Bought mine in March of last year- I have about 14,000 + miles on it. I own it, but I seriously doubt I will trade or sell it because of the value issue, too. Rather just hang on to it unless it becomes economically desirable to sell it.
I have been averaging 20,000 miles a year. That is split up among several bikes. The Versys should be good for 200,000 miles easy if you keep up with regular maintenance. If you keep it long enough you will be able to sell it for $7000. Of course that will be 25 years from now when a new bike will cost $25,000.
About 5000 mi/yr. Riding season here is 6 months long, give or take a month. I so far haven't done any cross-country riding, and don't go on many just-for-the-hell-of-it rides, so the vast majority of the miles are accumulated on my commute, which is 12 miles round trip. If I don't detour on the way home.
I only do about 1500-2000 miles a year. Most of my free time (which is limited) is spent on cycling (the kind with pedals). My Versys cost less than either of my custom road bicycles so I think it's worth the price even with the little use it gets. Motorcycles make me fat, bicycles make me thin.
6000 to 8000 kms if I stretch the season as far as I can. Good riding is between 1 May and 15 October, but I try to start in mid March if the snow is gone and ride till late November if the snow holds off. It's the only way to make the crazy insurance worth while!
Figure 10 to 12,000 miles a year on average. This year I was away for 2 weeks of vacation in May, so it may be a bit less. However, I got the Versys in April of 2009 and now have a bit over 31,000 miles on her. Still, just saw a 2010 Z1000 with only 2,000 miles on her and the cost was less than $9,000...
Richard M. Poniarski
'09 Kawasaki Versys
ROK #: 100024905
Everybody is entitled to the reality of their own choosing...
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