Ulysses or Kawasaki Versys? Opinions?
I know this is not a very impartial audience, but just wanted to see what you all think about this. I have been shopping around for a sport touring machine for a while. I have ridden the kawasaki versys, various BMWs, Ulysses, Tiger, Vstrom, VFR, and Bandit. After a pretty comprehensive search I have narrowed it down to the Versys or a Buell Ulysses.
My price range is 6-7K. Basically I could get a new Versys or about a 2006 Ulysses with average miles.
I basically like these 2 the most because they both have great upright comfy riding positions and I like the looks of both. Although the Buell has about twice as much displacement, the HP difference is not all that great. I think the Buell is maybe a little better (meaner) looking but they both look good to me.
Reliability wise, I think this is probably a toss up as well. Both are pretty bullet proof from everyting I have read. The Buell has a maintenance free belt instead a chain that is rated for the life of the bike. Both have available hard bags. Both weigh abouth the same (which is surprinsing considering how much bigger the Buell looks).
I do sort of like the idea of buying american and with the Buell you get a little bit of cred with the HD crowd. I ride a triumph now so I guess I dont really care about that though. Also, they both have strong after market support.
The buell is more dirt worthy but I really just plan on using the bike for pavement so that doesnt matter much to me.
Any thoughts here? Im sort of at a dead lock here.