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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-17-2012, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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Keep the Versys as a "guest bike"?

Hello Riders:

As some of you know, I'm on the horns of a dilemma about selling my '09 (green) Versys to finance my descent into madness on a SV1000S. I live in an area that abounds in two lane sweepers and twisties out in the middle of nowhere; primo riding country.
I'm thinking of keeping the Versys so my friends can fly in to visit and ride these roads with me (honest to God, you need to import people to ride with; it's that far out in the boonies). Do any of you keep a bike for your guests to ride, and if so, do you carry extra liability insurance to cover your exposure?

Thanks and good riding to you folks,

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-17-2012, 03:34 PM
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never kept a bike for guests, but i have owned more than one at a time and allowed others to ride, on occasion. i'd say keep the versys just because it's very different from the SV and probably more useful when you're not blitzing those sweepers. if anyone shows up and begs a ride, well, that's cool too.

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Yep if you can keep it. I was planning on selling mine but just can't do it. If i get another bike as i know i will it will have a garage buddy

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Kevrider, you said it; the SV1000and the Versys are very different bikes. If anyone ever needed to validate their decision to buy a Versys, I can attest to how good a bike the Versys really is.

Yesterday some squidly friends and I went for a ride up on some two lane Forest Service roads to escape the desert heat. I had recently been up there on the Versys, and enjoyed ripping through the forest on the winding chip seal. On the Versys it was a great ride, wonderful scenery, and all the wildflowers and critters made it even more appealing. A real classic ride across the Cascade foothills....

Same ride on the SV1000S a week later: I had the SV suspension dialed in for the desert; very comfortable and controllable at...a "sporty" pace. Took the beast on the same Forest Service road, and discovered that it was a wasboard-infested mess; divots everywhere that I didn't even notice on the Versys. The washboard induced a harmonic in the sportbike suspension that made the bike unexpectedly change vectors like a demented pinball. On top of that, the suicidal bambies were out in platoon strength, and I wasn't sure how the big SV would react to sudden inputs while hopping from bump to bump. I was sure I was going to low side into the damn flowers around every tight corner. I finally had to reel it in just to gather my wits.

Yep, different tools for different tasks. I think if I had to cross 500 miles of Cascade highways in a hurry, I'd get there quicker on the Versys. Now down on the flat, well that's different....

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-17-2012, 06:39 PM
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I'd do it! As long as you know that your guest(s) can handle the bike. I recently purchased a Yamaha XT 250, an easy riding bike, that I keep up in the mountains for the same reason. I have my KLX 250 there and its nice to have an extra bike around for guest and myself. I even purchased extra helmets as well.


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Since i brought my Ninja 1000 last oct have probably rode Ninja 65% and Versys 35% but am going to keep the V for my wife to ride (she sold her cruiser), any friends that visit from NZ or overseas and i still love the little beast and some tight twisty roads around my way I am quicker on the V than the Ninja (ask my riding buddies).

For real long distance would still prefer versys to ninja, both bikes have stock seats but need the airhawk for the ninja but not the v.

Bottom line is you can afford to keep V as a spare for riding your riding mates or just for a change of horse for yourself do it as you only live once as may as well enjoy life on the way through with good friends. I am hoping the any of my good versys riding friends i made while in malaysia last can come to NZ and it would be great fun to take them for a few day ride around where i live.
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