Received delivery 2 weeks ago, only done about 200kms so far. Only briefly test rode o8 model before recieving 2010 model but it appears the vibration issues have been some what rectified. There is nil vibration through feet but still a fair bit through the handle bars. There is no buz from the dash.
I felt the ABS work once through the rear wheel briefly the other day.
You still get some buffering to the helmet even with the standard screen adjusted as high/forward as it will go.
Delivery of Versys in Australia was going to be yellow but it is black or black and you have to have the ABS which is what I was waiting for. I parked next to a o8 model the other day and I am still fond of the earlier look but the 2010 looks more modern I guess.
Its a great ride, I am adding the Barkbusters Storm hand guards soon and will be looking at screen options and grip warmers (heat demons?) as we go into winter over the next couple of months, its still nice and warm here at the moment.
Why the Versys, I read the forum and pretty much concluded,
my history with riding is basically dr250 L's (2yrs), GSX750F(2yrs), 200VXR Scooter(6yrs) and now the Versys. I ended up with the scoot after selling the gsx, changing careers and my wife thinking she was going to learn to ride the scooter and I would get something else later, needless to say she didnt ride and we were stuck with the scoot which I ended up liking until now but it was time and I really need something to ride the M2(motorway)into the city.
When I first started looking at the replacement of the scoot, I had this dream of doing this great outback adventure but the more I researched the V and read the forum and about other bikes Storm, tiger, bmw etc the more I realised that the chance of getting away, to my actual ride use which was going to be commuting and the odd burn thru the twisties on the w/ends and maybe one day a few trips(fingers crossed).
I came to the conclusion that, I want highway speed, be kinda light and agile (the scooter was like a bmx bike in traffic but frightning in the twisties), be narrow and tight, good pwr to weight etc. I soon realised that after all the research as far as what would be suitable for road and odd bit of dirt(if I ever got there) was the V.
Its fuel injected 650, there was not much else that also had the geometry that also alowed for twistie work and odd bit of touring, good fuel econ etc etc. The only contender that I would have loved and if I didnt have fam and so many other toys is the BMW F800GS(which has some poor reviews). I didnt even ride one cause I might like it. Its also the BMW thing, I didnt like/want outragious service costs, the bling statis, scared to get it scratched, really complex etc etc etc. If I had a disposable income?? maybe
I am still getting used to the gears again and wow the power which I lost in the scoot, I let it open a few times and holy sh... for me anyway, this craps on the old GSX750 (carby)
The upright position was a must have for me after being so comfortable on the scoot and the old 750 even half leant over gave me the numb hand thing after a short time.
I know it sounds like I am going to change heaps but after spending so much time researching and what can be done I have taken this all in to account and no other bike had what I was looking for.
I had/have this dream of a cape york or outback trip but this is a long shot at the moment and after reading heaps on the forum I know that this bike can be upgraded to do some of that later if I want but the short falls of a KLR etc on the road meant thumpers, less power, less twisty agility etc etc.
I had a good read of Gary and Teds bikes/trips on the forum and I am now sure that later if I get there I can fit larger front wheel and/or 80/20's and do I dirt road/track extended trip. I also explored the chance of doing single track work and realised that you really need a 400cc thumper or less to keep the weight down and I wanted something more powerful so have conceeded that desert track or bush track is good enough for me.
22nd May 10
Bit of an update, I have been commuting to work and back and have decided to try and get the 44 tooth sproket for the back just to lower the revs a bit whilst on the motorway but I cant get one here in Aus and everyone seems to be out of stock in the US to.
I fitted Barkbuster Storm S4 and mounting kit last night, didnt use the counter wieghts as the store didnt tell me they are required(did not suply) so I just used a couple more nuts to space it out as required. The daily commute home was all of a sudden vibration free through the handlebars which I was surprised and my hands were warmer.
The screen is still an issue, cant seem to find any feedback yet on any of the one or two screens available but will have to do something as the buffering is driving me mad. I also installed Interphone F4 into my helmet which enables the music to divert my attention away from the buffering noise some what. Just wating for the Iphone V4 software update (June 2010) as it is suppose to fix the remote control over bluetooth AD2P protocol. At the moment you cant skip or resume music.
Will also get an engine guard either Givi, H&B or SWmotech but not sure which one, the SW is winning so far?
Also waiting on Speedy and Motoworx to get the 2010 peg lowering, stand lowering brackets sorted and will probably do that as well.