Looking to buy a Versys - finally
Hi - I'm a new member to this forum, live in Yuba City, CA (north of Sac). I've been doing a little research on the Versys since I heard about its engine on the KLR650 forums. I saw a couple for sale on here & on Craigslist, so I decided I needed to join up & try to get my hands on a Versys for myself.
So, as my brother is borrowing my KLR650, and since I've been looking at the Versys for its smoother 2-cylinder engine (that should really be integrated into the next KLR650 dual sport bike), I decided now is the time to find either a used bike or a new one. I've looked around on this site a bit, and there is some discussion as to whether to go with a new (2012 - closeout if I can find a good deal) or used bike. I found a couple 2009 models with around 4-5k miles on them, as well as a 2009 with only 350 miles on it, but with some corrosion due to the fact that for the last 2.5 months, it's sat outside in a coastal town.
The idea of buying a new bike is double-edged; with a new bike, I can get exactly what I want - color, options, known history, etc; however I also will have to pay a higher price & full price on DMV registration, taxes, blah blah blah. The upside of my situation is my brother is a mechanic at a Kawi dealership, so I might be able to get a discount on a new bike price.
I'm going to look at the 2009 coastal bike this weekend, and I may buy it if the amount of corrosion is not too bad & I can get the parts fairly cheaply (lever adjustment knobs, maybe a few other parts/fasteners that are rusted or pitted) through my brother's shop. I will obviously adjust my offer price based on the degraded condition, regardless of the rare low miles on the bike. The guy said he kept it garaged until about 2.5 months ago - don't know the reasoning on that, but not garaging or covering it is going to eat into his price more than a $50 cover or even a $10 tarp...
Any advice on finding/buying a used or new bike would be greatly appreciated, as well as if you know of someone selling one in the northern California area. Also, what are your favorite accessories (rack, luggage, skid plates, tires, etc)? I'm not going to full-on dual sport the bike (I have the KLR650 for that), but I would like to eventually make it more capable for adventure touring, including some light armor, luggage/racks & more aggressive tires. Has anyone found a way to get some Mefo Explorers on these things? What's the most aggressive tire you guys are putting on these bikes?
Last edited by suprbst; 08-13-2012 at 12:54 PM.