Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: China and Michigan
First Impression - Versys 650
I picked up my bike yesterday, and I had my first real ride this morning. I have only had two prior bikes; a Honda Shadow 750 and a Vulcan 900 (still own it). What a difference from the cruiser style bike this is. The maneuverability and handling are not even in the same league as the cruisers. Some corners I used to get a bit nervous over on the Vulcan were nothing on this bike; she was eating them up, spitting them out and asking for more. I never knew how much fun a bike could be. I have the LT, but removed the panniers and was getting about 52 mpg. She's not real fond of low RPM's, but through the middle and high range; she's digging it! No dirt yet, except for the sand left from the winter; I have to get her some protection before I start that. On the Vulcan, I get a bit fatigued. I put 130 miles on this bike this morning, and it was no big deal. I drove eight hours yesterday to pick her up, and my little spin around the dealership lot put a smile on my face. This morning's ride was very similar. Yersterday's smile was more of like, "This is cool, She's so nimble", whereas today was like "Holy ****, this thing's amazing". Going around blind corners used to scare the crap out of me, but this bike's got great control and never once did things seem sketchy. I am digging this bike! We'll see how things go, but so far it's been more than I could have hoped for.
I have become comfortably numb.....