I'm Kevin, and I bought a new, black 2012 Versys three weeks ago, and just brought it home from the dealership after it's initial 600 mile break-in tune-up, and I'm excited. I have been treating it like a baby for the break in period, riding every chance I got. I did everything I was supposed to: staying below 4k rpm (except highway of course), not riding at the same rpm for more than 10 seconds, etc. NOW the fun begins. I get to see what this baby can do.
I started with a VStar 650 cruiser in 2008, had registration problems due to out of state title and stupid CA laws (only 900 miles on the bike, which cannot be registered in CA), so I upgraded to a 2009 Suzuki Boulevard M50 (800cc) and loved it. After a couple thousand miles on that, I was presented with an opportunity to go to Germany next year (July 2013) and take a two week motorcycle trip through the Alps (Italy, Germany, Switzerland, etc.) on a rented BMW GS1200 and couldn't say no. I then decided since my friend has taken the trip three times, and has ended up in the ER each time, it would be smart to get that bike and practice for a year, since I have only ridden cruisers.
Well, to my surprise, a used BMW GS1200 is about $17,000 here, which isn't happening, so that's when the research started and I found the Versys: very similar dimensions, but not as powerful. Perfect. I went to the dealership and two hours later, I drove away on my new Versys. Holy crap, what a fun bike! Totally different than the boats I've been riding for years. This was my first time on anything except a cruiser. Wow. What a difference! SO EASY to ride, and really fun. I'm pumped for Europe next year. Check this out:
So, my goal here is to find out what kind of saddlebags, tank bags or seat bags I can get for my Versys because I'm now using it as a commuter bike as well as a weekend mountain twisty runner. I'm even going to Mt. Palomar (awesome ride) next week to go camping. I want some luggage and don't know what to get. Any help?
I'm also feeling the stock grips are a little small for my hands. I'm not huge, 6'0" 180, large gloves, but I've noticed my hands start to cramp a little on longer, twisty rides. Am I alone on this?
I'm also engaged to an avid motorcycle passenger, so I will be riding 2 up a lot as well, although she tends to like the comfort of the M50 better than my fun bike. In Europe, it'll be for part of our honeymoon, but she'll be in a BMW z4 convertible with her friend behind the riders.
That's my story. Looking forward to getting to know some of you and your knowledge.