Hello from Houston, Texas. I grew up motocrossing, and after a 25 year sabatical from riding, I got back into motorcycling three years ago. I am currently riding a dual-sported Honda XR650R, and love it. I have two sets of wheels for it, one set with knobbies mounted, the other with street tires. I find myself riding more often than I thought I would on the street however, and now think I should have a separate bike for this purpose. Being 6'1", and prefering the tall, narrow, lighter feel of a dirt bike, I think the Versys would be a good choice. I mostly plan to commute to work (20 minute mix of neighborhood and slab), do occasional "pie runs" with my bike buds (30 - 70 mile day trips), and possibly an occasional longer touring ride. Some of this may also be with the wife along as well.
I've got some questions though, and thought this forum might be a good place to get some unbiased opinions
1. Are there any better years than others? Read somewhere that 2010 model got upgrades. Enought to make a difference?
2. If I decide to buy new, I would not mind doing a fly/buy/ride trip. What dealer has the best prices going right now?
3. Haven't had time to look around on the forum yet, but how hard are the typical maintenance chores (oil change, air filter clean, brakes, etc.)?
4. Is vibration an issue on these bikes? If so, from what?
The Versys seems like a real good candidate for me, but I'm also considering the new Suzuki 650 Strom, and the new Honda NC700X, so some honest answers would be greatly appreicated.