First ride - Versys vs. KLR
It meant that I had to transport my Versys 1000 km to find roads without snow and ice but it was worth it. This bike is so easy to ride it's almost a crime.
I sold my KLR in October and bought a Versys. Here are my first impressions now that I have all of 50 km on it:
Six gears. Wow! What a difference.
Vibration. The Versys seems to vibrate only at certain RPM's. It's not annoying, just the nature of the bike. I kinda miss the consistent thump of the KLR but I'll get over it.
Stability. The Versys wins hands down. You could ride a Versys standing on your head. It just seems to go where you want it to without even thinking about it. And you don't get the squirm from wind gusts that you seem to get with the KLR. The wind seems to blow through the Versys compared to the KLR.
I had the Versys up to about 90 kph, the maximum speed you can go at about 4000 RPM, and I didn't have the wind blowing directly into my face. Mind you, it's not a fair comparison because I have the Givi screen, but if I turned my head on the KLR at 90 kph to make a lane change I would get whiplash. I can still hear the wind with the Versys but hardly even feel it.
I have to remind myself to check my speedometer because the Versys can get up to highway speed very quickly compared to what I'm used to.
I'm not trashing the KLR. I loved my KLR but, for the kind of riding I want to do, the Versys is a much better choice. I really think I'm going to enjoy this little bike.