used to it.
Motor performance, still kind of a sore spot.. but being realistic about a 60ish hp P-twin helps. For what it is, it does well. it Easily breaks the speed limit, gets decent fuel economy. The only place I ever really find it lacking is winding it out up a slight hill to merge onto a 4 lane road to go to work.. or when riding in the mountains with steep sharp curves, where I enjoy the low end torque of a larger engine to throttle out of the curves without multiple downshifts. On the other hand, the bike LOVES the curves and I find I can comfortably come into the curve with a bit more speed which sometimes negates the need to downshift as much.

I have the suspension dialed in well (for stock) and feel I have found as good a balance as possible with this setup between being soft enough over hits, and firm enough for good carving. It is what it is, and I have done what I can with it, and all is good for this price point of bike I feel.

I have had zero issues pop up.. A few Questions needing answered, but no repairs needed.
Starts instantly, fueling seems spot on.
Brakes are fair, rear seems to catch the ABS sooner than I would like, BUT I think once I swap out the original rear tire to something with a tad more grip that will improve.

I still plan on Getting the Africa Twin Next year, But at this point I think this one will stay with me as well.
Here's to hopefully another year of reliability and fun on it!
You won't regret the AT purchase.


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You won't regret the AT purchase.
I had the chance to ride one on some gravel roads and bit of two lane.. I loved it.
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I had the chance to ride one on some gravel roads and bit of two lane.. I loved it.
That sounds similar to what I did on the day I rented a twin.


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One of the FEW downsides to the AT - tube-type tires...!

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One of the FEW downsides to the AT - tube-type tires...!
I agree..certainly not as easy to repair a flat.
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