Hello from Buffalo, NY
My name Is Mike but everyone calls me Russo thus the screen name, i live in buffalo NY but I am sure that is obvious.
I bought a 09 green versys last tuesday 8/11 and put about 550 miles on it in the last 6 days. love the bike, especially for 2-up riding with my wife. I think it actually rides better with her, or atleast i am more comfortable because the seat does not tilt so far forward with her on it.
I have been lurking since tuesday, already order new OSRAM bulbs and will likely be doing the seat mod in some form this week. i made a custom 1/2" spacer block for my tank that required no other modification. i will post a picture later but I took a 1/2" piece of aluminum block and milled down the center by 1/4" like the gap on the tank is originally. it fits beautifully and helps a little. i also made spacer for the tabs on the side of the seat that I still have to drill and tap into the tank support for those as well.
A little about me I am an industrial mechanic so I have full access to machining tools, which I love. I have also been repairing bike and cars for a while now which is why i bought the versys. i wanted a bike i could get on and ride, too many projects in the garage, people litterally give me project bike that are cool but take up alot of time.
I have been riding for about a decade and I race with WERA at VIR, Beaverun, summit piont and nelson ledges when i can afford it. I am taking off this fall as a late June accident (high side at 120 at beaverun) provided me with my 4th concussion in 8 years, last 3 from racing so I am taking it easy to recover. another reason I bought the bike.
My wife rides too but she is not very comfortabel on the bike as an operator so I bought the bike as she liked it 2-up. we put about 100 miles on it saturday with a friend it was nice not having her shift all over and fidget to get comfortable or hear her complain when she got off the bike.
I am a complete smart ass but try to keep it to a minumum on the net as it is not always read the way i meant it. Hopefully I will get to meet some of you in the future, until then keep the rubber side down.