Hey Ron, I am about a half hour from you on the Illinois side.
I have had my 2014 Versys 650 for about a month and put about 1100 miles on it so far. I absolutely love this bike! I have owned a lot of different bikes for many different reasons. I was about to give up on riding for a while because I felt like I was losing my passion for riding. That is until I took a ride on the bike I now own. It has awesome low to mid range power where I spend most of my time riding anyway. This bike will pull the front wheel off the ground with just acceleration without a clutch drop, if that doesn't get the juices flowing you better check your pulse. The riding position is absolutely perfect for my 6' 1" frame. The bike grabs the road very well and gives you confidence in the machine that I love. Fuel economy has been all over the place for me, I have got as much as 57mpg and as low as 40 mpg (very spirited riding). Changing oil and filter is a snap and the easiest bike to change oil I have ever owned. I really like the analog tach with digital speedo, it really works good for me.
Now for a couple of things that I like less, doesn't bother me a lot just something to either get used to or to find a fix for.
First it does vibrate a little in the handgrips and footpegs. I added grip buddies to my grips and that pretty much took care of it for me. The pegs doesn't bother me enough to mess with.
Second is the brakes are a little weak, again nothing bad just something to get used to, they actually stop fine on normal situations.
And last and the most important and one in my opinion is a must fix is the seat. Initially when I first sat on the bike I thought huh this seat feels pretty comfortable. But after buying the bike and riding for more than a half hour my butt hurts like I have never felt before. Almost like a nerve gets pinched to the point where things start to really hurt. The only thing I have tried so far is an Alaska sheepskin buttpad. And to be perfectly honest it helps just a little, not a great deal but a little. I can now ride for an hour in comfort and after two hours it still feels better than just the seat experience.
So in summary the seat is the only real issue with this motorcycle, everything else is in the good to excellent category. JMO
I would say go check one out yourself and see what you think, as close as you are, take a run over to Big St. Charles Motorsports. I bought my brand new 2014 Kawasaki Versys 650 for $4757 out the door. It still has the kawi one year warranty.I know it isn't the LT model but with all the money you will be saving you can spring for the bags and supports.
Or go for the newer body style 2015 or 2016.
Last edited by herb; 09-22-2016 at 09:57 PM.