Good writeup and I like your taste in motorcycles, especially the GT1000 and the Versys.
However, I have several observations;
The suspension is not fully adjustable. The front and rear have preload and rebound, but they both lack compression adjustment.
While the rear support brackets are a trellis design, the main frame is a very ordinary "Semi-Double Cradle" design, and not a trellis.
The Versys was not the first European-style adventure bike currently available in the US. The V-Strom has been available in the US for a while, especially the 1000cc variant. Beyond looks, I wouldn't even define the Versys as an adventure bike with it's 17" front wheel. It won't accept anything but street or moto rubber without a front fender relocation, and even then the choices are very limited.
Once again the proofs in the pudding and so my knowledge grows.
Thanks "E" for the schooling. LoL
We can agree to disagree about the V-Strom. The thing I love about the look of the Versys is that.......I think I look good on it. (Need all the help I can get.) LMAO !!! To me the "strom's" are too...busy. and don't 'look' as 'rubust'. All purely subjective observations and with all due respect to all the happy Susuki owners out there... But if ya don't like the way you look in the suit, your not gonna wear it.
I did about 60 miles today. All inner city. Lots of shifting and limited to 4 grand on the 'break-in'. I was smilin' the entire time.
But I digress...Thing is this, I learned as much as I could until I just couldn't stand it anymore. Suddenly it was time to sh*t or get off the pot. and boy did I luck out! I love the 'shiver GT'. ( not even knowing if it would come to the US in 2010). Price was an issue too.
Then I double checked my notes., found the Kawasaki, couldn't believe I almost missed it. And the rest is history.
As first bikes go...I would be hard pressed to do better.
Naked. Modern interpretation of the classic 'standard'.(and adventure like...tire issues not withstanding).
Thanks for the notes on the frame types..and other possible suspension adjustment points.
I classed the "V" as trellis frame out of ignorance
most likely because the engine is part of the frame ( not cradled inside it) so I just...learned something new. Ditto on the compression adjustment but most bikes in the price range only have the pre-load option).
So thanks for comments.
I've rambled long enough for one day.......