It's all about perspective I guess. If you've ever driven a thumper for long periods of time, you're pretty much clueless to the buzz that people complain about in the Versys. If you came from an Inline 4 to the parallel twin you're probably "what the fluck is wrong with this thing, is it going to vibrate apart?" I'm sure if there's someone out there started out with the new BMW Inline 6 bike for some reason, and then down graded to an Inline-4, he may feel similar to a Inline-4 guy going to what is basically an Inline-2. Then you have the engine shapes, horizontally opposed, V vs. P, blah blah.
Bottom line is the Versys is a lot of performance in a rather small, lightweight package. There are some 1500+ V-twins out there putting out less acceleration and horsepower than the Versys' 650. Want more power and less midrange ability? Make it into a 650R. The trade off is the P2's buzziness. Just like you can have a very simple and easy to work on single, putting out a lot of torque, and the trade off is the THUMP. On more complicated engines, there are trade offs too, the more cylinders, the more can go wrong with it. The inline-4 is probably not that much fun to do a valve inspection on or to sync the throttle bodies on.
2009 KLE650 VS
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09' Versys, Plasma Blue. Trax Panniers, Barkbusters VPS, Garmin 665, Escort 9500xi, HID Low Beam, SW Crashbars, Ixil Dual Exhaust, Flipped Stock Windscreen, 10" Round Mirrors, Fuzeblock, Avon Distanzia.