Picked up a 2016 Versys
Hey all, just picked up a 2016 Versys today. I'm 6'1 with a 34 inch inseam and 180 lbs. The bike fits like a glove. Looking forward to packing on some miles.
I have some experience with dirt bikes but this is my first street bike. Have had my M license for around 8 years but never used it. Back at the time I got my M license, I bought a 2004 mach 1 mustang and set it up for road course track days. Great time, but expensive hobby. Sold that last summer and went without a vehicle for a little over a year and couldn't take it anymore so finally caved and picked this up.
Cross shopped it with a Yamaha FJ-09 which is hardly a cross shop. The Yamaha is SO much more bike. But for $2k less, I couldn't pass up getting the Versys seeing as this is my first street bike. I'm more comfortable on it as well being a little bit taller. Its far less twitchy than the Yamaha, coming from a new rider. Living in Chicago, I have to ride a good hour or so on the highway before I even get to some good roads, so comfort is everything. I also plan on taking some longer trips as I get better as a rider.
The bike has plenty of power for me. Mirrors are great, I can see everything behind me without issue. I get the most nervous at stop lights with people pulling up behind me on their cell phones, so this helps quite a bit. Can also see over most cars with how high the Versys sits, which is also a huge plus.
Have the color matched hard bags on order. I'll probably also do a windscreen visor (Puig?) and some hand guards. Would also like to get an accessory outlet on the bike (this is a must). Any suggestions here? What are some of your other favorite mods for this bike?
I live in the Chicago area so if anyone is trying to do some weekend riding, or potentially some longer trips in the midwest hit me up.
Last edited by RealBigTuna; 08-07-2017 at 11:43 PM.