I've done a considerable amount of long-distance touring on a BMW R100RT and a BMW R1100RT. Both bikes were fantastic for covering miles with comfort while still allowing for a bit of spirited performance. I did, however, feel somewhat restricted by either bike's unsuitability for exploring places that were only accessible by dirt and gravel country roads.
After quite a bit of research I bought a used, low mileage '09 Versys and set it up with the typical equipment that is seen on this forum for ADV touring. Last year, I took it on a 6,733 mile journey from South Carolina to New Mexico, up through the Rockies to Montana, across South Dakota, and back home to Charleston.
Overall, the V exceeded my expectations for a mid-weight motorcycle. I was able to get into areas that I would normally have avoided on the much larger BMWs. While the V performed flawlessly...I was not pleased with the punishment I received from windy conditions across NM, TX, and SD. I also would never consider the V for two-up touring.
Regardless of our affection for the Versys, it must be remembered that it is a mid-weight motorcycle and (while it has its own merits) it can never replicate the attributes of sport touring or large ADV machines.
2009 GREEN Versys
2006 Yellow Pearl H-D VRSCR Street Rod
2010 Scarlet Red H-D FXDF Fat Bob
Fear is just excitement in need of an attitude adjustment.
Last edited by CharlestonADV; 08-08-2012 at 11:36 AM.