Hey Rob, thanks for the tip in SJ. You're right, Versys owners aren't letting go and dealers don't seem to have any leftovers that they're looking to unload. Tomorrow I'll hear back from a Las Vegas dealer who claims to have a great deal on a new 2018 V650. If the OTD price is right, I'll be making an unscheduled trip there. If the price is close to the ad, it's worth the expense of the trip, and the trip back feels like an offer to an amazing, and safe, journey through desert and mountains.
(Haven't been to Vegas since about 1970... quit gambling and drinking a long time ago, should be a good laugh anyway!)
Researching new gear now, and thankfully getting some needed practice on a good friend's 2014 V-Strom 650 that he doesn't ride anymore. Nice guy, nice bike.
Love Half Moon Bay. Sometimes I come home from a SF Giant game through there and Santa Cruz... a lot longer trip, but great views and what's the rush? Problem is CA is crazy expensive... and just plain crazy in every which way.
Lot's of admiration that you're doing what's right for your family. Be well, Choan