First of all allow me to introduce myself. You can call me Diz, I'm from Romania - Eastern Europe. I'm 24 and just got my driver's license for motorcycles. I have little experience on motorcycle (the first time I rode one was a couple of months ago. I have dreamed to own and ride a motorcycle since I was a kid and now that dream is possible
I am in an bit of a dilemma right now. I was looking for a bike that I can use as a commuter (not everyday but at least a few times per week), one that I can make long distance trips and use it for touring and that can handle a little off-road (nothing big, just country roads and maybe old dusty roads; but nothing like big rocks or mountain climbing xD).
The First bike that I saw was a Versys '08 and despite being and ugly duck it had something beautiful around it. I saw some reviews and decided that this will be in my top list. However, after I made some more research, I found about other models, such as Yamaha XT660Z Tenere (again from 2008-2010). After a couple of reviews and videos it took the 1st place from Versys. Now I feel like Versys is the one for me as I'll stick at least 80% on the road (at least for now). I'd like to take the bike through Europe and I saw that it can take a beating going off-road too. Also the Teneres in my country aren't that appealing as I've checked some. I couldn't manage to look at a Versys so far, but I'll see one in a few days, a model from 2006.
And now to my questions:
1. How's Versys off-road and on-road from your experience?
2. Do you recommend this bike as an all-rounder?
3. What big problems did you encounter with your bikes?
4. What do you suggest: Tenere or Versys? Tenere is more off-road but I'm thinking of keeping the bike I'm buying and using it as much as I can. This means that I'll want to make some road trips outside of Europe too and I'll might hit the sand Dunes
5. How's the bike for a beginner rider?
6. How is the ABS for the old Versys? I heard that it does the job but it is not as good as the new models ABS and that it is something not consider on a '06 Versys.
I forgot to mention that I cannot afford to buy a new Versys or any bike model as brand new so I'll buy one already used. Also the 2016+ Versys looks great, unfortunately I cannot afford it even used
so I'll stick with one of the first models.
Thank you for your time.