New member from Canada eh!
I'm a new member to this forum and am currently looking for my next bike after my Kawasaki Concours was totalled last summer. l have admired the versyses versyi? for several years, and really like the new gen. I usually like to ride locally for 2 or 3 hours and prefer scenic backroads over major highways. I never commute, never ride with a pillion and maybe do 2 or 3 multi day rides per season. I loved the C14 and have not ruled one out yet, but for some reason the versys 650 seems to be calling to me. I like a bike that is flickable and don't really need the power or the weight of a big sports tourer. However, I still want one that is capable for the unavoidable short stretches of interstates, and doesn't feel underpowered, buzzy or overpowered by the wind.
I live about an hour from Vancouver BC and ride up into the BC interior and Washington, Oregon, Idaho. I love riding twisty mountain roads, I ride "spirited" but nothing too crazy. Have a few friends with cruisers and sports tourers and they are fairly conservative riders but I still want to be able to keep up.
As much as I loved the power and smoothness of the Concours, I never got it to be comfortable for long multi-day rides and while it lost a lot of its heaviness as soon as you got moving, it never felt light enough for me. I would be willing to trade the comfort of riding at 90 mph for something lighter but still capable of 75 - 80 mph without feeling like it is really wound out. There are some good deals around here for brand new 2018 650LTs, and I will be scouring the forums to learn about these bikes before I pull the trigger sometime between now and the spring.
Glad to get to know you all, and will appreciate any advice you can give me. I am currently considering both the versys 650, 1000 and the Yamaha FJ09/Tracers.