I've had four bikes in the garage since October when I bought another bike and put the Versys up for sale.
The Versys finally sold yesterday.
The "new" bike is a 2009 BMW R1200R.
I rode a few bikes (and considered many more on paper) before deciding on the R1200R:
- Tiger 1050
All of those bikes had aspects that I loved. Especially the MTS1200. But one reason I wanted to change bikes was to get a smoother engine that the parallel twin on the V. And the MTS1200 has an 11 degree twin. It feels quite a bit smoother than the V, but I wasn't sure how it would feel after 12 hours in the saddle. But man I loved that bike.
I was also surprised with the handling of all of those bikes (well, except for the C14, which the Kawi dealer would only let me ride in a very small controlled loop ... which might have resulted in a lot sale ... who knows what I would have thought of that bike on a richer test ride). For me, they all handled quite a bit better than my V. Of course, they're all quite a bit more expensive (from 1.5x to 3x). So that's not too surprising. I still think the V is awesome for what it is. So versatile. I still miss a lot of that. I had the bike setup great, but couldn't do anything about the vibs. But that said, I probably just needed to try another bike to expand my horizons. Anyway, it was interesting. Some things that people complain about on the V I liked (like the suspension), and other things that people said were awesome about it (like the handling), I found to not be quite as true. Anyway, that might just be me. I'm not the most skilled rider, and certainly not the most experienced.
Anyway, the R1200R wasn't on my list until someone suggested I try one. I was blown away. It felt so powerful, raw and yet smooth. Crazy. I guess some people call that character. Whatever, I loved it.
I almost always buy new vehicles, but my sales rep said that I should be able to pick up a used R at a good price. And he was right: I got a fair price for a very well kept R.
The biggest issue with the R for me is the riding position. I like the upright position of the V and the R is a bit forward. So I added 3.5" Rox risers to the R and it gets me where I need to be. Adding a screen helped with airflow. And a seat made it all day comfortable. Some people said I should have just gotten an RT. And that was my initial intention. The RT has outstanding wind protection. But that asset is a liability in the Texas summers. So I opted for something that had more airflow around the body.
Now that I am down to 3 bikes in the garage (R1200R, Norton P11A, wife's Suzuki M50), and now knowing I can fit 4, it makes my eye wander yet again.