Hello from the south suburbs of Chicago, Versys owners and admirers.
I have been quietly reading these forums since I found them in February once I saw that a local dealer had a few 2009s still sitting in his showroom that they were pricing to move. Thus the "curious" in the username as I had to register to see some of the photographs.
I was convinced, and took home a green 2009 in the first week of March and have been having a great time on the days that the weather cooperates. I've managed to put on 660 miles in that time, which would have been higher if it hadn't been raining and 40 degrees throughout the state when I was planning on taking it down to St. Louis and back.
This is the first motorcycle I have owned for 5 years. I had bought myself a Ninja 650R the first year that they were available as a college graduation present to myself, but I parked it overnight on a Chicago residential street and it disappeared. I had 3000 miles on it in the brief 3 months that I owned it.
My farkling progress on the 2009 V is already underway. I have installed Speedy's lowering kit and flatfoot to get more secure footing when I'm on the bike but not moving. I also have Givi top and saddlebag mounting brackets on order. I just have to figure out which direction to go on the windscreen and the problematic mirrors. I got my first taste of the mirror issues on the way home from the dealer when the LH mirror swung back at me.
Thanks for all the information here, and sooner or later I'll actually see another Versys on the road.