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Yesterday was an OG reunion ride. A number were invited, but only four of us showed. The newest rider in the group has been riding for over 30 years. A couple of the guys have racing experience, and we've all been riding the hills of California for a long, long time. Not too many photos because we were having too much fun riding to stop and take photos.

A few years back, any ride that the four of us were on had only one brand; BMW. In 2008, I broke the mold by getting a Hypermotard, then Ron sold his GS after he was seduced by the "stoopid power" of a ZX-14, but Steve and Jim have remained true to their GS's.

When the ride invitation went out, I imagine they thought I'd bring the Ducati, and I got disbelieving looks when I showed up on the Versys. One third of the way up 162, Versys was up front, and we were working our way through the other bikes on the road, and the other old guys became believers. :D

The route:

Oroville - Quincy - La Porte - Marysville

Old guys (OG's) in parking lot:



Old guys clogging arteries at Morning Thunder in Quincy:



On the way home, Jim and I split off from Ron and Steve to go chase some more twisties on La Porte Rd. Jim and I have been riding together for a long time, and are pretty evenly matched. We've traded bikes before (last time we did the Hyper tank-slapped him silly! :eek: ), and we've even done some joint test rides together. Usually when we do, whoever is riding the bike that works better will be able to put a gap on the other guy. Switch bikes, and the same bike goes to the front with a different rider on it. Had this experience with our BMW's. Same experience with some Moto-Guzzis we tested (Griso faster than Stelvio, no matter who was riding it), and yesterday we had the same result again.

Care to guess which bike went off the front?

Let's just say that Jim is not prepared to chuck in his GS just yet, but when it wears out, the Versys is now on his shopping list. :D
 

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Great write up and like you I love when I ride with different bikes and very often my small orange horse ( very often the smallest horse in the pack)gets some funny looks at the beginning but always at the end of a ride have riders come up to me and what the hell is that twisty rocket ship
 

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Here I am just quietly lurking, doing a bit of research and what do I find but a post about both the Versys and a few Pashnites I have ridden with.

I can hear the chorus "It's a small world after all"

I have been interested in this bike since it came out in '07 and forgot I was waiting for it to make it past CARB.

Met a Versys rider 2 weeks ago and after checking each other ride I swapped my GT for his very green Versys.

I need to get hold of Tony again for a more extensive ride but for those few miles I was impressed. Closest bike I can compare it to is the previous generation Multistrada and the Versys does not have a plastic tank!

Looking like the "All Roads" bike for the discerning shopper if you don't have to tour at triple digits.

Thanks again for all the info,

Vince
 

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Here I am just quietly lurking, doing a bit of research and what do I find but a post about both the Versys and a few Pashnites I have ridden with.

I can hear the chorus "It's a small world after all"

I have been interested in this bike since it came out in '07 and forgot I was waiting for it to make it past CARB.

Met a Versys rider 2 weeks ago and after checking each other ride I swapped my GT for his very green Versys.

I need to get hold of Tony again for a more extensive ride but for those few miles I was impressed. Closest bike I can compare it to is the previous generation Multistrada and the Versys does not have a plastic tank!

Looking like the "All Roads" bike for the discerning shopper if you don't have to tour at triple digits.

Thanks again for all the info,

Vince
Hey Vince! It is a small world, and I'm guessing you know everyone around the table in that pic from Morning Thunder, except I don't think we've ever met in meat space. Maybe sometime soon. :)

I am really enjoying the bike. Still have and still ride the Hyper, and was a little uncertain about taking the Versys instead with this group, but it worked out fine. Your assessment of the Versys being similar to the first gen MTS is pretty accurate, and my magnetic bag likes the steel tank. :D

A couple of weeks back on a BARF ride that came back from the coast on 36, I was able to hang just fine until the triple digit stuff. If it's okay to let the liter bikes go at that point, the Versys does the job.
 
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