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Old 05-24-2012, 10:14 PM   #376
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Having just come back from an evening ride, I realized that the Versys is a cross of two of my current bikes - it's like my 2005 KLR and 2003 FZ1 got together in the shed over the winter and had a love child...no wonder I like it, I like both those bikes. No kidding, it's a *sport bike* you might put a milk crate on...be interesting to see how it does in the market place, because it's not an ego machine, just big fun. Got to be out of town tomorrow, but this weekend is play time. Nice riding past the big lakes, they're starting to break up with big ice pans floating around, daylight until about 11:30 right now.
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Old 05-27-2012, 06:34 PM   #377
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Rode a graded gravel road with some loose surface at about 50 mph, no issues, tried a farmer's track at about 30 mph (potholes, rocky), also fine. Probably can pick up the pace a bit on the graded gravel, probably keep it down on the rougher stuff. Not finding much negative, does most things quite well. May not do any single thing superlatively, unless you count "all arounder" as a riding aspect.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:44 AM   #378
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Anybody know if they're bringing this thing to the US anytime soon? I'd love to have one. I got rid of my Z1000 because of the cramped riding position and 4-gal gas tank. This thing would be awesome.

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Old 05-28-2012, 09:34 PM   #379
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I've seen no mention of this bike being planned for the US.

So for sale here in the US, what is the closest alternative from Japan with upright riding position, ABS, and this kind of power, without a lot more weight?
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:05 AM   #380
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The versys lineup is a great one. I have the 650 and love it. The 1000 is a great comfortable all rounder too
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:01 AM   #381
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I 'm in the UK. I was at the local Kawasaki dealer on Saturday, and they said they'd sold 'a couple' of the V1000.

The big seller, still, is the Z1000SX (Ninja 1000 in the USA).
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:21 PM   #382
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I was checking out the Versys's(sp?) today and while I decided on getting the 650, I sat on the 1000. Felt a bit bigger....a bit more refined, and the windshield was bigger. Oh yeah, the seat seemed to be a bit wider, and softer.
Talking to a guy who did a long trip on one, he said the seat, while bigger, is actually less comfortable and gave him monkey butt. But he said the motor was AWESOME, lol.
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Old 05-29-2012, 03:51 PM   #383
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A common and easily fixed problem. The 1000 is sweet.
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Old 05-30-2012, 03:33 AM   #384
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Got to sit on one this morning. Big and comfy. Didn't really fire me up to ask for the keys though. No doubt it's a good bike though.
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:15 AM   #385
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sat on one while in Lisbon 2 weeks ago ... perfect ergos... but the looks did not click. My opinion can be easily changed after a nice ride!!
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:12 PM   #386
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Still liking it. First tank looks like around 50 mpg, gives it pretty good range. Just rode back from town in the rain, "fairing" does not too bad a job, only the outside part of the leg below the knee got wet. Thighs and lap stayed dry. Only 25 km, but raining pretty hard. Note to self: put rain suit in tank bag...
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:54 AM   #387
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just ordered one. will receive it next wednesday and on friday i will be doing 2 x 500km (310mi) drive. will let you know the impressions. it will be mostly tamrac, but potty and pretty destroyed one

versys + 3x hard bags (original kawa aka re-branded givi) + some small farkles are sold for 20k USD here in Russia . Yeah, prices are crazy. Still it's 4k USD lower then S10 and 6K USD lower then GS1200, so it's a no-brainer for 2-up travels.

will keep you informed
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Old 06-09-2012, 01:51 PM   #388
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I want one. Would be a great stable mate for my 650.
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:33 PM   #389
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is the Versys V1000 coming to US or just Canada only? ...rumors??
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:37 PM   #390
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is the Versys V1000 coming to US or just Canada only? ...rumors??
The 650 was introduced to Canada a year before it was introduced to the US. So maybe next year, the V1000 will come to the US. It's already available in Canada now in brown only. MSRP $14K CAD
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