Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: San Diego, California
Very proud new owner of a '15 650.
After months of shopping and saving, I am proud to say that I'm now the owner of a white Versys 650LT with 12.8k miles.
I finally finished the sale process at the dealership around 9pm, and immediately took off up the road to Los Angeles (I live in San Diego) for a longer 'test ride'. I just couldn't wait to see how it was on the highway. Coming from an '01 Ninja 250, the difference is night and day. I've ridden the Ninja to LA plenty of times, and I always thought it was fantastic, so imagine my joy as I comfortably cruised up the 5 at 80 mph and still had some power on tap.
My bike came with a 12v plug, and highway bars (which I will now never own a bike without putting highway bars on them), plus I had them knock $25 off a new phone mount at the dealer, so I wasn't scared to go get lost in The City of Angels, knowing I could easily find my way back home.
Of course, being new to the height and weight of this bike, I've been taking it quite easy so as not to find my limits until I have crash bars and whatnot, however, I'm pleased at how well balanced it feels, and a very smooth power delivery. I was nervous that coming from the 250, it would be a bit much to handle. I can flat foot it comfortably, and I think my almost three years on the Ninja have really prepared me for this step up.
Having now put a little over 400 miles on it, I do think that I will go down a couple of teeth in the rear. First gear feels 'harsh' and short, and I'd like to mitigate that 'dropped anchor' feeling when I slightly roll of the throttle. I will put another thousand miles on before I make my decision, but I feel confident based on my research that it will be a step in the right direction for me.
I look forward to being an active member of this community!