Just another noob to this forum, recommended by a Versys owner I know (outdoorvtguy). I am just going to lurk & learn.
I know that you folks have already covered all of the questions & concerns I might have... any threads you think I should read for common Versys wisdom, just point.
I purchased last June a 93 Honday Nighthawk 750 after a 20+ year break in riding ... rediscovered my love of riding & thinking of getting a 21st Century bike next year (maybe...but keeping the NH...growing very fond of that bike...it's my new happy place) I am not a super-hardcore-head-down-zoom-rocket-knee-scrapper nor not-happy-unless-covered-mud-adventure rider. Just a commuter-around-town rider with 150-300 mile trips around Vermont & Upstate NY on the weekends to unwind at a very moderate safe pace but hope to do some touring in the near future. Since last June I have only done about 10K miles, so I am not doing huge miles (probably because I live one mile from my office, so I just ride my bicycle) Occasional 2-up riding with me taking the kids to school events, etc... (we don't have a 2d car) I ride until there is ice & snow...on the roads...on the sides of roads, no biggie
Currently, my short list is : BMW F650 GS, Suzuki V-Strom 650, and a Versys. I will most likely purchase a used bike (with two kids in college & another two right behind them, costs must be considered)
I pull my own wheels, wrench the easy stuff, adjust the chain, etc... my only mechanical concerns are the Versys value adjustments & the under-mounted exhaust (similar to the NH but the Versys muffler is exposed to the road directly)
No surprise to you all...I am drawn to the Versys high value at a moderate price balance it seems to provide along with a good supply of after-market goodies to tweak my configuration (hard bags, bash plates, crash bars, etc). My only concern is riding a fair amount of Vermont dirt roads (no trails or logging roads). But I do those roads on my Nighthawk with little worry or too much bother (remember I don't go fast, using only Metzler lasertec sport touring tires) When I hit the paved twisties, interstate or local highways, my NH goes just fine.
It would seem to me that the Versys is a high-value-budget-priced replacement for my standard upright posture, japanese universal standard bike. Sadly, no test rides in the near futures, the local dealer doesn't do it. (while the local BMW & HD do allow test rides...whatever that's cool...it's their business) I would try to hit the Kawasaki demo days...if they had them here in Vermont.
Did I mention? I think the Versys looks pretty cool.