Changed my front tire on my 2009 Versys and had some time to wait...
Shop had a V1000 demo... and they let me ride it for 20 min.
Great engine!!! pulls nice, great sound.
Comfortable position, feels a little big bigger than my 650, longer. I noticed that the road feels smoother, suspension is doing a great job.
I cannot pronounce on the seat, but feels a little bit harder than my 650.
I was expecting to be harder to maneuver in the city, but it's not that bad!
on a little straight road it was asking for more, I think it's great for touring, 2 up....mmm
no vibration, no buzz !!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had the windshield in upper position but didn't have enough time to evaluate the protection/noise.
Gear lever seems to need a little adjustment, it didn't feel as solid as 650.
I was surprised in a curve to feel it really planted, no hesitation in really pushing it, just 10 min after I jumped on it !?!
I would love to have it. But...
The guy looked at mine: 2009 (bought in 2010), 34 000km, never down, Givi Trunk, crush bars, dual bi-xenon projectors. He gave me 3600CAD for it.
now the deal for V1000: MRSP 14 999CAD.
right off he took 3000CAD off.
Preparation and stuff 800CAD.
Total: 12 800CAD.
I could take V1000 home with taxes and leave my 650 trade for 11 000CAD.
V1000 it's a very nice bike.... but not 11 000CAD nice
Coming back home my 650 feels very nice, yes, it has some buzz and vibrations, the power is not crazy, but not lacking also....
Conclusion: I'll keep my 650 for a while.