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Post Introduction: 1-year of Versys Ownership

Last summer I purchased a pre-owned 2011 Versys. At the time, the bike was in near-mint condition. The owner bought it new in 2013 and had put only 2,700 miles on it, but not without adding nearly every farkle imaginable:
  • Motowerk anti-vibe bar riser
  • Peg lowering kit
  • Grip puppies
  • SW-Motech Engine Guard
  • Highway pegs
  • OEM side cases + rack
  • Rear hugger
  • Front fender extender
  • 44-tooth rear sprocket
  • Seat Concept saddle
  • SW-Motech Hand Guards
  • Motowerk Mirror Extenders
  • Givi tall windscreen
  • R&G Radiator Guard
  • Stainless braided brake lines

I'm convinced the previous owner logged onto these forums and simply bought every farkle suggested. I'd estimate he spent near $2k on accessories. All that is to say, previous owner upgraded to a Super Tenere and I bought the Versys for $4,500 in cash. I think that's a pretty decent deal!

One year later I've logged about 14,000 miles, mostly commuting on the interstate year-round in the plains of Western Ohio. Here's my introduction/1-year report:
  • Replaced the OEM tires immediately with PR4's and have already squared off and replaced a rear tire.
  • Changed the oil twice, choosing to use the Rotella T6 and Bosch filters, it is so much easier than my old BMW F6560CS, which had oil in the frame
  • I've replaced the chain and sprockets, after finding the OEM chain had some uneven stretching. I ended up a 5-foot shovel as a breaker bar to get off that damned front sprocket, every bit as much of a PITA as those on this forum advised.
  • I've cleaned my air filter and replaced spark plugs, and I'm due to check my valve clearances
  • I removed the OEM panniers and rack in favor of a 40L tail bag. I like the look of the bike much more without the extra 70L of hard cases on either side, and it makes maneuvering in tight spaces much easier.
  • I've swapped on Chinesium eBay shorty levers that have a sweet metallic red color, I like it much more than the stock levers
  • I lost the welded tip of my OEM exhaust can at some point, but what can you do, huh?

Overall I've grown to love this bike more and more each week. Since buying it I've demo'd a Concours, FJR1300, and Super Tenere and I sincerely like the ride and feel of the Versys more. It has such a raw and responsive feel in the throttle and handling, and I love the riding position. This is the first bike I've had for a full year and had no inclination to sell. All that I want now is a slightly meaner sounding exhaust, but I'm having trouble justifying $300-500 just to my sewing machine sound cool...

Thanks to everyone who contributes in the forum! I rely on all of your opinions, tutorials, and advice.

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2011 (Second-Gen) Versys
Urban commuting in St. Louis City. I used to rip 70-miles/day on the Ohio interstate. These days, my Versys doesn't remember the last time it used 5th gear.
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