I started off asking a few questions before buying my '09 Versys in this thread: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=20637
Then I bought it, took it on a ride, low-sided it gently, and got a few things to put on it to help keep it from breaking next time I drop it. Here's some (long) video from the first ride on the V: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL04AEAC3039CD1D94
Here's how it sits now:
And for daily commuting to work (minus the SW-Motech racks, since they're removable):
I did a week-long ride with some buddies last April (2013) down to Malibu & back up the coast, with plans to make it to Oregon, but ended up changing plans when the rain became more than most wanted to deal with. Pics here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/we3pol...7644153595558/
I've been loving the V, put about 9000 miles on it the first year after I started commuting to work on it, and I'm still trying to get the wife to try going for a weekend ride to the coast on the back. She has ridden on the back for about a 4 hour ride locally, but with a few breaks between stretches of twisty road. The Sena SMH10 bluetooth intercoms make riding more enjoyable for her, and I found them immensely useful on the week-long coastal ride I went on last year.
I've been following the ADVRider camping gear threads, so I'm still working on streamlining my camping gear to make it lighter & less... voluminous than my first attempt:
Got a bit of what I have for camping here - still a work in progress: https://www.flickr.com/photos/we3pol...57644403017086
I'm assuming this is the section of the forum for posting up buy, build & ride reports, so here's mine, kicking off after a little time into the bike.