OK, a real mixed bag ride today. Bike - pretty much all good. Really like it. And it got the "Mom" seal of approval (loves the green!).
Weather - reminds me of a line from the movie "Armageddon" on what will happen before Earth is destroyed.
"Pretty much the worst parts of the Bible"
A typical Seattle spring day. I rode the 650LT through sunshine, rain, hail, heavy gusty winds. Freeway traffic, city traffic, the Versys is really endearing itself to me.
Very stable even with gusty winds. My smaller sport bike configured CBR250 would get buffeted and leave me pretty tired out after a few hours. I was in the saddle for about 3 1/2 hours today and felt great. Very good protection from the wind and rain with the fairings and windscreen - still getting noise/helmet buffeting but my body is very well protected. Stayed warmer than usual given the lack of wind and rain hitting me. And I don't even have the hand guards attached yet.
Shifting smoothly, that feels very solid/intuitive. The neutral-first "kerTHUNK" that others describe? Yeah. It's there
Only issue I've noticed is that the bike LOVES to move. Stable, great tracker through curves, the stock tires did well in wet conditions today ( a little skitter on some tighter curves but a modest correction and it snaps into traction very well). Standing still, not so much - sitting at a stop light, the great height aspect (excellent visibility, comfortable ride) and the big gas tank ,which leaves the bike a bit top-heavy - they conspire to make me weave just a touch at takeoff from stops. Gotta be careful of the balance, too - we have a LOT of hills in Seattle and you do need to be at the top of your game regarding brake/clutch/gear/throttle manipulation at stoplights on an incline. Not hard to do, you just need to pay attention.
The stock seat...I'm still figuring out "THE" place to sit. My tush was a little tired out after a few hours. Sit back for distance riding? Snug up against the tank in the city? That's what I've been doing. Might just spring for a Corbin when they come out for the 2015. Time will tell.
So far so good - averaging about 50 MPG so far with a mix of road and riding conditions. Can't wait to get the hard bags on next week - they just arrived at the dealership. We'll mount the hand guards at the 600 mile checkup in a month or so.