I see alot of comparisons of the Versys with the Vstrom, but was at the Harley dealer the other day and was checking out the Buell Uly xb12 and found it more like the Versys. I know there is a price point difference but this dealer is blowing out the 08 for 10,000. I have a new 09 V and took a test ride on the Uly. I liked it alot, more power, better suspension better brakes. Here in SoCal the V is a 7,800 bike pluse tax& lic. which may change as spring shows up.
Don't get me wrong, I really like the V I'm just talking here.
On ADV there is always a thread GS vs Uly which is better and I wonder if the guy's looking at the Buell ever look at the Versys.
I went to a Buell open house demo day locally and I test rode every Buell model for about 25mi each. Even the Blast.
I can tell you that out of the Buell models the only that I could ever own would be a ULY, it is defenitely the better bike out of the Buell bunch. The Uly is the most comfortable and the one that produces the least amount of heat under the seat. It also felt very smooth and ran great.
Avoid that 1125, that new engine that Buell that came up with, it lost the Buell feel to the engine and it runs like grinding metals, not smooth engine at all, did not like that bike at all.
If you already own a V I don't think it would make sense to change mid stream.
I think the ULY is a bike meant to be better built and higher end, but still a harley product, you pay a lot of money for the little that you get. Those Buell have a cylinder under the seat that will cook your know what, it is not joke, the seat and that part of the frame does get too hot for comfort, and I only rode it for 25mi, I can't see me riding 2hrs with such a heat supply under my legs.
There is also the reliability factor, Harley and Buell are just not that reliable and to keep them reliable you do have to spend a lot of money on them, all the schedule maintenance and all that or else you loose the factor warranty which is a must when you own a harley/Buell.
I would not mind owning a Buell for the pride that goes with it, but mathematically it doesn't make sense. You can get similar pleasure and results owing a V and it will be much more cost effective and less headaches.
That is what I think...