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Old 09-20-2008, 02:40 PM   #1531
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The Versys is no longer called a dual purpose bike. Kawasaki has now decided it is a sportbike. I will have one of the rare red SUVs.

http://www.kawasaki.com/Products/det...t=introduction
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:46 PM   #1532
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SW Motech engine guard mounting

I searched the thread but did not find any posts about mounting the SW Motech crash bars. Looking at the mounting directions and the bike, it appears that the plastic on each side of the radiator needs to come off to access the front mounting bolt. I'm pretty sure someone on the thread has mounted these bars and would appreciate your experience in the process. Any tricks to save time and decrease cussing?
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:58 PM   #1533
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The Versys is no longer called a dual purpose bike. Kawasaki has now decided it is a sportbike. I will have one of the rare red SUVs.

http://www.kawasaki.com/Products/det...t=introduction
So, MSRP is $200 more for the '09...are there any differences between '08 & '09 besides color?
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:08 PM   #1534
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So, MSRP is $200 more for the '09...are there any differences between '08 & '09 besides color?
Do not think so.
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:07 PM   #1535
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The Versys is no longer called a dual purpose bike. Kawasaki has now decided it is a sportbike.
Not calling it a dual sport bike is good move toward an accurate description. I do consider it more sport bike than DP, but I hope that designation doesn't filter down into affecting insurance rates.
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:13 PM   #1536
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The insurance companies usally do not know the difference. When I had the Speed Triple I told them it was a Touring bike rates dropped way down. State Farm goes on engine size. You can get some good deals if you ride sportbikes.
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Old 09-20-2008, 09:10 PM   #1537
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The Versys is no longer called a dual purpose bike. Kawasaki has now decided it is a sportbike.

http://www.kawasaki.com/Products/det...t=introduction
This is terrible. Now I can't ride off the pavement anymore.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:18 AM   #1538
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The Versys is no longer called a dual purpose bike. Kawasaki has now decided it is a sportbike. I will have one of the rare red SUVs.

http://www.kawasaki.com/Products/det...t=introduction
There is no Black or Ebony color as someone suggested. I like Blue though it is difficult to see in low light or at night. Guess it will be Candy Lime Green for me. I like that color and it is easily notced on the street.

Looks like the Candy Lime Green is no longer available for the '09 KLR650. The '09 KLR650 is also an additional $200 raising it to $5599. Better for me since I will be selling my '05 KLR685 with $3500 of additional improvements.

Talked to a local motorcycle dealer today and they just placed their order with Kawasaki. Does anyone know where I can buy a new 50 States Versys in California? SoCal maybe? I retired this last week so I can have a lot of time to call dealers in California.
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Old 09-21-2008, 08:52 AM   #1539
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The insurance companies usally do not know the difference. When I had the Speed Triple I told them it was a Touring bike rates dropped way down. State Farm goes on engine size. You can get some good deals if you ride sportbikes.
No offense, but I seriously doubt this. They've got databases compiled by third parties no doubt. All the info they need is in the VIN. They could care less about whether you think it's a touring bike or a pit bike. ;)

I got one of the VERY first Husky street legal TE450s and they already had the info in their systems.

Actually, it is the VERY first off the line, S# ends 00000 :)

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Old 09-21-2008, 08:53 AM   #1540
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I really like the lime green. s:
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Old 09-21-2008, 09:48 AM   #1541
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Not calling it a dual sport bike is good move toward an accurate description. I do consider it more sport bike than DP, but I hope that designation doesn't filter down into affecting insurance rates.
My insurance company, Allstate, already considers it a sport bike and my rates reflect that. :( But I did shop around when I first bought it and it was still cheaper than all the other places I tried.
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:13 AM   #1542
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I have Progressive and they ask me what a Versys is and I told them it was a dual sport and they put it on the policy as a dual sport. Insurance companies do not have a clue about what most of these bikes are. Most likey if they do not have an R before or after the name you can get good rates. Just talk to the agent and tell them that it is not a hard core sportbike. Let them look at it ,to them if it does not look like a crotch rocket then it is not a sportbike.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:22 PM   #1543
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Any of you guys get the extended warranty? Think it's woth it? My dealer offered me 36 months for $525.
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Old 09-21-2008, 01:12 PM   #1544
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Old 09-21-2008, 01:29 PM   #1545
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Any of you guys get the extended warranty? Think it's woth it? My dealer offered me 36 months for $525.
Extended warranties are never worth it...just more income for the dealer.
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