Goodbye Honda! Hello V!
Greetings for North Texas! I bought my 08 Versys roughly a month ago and have loved every minute on this quick, agile machine. This is my third bike. The first was a 1986 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 - a great learning machine (both in terms of riding and turning a wrench). Next, I bought my dad's 2001 Honda Shadow Aero 1100. After farkling it with Stebel airhorn, Powerlet, CB, XM, Zumo, aux lights, fuse block and 7 gallon aux tank, this was a fabulous long distance runner. From N. TX, that Aero took me to Vegas, LA, Fort Wayne, IN (my folks house) and everywhere around Texas. Unfortunately, the Aero died on the return trip from LA and left me stranded in the NM desert. That's a whole other story, but suffice to say I've had better weekends.
After that, I began the search for a new ride. I already had it in my head that I wanted to try a sport touring posture. I've had fun riding my brother's KLR and my dad's BMW. While the Aero was extremely comfortable, it was not what I would call sporty. Its like riding a Lazy Boy. Not wanting to drop too much coin on a posture that may not suit me, I started to research models. I had narrowed the search to either a Versys or a V-Strom. Both got great reviews and raves from the long distance community.
Craigs List made up my mind for me when I saw my 08 advertised at a price that worked. One test ride and I was hooked. While not fair to compare the V with my Aero, I have little choice. It's all I know. The V is so much quicker and lighter. Considering it weighs only 2/3 of my Aero, it is so much easier to throw through twisty turny roads. I ran from Fort Worth to Branson, MO over Labor Day weekend and had a blast.
Next we begin the farkling process all over again. Of course, most will be stripped from the Aero. But there will be long, happy hours in the garage running wires.
I look forward to learning lots about this great machine from members of this forum. I hope to even make a contribution from time to time. Thanks the administrators for keeping the forum up and providing such a great resource.