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Is it just me or do you see it too?

Saw my second Versys in the wild today. I was at Iron Pony to pick up some reflective rim tape and there was a Yellow/black 2012 with bag and box. I thought it's be a younger couple, two helmets hanging on it, But they were older that I am. We talked a bit and then I took off. I was thinking on the way home that I know 3 other people that have a Versys and we're all over 50. Is this a trend? The older, smarter people riding the Versys? I know a 26 year old kid who just bought a H-D...his pop ride a V-Strom and is talking about trading it in on a "V"

How about your thoughts on this?

Or was that look THEN leap?
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66-years-old here... It's much more comfortable for me rather than the ST1100 I came over from. The weight difference is what sold me. Initially my V was for my "around-town" bike... leaving my ST for the long haul stuff. But after ten months of the V including a 5600 mile/19 day trip on it last summer... and not putting 50 miles on my ST in those same ten months... I sold the beautiful black ST to someone who would give it a good home.

My current V is somewhere around number 17 or 18 for me... Since 1964.

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Generally, the older you are the wiser you've become.
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I'm 22 and this is my first bike, if that counts.

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I'm 32, and have a work mate who is about 28 who also has a versys. So does this make us wise, or can we just recognise a good bike?

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I'm 32, and have a work mate who is about 28 who also has a versys. So does this make us wise, or can we just recognise a good bike?
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26 year old "Kid" here: love my Yellow 2012 Versys. My second bike I started on a Buell blast.
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33 years old, 2011 Versys here. My second bike. My first was a KLR when I was 30. I study what I buy, A LOT, before I buy
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Almost 60 and Red Mollie is my first motorbike.
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31. Bought my v when i am 29.

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I'm 46, and done with supersports. I was intrigued with the Ninja 650R, but it just looked too sporty (kind of a sheep in wolf's clothing, if you ask me) so I got an '09 ER6N. I basically liked it, but wanted a little more fuel capacity, wind protection, and suspension, which brought me to the Versys.

I imagine a lot of the FZ's, SV's, GSX's,VFR's, etc,etc,etc. end up in the hands of folks that aren't so caught up in the supersport image.
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I feel like I've gone back to my roots with the V. My first bike back in '86 was a parallel twin - an '82 Yamaha XS650 special. After that followed a slew of supersports....FZR600, Ducati 900SP, CBR929, VFR, GSXR 600....

Now my needs have changed since I'm older. I wanted something upright, comfortable, and light, but still sporty handling. The V I bought a few months ago fits the bill. It's fun to ride in the twisties, and it'll be perfect for commuting and long trips. Got a trip to VT in the planning stage!

I still have the GSXR600, but it's track-only. The others all found good homes over the years, most recently the CBR929. I just wasn't riding it on the street anymore.
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I started out on touring bikes when I was 19. From there I went to cruisers, standards, dual sports, touring again, sport bikes, etc. Over 50 now and I like the riding position of MY versys which is still sporty. I love exploring the lane and a half wide roads that are all over the southeast. The roads that don't show up on Google maps until you zoom way in. I guess to me the Versys is what a hooligan bike is to the young crowd. I definitely push it harder than I do my other bikes, but on those type of roads pushing it hard might be going 40 mph. LOL! Knowing you have to hug the right edge of the road because the infrequent encounter with a cager usually finds them in the middle of the road.

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Time I believe that was the trend, but not anymore!

Lots of young people want the V!

When I was in Cook City and just getting off my bike a young guy came over and said he really liked my bike and wanted one. Asked how I like it, big Harleys all around me.

Times are changing!





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Young people seem to "get" the V. Every person who has complimented my V has been a younger. "Sick bike, dude" is typical comment. A lot of them think (rightfully?) that cruisers are old man's rides.

I'm 65 and have owned a bike for almost every year since I was 16. Came to the V from a Concours, for the light weight, maneuverability and upright sporty riding position.
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Oh man, the resident old guy's checking in - 68 years on my shoulders at the moment. My two wheel experience began with a Cushman Super Eagle waaay back in the day.

Since then the fleet has included one H-D, three Suzukis, two Nortons, a Moto Guzzi, two BMWs, one Yamaha, and three Kawasakis. Don't remember ever owning a Honda but it's early in the day and my mind hasn't spooled up to full operating speed just yet. More coffee!

Except for the Cushman and the 750 flathead Harley (both of which could be politely described as "lacking"), each one was a favorite for one good reason or another. However, as my youthful indiscretions race to catch up with me, I appreciate and enjoy the upright riding position of the Versys more than the monkey-humping-a-football (no offense intended to either monkeys or footballs) position of super sports, or the C-shaped sail-in-the-wind position of cruisers.

IMHO, the Versys, although it seems not many have discovered it yet, is a versatile (clever idea for a name, huh?), capable, comfortable, sensibly priced, and reasonably good looking machine. It's also a great platform for personalizing - let the farkling begin! Sorry, that's let the farkling continue.

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I agree. . . oh and this young guy said he liked the up right ergo riding! LOL Go figure!

I came from a Honda 750 shadow. Great bike very very uncomfortable!





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Agreed - I TOO am an 'old-fart', and my Vs are the BEST bikes
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Saw my second Versys in the wild today. I was at Iron Pony to pick up some reflective rim tape and there was a Yellow/black 2012 with bag and box. I thought it's be a younger couple, two helmets hanging on it, But they were older that I am. We talked a bit and then I took off. I was thinking on the way home that I know 3 other people that have a Versys and we're all over 50. Is this a trend? The older, smarter people riding the Versys? I know a 26 year old kid who just bought a H-D...his pop ride a V-Strom and is talking about trading it in on a "V"

How about your thoughts on this?

I'm 44, I started with a cruiser, a very sexy Vulcan 2000 but heavy!!!. One day I tried a Versys in a Demo Days event and I loved it. It was very light and fun to ride and since then I put it in my list. When I had an opportunity to get it I did, it is an older model than the one I tried, I like the new headlight a little better but the price was good and so the color.

What I believe that the "Adventure" look appeals to older people. I have seen the same happening with BMW GS owners that most are middle age.

The next in the list is a 1970s Kawi.
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at 48 I bought the 09 versys. I also own a Vulcan 2000 (big and heavy), I like the big cruiser feeling cant beat the feeling of rolling on that throttle.. but the versys {in green} is now my go to bike for just running around
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