Thanks for allowing me the pleasure to enter the Versys forum!
Just purchased a brand new, 2018 Versys 650 yesterday. I only have 60 miles on it but am loving it!
My (quick as I can) story leading up to the Kawasaki...
Was always a Suzuki guy, owning every 800cc Suzuki had to offer at one point in time. 2 years ago I traded my Intruder for a 2006 Honda VTX 1300. Quickly fell in love with that bike...until a group ride and some of us went down. Insurance paid for a 2003 VTX 1800, which I loved...but couldn't turn that thing around in the driveway!
While at A.I.M. I took a test ride on some various motorcycles, one in particular was a Honda CTX 700 with DCT. 3 days later the VTX was gone and a brand new, 2015, CTX700 (manual) was in my garage!
Yet, deep within my psyche, was an itch for an ADV-type bike. I fought those thoughts until I rode a V-strom 1000. The bite got me! Fast forward to this past September. I found a used, 2006 V-strom 650 for cheap. Bought it, rode the heck out of it, but didn't want to deal with the fuel pump issues. I told myself if I ever came across a Honda NC700 with DCT at a good price I'd throw down some $$$. In December, just that happened. I found a used, 2013 NC700 with DCT in excellent condition!
As I LOVE my CTX and know that engine inside and out, the NC was an easy decision. Problem was, after a month and 1,200 miles, I just wasn't feeling that DCT. Functionality-wise, Honda nailed it! But I was always reaching for a non-existent clutch lever and shifter! I went to the local Honda shop, got a good offer on a 2014 NC (manual). As always, I waited and gave the other shop where I got my CTX a chance to offer me something on my NC towards a 2016 V-strom. When my sales guy came out with some numbers he told me he could get me on a 2018 Versys for cheaper than the 2016 V-strom. I was shocked as the Versys was 1) newer and, 2) more expensive on their website. I totally did NOT expect that and a deal that good, for a bike with an excellent reputation...how could I pass that up?!?!