Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: King of Prussia, PA
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I didn't give them a second look for a long time, due to the Versys being (misleadingly) labeled as an adventure bike. It wasn't until last summer, when I spent most of my time at Americade in a local dealership waiting on a new stator for my VFR, that I actually sat on one and looked it over. They had a 2009 in blue, and it just spoke to me. Sitting on it, I realized it wasn't nearly as tall as most off-road-inclined adventure bikes. Looking it over, I noticed the upside-down adjustable suspension and the 17" wheels with sporty tires, and realized this was more of a real-world road bike. I almost bought that one for $5800, but my stator arrived as promised, so the wife and I rode back home on the VFR.
Fast-forward to a few weeks ago in a local dealership: Another blue 2009, this time with the Kawi/Givi hard bags, going for $5500. I sat on it, looked it over, sat on it again, looked it over some more,... then I bought it. Picked it up the next day and I still feel like it was the best vehicle purchase I've ever made. The thing just suits my current riding style perfectly.
Most of my buddies I grew up with ride Harleys, so they didn't know it by name, but they've seen the Versys before, and understand what it is. Most of the sport-touring community seems to have started embracing it as a ST icon, much like they did the Honda VFR, 10 years ago.
Last edited by Bravo12; 02-12-2012 at 10:02 PM.