update at 600 miles
I'm not sure anyone will find value in this post but here goes...impressions from a 40+ year motorcyclist after riding my new 2009 Versys 600 miles.
600 miles is when the first 'service' is required, yes the dealer overcharged me for spending 60 minutes w/ the bike. OTOH the doods at the dealership seemed quite depressed, must be tough trying to make a living at a cycle shop these days. I'll do my own oil/filter changes till 7500 miles and let the dealer check out the bike then.
Big things I like; motor, suspension, ergonomics, transmission ratios for the most part, weather protection...what else is there?
Little things I dont like; 6th gear is a bit too short, notchy shifting (may still get better) seat tilt forward and stepped is counterproductive, no centerstand, front brakes a little dull, tires a bit cheap, turn signal indicator low key, plastic buzzes but can be fixed, short front fender...
On the whole the bike is 'right' for me; good enough power, better than expected street handling, japanese design and quality!, with better tires graded dirt/gravel roads should be no problem, comfortable enough for a 50's dood, yet unimitating styling (funky), accessible and well; versital!
Funny, the doods at the dealership called it a "Verceese" like Cerces the greek goddess..(?). I assume it is a "Versys" like 'versital system' only shorter. I'm probably wrong about.