Anyone else out there tried riding the Versys like a big odd looking supermoto?
A few years back, I made a strategic decision. See, I've been a street guy my whole life, but part of me said I should be a well-rounded motorcyclist, so for a while I owned a dual-sport, tried to ride some mild off-pavement routes, even wrote an article about taking an adventure riding training course.
But I decided in the end that I would be better off honing my limited skills in one direction, rather than diluting them by trying to be mediocre at everything. So, bottom line, since I've got far more laps around race tracks behind me than I do miles on true off-road trails, I abandoned any hope of mastering supermoto style riding. When riding briskly, whether on my Versys (where it's an option) or my Daytona 675 (where it's natural), I hang off mildly. I want to keep that skill and muscle memory working.
Not to say roadracing style is faster or better on a Versys than supermoto style, but it's what I know.
Foot out, knee down, it's all good.