New to me Versys... WOW!
I'll try to keep it as short as I can, I love this bike and I can get long winded... Anyway, Saturday I picked up a 2008 Versys with only 7800 (now 8000) miles on it. The owner was a machinist who got it cheap off a retired farmer who bought it new and decided it wasn't for him. It's been maintained fantastic, a few road (usual chip here or there, all minor> and shop scars (while changing the spark plugs this winter, he lost control of it on it's stands, scuffing a handlebar weight, tweaking the bars a bit <I couldn't tell when picking it up and riding two hundred miles in crazy wind and rain, he'd bent them back in place but still gave me $50 off for not replacing them> and a little scuff of the plastic faring if you look close). Otherwise the bike looks about as showroom as one can get. I feel I "stole" it for 3700.
First my glowing praise, WOW, is this bike fantastic! The ride and balance and feel are beyond anything I've ridden. High wind, torrential rain, no problem. Dry road, tight corners, all I could think was the bike was disappointed I didn't take them faster. My first bike was a 1971 Honda 450, and with that bike at speed I felt I was more trying to hang on than ride it (though I still love the bike, it's just best suited as a town commuter over a mile putting on bike, if anyone has ever ridden one, or the many like it of Honda's ilk, they are awesome but tough on the bottom).
My questions, the bike came to me with only one "Versys" sticker on the right side. No Kawasaki on either and no Versys on the left. Is this normal or was she laid down with replacement panels? The bike rides true as can be, so if laid down, nothing on the frame was bent. Second question would be bags. Anyone with experience on the Givi e21 hardbags? I've googled and read what I could, but of course would love a rode tested opinion (also the best mounting system).
Finally, any other advice a newbie Versys owner should know? I've read around the forum while going through the buying process, but it is vast and I might have missed a good tidbit.
Thanks all, Versys rocks!