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Old 01-22-2015, 10:19 PM   #1
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The Big Versys 1000 Thread

New to the United States for 2015, Kawasaki Heavy Industries has given us what appears to be a Ninja 1000 on stilts.

Joking aside, the newly redesigned Versys 1000 does share styling with the Ninja 1000, but it has an upright standard seating position, more suspension travel, hard side cases standard, larger adjustable windscreen, hand guards, etc.

In the last three years, I've owned a Super Tenere, an ST1300, an NC700X, and a FZ-09. I liked the upright seating and extra leg room of the Tenere. I loved the poly-cylinder character of the ST1300 and the FZ-09. Liked the 17" wheels and handling of the NC700X and FZ-09. Liked the hard bags on three of them. Did not like the parallel twins very much on long trips, and didn't like the more cramped seating of the poly-cylinder bikes. Didn't like the heat and weight (slow speeds) of the ST1300.

The Versys 1000 LT appears to keep everything that I liked about my previous bikes, and loses what I did not like. There are not many other bikes in the U.S. market that compare with this offering --- at least nothing in my price range. I remember thinking sometime last year how cool it would be if Honda updated/redesigned the ST1100, because that's where my tastes were converging. Bravo, Kawasaki! You have granted my wish!

Mine was removed from the crate today. I'm picking it up Saturday morning.

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Old 01-23-2015, 12:23 AM   #2
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Nice! One of the things I like about the 2015 model year Versys is all the color choices we get in the US are good ones. For both the 650 and the 1000.

In another thread a 650 buyer was claiming pretty impressive fuel economy. But I read elsewhere that the 1000 has a better fuel economy rating than the 650. Surprising but certainly not impossible. Curious what fuel economy you and other buyers get.
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Old 01-23-2015, 05:47 AM   #3
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Ok, I'm jealous......
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:39 AM   #4
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Was passed by a black one yesterday so I stopped at my dealer and they had just received a black one yesterday. He said there were 2 shipped to So Cal so far. This one must have been a test drive bike or from out of state. The bike is beautiful, I would like to see the orange in person. The bags come off and go back on pretty easy. I'm 6'3" and I could sit on it flat footed. Center stand is nice.
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:49 AM   #5
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I think you're going to love your Versys ghars.
I had a 2012 Versys 650 and it was the funnest bike I ever owned. I totalled it a couple of years ago and am picking up a new 650LT when it comes in next month. I wanted a 1000LT but my left leg is trashed and I was worried about it being a little big and too much power to jump into after a couple of years of not riding and my physical condition.
But the 650 did everything I needed before. So maybe in a few years if my body can handle it I'll jump into the 1000. Enjoy!!!
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:20 AM   #6
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The riding position of the Ninja 1000 is pretty upright, so I don't know how much different this will be. Hopefully the insurance rates will be a lot better because it doesn't have "Ninja" written all over it. Overall, I think this bike is very interesting.
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:29 AM   #7
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Another great bike coming out this year too!

Apparently it can really do it all, including a decent trackday session:

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Old 01-23-2015, 12:28 PM   #8
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New to the United States for 2015,.....

At the bare minimum you deserve some sort of award for not posting this in the Beasts section.
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Old 01-23-2015, 01:08 PM   #9
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At the bare minimum you deserve some sort of award for not posting this in the Beasts section.
Yes! Silly moto journalists are trying to use the word "adventure" as many times as possible, but this is a sport touring bike. Kawasaki has not called this an adventure bike and they are not marketing it that way. In the press release, Kawasaki called it a "versatile euro touring motorcycle". The first two words are meaningless marketing babble. It's a touring bike.

Here is the press release that describes all of the specs, features, and standard equipment: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT Press Release

Only 20 hours to go.....
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:30 PM   #10
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the 1000 checks a lot of boxes for me as well. I've read about the engine vibration. I have no experience with this engine, how big a issue is it?
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:39 PM   #11
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is it out already? Oh my, I thought I had a few more months before I had to find a way to talk the wife into another motorcycle purchase....

I can't wait to see it.
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Old 01-23-2015, 03:55 PM   #12
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Oh man. Is that the Ninja 1000 engine? I had one of those, that is an amazing engine. Selling that bike was a huge mistake. All day ergos with stock bars, and a rocket motor underneath.

Slipper clutch, traction control, center stand, standard saddlebags...this is going to be one of the best road bikes ever.
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Old 01-23-2015, 04:46 PM   #13
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The riding position of the Ninja 1000 is pretty upright, so I don't know how much different this will be. Hopefully the insurance rates will be a lot better because it doesn't have "Ninja" written all over it. Overall, I think this bike is very interesting.
Not even close... The Versys 1k is similar to the 650, or a Strom.
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Old 01-23-2015, 06:54 PM   #14
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Not even close... The Versys 1k is similar to the 650, or a Strom.
Not that far off - Ninja 1000 15 deg forward lean, Versys 1000 3 deg. Compare that to ZX10 at 41 deg per cycle-ergo.com.
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:03 PM   #15
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My 6ft 32 inch inseam would definately be more comfortable on the Versys. The Ninja is a nice bike but I like the true upright ergos, centerstand, rack, huge seat, and overall bigness of the Versys.
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