had a question on YouTube regarding my Versys:
what do you think about that bike? Would you recomend it to a beginner in that class over 600cc?
my thoughts about the bike:
i think its quite good(especially for the money you can’t find many alternatives), its capable of doing a lot. its good on road and not bad off road, especially with good tyres.
you can see from other YouTube members , other people scraping foot pegs on Versys and take it to the tracks so bike can do it all, its up to the riders ability.I am not a foot peg scraper.
I got this bike last year sep-oct just 6 months after i got my learners(never been on the bike before). so I was still a beginner(i think I still need to learn a lot of on and off road skills)
i bought Suzuki GS500 first , brand new and sold it in 6 months after i test rode Versys as I had found Suzuki was uncomfortable on long trips, because of the posture setup( too leaned forward and cramps in the knees), maybe for smaller , shorter rider it would be better fit. It was still great around the city for all the rides under 1 hour.
Versys is very upright and very comfortable. I have done 11 day (4-5000kms) trip through the outback in june(videos are still coming) and never found it uncomfortable or limited in any way. I find the stock Versys seat is more comfortable then my new BMW F800GS stock seat. My friend says I got spoiled by the Versys comfort.
some stretches were 1000-2000kms of continuous gravel/dirt road. Versys performed flawlessly.I had Pirelli MT60 tyres on the trip, very grippy, little knobies ,capable of doing REALLY high speeds on gravel with the load. It soaked up all the uneven surfaces like it was butter. On Suzuki GS500 for example I was getting scared every time I hit a little pot hole or something similar and suspension would bottom out especially was scary in the corners so in that way Versys is better for beginner. Now I’m running Pirelli Scorpion Trails , less knobbly more round shape, leans quicker and still does dry dirt roads or gravel fine
I think Its ok for learners, just don’t rev from day one, get used to it first. Also depends on your size , how tall you are.
If you have never been on the bike before maybe find/borrow a 250cc to practice for few weeks before jumping on Versys, as I was intimidated by the seat height at the start, I’m not tall and tip toe on it. My understanding was you need to flat foot on the bike. but after riding for few months I find its fine now. and i always stop with left foot on the ground and right on the rear brake. After riding BMW F800GS for 1 month I want an even taller seat on it to have more leg room and that seat is a bit higher then Versys seat. I have now done 18000kms on Versys in a year and still finding it good for commuting, weekend riding, camping etc. Although i want to try other bikes too 🙂 (KTMs,BMWs, Triumphs, Ducaties etc)
Install engine crash bars to protect the plastics and the engine.
I guess you can even start on a 1000cc bike straight away if you control your throttle , it just takes longer to learn stuff on the bigger bike.
I got a month ago BMW F800GS quite happy with that too, I only bought it as I wanted bigger front wheel and bigger tyre choice for dual sport.
and happy to answer any other questions