The Green Hornet
So I didn't know what my next bike was going to be.
I'd grown tired of my '08 KLR 650 and sold it to my son. I surfed craigslist for a couple of months and there it was: an '09 Versys w/500 miles on it, for $3,500. I grabed a handful of cash and bolted. 1/2 hour later I was standing in front of the bike: yes, 534 actual miles and it was quite dusty but no damage and the title was clear. I bought it and we loaded it into the back of my truck. I got it home and immediately set about detailing it and inspecting it. No damage to speak of, and it cleaned up rather nicely. (I have photos in jpeg format that I can post but I'll need some help as this program asks for http/: sites to download from). Be aware though, that it's metallic light green... Hence the Green Hornet moniker. My son thought I should name it after a Praying Mantis because he said that that the front looks "buggy".
I had the dealer do the 500 mile initial service and we/I are running regular oil until 5k miles as per his rec. Then I plan to switch to full synthetic. I like to have the dealer do the initial service as all recall items are handled. After that, I like to do the servicing myself. First valve adjustment on this bike is at 15k miles, which is neat.
I've owned the bike for a month now.
Why did I buy this bike? Low cost, recent year, no damage and low mileage. Period. A "Garage Queen". And this is my 4th Queen in a row. My 24th bike owned overall. Because I did not fall in love with this particular model of motorcycle I can be objective about it.
First: I am 57 years old, 6', 200 lbs. I can back-paddle the bike, and even uphill, unlike the KLR 650. I don't have to leap off the seat.
Second: You'd better like the seat, because there's no place else to go. No sliding around, setting up, weighting and un-weighting the front end. So no Supermoto/dirt bike tricks. Can't do supermarket/curb jumping/hooligan tricks. Don't take it where you might not be able to get it out. My longest ride so far is 200 miles and my butt hurt and my wrists hurt and my knees hurt (from trying to get my butt off the seat).
Third: I continued the break-in instructions to the letter to 1,000 miles and am now exploring the powerband. This bike hauls ass for a 650. First gear power wheelies are there. Passing with alarcity is available in the top 3 gears. Even in 6th it pulls hard. handling is good but not great. As it is not "sweet". But they say that better rubber cures this. Will find out as soon as stock wears.
Fourth: The stock windshield is a joke: read bikini. But I guess the forward angled riding position is offset by wind blast so no big windshield needed? Anyone out there with a bigger windshield care to comment?
My wish list: footpeg lowerers, handlebar raisers, gel seat pad, much larger windshield, better bar vibration cancellation devices.
What I like best about the bike so far: the mid-range power is really fun/powerful. Be careful with your wrist! Kids think the color is "cool".
What I like least about the bike so far: Ergonomics and seat. The color. The fact that Progressive insurance wanted to raise my rates by 40% over the KLR 650 because the KLE650 is classified as a "Street and Sport" motorcycle. Geico changed all that line of crap.
Will stay in touch with you other owners for fixes and mods and let you know if I plan to keep the bike. I've got two neighbors who want to buy it off me.
Other rides in stable: KLR250, DR200SE