Hello from Denver, CO
I have been tooling around this site for awhile and thought I should post. I sold my 2005 BMW r1200gs earlier this year and am shopping for another bike. Assuming the better half gives me the nod. (1st Baby on the way and in the process of selling home and buying new one to prepare for baby.)
I liked the BMW but I started having some shifting issues and when I took it in was told that it would cost close to $1000 just to get to the area where the problem may be. NO THANKS! So I sold it.
I'm looking for a bike that I can change the oil, fill it up with gas, and GO! And when it's time for service I don't have to skip a mortgage payment.
I test rode a 2009 Versys and felt that the power was great and felt a lot lighter than the BMW, but there was still plenty of power.
I like the look of the 2011 Versys, but I just saw a picture of the 2012 V-Strom 650 yesterday and like it too. The V-strom seems like it's going to cost a whole lot more to get into and set up the way I would like though.
I also like that if you look hard enough right now you can get a 2011 Versys for around $6000.
Here are the goodies I was thinking about adding once it's time:
- Seahorse 720 cases with the SW-Motech Quick lock side carrier rack
- Fenda extenda
- Givi windscreen
- Oxford heaterz heated grips
- SW-Motech aluminum engine guard/ skidplate
- SW-Motech crashbars/ engine guard
- Acerbis handguards
I also saw the aluminum panniers and a whole setup you can get from happy trails and it looks good to.
Hello all and I welcome any thoughts or suggestions.