Well, this is my second posting and I guess it will show up in a couple of days.
I live in Tulsa and I'm 57, I've been riding bikes since I was 12. I've always liked smalled displacement bikes because they tend to be lighter and still plenty fast enough to get you a speeding ticket! I just think they are more fun, even though I am 6' tall and 225lbs.
When I was first lusting after bikes, a 650 was considered a BIG bike. Oh how I dreamed of the Triumph Bonneville back in 1966! Or a Harley Sportster. or a Norton Commando 750
Nowadays, they consider a 650 a "small" bike even though the new bikes will run rings around the old bikes we thought were so big
I just got a 2011 Versys about 3 weeks ago and just put it in the shop for a 600 mile service. I really like the bike, It's got to be the best motorcycle I have ever owned, but time will tell.
I had a 2002 Kawi. Vulcan 750 which was a really reliable bike. but after about 4 years, I got bored with it. It was heavey and No matter what I did, it rode rough, it was hard on my back, and it had loud pipes, which I eventually decided were not my style.
The Versys is super smooth compared to my old bike, quiet, a ton of fun on a twisty back road, even a bumpy road.
I have put Rox 2 in risers on the handle bars because I wanted to sit up straight and they work; but it was a real magic trick trying to tighten the bolts which were under the riser. I had to cut an allen wrench down as small as I could and then sqeeze it in under the risers. But I got them on good and steady.
I use a AirHawk pad which I had from my old bike to soften up the Versys's Hard stock seat. Works pretty good except when you have to do a lot of hard stops. I just attached it with zip ties, loosely, so I can flip it back out of the way when I need to.
Gonna have to get a better seat!
I'm looking forward to Spring and riding my new bike.