Tried spraying the rear brake with brake cleaner today. After a good hosing down most of the sound seems to be gone. The pads are new, so I suspect maybe some dust/grit had gotten into somehow and the spray washed it out. We'll see how long it lasts.
On a related topic, beautiful fall weather here, and I took it on a 165 mile ride around the Mountain Loop highway yesterday. Up to Arlington on I5, then east through the Oso landslide to Darrington, then south on the unpaved section of the Mountain Loop winding along the Sauk river, then back on pavement at Barlow Pass. Stopped at Big 4 Mountain/Ice Caves for lunch and then continued west. Turned off on the Mt Pilchuck road and did the 7 or 8 miles of very bumpy gravel... I think the roads climbs about 2000 feet or so to the base of a long abandoned ski resort. Did most of the uphill in 1st gear (to avoid having to downshift) and standing. Coming down was mostly standing, but letting the engine idle in 2nd. I think on that road I would have preferred the lighter weight and lower gearing of the X300. Definitely also would have been nice to turn off the rear ABS.. Since I was not that familiar with the bike, I wasn't really sure what the ABS computer was thinking it was doing on the rear brake sometimes. Stayed totally off the front brake the whole way down... Fortunately compression braking is excellent. Pretty tired by the time I got back on pavement. Worst part was arriving back in Pugetopolis just in time for Friday afternoon rush hour. Nearly had an issue doing a hill start on a steep hill at a busy intersection with a long line of cars behind me.
Today I had to run an errand and got back on the Burgman 200. Although I'm starting to appreciate the Versys, what a delight the little point-and-go scoot is in city driving, and no issue with hill starts. I think the vertical CG on it is about 1 foot off the ground, and at 30 it can slalom lane markers in a way that the Versys could only dream of. Each has it's place, and I'm starting to lean towards keeping both.