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Old 06-17-2012, 07:38 PM   #391
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Stopped by a Kawasaki store in Thunder Bay this morning. Guy was washing his truck, but of course being Sunday, he didn't want to open up the showroom and show it to me. To bad. I know the store owner and the bike is pretty much on my short list to replace my 650. But being a 6 hour ride, I'll probably have to head to Winnipeg to see one. Are they much taller than the 650?
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:24 PM   #392
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These are NOT dual sport bikes. Kawasaki is marketing both Versys for the pavement. Why are they in "Beasts"? Kawasaki has a dual sport. It's called a KLR. The Versys is a roomy upright motorcycle.


Despite its rugged looks, Kawasaki's new Versys 1000 is not a competitor for BMW's R1200GS, the model that created the adventure bike class.
Where the GS has sufficient off-road ability to make it the default choice for round-the-world adventurers with deserts and rivers to cross, the Versys 1000 shares the same basic engine and frame, as well as many minor components, as Kawasaki's Z1000 road bike. Off-road, it wouldn't see which way the BMW went.

Kawasaki has a bike that'll go everywhere a BMW R1200GS will go. For about a quarter of the price. The KLR.

Hell's bells, even a Ducati Monster can make down the odd gravel road.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:10 PM   #393
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If a DL1000 V-Strom is called an Adventure bike, I am sure the Kawasaki can be called one too.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:42 AM   #394
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And the Crosstourer, Stelvio, , Amazonis etc etc etc.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:52 AM   #395
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:00 PM   #396
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17 inch front wheel = Road Warrior
Better get the multi out of here as well
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:40 PM   #397
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Better get the multi out of here as well
Tiger 1050s, too.
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:32 AM   #398
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These are NOT dual sport bikes. Kawasaki is marketing both Versys for the pavement. Why are they in "Beasts"? Kawasaki has a dual sport. It's called a KLR. The Versys is a roomy upright motorcycle.


Despite its rugged looks, Kawasaki's new Versys 1000 is not a competitor for BMW's R1200GS, the model that created the adventure bike class.
Where the GS has sufficient off-road ability to make it the default choice for round-the-world adventurers with deserts and rivers to cross, the Versys 1000 shares the same basic engine and frame, as well as many minor components, as Kawasaki's Z1000 road bike. Off-road, it wouldn't see which way the BMW went.

Kawasaki has a bike that'll go everywhere a BMW R1200GS will go. For about a quarter of the price. The KLR.

Hell's bells, even a Ducati Monster can make down the odd gravel road.
It's just because of sitting position. Versys's smaller brother also here in beasts, aswell as v-strom and such.

For the record, went to change tyres yesterday and completed the look-around on the V1000 (they don't have one for test-drives)... this thing is GOURGEOUS!!!! I guess I'm used to the look by now, but I even find it a beautifull bike
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:08 AM   #399
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Today I took my Tiger 800 to the dealer for the recall on the gear return spring and center stand.
While waiting I took a short testride on the Versys 1000. Can only say handling is brilliant compared to the T800. Brakes and suspension also better as is the wind protection. The seat is also great, I felt at home right away. If the thing wasn't so ugly (I know that is subjective, but it is my money) I would trade in my 800 right away. As it is the T800 lives on the see another day, but for how long
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Old 06-28-2012, 01:58 PM   #400
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Has BIKE reviewed the Versys 1000 yet?

If so, what did they have to say?
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:48 PM   #401
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so a bit of personal review

The bike is pretty heavy (239 kg), but i feel i handle it easier then my previous bike (bmw dakar f650gs).
It IS powerful - oh gosh - my dakar was so lame comparing to this z1000 motor (though it is 'downgraded' a bit). The torque is good, the acceleration is great and i drive within the city on '75% power' mode, switching to 100% only outside the city.
Traction control is a great add-on
ABS is nice
my wife is so grateful - she can drive now with me to any distance and feels great even after long distances - the seat is soooo great and comfortable. and a happy wife makes a happy husband
already have 2500km from 14th of June. Bike is great
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:09 PM   #402
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I have not read all the posts but does it not look like a Kawasaki TDM850 from the early 90's.
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:13 AM   #403
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I have not read all the posts but does it not look like a Kawasaki TDM850 from the early 90's.
YAMAHA made the TDM850.
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Old 06-30-2012, 06:20 AM   #404
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Kawasaki has a bike that'll go everywhere a BMW R1200GS will go. For about a quarter of the price. The KLR.

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Personally i think the KLR will go MORE places than the BMW and everywhere the BMW will go!
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:54 AM   #405
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Has BIKE reviewed the Versys 1000 yet?

If so, what did they have to say?
They loved it 2up, and tested it as the fatest and best-braked of the big ADV tourers.

But, like most, they found the I4 engine in an ADV chassis a bit, well, odd.
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