Thanks for the feedback. It sounds like (a few bikes later)
you know which bike you like the best for your needs now. I've had 50+ bikes and sometimes feel like I'm still figuring it out. Truthfully, there is no "perfect do it all bike". It seems that they are all a compromise of + & -. I guess that's what's been so alluring about the V650 to me...it seems to have a lot more positives, than negavites....and it's fun to ride!
So, did you buy your old '14 back or get that new $5,000 leftover that you posted?
I have an '11 model and have been eyeing other bikes. I have an itch to get something different (1000cc?), but think I may regret getting rid of the 650 (if things went that direction).
I'm not far from you (~3.25 hours), and these bikes don't seem to bring big $ in this geographical region. It's kind of hard to justify parting with my Versys, because of the low$ they tend to bring. It's a great bike for its market value though.
The slim profile is important. I'll have to keep the PL447 in mind-- good to know it fits!
Yes I have owned both a green 2014 and a white 2015 Versys. I sold the white one.
It's a long, long, story........ but I like my 2014 better.
The Givi 447 racks are much more narrow than the Happy Trails mounts, and more narrow than the Givi 450 quick release mounts. I didn't really car about the quick release as much as I cared about reducing the overall width. These 447 mounts aren't supposed to fit this model, but they fit up just fine, as long as you own a rat-tailed file and are willing to do some very minor modification. Not any worse than some other aftermarket parts that were SUPPOSED to fit.
The rear turn signals must be re-located, and ya gotta lengthen the wires. They give ya brackets for that.
I'm STUCK..... trying to figure out what I want for auxiliary lights on the cans. Soon as I figure THAT out, I'll post up the new configuration. The last cans were 37 liter and these are 27 liter. Smaller area to put stickers from all the places I'm going to "discover".