Regarding problems, the V is pretty good at being reliable. But, if you can get a bike you like brand new as above, then transfer all your upgrades to it, you already know how to work on it, plus you already like it, why mess with your happiness?
Well, that is true, but, the thing is a big ole thumper. A thumper engine at highway speeds is not fun. Plus, when I bought the bike, it had plenty of power, as I was an inexperienced rider. Now, I am wanting / needing more. I like to take extended road trips, and the F650 is pretty tiring on the highway because of the vibration.
If I were just wanting to keep the F650, I would just hang on to this one for another 70K or 80K miles, as they routinely do over 100K before needing real work. It is more about comfort on extended rides. And possibly twisty handling.
There is so much that makes the BMW stink. Like parts costs. I would love to buy a set of front brake pads for less that $90 for example. I am not a fan of the $20 oil filter. So, I have reasons for looking in other pastures. Though the BMW is really reliable, parts cost is pretty punitive.
But then I would probably not feel too uncomfortable taking it to Deadhorse, AK without a full toolkit.
Maybe I might reframe my question like this...
Is the Versys engine as reliable as say, your typical Japanese I-4 engine? If so, then that is a good thing. They routinely go 24K between valve adjustments, for example. I know the 650R connection, but unfortunately I am not familiar with that bike.
I do sincerely appreciate all this information. My last bike purchase was not that well considered. I bought an Aprilia Tuono. Wonderful machine, but just all wrong for me. I lost a whole cheek on the subsequent sale of that bike. I would rather prevent that from happening again.
So far, I am thinking the V is a good choice. I can trade my BMW plus $1800 for a new '08. I am probably going to do it...