That's a nice bike but what the hell is it?
Is what I heard this morning on my way into work. there are some long lights in Rockville, MD where I work and I mean long especially the Jefferson St light where it intersects with Montrose Rd. So I was at the light waiting with my visor up taking in the nice crisp air at the light. When I hear, "HEY MAN ON THE BIKE!".
I look to my right and there is an older gent hanging out his window waving his arms at me. I holler back "How's it going?"
"That is a nice bike but what the hell is it?"
I point to my fairing and holler back "It's a Versys"
So what happens next is a rapidfire Q&A at the light.
"It looks like a sport bike/Dirt bike where you sit like a cruiser"
"yep super comfortable"
"Not bad very affordable"
"Man that looks nicer than the BMW I saw yesterday"
"Well they can't all be perfect"
"HA! Is that the stock shock?"
"Bike is bone stock except for the handguards, seat and the hard case setup, shock could be a bit better but it suits me"
"Whats the displacement?"
"650 its the same engine they use in the ninja 650, just tuned a bit different"
"Man that thing is slick and looks like its a helluva bike, why don't I see more of them are they new?
"this is a 2011 but they have been in the states since 2008 if I remember correctly, it might be the seat height that makes people uncomfortable, stock is 33.5 inches"
"DAMN Man that is so slick kinda reminds me of a dirt bike, where would I go to buy one"
I'm thinking to myself I guess it kind of resembles a dirt bike, because of the handguards. I have no idea but hey who am I to argue with someone's opinion.
"a kawasaki dealer or the internet would be a good place to start"
At this point I'm a bit proud he was drooling over my baby. Now lets take a moment to note this guy was a bit older than me I'd say 48-54 years old wearing a nice button up shirt in what looks like a family owned business truck. I'm only 36 so older is subjective for me so no offense to the gents with more wisdom and experience than I. He seemed to like motorcycles alot. Then I had to lose a bit of respect for his questions. I will say though he seemed like a nice gent.
"I bet you can wheelie all over the place"
"I'm sure it could but I don't do wheelies, it's outside my safety/comfort zone, I'm a big sissy when it comes to taking a wheel up, have a great day man"
At this point the light turns green (thank God) and I just mosey on. Conversation was probably about 3-4 minutes. I hate this light in the summer in full gear its the one that will make you sweat like crazy because you are sitting there for so long and heaven forbid there is traffic. I avoid this place like the plague after sitting there for 15 minutes waiting to go one hot summer day.
"Why do I ride?"
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