Hey I'm new to this forum. I sold my motorcycle in the middle of summer. I've been riding since I was 21 (6 years now). I owned a 2003 Zx-6r (636). I was just getting tired of riding to places for casual reasons. I felt like every time I wanted to go to the corner, I had to suit up in my leathers and get my ipod playlist ready and use my blacked out visor etc. etc. A lot of the places I go also has very poor road conditions, which made for a lot of standing off of my seat to avoid being bounced around. Probably just part of getting older.
Not that I have anything against using riding gear (I still use it), but I wanted something for more casual, and especially long distance riding. I had been going around to the different dealers within an hour drive from me and very few of them have 08 or 09s, and even fewer with low miles. I actually prefer the look of the older Versys. The newer one just looks way too busy in the face.
Anyway I found a dealer in Freemont who had one, and the haggling game began (Ironic since the first thing he did was show me a number and said he wouldn't haggle). I will admit that I am no good at it, but it always helps when you are paying in cash. Anyway he (and all the other dealers) starts me off with the same excuse... "oh the tsunami in Japan..." as an reason to keep the price high for old stock. I talked him down until we were a couple hundred dollars apart. I was seriously considering taking it because it was in green, which I preferred because it had the mostly black frame. The last straw was he excused himself to the back room and came back to tell me he had the only one within 500 miles, so he was staying firm on his price. I left empty handed on principle. The truth was he was right, but I wouldn't consider it anything you would say if you really want to sell it.
I kept searching on craigslist, usually finding one that was either too expensive, had too many miles, or some combination of the two. My friend suggesting expanding my search radius. Within 5 minutes I stumbled across this bike in Reno with only 2700 miles on it. I called the guy and told him I was interested in seeing it and he bumped the guy scheduled to see it the next day back to make room for me because he was interested in a trade, where I was interested in paying cash, which I guess was more convenient to the seller. Long story short, I bought the bike, the seller went down a little to help me on costs of gas (4 hour drive) BUT I got to ride the bike home! He also had included the Givi luggage on the top and sides as well as a tall windshield and rear hugger fender. After all the accessories (which I would have wanted to add myself) it was a great deal. I often see very low prices on this forum. I don't know maybe its just the cost of living in California, but even after the drive it was worth it for my area.
Here she is with the side bags removed (and I got my favorite color after all):
I love the feel of the ride. Compared to my old super sport, its like riding a motorboat in calm water. The power is definitely a downgrade in mid-top end. My old bike was very comfortable cruising around 80mph and would go faster without any effort--but that defeats the philosophy of this motorcycle, which I am comfortable with; it is simply an observation. Occasionally I will be getting on a freeway onramp and I'll see a crew of 3-4 guys on their sportbikes flying past me on the onramp, and my gut instinct is to drop it down a gear and crank the throttle, and then it hits me.. "oh yah... not any more, lol". Its ok though. I think its a small price to pay for the other 95% of the time riding that I actually enjoy riding now.