Originally Posted by twowheeladdict
What is it about the Versys that is drawing you to it despite the height and weight issues you might have to overcome? I personally don't understand people buying bikes that they are going to have a challenge handling on perfect terrain, nevermind uneven terrain. What are you going to do when you stop at an intersection and there is a dip in the road where you want to put your foot?
People should stick with bikes that are within their strength and height limits. Just my opinion, but bikes are dangerous enough without adding additional challenges.
I understand your questions, and I respect your opinions that elicit those questions. So here are my answers, which I hope come across respectfully.
I like the Versys, because it's potentially the exact bike I want/need: It can carry all my stuff, be a good commuter, and be fun on pleasure rides. I've read a *ton* of reviews for it and similar bikes. Of those similar bikes, the Versys is at the top of my list. To your first question, the truth is, I don't know if I'm going to have challenges with it, which is why I'm asking other women about their experiences, if it was overly challenging, or if I'm being overly cautious. There aren't many of us out there, so the information is slim to none. I am seeking information, not validation for a foolhardy choice. I really do try to find the best bike for me. I have no delusions that any of my riding will be on perfect terrain. IMHO, there's no such thing, especially in Houston. We have potholes, cambered roads, endless road construction and all the detritus and mud that goes with it. One of my friends has been riding twice as long as my 15 years and is a Rider Coach. She's *tiny*, but can outride just about anyone I know, whether she's on her Honda ST1300 or her Honda 919. Because of her, I know flat footing is not required. Heck, I've stopped on roads where I'm not flat footing, and I'm fine. What I don't know is how that mixes with "top heavy," which is a relative, subjective term. Again, that's the reason I'm asking other women about their experiences. From here, I can ask additional questions that are not addressed in industry or YouTube reviews.
Am I dead set on buying a Versys? Of course not. It all depends on my butt test, and what my options are, if needed, for lowering. I don't make large purchases without careful consideration, especially for motorcycles. If I do not like a bike, or am not comfortable on it, I'm not going to ride it. Why would I plunk down money for a bike I won't wind up riding? I will, however, absolutely throw money at a bike I know I'll enjoy riding, whether it's to work, or to get some BBQ 2-3 hours from home. Will I be disappointed if I'm not comfortable on this bike? Yeah, but I have a bike I enjoy riding now. I just don't enjoy the repair bills that come with it when it decides to be a butthead, so why not trade it in while it is running like a top and get something equally (or more) enjoyable?