Good points! And you are pretty spot on, I was just curious.
Thanks, you too man.
I actually really wanted to take the NC out for a ride that day. When I found the V I wanted (a mfgr incentivized/discounted '11 leftover), I was thrilled to find the dealer had both the manual and dct NC's just in too. I'd always go for the manual but just getting to SEE them both up close was cool as hell. The NC was on my radar big time when I bought the V.
Though the V was ultimately sort of preordained for me at that point, I spent a LOT of time looking the NC over, sitting on it several times, just checking it out up and down. I spent all my time checking out the V, NCs, and a couple Stroms sitting there. It's funny, they had all of the bikes I liked sort of shuffled off in a dark corner no one ever visits while the cruisers, sportbikes, and tourers occupied all of the prime floor space. The salesmen probably rubbed their eyes in disbelief that someone finally
wanted to take home their sad and homely Versys.
Tell you what, if the NC was designed on par with the Versys, I could have been easily swayed I think. Especially being brand new at the time, hardly any on the road yet, I preferred the styling, etc. To go a step further on that theme, it just about killed me when I first heard about Yamaha's FZ-09 back in June of this year. Standard ergos, more power, AND lighter? Sign me up!
While I still lust after the FZ-09, I also appreciated the Versys all the more once I began reading the reviews. The FZ is still a very attractive proposition to me, but reading about the apparent missteps with fueling and suspension was a bit of a revelation. It also looks tiny
and I look like a bear on a bicycle on anything that isn't tall and/or full sized. I don't consider the V a standout in any particular area but I'll be damned if the thing isn't fun to ride. It's sort of a sleeper in that sense...a relatively tame bike that turns nimble and lively when you crack the whip. Not beastly, but certainly lively.
Have a good weekend!