New Versys rider
As life changes, so does our tastes in our toys. Two years ago I was a pure commuter with a rusty old Honda Rebel. A year later I was waking up the neighbors at 5am with the loud drag pipes on my Honda Shadow. Today a bright green '09 Versys sits in my car port and its keys on my rack.
My current work leaves me with zero commute and possibly even less ride time. We made a decision. Ride once or twice a week for a couple hours then come home and go back to work. The Shadow wasn't going to cut it year around. Seventy-five with no wind protection in winter gets old fast.
After a few months of research and hours of YouTube vids (i.e AndyManCam) I had pretty much settled on the Versys. And I had already found one.
The bike appeared stock at first. Start it, notice the aftermarket exhaust. Sit on it, notice the heated grips. Ride it, notice the mirrors. Pull the seat, forget about the shotty wiring job for another day.
A local family dealer with a highly positive reputation had my Versys listed for a couple months. I finally saw the bike in person, sat on it, eyed it up, and pretty much bought it without a test ride. Stupid me. Two miles into the ride home, rear caliper mounting brake bolt takes a swim and I'm 30 miles from home without rear brakes and two miles from the dealer who had my money.
They took care of me. With my helmet on, the owner could be heard screaming at the technician, I get the feeling that this isn't his norm and upheld my trust until something proved otherwise. A new set of bracket bolts and (with me watching) the correct torque spec...I was on my way home. Nothing other than this causes me concern with the motorcycle or dealer. Had it been a different (new) rider, someone could have died that day. Its been handled and I'll leave it at that.
Fifteen six on the odometer and the motorcycle feels lively. After a couple years of heavy jetted carbs, the FI brought some life back into the throttle. Sans the throttlemeister. It seems to be installed poorly or very old, I may dump them. First some cable lubrication and free play reset is in store. If that doesn't solve it...well, factory bar ends or hand guards sound up my alley. Bags in the future. Maybe some crash guards. Is it true if you flip the windscreen upside down, you get better buffeting? Sounds too good to be true.