Bear - Thanks!
Hack - I see you are in Asheville! I have family in Lake Lure, do you have any good recommendations for local Kawasaki shops in the area in case I buy one there?
As for ups/downs, one up to buying it here is you don't have to deal with all the paperwork required to export. And th reason the price is so high here is that Congress has not passed to Free Trade pact with Colombia, so the tariffs are ridiculously high! If I bought one for export from the US, I would pay a total of 51% takes on the value of the bike just to get it in, then allllllll the other fees to register, title and get insurance. Comes out to about $11k if you do it on your own. The other option is to buy and title it in the US, then take it into Colombia on a temporary permit which lasts for 3 months, and ever other time you renew you have to leave the country (road trip to Venezuela or Ecuador) which can be inconvenient but a GREAT ride!
BTW...another benefit...did you know the Versys comes in 5 colors here???? Blue, Red, Black, Silver and Burt Orange!