brand new to motorcycles- deciding on first bike purchase and looking at versys. I see some good deals on 2008-09's - was first considering a bmw r1200gs but monster price difference. just want local zip around bike and occassional weekend advernture up into the nc mtns.
6'4 260 - am i too big for this bike?
650cc will i be underpowered?
theres separate issues here in my books
technically the Versys is fine, Ive just finished a 6 week extended holiday, done a gnats over 8,000 miles in what is in reality 4 weeks. Im 6'4", weigh in at over 125 Kg... 250 lbs and was carrying around another 35.. possibly 45Kg in luggage and other stuff. the bike never had a problem.
however you say you are new to riding..... if that means you have never ridden a bike before then I think you'd be better off buying a secondhand smaller capacity bike, and learn how to ride before buying any new bike.
put some of the savings form buying secondhand and smaller into some training (whether thats MSF or whatever do it...), put some of that into getting some good protective gear (bear in mind good doesn't necessarily mean expensive). I'm thinking a good quality helmet, boots, gloves, jacket & trousers with appropriate protection. ideally you want shoulder, arm & lower back on the jacket, knee & hip on the trousers.
if you truly haven't ridden a bike yet then go to somewhere you can borrow one .. again MSF springs to mind and make certain that the reality of riding matches your expectations and dreams. make certain its right for you before you lash out on the gear, the bike and so on. its