Being Canadian, my first Versys sighting was an orange (LOVE that color!) 2007 at a Kawi dealer in Calgary. I thought it looked STRANGE (my KLR was parked outside...), but then when the Red Deer dealer where I'd bought the KLR offered me a test-ride (
), EVEN though I had NO intention of buying a V, I took his '07 out and "spanked-its-butt".
Hm-m-m - NICE power, great handling, comfortable riding position. This is OK.... (Did I mention I LOVED the color...?). Then we headed down to AZ for the winter, my KLR on the trailer.
My wife loves looking at 'show homes', so one day she made me come see some in Florence (we had a "park-model" in a Mesa RV park). I LIKED, so we made a deal, were told it'd be finished come September, and headed back to the "Great White North".
THEN "MOTORCYCLIST Magazine" declared the V MOTY, and, remembering that GREAT test-ride back in Red Deer, KNOWING that I'd have a garage in AZ come September, I made a deal to buy an '08 and pick it up at the time we'd 'close' on our new home.
And NOW I have TWO, one for EACH country!
The relatively tall saddle restricts it's market to those with 32" inseams or those who don't mind tippy toes stops.
I have about a 30 1/2" inseam, so I found the V to be pretty much as high as the KLR, so OK on 'tippy-toes'. THEN I put an R1 shock on, and now, with 45mm sag, it's STILL high to get onto, but I can touch BOTH feet down after it 'settles'.