Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Buckeye & Tarheel states
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Well, I picked up the V this afternoon. It was 94 degrees when I left the dealer. Usually I'm an ATGATT guy, but I didn't wear my riding overpants today. Shoei full face w/vents open, Aerostitch Darien Light Jacket w/vents open, Alpinstar leather gloves(no gauntlet) and Oxtar waterproof boots(today they kept the water in.....my sweat).
Anyway a quick first impression. Because of the heat, I only managed to put 47 miles on the bike. However, even with so few miles, new tires, and a new motor, I was able to get an idea of what's in store.
First, I want to mention the color. I didn't have a choice, as it was the only leftover 2011, but it's the dark red(burgundy?) and I think it looks pretty classy. I like it, and it's important to like the look of your bike...right?
I really like the commanding view from the cockpit. I used to own an R1150GS, so this is familiar to me. However, as well as my GS handled, I think the V will be even better. Lighter weight, quicker turning.....all good.
I'm 6'-1", with a 32" inseam, and the reach to the bars and footpegs suits me just fine. As for the seat; it wanted to push me into the tank somewhat and also seemed a little soft.....we'll see.
The brakes, however, didn't impress me.....but the pads being brand new, they should get better.
Shifting, while solid, surprised me with the definite "klunk" at each shift.....very un-Japanese. It was also somewhat difficult to find neutral.
On the other hand, I'm very impressed with the motor. For a 650 I think it's going to be a hoot, especially once it's broken in.
In short, I think the Versys is the right bike for me at this time in my life. Peppy, w/very good handling, it should get fairly good mileage and have a range of over 200 miles. Yep, just what the doctor ordered!
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