Time to say good bye
Well, my Versys is gone-traded for an '06 FZ1. The farkles I removed from it are gone-thanks to the individuals who bought them, to heck with the deadbeats who said they were interested but then never answered my PMs. Time to move on.
First of all let me say this is a great forum-interesting and informative. I've done much more lurking than posting. Thanks especially to the person who mentioned the Pima Air & Space Museum. That's on my to-go list for my 5000 mile, two week ride on my Concours next May.
The Versys was for me probably my biggest impulse purchase in motorcycling-less than ten days from the time I saw a green one at my local dealer to the time I bought a red one off Craigslist that was two states away-I have a weakness for red bikes. All the reviews, all the comments I read said it was a great bike-and I would agree.
The bike had lots to like-the almost new Pirelli Angel STs the PO had installed before selling it, the fuel injection for instant starting cold or hot, the compound headlight for both looks and function, the stock suspension-I never touched the front suspension preload or dampning the entire time I owned the bike and only replaced the rear spring because I thought the red spring with the red bodywork looked tacky, the brakes, and the digital speedo all come to mind.
OTOH I wished the V had more horsepower and a different riding position. I tried several combinations of handle bar, handle bar riser, seat, and pegs to get a more sporty/sport touring riding position. A sit up and beg riding position is ok on my DR200-I seldom ride that more than 20 miles at a time. But overall I find it more comfortable to be in a slightly leaned forward riding position with my weight more evenly spread over my body such as on my Concours or 2001 FZ1.
The '06 FZ1 has almost twice the HP of the V with less than 10% add'l weight, and the riding position-which is not as sporty from the factory as I expected-is more readily changed with available rearsets.
So, anyway, time to say good bye. You all ride safe,
Larry aka Charliedog