Whilst lurking, it's been great to see those with plenty of experience using all sorts of bikes on here, and being happy with a Versys.
I sort of sleepwalked into getting mine. After tootling around on a Suzuki DR125 for a few years and getting fed up with having to stick behind slow drivers as I couldn't safely overtake, I started looking around for larger options about 3 years ago.
My priorities were a high-up riding position, and a swingarm through which I could thread a decent-sized chain. I saw a cat-D insurance write-off being sold, and found that the owner was having to drop the price, after checking back to previous listings he'd made on Gumtree (read:Craigslist). He'd come off the bike in a minor spill and damage was light with fairing fixed. A quick test-ride, and I decided to get this bargain mark 2 (2012) at just over £3K.
Being well-used to working the gears on the 125, the Versys felt familiar, apart from the feeling that I was sitting on a barge! I still have the 125 though, and still love that too. Now it feels like a powered BMX.
However this dual bike existence did cause one particuar problem a couple of years ago; whilst on the Versys and taking off when lights went green, I forgot that I wasn't on the 125 and opened right up. The road ahead suddenly turned into sky. I was sensible enough to at least realise I should let go, and luckily nobody got hurt and nothing much damaged. It's not happened again after that lesson!
The Versys may have caused me to land on my arse, but I also feel I've landed on my feet finding this bike. Thanks for reading!