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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-22-2010, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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New owner in Indiana

I'm new to this forum and wanted to give a quick introduction. Just bought an 09 today, the green one. I really liked the 2010. I had a hard time finding one, but finally did. Even though the dealer offered a fair price on it, because of the current specials on the earlier models, I didn't like it $1300 better. Also, I think the green really stands out and I preferred the blacked out trim around the engine.

I've been riding for a pretty good while and like all kinds of bikes, although not too big into cruisers. I currently have:
04 Honda ST1300
02 Hayabusa
99 Suzuki DR650
87 Kaw Concours
and the Versys

As you can see, I needed a new bike like I need a hole in the head, but what can I say; I'm addicted. The Connie is going to be for sale shortly once I finish a couple of things up. It has a lot of sentimental value and I couldn't let it go, but finally decided that someone else should get the same enjoyment from it that I did.

I'm getting pretty long winded so better stop for now. BTW, don't be put off by my member name. I'm actually a pretty nice guy. Christmas is when I become Scrooge-like. Don't have anything against Christmas itself, it's the commercialism that gets me grumpy.

Anyway, I got some good information from this forum so thought I would join.

Also, I've traveled a fair bit on my other bikes and hope to do some on the Versys as well.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-22-2010, 10:53 PM
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Hey steve cool that you added A green versys to your collection. welcome to the forum there is a lot of great info and people here. The versys may not have as much power as some of your other rides but I think you will enjoy it none the less. Enjoy and good riding to you.
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Scrooge, glad you found the site. Pretty diverse stable you have there. Good choice adding the V. Enjoy

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welcome and i am sure you will love the V

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Indiana Versys

i also live in IN. i have a 2008 Versys and a wee strom. maybe the only two Versys in Indiana?
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Welcome. Enjoy the ride!
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I appreciate the warm response folks. The versys has some positive traits and I think it will probably end up being a long-termer for me.

Invisabiker, a friend of mine has a versys so I know there are at least three in the state. :-) In fact, a 40 minute test ride on his convinced me to get my own. I was also interested in the wee strom, still am in fact, and would like to hear your thoughts on it since you own both.

If anyone is considering one of the other bikes I listed at the beginning of the thread, I've owned all except the Hayabusa for several years and could give pros and cons. The 'busa is a new addition this year.
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The busa is to scary of a machine for me
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Sweet bike isn't it!!!!!!!!!!!

Have fun with it and come on up to Michigan some time, we have some nice roads. Ahmmmmm ........welll some of the "roads" are kind of crappy potholes tared up bumby wavy ..... but the Versys handles all those road oddities very nicely


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I now think I know what it must be like to own a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or other supercar that can't be fully enjoyed on public roads. The original owner of my Hayabusa did some work on it. Breathing in and out was improved, it's been tuned, and the limiters were removed. He had a dyno graph framed showing 180 hp at the rear wheel. For normal riding, even taking off briskly, approximately 1/8 throttle is used even when going 70 mph on the interstate. Let's say you wanted to take off harder and used @ 1/3 throttle, like many bikes. By third gear you are already exceeding the speed limit by a large amount and have left everyone else waaayyyy back there. And remember, this was only 1/3 throttle. The acceleration of that bike is unreal!

The downside is it cannot be fully appreciated on public roads, at least in Indiana where there aren't too many remote roads or roads without a driveway every few hundred feet. Wyoming, Nevada, Montana, and other states out west might be fun though.

I've decided that it's more fun to ride a slow bike fast than a fast bike slow. Note that I'm not implying that the Versys is slow, it has plenty of great qualities or I wouldn't have gotten one.
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Yep scrooge agree with you, have not ridden a haybusa but a bking and found with the V will not get in as much trouble.
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I also live in Indiana, and I've seen a couple of Versys riding around although I haven't met them.
I also got passed by some chick on a V on the freeway in Indy last year on MotoGP weekend.
I think she must have used a step ladder to get on, she was a dainty thing.
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I have an 08. Got a dozen states on her. Dearly love it but I sure would like to get to the south of Indy and play a little.
Good to know Iam not the only on in this state.


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Wecome Scrooge. Congrats on the new V. Great bike.

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