New Versys Owner
Long time motorcyclist returning after a brief hiatus. I am an engineer - so I like bikes that that don't drag parts in corners - and I don't like to dress like a pirate in public - so no Harley for me.
My last three bikes were a Triumph Thunderbird 900, a KLR 650, and a Honda 599. Each had good and bad points. Power has never been a huge consideration for me - there is a speed limit after all.
In my search, I considered the Versys 650 and 1000, the NC700x, V-strom 650, Triumph and BMW 800s, the Super Tenere, Triumph Street Twin, FJ-09, BMW R1200GS and R1200R, and the Guzzi V-7 and V-9 (which are gorgeous in person - may need one of these at some point).
Found a great deal on a 2016 Versys 650 LT in the fastest color (matte orange), OTD for less than $8,000. So I bought it. Live in Massachusetts, so it will be a long winter waiting until I can get out on the road.
I ordered the 47L topcase and the tank bag. Any advice offered on essential accessories (centerstand, heated grips, etc.) is very welcomed.