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Old 10-11-2011, 08:20 AM   #16
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.......snip... they've created with the sideways battery, laydown shock, and underbelly exhaust. It really is a tidy package - the bike feels smaller than it weighs, and it is very flickable.
Maybe I'm demonstrating how little I know about these things, but given the configuration on the underside, could a centerstand be mounted? If it could, would it be very stable given the width of the frame? When I'm working on it or won't be riding it for a while I put the rear on a PitBull stand.
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:35 AM   #17
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It "can" (on the versys anyway) but its not pretty.

http://www.versyscenterstand.com/pictures.html




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Old 10-11-2011, 08:41 AM   #18
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Maybe I'm demonstrating how little I know about these things, but given the configuration on the underside, could a centerstand be mounted? If it could, would it be very stable given the width of the frame? When I'm working on it or won't be riding it for a while I put the rear on a PitBull stand.
Ogre took this one, but there really isn't any place to mount it, as the frame doesn't extend below the motor or exhaust. Look at that versys centerstand, holy shit what an ugly convoluted mess. I guess it works, but, wow.
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:24 AM   #19
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When there is a will, there is a way. Personally, I'll stick with my pitbull.

Next dumb question - what are the advantages of having a center stand?

(The only things I can think of, are chain maintenance and tire inspection/repair away from home.)
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Old 10-11-2011, 09:48 AM   #20
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Next dumb question - what are the advantages of having a center stand?

(The only things I can think of, are chain maintenance and tire inspection/repair away from home.)
My FZ6 came stock with one, and that is the long and short of it. Chain lubrication and adjustment, tire changes, etc. Only other nice thing is when fully loaded with luggage and stopped on soft ground, I'll put it on the centerstand to both level the load and keep it from auguring in. A sidestand puck or crushed soda can fixes that just as easily.
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Old 10-11-2011, 01:44 PM   #21
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I think that's the most stylish 'commuter' bike I've seen.

Well done Kawasaki.
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:56 PM   #22
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Fantastic! Whoever is running Kawasaki these days is doing a fabulous job. Honda could take a hint.
I agree. I had an 06 650R. Put 35k miles on it. After a VFR800 decided to go back to the 650 and now have a versys and love it. And its damn reliable. Kawasaki seems to listen to owners and update their motorcycles on a regular basis. Definitely the best line up in the US from the asian brands. Would love to have a C14 as well. And maybe the Ninja 1000.
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:29 PM   #23
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Kawasaki's whole line of 650 twins are just excellent I'd love to see them switch to a 270 degree crank sometime though for a bit more visceral feel and sound, otherwise there's not much wrong with them and the pricing sure can't be beat.
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:40 PM   #24
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but the guy is not making anymore so effectively out of business

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It "can" (on the versys anyway) but its not pretty.

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Old 10-12-2011, 02:42 PM   #25
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I agree. I had an 06 650R. Put 35k miles on it. After a VFR800 decided to go back to the 650 and now have a versys and love it. And its damn reliable. Kawasaki seems to listen to owners and update their motorcycles on a regular basis. Definitely the best line up in the US from the asian brands. Would love to have a C14 as well. And maybe the Ninja 1000.
on the dirt bike and dual sport end, i don't see much "listening"
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Old 10-12-2011, 02:51 PM   #26
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Next dumb question - what are the advantages of having a center stand?

(The only things I can think of, are chain maintenance and tire inspection/repair away from home.)
It makes it harder for random people to sit on your bike.
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Old 10-12-2011, 03:21 PM   #27
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Modern chains are so good centerstands are totally outmoded imo. Its just not worth the weight or ground clearance penalty to make occasional chain lubing ever so slightly more convenient.

On the dual sport end Kawak nor any of the other Japanese makers are doing much. The Japanese makers easily lead the pack when it comes to purebread dirt bikes though.
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Old 10-12-2011, 04:13 PM   #28
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Modern chains are so good centerstands are totally outmoded imo. Its just not worth the weight or ground clearance penalty to make occasional chain lubing ever so slightly more convenient.

On the dual sport end Kawak nor any of the other Japanese makers are doing much. The Japanese makers easily lead the pack when it comes to purebread dirt bikes though.
agreed on the chain. a trailside jack can also work nice to hold the bike up too.

as far as kawi leading the pack in dirtbikes, say what???
http://www.kawasaki.com/Products/SubCategory.aspx?id=11
same line up last year. maybe you're a 140cc kinda guy.
sure they've got some nice mx bikes but...
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Old 10-12-2011, 05:55 PM   #29
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Very nice.

I still dig the black. The Ninja 650 was a nice looking bike before, but the stepped seat makes it look better.
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:06 PM   #30
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I still dig the black. The Ninja 650 was a nice looking bike before, but the stepped seat makes it look better.
I still think the original in silver/gold was the best looking version, but I'm biased.

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