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Old 08-31-2012, 09:28 AM   #31
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Just what we need. A more powerful version of one of the ugliest bikes ever made.
It's all in the eye of the beholder. I thought the origional Versys was hideous until they changed the look in 2010. The newer look with stacked head light & slimer farring looks sexy to me. I was shocked how much better such a minor change made.

I vastly prefer the look of the Z-1000 (one of the sexiest bikes Kawasaki has ever made IMO) but, I have a bad knee that could never take the bend.

I've been fanatsizing about the 1000 Versys since it first hit europe & the only bike I want more is the suzuki GSX-1400 but, I think they discontinued it alltogeather. The 1000 Versys is a real world bike that I'd enjoy as my long distance runner & it "probably" wouldn't provoke me into triple digit speeds every time I left the house but, easily could do those speeds in case I'm "forced" to.
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:28 PM   #32
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It's all in the eye of the beholder. I thought the origional Versys was hideous until they changed the look in 2010. The newer look with stacked head light & slimer farring looks sexy to me. I was shocked how much better such a minor change made.
I obviously agree.....here's my "sexy" beast:


It's a leftover 2011 that I bought 4 weeks ago. There can't be a much better value on the market right now. I've got over 1,900 miles on it already....all day rides, the longest at just over 300 miles.

This bike has a lot of good points imo(in addition to its great looks ). Great commanding riding position; 454lbs ready to ride; uses regular fuel; 5 gallon gas tank that provides(easily) over 200 miles range; upside down forks(very nice at this price point); 650cc engine is surprisingly strong, revs like an inline 4, and pulls nicely right from the bottom with decent torque. I do all my own servicing, including changine tires, and the service intervals are very user friendly with a 26,250 mile valve check interval and pretty much 7,500 mile interval for everything else, including oil & filter change(I'll change the oil & filter more frequently, however).

Thus far I'm very pleased with my purchase and really don't see a need for the V1000, unless you do a lot of 2 up riding, or lots and lots of riding on the slab. Oh, and the V1000 isn't as sexy either.
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:31 AM   #33
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I have the new versys 1000. so far so good, I did a big tour on my klr this year 12000 miles in the Yukon and B.C. the best....but the my klr just needed more of everything except reliability....The dealer here gave me a great trade and price on the Versys....so far it has been a blast. think the looks grows on you and the people who call it ugly are just jealous cruiser types......smile..... if you see it beside a multistrada there are lots of similarities. and pictures don't do the paint justice.....I was considering a big Yamaha or a Concours. but find the comfort level much better with the versys.....you cannot argue with the numbers either with a 11.5 quarter, 0 to sixty in just over 3 seconds , fuel milage is great on the hi-way. The biggest problem so far is it likes to creep up to speeding ticket speed if you are not paying attention. I hope everyone had a good summer......
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:47 PM   #34
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I have the new versys 1000. so far so good....I was considering a big Yamaha or a Concours.
G'day, I went to my local dealer here in Darwin and he had a demo Versys 1000 on the floor. I've been looking at the bike for a while. I currently have a 2005 DL 650 V-Strom. The Strom is good but.... I need something with more get up and boogie. The Northern Territory has so many long and open roads that the poor Strom really does struggle. Its not designed for the conditions here. The 3 spoke cast wheels are vulnerable too.

I too looked at the a big Yammy (XTZ1200 Tenere) and the Kaw Concours (in Australia its known at the 1400GTR). The GTR would be great if you had no interest at all on going off road and really lets face it the Tenere is a glorified road bike. Both the GTR and tenere have the shaft drive which I really like but the Versys has a chain but it really didn't worry me. The Versys just took my fancy. Cheaper than both the GTR and Tenere, 24 month unlimited warranty, 43mm USP front forks and a proven engine from the Z1000. The dealer quoted me $15,950 AUD ride away. NOT TOO BAD.

Surfing the net for reviews and videos, not many have given negative feedback. Most reviews weren't too keen on the looks but they reckon the suspension and engine performance more than make up for it. As long as the headlight assembly lights up the road better than a lit match, I'm not too fussd on the looks. Aftermarket parts are a little scarce since this is a new model for this year but SW-Motech are the best choice for AM parts. Handguards, pannier racks and cases, centre stands, engine guards and rear alloy rack plus more.

I haven't taken it for a spin (test ride) yet but its definately on the cards in coming weeks.

