Hi Folks, My name is Keith West from Scunthorpe in the United Kingdom. Bought a new all black Verys on 13th june 2009 and I have to say, what a fantastic machine. I have had a break from bikes for about 5 years after busting my hip. Previously I wrode suzuki Hayabusas and Hond's Blackbird. I decided to return to the bike scean after spending time riding !"% trailies in the Philippines which surprisingly turned out to be great fun riding the rough surfaces indiginous the islan of Leyte. When I returned to the UK I bought a Yamaha XT660X which is a single cylinder afair which I soon learned I could not live with on the UK's silky smooth roads. knowing that I was going to lose a chunk of wedge changing the bike I decided to take advantage of a few test rides before finally making a decision. Being about 2'3" tall I wanted something that handled well but did not look swamped my size when I climbed aboard. Having sat on the Versys I instantly felt at home and made this the first on my list of rideouts. Once I rode the bike I made my decision without even looking at anything else, such was the extent of my first impression. The biks is simply awesome and I congratulate everyone here who made the same discovery as myself about this incredible machine. It seems totally incredible to me now that anyone could choose anything else other than the versys. It has so much to offer virtually any rider. Superb comfort, spirited performance, sports bike handling and vouge styling. Owning the Verys says something about the rider; it's an expresion of individual choice based on true innovation without compromise. My first thoughts about the bikes appearance were a little reserved at first. The headlight configuration was a little too much for me at first. However, once you become affiliated with the bikes virtues you find yourself growing to love the quirky stying. In fact I can't stop looking at the thing now it's beautiful. I never thought it would be possible to migrate away from a Suzuki Hayabusa to a 650 hybrid like this without feeling a kind of home sickness for the old bike......but it is. A lot of preparation and planning went into this bike and it shows. It is a true work of genious and in my opinin worth considerably more than the £5500 asking price (UK). Anyone thinking of buying a new bike would be missing out on a lifetime opportunity if they didn't consider the Versys as a possible alternative. Over the years I have had em all, Fireblades, !400 GSX Suzuki, XJR1300, to name but a few. Of all the bikes I have ever ridden found none that were more rewarding to ride as the incredible Versys. I hope to keep this until the bailiffs take it when the economy finally gives up the ghost. Even then I will try to hide it. This bike is our pride and our joy and above all, our ticket to riding heaven. God Bless the Versys and all who fly her.