Welcome from Oregon. FWIW, I bought my Versys for the specific purpose of riding in poor weather, so that I wouldn't have to worry about polishing all the chrome on my Vulcan (or now my Harley Nightster). Kinda wish I'd waited since I couldn't find any decent deals on used Versys' in December I bought new. On the other hand I've been riding at least a few times every month since December. Also FWIW, I like the body style of the Newer bikes WAY more than the earlier one, IF I found a great deal on a first gen I guess it would be worth it.