cls....Naah, no hard feelings at all!
Ivan....I bought my Versys with all good intentions, and have regrets only because after I bought it, my wife decided she wanted to go along. Suddenly, everything changed. Alone, I love it. With her along, not so much. I'm lucky because I have a wife I not only love, but enjoy being with after 37 years. Who could argue with that?
We looked at everything (except a Harley) that would fit our needs for riding together, while still keeping in mind my individual, personal amusement. I came out of the dirt and still love to run down a few fire trails and gravel roads from time to time. I live in an area most dirt guys would kill for and I'm admittedly very lucky. Most of the "Adventure Touring" type bikes were too small for two or too expensive, or too much toward dirt, or too much toward street. This bike seems to fit my world view pretty well. It very well may not be what I want and I may change my mind again next year, but isn't that what bikes are all about anyway?
As a side note..... I'm hopeful that because Yamaha is selling these in an "On Order" basis, that the bike will retain some additional value should I want to sell it. If it turns out to be very popular, that will definitely happen and I'll do OK whenever I sell it.
My slightly verbose comparison with the BMW was intended to clear up some of the misconceptions a couple of you expressed regarding the Super Tenere. It wasn't a sales pitch at all or an ego buff. Absolutely, it's a personal decision.
love2ridend, as far as MCN reviews go, I hold them with much suspicion. If you have read them, which I do, for a long time, which I have, they seem to have a distinct bias toward bikes from the continent. Asian bikes seem to get short shrift in cases where there is true competition with European bikes. That's fine if they do it, but it does seem to shade their opinion in my mind.
I definitely have no axe to grind regarding BMW's, other than "some" of the people who ride them, and few niggling technical issues. They are fine bikes, in spite of being somewhat anachronistic. I apologize if I've scuffed anyone's tender sensitivities.
My personal reasons to have the Yamaha.....
Mild Dirt roads
Economy (included technical features)
Limits on canyon work (also a "For" = less chance of crashing, I'm in my 60's
Price (I'm still cheap)
If I can, I'll keep the Versys as long as possible, just to goof around on.
There are rumors going around that Honda will enter this market, too. I hope so. This segment really does represent bikes that can do many different things without a lot of modification. They have excellent balance and are very predictable. I've seen them described as "two-wheel SUV's". I guess you could say that (I won't), but no SUV I've ever driven can ever compare to the fun you can have on ANY bike (hmmm...even a Harley??
I do appreciate the well wishes!