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Can get a yellow 2012 at a very decent price, and a red 2011 at a price that seems to be a bit out of whack with what it should really go for with 7000 miles on it. Likely depends what kind of a deal I can negotiate.

Have looked at many bikes and the Versys seems to be the best compromise I can come up with, given the reality that I will only have one bike for the forseeable future!
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Can't say there are any unhappy customers on this site. It is hard if not impossible IMHO to find a better all round bike at the Versys price point especially if you. can find a.left over 2012 with manufacturer price incentives.

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I recently picked up a yellow 2012, It's a fantastic bike.
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Welcome. The Versys is hard to beat for the One Bike garage. Good luck in your hunt.

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I love the versys too.. just wish it had an ABS like - the weeStrom or the NC700X. I just think it is a big safety item. After going down on wet roads, I wouldn't buy a bike without an ABS - but that is just me.

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Versys do have ABS. All versys in Thailand have ABS as per regulations.
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Yep, the versys is a close to a 'standard' bike as you can come without buying a modern classic. With a little tweaking it can become whatever you want it to become. Cross Country tourer, back roads explorer, city commuter, etc. Good luck in you search, and BTW 7000 miles is nothing. My '11 has almost 17,000 miles on it.

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Welcome. The Versys is pretty good for a two bike garage as well...a UJM for the 21st century.


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I had never even seen a Versys when I finally decided it would meet my needs completely. I found a good deal on a new 2011 at season's end and traveled 300 miles to pick it up and then haul it home. The first time I even rode any Versys was the next day once I got it out of the bed of my pickup... and I discovered all my research paid off.

It's just perfect for what I needed it for. In a year and a half I've put 15,000 miles on her including a few long... and one LONG trip out west and back. The rest of her miles have just been around town miles... but since I live in Florida I don't have to store her for the winter months.

I did my research. I stuck to my budget. I ended up with what is likely the last bike I will ever own and I'm very happy with her. I even spent last Saturday with a BMW friend... At a BMW dealership's open house that had every model imaginable available for test rides and I never opted for a single ride... AND my V got a good bit of attention... as low-tech and dirty as she was... given the venue and crowd.

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...I even spent last Saturday with a BMW friend... At a BMW dealership's open house that had every model imaginable available for test rides and I never opted for a single ride... AND my V got a good bit of attention... as low-tech and dirty as she was... given the venue and crowd....
BEFORE I bought my first V, I tested the V, and BMW GS1200, F800GS, and F650GS. The V IS the best of them all.

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Thanks. Think it's going to be a yellow 2012. There are a couple of them around and I think I can get a very good deal. The 2011 I was looking at (at a dealer) turns out to have had major repairs, in addition to above-average miles per KBB, yet the dealer is asking significantly above KBB prices and doesn't seem inclined to budge. After taxes and fees, I'd probably save less than $1000 compared to a new 2012. There are some 2009s around too, but like the 2010+ bikes better.

The only other bike I seriously considered is the current V-Strom 650. The good thing is I doubt I can go really wrong with either, but when I look at myself hard in the mirror, the reality is that the slightly smaller, more street-oriented Versys is a better choice for how I'm likely to use it. If my needs do evolve to requiring some use on gravel roads (which is possible when touring in the west), that can be handled with tires and adjusting speed/style. Neither bike is really optimal for that kind of use as delivered.
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