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Finally took the plunge and got one on order yesterday. I've been without a bike for nearly 20 years. Having ridden nearly daily for the first half of my life, being without for that long has been painful.

After months of reasearch and rides on Cruisers (all my buddies have HD's), Sport Bikes (My son just got a Ninja) and dual purpose ( my Brother-in-Law has BMW R1150GS) the Versys just kept drawing me back. Several things really settled it for me. This forum and the obvious affection the riders hold for these bikes all over the world, reading the ride journal of Siygh "18 days on a Versys" and frankly the great deals that are available now on the remaining 2009's. I worked a deal with my local dealer for a green bike direct from the warehouse with matching Kawi side bags, Fulmer Modulus helmet and an additional 4 year warranty for $7421.15. With tax it was an even $8,000. I could have saved an additional $300 of the price of the bike if I wanted to drive a little over 100 miles south. Decided to support my local guy and he made up for it with such a good deal on the extras.

Anyway, looking forward to a break in the weather here in the midwest and getting back in the saddle again.
 

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You are not gonna be sorry...Good ridin to ya:welcome:...And kudos for suppotin the local guy...:goodidea:
 

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Great deal , I can almost see that new bike smile :D...........20 years to make up for , enjoy it but don't rush it , you will be rusty . Congrats on the new bike and post some pics when you can .............
 

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Congratulations!!
And :welcome:
I'll bet you can't wait.
I took a hiatus from riding for 13 years and the Versys was my entry back into riding. I've enjoyed this bike immensely as I'm sure you will too.

I don't know where in the midwest you are located, but it's warmming up enough here in Kansas to ride a bit...
 

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Thanks to all for the welcome.

Bscot,
I'm a little south of you in the "land of ahhhs". Still a little too much white stuff for me. Hopefully when the bike gets here it will be all gone.

Blackhammer,
You are right on the rusty. My Son has bike fever so we took the MSF riders course this past fall. Great experience for us both. I would recomend it to anyone...especially first time riders. Retired motorcycle cop was the head of the program and brought a lot of credibilty to the class. Now that we both have bikes we'll take the advanced course this Spring. Pics will be coming shortly.

Spackler,
The green caught my eye from day one...plus it didn't hurt that it's my wife's favorite color....:rolleyes:
 

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Congrats!

You'll have no regrets - it's a terrific ride. After taking a 'break' of nearly 3 decades, I returned to riding by buying a Ninja. Loved it, but the Versys is simply the most enjoyable of any of the 16 bikes that I've owned.
Just curious - was your break due to having children? It was for me, and for quite a few other folks that I know. Now that the kids are grown and gone, we're reliving our childhood.
 

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Congrates on the Versys, The bike is SO light and Flickable it is Easy comparied to the OLDER style and Heavier bikes many of us are used to. Sweet ride and definiatly a Joy on the Cold morning start. Its so much easier then the manual Choke :)
 

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VeeWNC and Squier,
We must be about the same age. You guys probably remember when the only true superbike was the Kawasaki Z1. The last motorcycle I bought was a '78 Suzuki GS1000, it was the fastest bike at the time and I could finally beat my buddy's Z1. I kept it till the late 80's when after 3 "close calls" in one week decided that my young wife and baby probably needed me more than I needed my bike. So I traded it off for a new fangled piece of a equipment called a 4-wheeler (Kawasaki interestingly enough) and I've been off the street ever since. I can honestly say that I've missed a bike at least once a week ever since. Anyway my kid is 21 and my wife probably wouldn't miss me so much now anyway...;)

I have to say that it was the only bike that I tried that really reminded me of the configuration of my past bikes. I've decided that one bike is probably not going to satisfy my needs and I thought the Versys was the perfect start to a new collection. Plus, my son just got his first bike (Ninja 250) and I wanted something to ride with him.
 
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