Versys suited for the real world
Since 2007 the police have had a new law to apprehend motorcyclists in my province. "The Stunt Driving" law means driving 50KPH/30MPH over the posted limit. The really serious part are the penalties. Loss of license for up to 2 years on first conviction (1 year I think is the norm) and 10 years on a second conviction, up to $10,000 fine, motorcycle impounded and license suspension for one week, on apprehension. DUI insurance rates and probationary license if you ever return to driving.
This pretty much rules out the "canyon carving" type of sport riding or higher speeds sport bikes are marketed for unless you go to the track. At sub stunt driving speeds a Versys has not reached it's performance limitations and just as capable as a super sport litre bike, but without the torture rack ergonomics. Compared to a cruiser, the agility and handling of the Versys is far superior for city and back road riding. The longer travel suspension is better on rough pavement on frost heaved local back roads too.
I think if people actually thought about the type of riding they do, versus the type of riding they imagine doing more people would buy this bike, or a similar type, and less people would buy dedicated sport bikes or cruisers. Nothing against sport bikes or cruisers, I just don't think they are as practical a bike for the street though.
Last edited by twowheels; 08-25-2013 at 12:11 AM.