Yet Another Buckeye
Yes, someone else from Ohio, Tipp City to be exact.
I bought my '08 Versys last fall after much consideration.
I am a long time BMW rider, I own two R1100's, an RS and an RTP (retired police bike). I've been riding litre+ bikes for over ten years and decided I wanted a small 'fun' bike. I looked at the BMW offerings in the 650cc range but just couldn't come off of $9,000+/- for big blue. I really did like the 650 X-Counrty though. I came across the Versys in '07 when researching 650cc starter bikes for my husband who took up motorcycling after he sold his sail plane (long story). The Versys was not available in '07 so he went with a 650 V-Strom. The 'Strom is a fine bike, but not what I considered to be a "small fun bike."
I continued to follow and read about the Versys and was impressed all the way. When I finally decided to actually buy one late summer '08, the fun really began. There are two Kawi dealers in my area. I have experience with both as I had a KLR650 at one time and I like neither of them. At about this time the Versys was named MOTY. The two local dealers were not coming off of MSRP one little bit. In fact one of them said there would be a premium charge because they would have to bring one in from another dealer. I cast my search wider than the local area.
I found a dealer in Huron, OH who was offering the Versys for $1,000 off of MSRP. I called and they still had one. I gave them my credit card number for a deposit and told them I'd be there in three days to pick it up. This was the first time I ever bought a motorcycle over the phone, sight unseen. Not even an e-pic. Three days later, I tossed my riding gear into the truck, hooked up the trailer, punched the dealer's address into the GPS, pressed the go button and three hours later I arrived at the dealer. The deal closed pretty quick and I took the Versys out for a test ride. After half an hour of fun, I returned to the dealer, they helped me push it onto the trailer, I tied it down and headed home. I've never looked back and never suffered with buyer's remorse. This bike is everything I was looking for and then some.