2009 Versys owner-to-be - need recommendations
I'm heading out Saturday with my brother (a Kawi mechanic) to check out & hopefully purchase a 2009 Versys (green) with about 360 miles on the clock. The seller bought it, found that with a busy schedule, he had no time to ride, and is now selling it. He kept it garaged for a few years until, for some reason, he's had it sitting outside for the past couple months - in a coastal town. So there's some corrosion to the chain, some fasteners, and the lever adjustment knobs as far as I can see. There's a small scratch on the front side fairing & the same side shock cover/fender, so he probably dropped it in his driveway when he brought it home, but other than that, it looks great. He's asking $5k, I'm hoping to offer less, but my first question is: how much would you offer? I don't want to insult him, but KBB & nadaguides say $3500-$4100 is average for an outstanding condition bike with 6K on the clock. Suggestions?
Next, I'm planning to have my brother/mechanic do the service & break-in on it before I take it on a couple long rides Saturday (possibly) and Sunday (definitely). The bike's stock, and Saturday is a long road-only ride, while Sunday would be a long 95% road, 5% dirt/gravel ride. I have a KLR650 for dual sport riding, and I don't plan to use the Versys for full dual sport riding, but I do want to protect it with a skid plate & engine guards, as well as outfit it with grip guards, hard side cases that I can swap to my KLR650, and a tail case/bag/rack that I can simply use a bungee net to hold down my extra stuff that won't interfere with a pillion rider if/when she goes along. I'll also likely need a tank bag for easy access to my camera, gloves, water, etc.
I also would like to find more versatile/aggressive tires for it. I've run Avon Gripsters on my KLR650, and I plan to run Mefo Explorers next, but I don't see that the Mefo's are available in the right sizes for the Versys, and they might be overkill anyway. Something along the lines of the Avon Gripsters might work, but, again, your suggestions would be very helpful.
My main goal is to not damage the bike during my Sunday ride where a graded dirt/gravel road would be involved, and to be able to carry my gear (tire kit/first aid/etc) not in a backpack the whole way. I will be trying to keep up with a Triumph Tiger 800 xc and a VStrom, as well as a couple others.
Thanks for the help setting this up on the quick!