I purchased my 2011 Versys in March and I would like to give a quick half year review (only because its slow at work…) I purchased the Versys, because I wanted a ride that can handle the New York City traffic as well as the twisties and fire roads in New England on the weekends I find myself on. I avoid highways as much as I can, but inevitably I have to jump on the interstate to get away from NYC as quickly as I can or just to make up on some lost time. After 5000+ miles in nearly 6 months, I am loving my ride…
I really enjoy the low end power/torque of the engine, as it gets me out of the gate pretty quickly, but also very capable of handling the high speeds on highways. I have not experience any crazy vibrations on the mirrors and find them very useful on all speeds. I am 6ft/190 lbs and I like the upright seating position as I can see over cars and handle the fire roads very easily. The styling of the 2010/2011 with the modified headlights and the lines on the side fairings got my attention and I catch many people getting a glimpse of my bike in the city. The biggest single complaint happened shortly after purchased as I got the dreaded cowling noise, but found a remedy through the resources of this website (will point out later).
I am setting up my bike for sport-touring as I am planning a cross-country trip (NYC -> Portland, OR -> San Francisco, CA -> Austin, TX -> NYC) late this summer totaling 5 weeks. Out of the showroom I think the bike is set-up for daily commuting, but with a few add-ons I think it is a worthy midrange sport-touring bike. Here is the list of add-ons/mods so far:
Acerbis Dual Road Handguards
- Liked the idea of simple installation and wind protection
Soft Bag supports
- Purchased from a member of the forum. Affordable and works perfect
Givi Top case E470
- Friend had his leftover from an accident and gave it to me
Givi soft saddlebags
(don’t know which model number)
- Left over from my previous bike
SW-Motech crash bars
- I went with the SW-Motech model as it protects the engine components as opposed to the Hepco where it protects the radiator. I think both are sufficient, but I have had good experience with SW-Motech’s build quality
Alaska leather sheepskin
- Allows me to ride 12+ hours a day and the butt still works. Previously, the arse would starting feeling pain shortly north of an hour or so.
Contour Vholdr video 720p video cam (1st gen model)
- Amateur video editor and looking to upgrade to the Contour+
Motowerk footpeg lowering kit
- The extra inch or two makes a huge difference for my legs and blood circulation
Cowling noise (weather striping added and straws in the mode/reset buttons)
- Around 600 miles, I got the cowling noise and simply couldn’t stand it anymore and the DIY solutions are working perfectly. The noise is gone and I can hear my engine purring now!
Motowerk standard flatfoot
- The stock foot print is small and got scared putting my bike on the stand on the slightest incline/decline. The added surface area will bring me more comfort.
Superbike store rear hugger
- I went with this model, because it looks like there is still some clearance for the rear tire in case I want to get dual sport tires with higher treads. But I do think this is a necessary part, as rain hits the stator, I believe, which you want to avoid.
- Could use less buffeting for long days, 400-500 mile days
- My iPhone is my current GPS, but I think a designated GPS such as Garmin would like navigating much easier and more efficient
- On the fire roads and wet roads and seeing debris and water getting kicked up into my radiator
New tires (Michelin Pilot Road 3)
- I am riding with the stock Dunlops and slowly losing confidence especially on wet roads
If you have any questions, I would be happy to respond as best as I can. I frequently visit this website for answers and hope I can do the same for others!