I just spent this past weekend up at Deal's Gap with my new Versys. I finally completed my first 500mile break-in and changed oil and filter before the trip. When I was finally able to hit 6K RPM for the 2nd 500 mile break-in, I was confident that I could enjoy the ride up there.
At 6000rpm in 6th gear, I was going 80mph so I any ride on the freeway wasn't an issue, but I hardly hit any highway. Most of the riding over the 3 days was spent on twisties. From north of Atlanta you can ride 95% twisties to get to Deal's Gap.
Wow! Was I pleasantly surprised! This bike slew the Dragon better than my Yamaha R6S! With the upright position, it was so effortless to lean the bike and it flicked so easily and smoothly. The roll-on power coming out of one those 318 turns in the 11 miles was smooth, competent and predictable, unlike my R6S which acts like an erratic Arabian horse compared to the Versys. The power out of this 650CC motor is comparable to my FJR1300 which I"ve ridden quite a few times at the Gap as well, but my FJR has twice the displacement and horsepower!
I was a little frustrated at first because I couldn't extend my powerband past 6K RPM, but I easily put enough miles to complete the break-in, and then....Wow! The bike pulled even harder from 6K to 9K! The engine specs for the Versys is misleading. This bike pulls like a bigger Twin and it does it smoothly and so quietly. Those guys taking pictures at the Gap wouldn't hear me coming so they would be late setting up when they finally saw me coming around their corner so they couldn't get enough pics. Bummer!
Sorry for the long winded exhaltation but I had to share just in case anyone is pondering about this bike's capability. I"m back in the office today but I still have an ear-to-ear grin. My co-workers must think I had a hot date over the weekend.....well, I did!