Hello from Florida
Greetings from sunny Florida…
TLDR - new guy bought a Versys and is excited about the adventures to come.
I picked up my new 2014 Versys this Saturday as my second bike. I am a new rider with only a couple months under my belt on the street.
My first bike is a Honda Rebel 250 that I rescued from behind a local shed where it had been sitting uncovered for many years and got back on the road. Cheap, ugly and very uncomfortable. Getting it running presented more than a few mechanical challenges and I enjoyed "restoring" it. It would serve as a stepping stone to get myself comfortable riding on the street. Heck, there are forums full of people who love these bikes so maybe I would too. Now, for short trips around town it’s, um, adequate. For longer rides it leaves much to be desired for someone my (fairly average) size. I am starting to hurt at about 60 miles into a ride and after 90+ I am sore for a day. But, I've ridden the hell out of it and not yet killed myself or scared anyone so I figure that this is an auspicious start to my riding career. I've given myself until the end of October before I can buy a new bike.
Now, the bike I had been envisioning riding for the past couple years is the VStrom. I've read the threads on ADVRider with normal guys (and girls) hopping on these and riding to the ends of the earth, camping out, having fun adventures. That is exactly what I am going to do! So, I started poking around the local dealers because it never hurts to look. Right? When I sat on the Wee though I was underwhelmed to be honest. After riding one, I just wasn't feeling it. Damn, there goes my dream...
One of the local salesman had suggested that I consider the Versys. Similar, yet different. The seed is planted and off I go to all corners of the interwebs to find out more about that bike. Common issues and failings appear to be few. I find myself warming to its unique styling. Ample aftermarket and an active online community with lots of information and support. Yes reader, if you made it this far, that's probably you!
I found myself just checking some prices with a couple dealers and inquiring on the one privately available used bike within 100+ miles. I pretty much decided to go with a left over 2013 in white that another dealer had and decided to contact that first salesman since they still had a used '08 model to see if he could put together a decent price on it. A few days later I am taking possession of a brand new Versys he had shown me a few weeks earlier with 1! mile on the odometer. Seriously! How do they build them, ship them on a truck and in the doors with only... What? Oh yeah. They do final assembly in the dealership. Never mind.
The ride home from the dealer yesterday confirmed that the Versys will suit me very well around town and should be a great bike to take longer trips on. This morning I went on a nice 3 hour ride and feel like I could have gone another 3 or more.
I’ve already learned a lot from this site (yes, a noob who can search) and looking forward to contributing when I can.
Nice to meet y’all.
2014 Kawasaki Versys
2000 Honda Rebel 250