Hi folks. New member here, but I've been silently stalking in the shadows for a few weeks.
I have had a strong interest in bikes for as long as I can remember. I rode a friend's tiny, little dirt bike a ton of times as a kid and remember loving it. I just turned 40 a few months ago and have been nearly obsessed with finally getting a bike of my own. While doing the research, reading the reviews, and looking at the different magazines and manufacturers websites, I came across the Versys. Honestly, it was a magical moment with the choirs of angels singing the "Allelujah Chorus" when I first laid eyes on it
. Now, I'm totally fixated on it. I've spoken with several friends who have bikes of different styles, shapes, and sizes and it's unanimous. They all have good things to say about the Versys and feel it would be a good bike for me based on my size (male, 6'2", and almost 200 lbs.)
I'm getting my permit and taking a Motorcycle Safety Class in about 3 weeks. I will be wearing "all the gear, all the time" (I'm a trauma nurse in a busy city hospital. I've seen what happens to those that don't, and I'm here to tell ya it ain't pretty). I have thought about getting a gently-used, older bike to start out on, but I know if I do that, the likelihood of my wife approving a new Versys in a year or two is about an ice cube's chance in hell. Plus, one of the reviewers stated the the Versys could be a "rider's first and last bike."
I'd like to hear from the experienced riders too, but most especially from any other first-timers on a Versys. Did you find this good bike for a newbie? What were your successes and challenges? Any input is greatly appreciated.
Thanks and I look forward to riding with you guys soon.