Got my Versys about 3 weeks ago, had a co-worker ride it home from the dealer. I got lucky and got into the MSF course as a walk-in. Got my endorsement on my license last Thursday, I've now put 250 miles on the Versys! I love it. My two favorite things are hiking trails and exploring back roads, and this is a great new way to go for a country drive.
Got bumped at a red light, all it did was bend the new license plate. Dropped it in my gravel driveway when it wasn't even running, ugh. Cortech red sport saddle bags on back order, so I bungee corded a milk crate on the back so I can get to work and back on the bike. I've experienced what I've read about, good and bad. During the break in, a buzzer goes off in the instrument panel at about 3500 rpm to tell me to shift
and the seat will take some getting used to. I can tuck an arm in and actually see behind me in the mirror of my choice. But I can fix or learn to live with all that, it is a great bike even a newbie can tell it.
I'm feeling good about handling this thing in the country and in traffic, but I wear an armored jacket, boots, full face helmet, gloves, and long pants all the time. The 6 foot guy with the red jacket on the tall red bike seems to get noticed so far.
I hope to get some miles in before winter here in Dayton, Ohio. So far, only a couple people think I'm crazy to do this at 51 years old. The two hardest things so far are, turning around in my gravel drive, and ever getting home once I get out and start having fun!