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Old 09-23-2012, 04:25 PM   #35
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Ugh - the 1000 is FUGLY. I've always liked the look of the 650, with the undercan and banana swing arm. The straight line between the swingarm, the offset shock and the mini-fairing.

The 1000 looks like the new Triumph Tiger - too angular, and as much as it's become a cliche, like a Transformer. Oh well, I don't buy new bikes anyway.
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Old 09-23-2012, 05:51 PM   #36
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hello dunno-where

Here is a little update on my versys 1000. So far 5500 miles. This is a very comfortable ride I have had a couple of 500 km days on it and no worry's.. It is fast you could cruise at a 100 miles an hour everyday in comfort(I wish).. wind and rain protection for the body is good but the windshield sucks. I see twisted throttle and others are selling stuff for it now.. Others have liked the mra screen for it. The hardbags it came with actually make the bike look like a cruiser (slower) which is good where I live. What else can I say, as it breaks in the power just gets smoother. All I have done is wax the chain and change the oil. Did I say it was fast....you can lift the tire by just rolling on a little harder in 2nd or 3rd, not that I would do that sort of thing.. A shaft drive would be nice, but this is not a complicated bike out back making service on the road pretty easy...The bike feels light and sporty even with a passenger...Winter coming here, I can't wait for the spring to get out on the road again..........Steve
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:41 PM   #37
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Its a great adventure bike. Had it since june 2012 and now done 24k kms /15kmiles. Did almost 7k in 2 weeks recently. Across 4 countries. My last day I did 2150km in 23 hrs from vientianne , Laos to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Excellent on highways and traction controls helps a lot on dirts, rocks, muddy and slippery roads.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:05 PM   #38
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In all honesty I don't think they will sell too many, and it's a shame. I get the feeling that many who would be interested in this bike would also be in the market for Ninja or Z1000. I don't think too many people would pick the V over either of those two.
I would !!!

I like the Ninja 1000, but I can't see me owning one. Too sporty for me. The Versys 1000 looks a lot more comfy, with a lot more passenger room.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:31 PM   #39
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I would !!!

I like the Ninja 1000, but I can't see me owning one. Too sporty for me. The Versys 1000 looks a lot more comfy, with a lot more passenger room.
i bought the ninja 1k but if the versys 1k was around i would taken it in a heartbeat. more fuel range and the ECO mode button makes the choice a no-brainer. your sitting upright anyways so might as well go for the comfort of the versys

i was looking for a gas station at 125 miles on the ninja
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:21 AM   #40
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I'm not a fan of Kawasaki, but more big general purpose bikes in our market can't be bad.

Before you guys jump my ass for trashing Kawi, I'll just say that I've seen some quality issues with the 650's and the Connies that make me balk at their stuff. However, I understand that the Z1000, ZX10, Ninja 1k, and Z750S were all pretty successful (quality, not sales numbers) and reliable machines. So, don't tar and feather me.
I can't speak for the rest but I can say that you're right about the Z1000. My 2004 has been the most reliable trouble free bike I have ever owned since I started buying street bikes in 1983 The only thing it has required in the past 45,000 km is tires, a chain and sprockets at 30,000 km, regular oil changes, and fuel. Absolutely nothing broken or defective, well I did have to change a signal light bulb once.

The Versys 1000 looks like a fantastic bike and if it is anything like my Z1000 it will provide years and years of trouble free riding. I would be interested in one myself but I am going to try something a little more dirt oriented this year.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:18 AM   #41
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Damnit, we aren't. Change the thread title, it gets my hopes up every morning and then smashes them
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:46 AM   #42
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Damnit, we aren't. Change the thread title, it gets my hopes up every morning and then smashes them
Source? Say it ain't so!
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:54 AM   #43
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Source? Say it ain't so!
Well, it isn't on Kawasaki's website for 2013, for starters. I can't get that excited about 2014 right now.

They haven't even brought in the 650 versys with ABS yet, so they must not take the segment that seriously. Hell, I don't have their market research, maybe they're right not to.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:10 AM   #44
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Damnit, we aren't. Change the thread title, it gets my hopes up every morning and then smashes them
'Canada got the Versys 1000'

'USA only remaining country without Versys 1000'

What would you like?
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:19 AM   #45
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I'm very tempted to drive 40 miles south, cross the border to Windsor, and bring a Versys 1000 back home with me.


Now, if I could just get the wife on board with the plan........
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