Hello from the Columbia River Gorge!
Hello Versys Riders:
"Better late than never." I've had my 2009 (green) Versys for a year and a half, and I'm finally getting around to registering so I can thank all of you for all your well-informed and courteous discussions. I've learned a lot by just dropping in and learning about my Versys. Thanks for all your hard work!
SW Motech crash bars
R&G radiator guard
Wolfman and Kriega luggage
Pirelli Scorpion Trails (love 'em)
Nothing special; just re-entering planet motorcycle after a 30+ year hiatus. Where I live in north central Oregon desert, it seems all we have is deserted twisties (search Oregon highway 218, for example). The Versys is the perfect bike for exploring the high desert: reliable, agile, great range and comfortable. Sometimes I'll just pull over in the middle of nowhere and soak in the scenic solitude. I even pat the Versys (aka "Rocinante") on the tank and whisper "good boy"; am I the only one that does that?
Lately I've been flirting with "the dark side". I found a 2006 SV1000S with 2,700 miles on it. Looks like brand new. Whoa! The Versys is the girl your mother wants you to marry: practical, frugal, dependable, good natured and wears comfortable shoes. The SV1KS is that slatternly cocktail waitress in spike heels with too much makeup: High maintenance, slipper clutch rattle, eats tires every 2500 miles, lousy mileage, half the range, damn near impossible to ride around town in, circus contortionist uncomfortable, make you act like a twenty-two year old, handcuff-me fast hooligan.... Some kids never grow up.
Well, that's my first post. If any of you ever get around these parts, look me up, there's a lot of blacktop out there....