Ride Report. EDITED
Just finished a 2300mile trip on the V. Some buddies and I decided to go to Reno/Tahoe to visit a cousin of mine and do some riding. I thought for sure I was going to come back with tales of mediocrity and disappointment about the Versys, but to be honest, I am completely impressed.
The ride did not start out well. We left Seattle and went over Stevens pass which is always as nice ride. We then headed south on Blewett Pass toward Ellensburg. That is where the trip just about ended for all of us. I had to pull over to fix some ear buds. My buddies noticing that I was no longer there pulled to the side of the road. As I was approaching at freeway speed, I signaled them to go on. One started pulling out slowly forward, and the other for whatever reason, pulled out broadside without even looking back. He literally pulled out right in front of me. There was absolutely nothing I could do. I swerved into oncoming traffic missing him by less than an inch. I was also lucky that the oncoming driver swerved out of the way and I missed him by a foot. I thought I was dead. No joke.
Once we were in Ellensburg, we decided to take the Canyon road which is a beautiful scenic highway. I led the group from the stop sign. My other buddy who was behind, sped off after me giving the local Sheriff a high speed driving display. The Sheriff was less than impressed. $124.00 later we continued our trip.
Our first stop was in Bend, Oregon. We called it Crematoria after the Chronicles Riddick because it was so hot. Once we left Bend I noticed that I had lost a set screw in one of my Rivco highway pegs. It still worked, but it was angled back a little.
Soon after that we were in the middle of nowhere several miles south of Crater Lake. I found it necessary to relieve myself next to a roadside sand pile (used for sanding roads in winter.) I doffed my gloves, glasses, and helmet. I completed my business and jumped back on the bike. Ever have that feeling that something is just not right? When I pulled out on the highway, I had that feeling. I thought something fell off my bike. I had only traveled 200ft when I knew it was my sunglasses that were left on my tank bag. I immediately slowed down and whipped around only to be horrified that my buddy, 2 cars, and an F’ng Motorhome had all smashed my glasses into nothingness.
We had put several hours on the bikes and since the Versys has a bad seat and we had been riding so long, I stood up on the right pegs to stretch my left leg. That is when the Right foot peg broke at 60 miles an hours. After loading my britches for the 2nd time in 2 days, I managed to the get the bike stopped. When I put my lowering kit on, I over tightened the bolts. I already broke the left peg, and replaced it. I did loosen right bolt, but guess the damage had been done. Weljo2001 was kind enough to sell me some pegs when I broke the left, so I had the girlfriend overnight me the spare right to Reno. We flipped the bracket over and I rode to Reno on the little nub.
As we were approaching Reno, the buddy who tried to kill me motions me over. My beautiful BMW Motorrad river bag strap had come lose and my tire wore a hole in the slumped over bag by the time we noticed. It’s only money right?
Tahoe was absolutely beautiful! We rode up the Mt. Rose highway and rode around the lake. My Cousin has a new CBR 1000 and took us to Ebbetts Pass (The most dangerous road I have ever been on.) which is nothing but 30 miles of 90 degree corners and undulations. This is the point where I really began to respect the Versys. He told me every time he would look back thinking he had lost me, I was all over his ass like a hobo on a ham sandwich. I was amazed how well the V did in the twisties. After a few days of Reno/Tahoe we headed for the coast to ride home up highway 101. We left Weaverville, CA heading for Arcata and were met with miles of Killer roads full of 90 corners. And while the pass name escapes me, I do remember redlining the Versys, letting off for the corner and redlining to the next. It was like being on a track. Awesome stuff!
The trip ended with a beautiful ride up highway 101 through the Redwood forest.
Looking back I have to say that I was really impressed at how the V performed. I will need to change the seat. I also think that I will change out the sprockets and gear it higher for the next trip. I found my highway pegs on the crash bars were little more than a stretching point as I could not keep my legs up too long due to ass pressure on the seat. I loved my Audiovox Cruise Control too.
Other than that, I don’t think there is a better bang for the buck out there.
Please excuse me now as it appears that I left my wallet at a gas station 3 F’ing hours from my house!!