Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pillion's Perspective

Yesterday day was a day for my hubby and I to become acquainted with our new Versys.
First, you must understand what I am comparing it with. When I started rising with Jerry 11 years ago, our first bike together was the 25th anniversary edition of the Kawasaki Concourse (2005). Due to an accident we had, we then ended up on a Suzuki V-Strom, temporarily. Then we bought a '96 Triumph Trophy, followed by our most recent bike - 2008 Kawasaki Concourse. Of those bikes, the most comfortable bike was the V-Strom. In order to handle long rides on the other bikes, I had to have an Airhawk. This leads us to the new bike.

Please keep in mind, I am 5'2", and my husband is 6'2". Stepping up onto the bike is a much larger step than the other bikes, even the Strom. In fact, I joked that I would have to get a running start!

Once you're sitting on the bike, there are so many differences. I feel like I'm definitely sitting up higher. The Concourses and the Trophy all felt like I was sitting down into the bike, as opposed to the Strom, on which I felt like I would topple off as we took the curves. Again, this is one of the necessities of the Airhawk, to lift me so I could see over Jerrys shoulder. The Strom had the best seat...until I rode the Versys! Flat and firm is the best combination.

One of the biggest troubles I had with the Trophy and the after-market Sergeant seat on the '08 Concourse was the lip on the back of the seat - they would dig into my tailbone. Just another reason for the Airhawk. The Versys seat has a lip, but it's not hard piping, and it hits above the tailbone. I tried several seating positions, and it seems to support your backside because of where it hits. The seat stayed firm throughout our entire ride. My butt never hurt, or tired of the seat.

The seating position is great because I had plenty of room between Jerry and me. We don't have the the top case yet, so I'm not sure, but it seemed like I had plenty of room behind me. As I said before, I had to have an Airhawk to see over Jerry's shoulder. This seat put me in the same place without the extra padding.

My Versys leg position is an easy 90°. The other bikes (except the Strom) had my legs bent more. After riding all day, especially curvy roads downhill, my knees would kill me, and my lower legs would be swollen because of the lack of circulation. There seemed to be plenty of room to put my heels on the pegs, and not touch Jerry's feet. Also, when going through the curves (I know, they're few and far between in Texas), I was able to put my toes on the pegs, and I have plenty of room, without hitting the saddlebags. We didn't have our bags, but I tested this at the motorcycle show. Speaking of the pegs, they are real pegs, with rubber. This means little-to-no vibration in the feet. This sounds minor, but our Connie had sport bike pegs that had a lot of vibration, and very slippery in the rain.

Bottom line: the Versys is a fantastic 2-up bike. It is very comfortable for the pillion. I wasn't exhausted or sore after a day of rising this bike. I can't wait to hit the curvy roads of Arkansas! Let's ride!

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My wife's name is Jamie. She has logged well over 100,000 miles with me on different machines. Some good, some bad but she has always done it with a sense of adventure and a smile. I could not imagine riding without her with me. I love solo trips but our two up adventures are always great and bring us even closer together as a couple. She will be doing some posting from time to time, so please feel free to shoot us your questions and we will try and answer ti the best of our abilities. Until then Ride Safe!

Below are a few pics of Jamie on some of our many trips. Hope you enjoy. 

Jamie looking for Big Foot
Somewhere in Missouri
She loves posing for the camera. 
Deals gap trip
Texas Hill Country
Barber Motorsports Park 
cold in Colorado
love this pic
Till next time !

Monday, January 26, 2015

Versys gets Bags and Guards

The Plano - Kawasaki dealership called and spoke with me at the motorcycle show. They said that my bags and guards were in and that if I came in on Monday they would knock out the installation. It would take an hour as they had to re key the bags to the bike key. 

I went by the local Starbucks to have breakfast and to answer a few work e-mails. I was at the shop when they opened. They had it all completed in just over an hour. 

While I was waiting for the bike, I made the mistake of looking at new helmets. While Jamie and I were at the show we found the HJC IS-17 Spark Helmet. The helmet actually had some orange in it so it looked great with the bike. The helmet also has the one-touch integrated sun shield which was a feature we were looking for. The dealer actually had the helmet and so I purchased it with the money we made off selling the C-14 seat and bags to Rob, so it was a win-win for the both of us. The helmet looks cool. Stay tuned for a report. 

I took a little ride after the new accessories were installed. I was not disappointed. The hand guards are great wind protection. The bags hold a full face helmet and look great on the bike. I love the look. I can't wait for the top case to come in. We will then be set. 
What do you all think?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Our first two up ride on the Versys

Today was the first day that Jamie and I got to ride the new bike. The weather was supposed to be beautiful so we figured this would be a great time to test the Versys two up. It was a great day. The temps were in the mid 40's when we took off to meet the gang. It was great getting to ride with Herman, Richard, Rob, Mark, Jackie and Alta. I love riding with our friends. It makes the riding experience even better.  

The ride was a good one and we noticed a couple of things right off the bat. The wind protection was much better than the two of us expected. The bike was also smoother than the C-14. It soaked up the rough pavement with ease. It also allowed for us to ride at a spirited pace with tons of confidence. WE were both smiling ear to ear when we arrived at the shed in Edom

The wind was an issue on the way back home. Gusts were coming in between 20-30 mph. The Versys moved around a lot more than the C-14. I am sure the 150lb weight difference was a major contributor. That was the only negative for the day, but to be honest it would have not been fun on any motorcycle. We made it home by 4pm having put 220 miles on the bike and had a wonderful time. We are both very happy with the Versys and we cant wait to put many more miles on her. Till next time ride safe.