Good morning guys. I just replaced my Buell XB12STT.
While I love the Buell it was killing my knees to ride it long distance anymore. And thatís what I both bought and set it up for. I put Hepco & Becker side boxes and a tank bag on it along with a touring saddle and small wind shield. BUT its cockpit is so small that I am forced in to one riding position with no relief. Thereís only one set of pegs and no way to mount more and itís a cramped ride after an hour or so. BUT man does it have power and handling going for it.
I also have a 2009 KLR that I love, great little bike on all but the Super-Slab, Will haul anything anywhere as long as you're not in a hurry. I even rode it to Florida from Ohio. BUT itís slow no matter what some will say 60-65mph is the KLR's maximum comfort range even geared up, IMHO.
Iíd seen the Versys and was taking a look when I was offered a ride by the owner of one...if he could ride my Buell. I liked it as it seems to join the better of the two bikes I have with little of the bad. So I am trading in the Buell on the 2012 Versys in black. Iíll keep the KLR as I do go off road sometimes and like I said itís a great bike, I ride to work about 9 months a year and itís the ticket for thatÖcheap too!
OK question time. The KLR has a few known issues that had to be fixed, The Doo Hickey, Thermo Bob and suspension all had to up worked on and the wiring had to be gone over and reloomed to guard against shorts, again a known problem. We wonít go to the oil burning some have, mine hasnít. While none were deal breakers as I knew about them going in I donít want to get into this again.
So any known issues with the Versys I should know about. The seat, bars and grip comfort donít worry me as they can be easily be changed if I don't like them and tires wear out. Also were do you find after market parts? I've used Twisted Throttle any other good sources?
Going to be a long weekend, I pick it up Monday after work.