I've been riding for about 18 months now and am thinking of trading in my Harley for a Versys. I use my bike to commute only. I've found over time, that HDs require a deep wallet to customize. How about the V? If I feel comfortable on it, is it something that I can ride daily and not worry about upgrading?
Thanks, from Southern AZ
Only a pit stand is a requirement. The crash bars are more a nice to have thing. Pretty much everything else falls into the category of features you may want or not want depending on individual requirements. A lockable top box like a Givi or Shad one however will make it a lot more practical commuter.
* adding tip over protection $200 (not a requirement but a money saver if you have a drop)
* rear pit stand and spools (~$50 required to perform basic maintenace tasks unless you purchase a more pricey kick stand)
* lockable top box with rear rack ~$250+ (important for commuting to carry gear and laptop, also securely stores helmet and gloves)
* heated grips (nice to have in cool weather and $100+)
* aux high intensity LED driving lights and versys specific mounts (~$200)
* taller touring windshield ($100+ - not advantageous unless you spend a lot of time at highway speeds or are taller than 6ft)
* tank bag (~$150 for a good quality one)
* hand guards ($150, mainly a cosmetic enhancement)
Nothing much goes wrong with these bikes. You should expect only the costs associated with regular maintenance, most or all of which you can do yourself. Things like oil changes (7200 miles), tires (~10K miles), lubing and adjusting cables (~5K miles), brake pads (~15K miles), chain and front sprocket replacement (~20K miles), valve adjust (~20K miles), wheel and steering bearings (~45K miles), etc..
You can download the service manual from this site in the TECH Section.