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Old 01-20-2012, 07:26 AM   #286
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At least this time they acknowledged the Japanese bike. And the front of that Versys has enough "character" to blow them all away..

I am glad, I have something to park the Strom next to now

Not a mention of funny front suspension this time. Interesting.
In the print article, only Chad still has a problem with the front, though he says it's fine 90-95% of the time. Chad is a club-level racer, so I'd guess he'll push the front more than the average rider.

Or maybe Kawasaki tweaked the bike after the launch reports?
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:45 AM   #287
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An hour's worth of removal and sanding and some matte black urethane will fix the ugly on the front headlight trim...

Try Plastidip spray

works well and is difficult to chip.

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Old 01-20-2012, 12:14 PM   #288
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Depends on how much weight is on the front wheel. Front heavy hogs don't work as well on gravel/dirt roads. This bike seems reasonably light compared to some so called new adventure bikes. Time will tell.
Second that, although isn't the solution to be on the throttle ALL the time? That and move around on the bike as needed.
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:52 PM   #289
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Good to see MCN hasn't lost their hard hitting analysis..



If they like the GS fine, but the justifications are getting a bit weird.

At least this time they acknowledged the Japanese bike. And the front of that Versys has enough "character" to blow them all away..

I am glad, I have something to park the Strom next to now
You wrote my thoughts exactly.

I don't know why MCN can't put just a bit more effort and detail in their reviews. At least it was good to see the Versys 1000 in "action" and side by side with the other bikes. I thought their comments on it being more comfortable and compact feeling were interesting. I didn't expect "compact" to be one of of the adjectives to come out, for the Tiger 1050 I can see it. I sure wish we could actually see and sit on one here in the States.
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:26 PM   #290
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that stuff adhere to plastic ok or is there mandatory prep work, sanding or specialized priming needed?
http://www.plastidip.com/home_solutions/Plasti_Dip

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Old 01-21-2012, 03:36 PM   #291
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with 17 inch front wheel is the width. For gravel/dirt a narrow front tire gives better control. 17 inchers tend to be fatter, therefore less desireable for light off road. It can be done with a 17 but alot less confidence inspiring at speed.
not that much wider than adv bikes using a 110-19" as this bike uses a 120-17". it's not until you get to 21" that tires are 80 or 90mm wide.

17" does not climb over rocks like 19" and 19" not as well as 21"
...& 23" experiment way back when found it to be too big.

tck-80 120-70-17" will be available soon enough for those willing to try.
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Old 01-26-2012, 03:24 PM   #292
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Hey!

Lets keep this going. Spoke to my Dealer today and he said, available in March in Canada. Heard you wern't getting it in the U.S. but thats only a rumor. Lets hope you do. The 650 is available so why not the 1000? May flog the big GS in favour of this especially if I can get a 19 inch front wheel swap happening. Maybe Woodys can make it happen, if the Vstom wheel don't fit.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:08 PM   #293
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Wonder if there would be a way to do a spoked wheel swap including a 19" front? Add a bash plate, crash bars, and some good tires and it would be ready for the Trans-Labrador or Dempster highway.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:16 PM   #294
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It's ready now for the Dempster. Maybe not the North Canol.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:24 PM   #295
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Bump cause I want one !
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:34 AM   #296
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Bump cause I want one !
I want one too and sent an email to Kawasaki USA yesterday expressing my interest and hopes that it will be brought here. I got a reply from a real person who said my request would be forwarded for consideration.

It can't hurt if more of us let Kawasaki know we want it here.
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:03 PM   #297
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Well I managed to put 20 miles on our demo bike after work tonight. Initial thoughts are 'wow' !! My day to day ride is a KTM 990 Adventure so I am used to the size and riding position of this sort of bike.

But compared to the KTM the Kawasaki is just so smooth and pulls from 10mph in top gear - so easy to ride and very relaxed ride without having to buzz up and down through the gears.

Obviously on a brand new bike with sub-zero temperatures i could not push the handling - but it felt OK. Screen seems to work well (at local speeds - 40mph speed limit but there are places you can go a 'little' bit quicker !). Nice wide bars and mirrors that work. Only out for half an hour but seat feels comfy.

Definitely needs handguards and heated grips in the current weather though !

Will get out again over the next few days and post more pics

A few photos from this evening (sorry for poor quality )











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Old 02-01-2012, 01:45 PM   #298
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Great, thanks! Please keep it up and let us know how you end up liking the 1000. Any evidence of the buzz that some Z1000s have?
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Old 02-01-2012, 02:23 PM   #299
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Thanks for the Quick review Pebble,

Much appreciated.

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Old 02-02-2012, 05:43 PM   #300
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