Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Palm Beach County, Fla.
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My letter to the original owner of my 2009 Versys that I bought Dec. 26, 2010
I bought the Versys exactly four years ago. I want to let you know that I still have it and I still love it. Not much has changed; it has the luggage and rack that you installed, as well as the engine guard and the Corbin saddle.
I replaced the electrical distribution/fuse box that you installed under the saddle, and installed Clearwater Glenda lights, new grip warmers (the Aerostich ones that you wrap around the grips and fasten with velcro), a USB charger, an electrical system status light, and an outlet to plug in an electric vest.
I've taken it on several trips, mostly to North Carolina. I like to take the Auto Train from Orlando to D.C. and ride the Skyline Drive and Blue Ridge Parkway, then back roads down Georgia and Florida to return home, camping all or most of the way. My son is a freshman at Hofstra, so in October I took the Auto Train to D.C., then rode to Long Island to visit him, then rode back via the Cape May-Lewes ferry, Skyline Drive and BRP, etc. Unfortunately I ended up riding across Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Columbus Day in a cold rain, which is an experience that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.
Three years ago I took the Versys to the track -- Jennings GP, on the Georgia border. I crashed in my first session and shattered the bracket that holds the left footrest. We found a machinist about an hour away who welded the aluminum piece back together on a Saturday. Returned Sunday for all the sessions and had a wonderful time.
The Versys has never given me a serious problem. In fact, I can't think of any minor problems, either. You sold it with 10,000 miles on the odometer (actually, it had almost zero miles on the odo, because you had replaced the head unit at around 10,000 miles). The bike has about 42,000 miles on it now. I do all the maintenance and repair work myself, except for tire, sprocket and chain changes.
In summary: I'm glad you were the first owner, and I'm glad that I'm the second owner. It's been a wonderful bike and I have taken good care of it. I hope your ride has been as satisfactory as mine.
(That's the end of the email. I forgot to mention a couple of things: I sold my car, so the Versys is my sole transportation, except for when I borrow my wife's minivan; and the mode and select buttons are still horrible -- they are the reason he replaced the entire head unit at 10,000 miles.)