I finally got the opportunity to ride the versys this weekend. I have been looking at this bike a lot and doing the comparisons with others. I have not rode the weestrom, but rode my buddies 1000strom and liked it alot. I have also rode the 800 bmw. Normally, I would NEVER consider anything as small as the wee or versys, but power is not my motivation here. Like a lot of folks today the bottom line is my top line. Had the $24000 BMW before, and after the downturn in the US economy, I look at a lot of things differently. No more do I care to be a slave to an expensive motorcycle. Also dont want my family to sacrafice bacause dad wants a bike. That is what led me to the Versys.
My Search Critera is.
1. Upright Seating Position.
2. inexpensive (to purchase, operate, and maintain)
3. Very fun to ride.
4. can take on long rides maybe once a year.
I must say I was very surprised how much snap the Versys had. I was thinking it would be like a klr 650 where you twist the throttle and yawn. It isnt a liter bike, but is not anemic either. The only dissapointing thing was that I did not have the opportunity to take it on the hiway, or in the twisties (Stealership is in the city)
How does that V do on the hiway?
How is it for wind protection?
6th gear seems really tall. Is it too tall? (most of my riding will be on rural hiway and twisty country roads.)
Do the side cases affect it much?