Before you’re On a Versys

This is just a list of things you want to keep in mind before you get on a Versys for the first time…

Avoid hip pain and putting down the motorcycle by learning how to mount and dismount on the tall motorcycle with the right technique. The most useful video I’ve come across YouTube is this:

The next thing you want to know is how to pick up the Versys if it happens to fall. Which is highly likely if you treat it like a small-displacement motorcycle.

Key things to remember before riding the Versys 650 (or any adventure motorcycle for that matter) is:

  1. For the height – remember to mount using the correct technique and learn to  rest the motorcycle on the side you are comfortable when you are in traffic.
  2. For the weight – be smart in the way you park the motorcycle.  Park it in a way that you don’t have to pull it back (it’s almost impossible to do so).
  3. Make the side-stand your friend – if your ain’t riding the Versys, let the side-stand be out as much as possible. You don’t want to trust your body with holding the motorcycle.

Accessories you may want to consider:

  1. Crash guard – just come to accept that you will be dropping the motorcycle every now and then.
  2. Saddle/Tail bags – forget hard top for now. Start with a good saddle bag that does the job for your travel needs.
  3. Hand guard –  although not a mandate, I think it’ll just make the motorcycle look cool.
  4. Auxiliary Light – not sure about warranty here but definitely more light the better. Need for this can be avoided by riding from sunrise to sunset.