Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Pacific NorthWet
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New member from the Pacific NorthWet
I live in the Pacific NorthWet, more specifically, Seattle. Having just joined your forum, I would like to introduce myself. I'm an old fart and have been riding for most of the last 35-40 years. It started with a Lambretta 175 and then progressed to a new 650SS Norton. Many bikes have come and gone in the many years inbetween those and the new Versys. Admittedly, I still have quite a few bikes.
I lusted over the Versys from the first time I saw one at the Vancouver Cycle show in Abbotsford in 2007. When they started stateside, I wasn't ready to jump and ended up waiting for the '09's. Good call for me as they had my favorite color, green. I picked up the bike in late Nov '09 and had it broken in by the middle of Dec. Only have around 1400 mi as of now, but that has been with some miserable weather here in the Pacific NorthWet.
While I had planned on using the Versys to replace my Suzi Bandit 600ST, my wonderful wife has said no reason to do that. Keep both. I refer to the Bandit as a 600 ST as it is definitely set up for sport touring with hard bags (Krausers) and adjusted (to me) pegs and bars. I'm finding the Versys to be better for most of the riding I was doing on the Bandit and will see how I like it for really long rides this spring, summer, and fall.
So far I've added the Speedy lowering kit, flatfoot, and mirror extenders as well as Givi V35 bags, a Wolfman tankbag, KTM handguards, extra led taillights, fender extender, and a homebuilt map holder (very usefull for those of us with bi-focal glasses). On the bench is a rear hugger that I haven't had time to completely mount. Soon.
I've met some of the folks that are here on this site and recently advised someone to join in after we found a Versys for him.