Hello everyone! I've been lurking here for about a week now, and I decided to go ahead and create an account.
I don't actually own a Versys yet, but I hope to remedy that very soon. I had no idea that dual sport or adventure bikes even existed until a couple of weeks ago. I have always been a cruiser bike kind of guy up until now, and I currently ride a custom Harley chopper. Here's a pic of my current ride:
Short story long, I bought this bike back in 2004 brand new. I had always wanted a Harley, and this one was a shiny red sportster XLC when it was new. However, the more I rode my Harley out in the community, the more disillusioned I became. Most of the people I met were all just out riding their bike to try and look tough. Most were stand-offish, mean spirited, and operated under the premise that the more expensive the bike the tougher you are. It was all just a bunch of silly posturing and juvenile behavior that I preferred not to be associated with. As such I stopped riding for a while.
So, I decided to tear my bike down and make it a sort of anti-Harley. I removed all the chrome, all the frills, and anything that even remotely looked like a Harley logo. I wanted something stripped down and post apocalyptic looking. With the help of a couple of friends who are amazing fabricators, I turned my bike into the pic posted above.
When my bike was finished I loved the way it looked, but there was still something missing. I still had these weird negative feelings about it. It is hard to explain, but there is just a weird vibe around Harleys where I live. It has nothing to do with what other people think about people on Harleys, it is how I perceive my fellow riders, and how that perception makes me feel about myself.
I started riding a motorcycle as a form of therapy. I used to have a lot of anxiety problems, panic attacks, etc... My first bike was a 74 Honda CX500, and the first time I rode it, I was happier than I had been in years. I used to spend my days worrying about everything. I was always fretting about the future or the next panic attack, but when I was on a bike it forced me to think only about the moment I was in. I had to concentrate on what I was doing and feeling at that very moment, and while I was riding I was free from anxiety.
Being on a bike was pure zen. That old Honda was JOY on two wheels, but for some reason I had lost that feeling with my Harley.
Then I saw an ad for one of the BMW GS series bikes and had my mind sufficiently blown. I had no idea that there were street bikes out there that weren't "crotch rockets." When I found out that there were bikes made for riding, real riding not just going crazy fast or showing off or looking tough, I knew I was going in the right direction. Then I found out that other manufacturers besides BMW were making these "adventure bikes" and stumbled onto the Versys.
I found a green '09 that is left over stock at a local shop and fell in love! I want this bike so bad I can't stand it! I went straight home and listed my bike on craigs list, put an ad in the paper, and posted fliers at work. I have $16,000 wrapped up in my chopper, but I have it listed for $6,500 because that is all I need to get my Versys.
If all goes well, my bike will sell soon, and I will back to doing what I love and feeling good about it again.
I look forward to getting to know all of you, and want to extend my thanks to everyone for all the great information I have been soaking up over the past week.