Versys for RTW?
after being stolen of my glorious old Dominator these days i am looking for a bike to replace it, considering that i will use it in ever day traffic in a big town(roma, italy) and now and then medium trips in the weekend and hopefully once a year for big trip(with dominator i travelled all the way to iran...for example)
I have suddendly narrower down my search between Transalp and VStrom, after considering for a littel while Versys also. But it looked to me not big travel oriented...
Today for the first time i have seene it, and i must say that i like it, though i still have the sensation that it will not be very capablem for big trip
Ad i mean , dirty, white,or spoiled road,poor petrol,reliability,ease of maintenance etc...
Who can tell more about it?
Can't give any first hand experience of the versys, but a friend of mine had one for a while and loved it (I had a vstrom at the time). There is probably not much between them - personally I preferred the vstrom but that's just my opinion. As road bikes they are both brilliant.
But, if it were me doing a rtw I would take the transalp, simply because you can fix it by shouting very loudly and hitting it with a rock.
I bought a NEW 2009 model Versys in May this year. I fitted a Top Box and Panniers, an extender fender, auxillary power socket under seat and positioned my Tomtom on handlebars wired into bike.
My girlfriend and I covered 3,600 miles two up touring Europe in June. We rode most road conditions Stelvio to Autobahn and loose paved roads beside rivers but not off road or sand. The Versys was excellent averaging 56.7 MPG used no oil, charged phones and sat nav. I've since added handguards, hugger, and touring screen. All good so far at 6,000 miles.
Hope this helps, any more info required just ask.
it is a start, as i don't have any info about versys on trip
anyway i would interested if someone drove it in a more extreme condition
don't talk about sahara of course...but in a some more adventurous trip!
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