Time for an honest long term review of the Versys I think.
Started riding Feb. 08 with an 02 Reg. BMW F650Gs, hand a few problems and lost my confidence with it so traded it in for a new 08 Reg. Versys. Absolutely loved it. Loads of storage space in the panniers, good power, comfortable riding position always responsive even with the girlfriend on the back, good for a little blast on the country lanes and you can push 200+miles on a tank.
I have had it 14 months and been on long trips to France and Scotland on it, fantastic. So far I have done over 12,400 miles on it as I ride it to work every day (apart from when there is snow and ice). The only thing its missing as standard is heated hand grips (bigger screen to for long motorway miles but that’s the same for most bikes). In summary I love it...
However in the past 4 months I have had nothing but problems.
1st clutch cable fraying - replaced under warranty.
2nd electrical problems - wiring loom replaced - replaced under warranty (but I think they had to mine the ore for it the parts took that long)
3rd exhaust failure - don’t know its only just happened
I am really disappointed as it’s a lovely bike but my patience has finally failed now. I am going back to the dealers tomorrow to see what they can do for me. I love the bike and would recommend it to anyone but the reliability has recently been shocking I am hoping this is just a one off from them as I am really really disappointed.
(Also had some annoying vibrations from the screen around the 3500-4500 revs mark I could never get rid of entirely)
I don't want to put you off a fantastic bike but thought people might like a good & bad review in one.