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Old 11-08-2011, 07:14 AM   #1
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2012 Versys 1000

Because it really has no business being posted in Beasts.




Lets take a look.

Detuned Ninja 1000 motor with 116hp at the crank, at 9k RPM.
239kg translates to 527lbs.
21 liter tank is 5.5 US gallons.

Select between full or 75% power
Three traction control modes.
Standard ABS.

I sorta like it. Less adventure pretense and more honest motorcycling.

Plus I like brunettes.

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Old 11-08-2011, 07:22 AM   #2
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It's about time someone woke up and started giving Vstrom buyers a choice. They just need to add an ABS option to the 650. Nice upright ergos too which is the key to why adventure touring bikes are gaining popularity.. it ain't because buyers are going around the world or doing much if any off roading.. it's the comfortable ergos without having to ride a cruiser.
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Old 11-08-2011, 07:32 AM   #3
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It's about time someone woke up and started giving Vstrom buyers a choice.
Agreed. The Kawi 650s all have ABS across the pond, just not offered here.

As for the 1000, knowing Kawi it will undercut all the others in price, and having ridden a Ninja1000 with a slight different tune of that motor, the Versys 1000 will be a great standard / two-up road bike. 527lbs is a lot lighter than the 1200-and-larger competition from BMW/Honda/Triumph/Yamaha.

Here's a promo vid I found on S-T.N. Surprised they haven't developed their own luggage. Givi V35s are ok, but the mounting racks are hideous. I know, I've put them on two bikes.

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Old 11-08-2011, 07:48 AM   #4
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Looks like they're using Givi luggage.. Nice bike for the Euro market. Let's hope they bring it here.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:06 AM   #5
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Thanks for the vid, Grainbelt; the bike looks better than in the pics.
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:39 AM   #6
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Because it really has no business being posted in Beasts.




Lets take a look.

Detuned Ninja 1000 motor with 116hp at the crank, at 9k RPM.
239kg translates to 527lbs.
21 liter tank is 5.5 US gallons.

Select between full or 75% power
Three traction control modes.
Standard ABS.

I sorta like it. Less adventure pretense and more honest motorcycling.

Plus I like brunettes.

Having owned two Versys and a DL1000........The Versys 1K looks like and most likely will ride like a winner. It's a inexpensive GS to me..... well worth the lower price point. And yes, the brunette is ok, but those boots...
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Old 11-08-2011, 08:49 AM   #7
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Looks like they're using Givi luggage.. Nice bike for the Euro market. Let's hope they bring it here.

I was about to say the same thing! It looks fat, like Varadero fat! still I want to see it, I think I could not afford it BUT I am happy to have options!

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Old 11-08-2011, 09:05 AM   #8
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Glad another choice of dual sport beasts is available.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:12 AM   #9
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Not dual sport. I.e. not a dirt bike. Its an "Adventure bike", a long travel, upright ergos streetbike...
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:13 AM   #10
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I find it interesting that a 650 parallel twin and a 1000cc I4 are given the same model name simply because they have the same headlight? Maybe I'm being pedantic here, but the engine characteristics of an I4 and a parallel twin are so night and day different that these bikes will hardly resemble each other (aside from how they look)... I like that they built it though, more models available is always a good thing.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:15 AM   #11
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I find it interesting that a 650 parallel twin and a 1000cc I4 are given the same model name simply because they have the same headlight? Maybe I'm being pedantic here, but the engine characteristics of an I4 and a parallel twin are so night and day different that these bikes will hardly resemble each other (aside from how they look)... I like that they built it though, more models available is always a good thing.
DL1000....DL650.... Not very original just easy to do the marketing.....choice your weapon

Don't really need a 1000. The 650 is very nice. But the 1000 sure looks pretty.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:19 AM   #12
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I doubt that the engine detuned as much as it is will have a dramatically different power curve from the 650, it'll just be shifted up quite a bit.

I like the bike overall. My two big gripes are that its 1) at least 50lbs heaver than it should be and 2) detuned. Why do mfg's always have to detune engines before they put them in something with long-ish suspension? The Ninja 1000 mill isn't exactly highly tuned to start with.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:22 AM   #13
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Damn.. I just bought a bike and looked at all options for a middle weight commuter, light duty dirt roads and for short trips... this bike would have been perfect. I looked at the Versys 650 but ruled it out due to the lack of ABS. Too bad this one isn't available here.. and it doesn't look like it's coming in 2012.. no mention of this the Kawi Canada site.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:29 AM   #14
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I really don't understand this? Heavier, slower, higher cog? The ninja 1000 is just a way better bike! Neither is any good off road.
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Old 11-08-2011, 09:29 AM   #15
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Damn.. I just bought a bike and looked at all options for a middle weight commuter, light duty dirt roads and for short trips... this bike would have been perfect.
Curious, what did you buy?
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