New Kawasaki Versys 1000 in 2012

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Shouk, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Shouk

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  2. GrahamD

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    Now we need a Six cylinder ADV Bike. Any takers??

    Maybe Group Qianjiang can bring back the Benelli 750 motor for the mid range segment. Time to start a rumour I think. :evil

    Well I suppose since the Europeans like Jacked up road bikes, this was bound to happen. :deal

    At least we are getting flooded with practical bikes for a change.
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  3. Paulvt1

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    I'm not sure if that's brilliant or insane. However, if it's a Kwak - it'll be fun, but probably won't have a center stand. One of my personal hates on a road bike.
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    Why, Kawi, Why????????????
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    Waiting for the punch line.... like

    it will be like a KLR

    and have only five gears...... :lol3

    and like a KLR, the manual will indicate it has six.
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  6. BornAgain

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    Z1000 engine in a dual sport. It may not be the best in the dirt but it certainly will be among the fastest.:D
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  7. Paulvt1

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    So Suzuki - what do you have?

    The BKing engine would be a good start...:D
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  8. GrahamD

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    In breaking News YAMAHA announces the ADV-MAX.

    1700cc of raw adrenalin pumping grunt. Tuned for off road power.

    Able to throw roost a quarter of mile in milliseconds....

    Seriously guys, this is what people want. More power, faster quarter mile times lighter weight.

    Don't tell me anyone was surprised. Kawasaki has obviously been reading this forum.
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  9. BikePilot

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    I like it! I4s aren't my cuppa, but it'd suit the mission just fine. Smooth, plenty of power and that I4 will lug down low and chug along very nicely while still having a solid top end punch. I remember thinking my bandit 1250 engine would have been an ideal adv touring engine as it was so flexiable. Could plunk along at 1k rpm on a atv track or tear up the twisties.
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    cool
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  11. GrahamD

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    Yesterday I would have thought that was really out there, but now I don't know anymore :scratch
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  12. elephant man

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    i guess kawasaki turned to sailah for inspiration...
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  13. Rema in Paluda

    Rema in Paluda Been here awhile

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    In-Line four ?

    Yamaha once tried that for their Dakar bike, but it had the nasty habit of burrying its rear wheel...
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  14. pluric

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    Low pipe, cast wheels, inline four looks more like a niche bike for the look.
    Nothing wrong with that. I think few D/S vehicles are ever really used for what they
    were made for. I'm on my 6th Jeep that has never been off roading.
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  15. bumblebee1

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    Direct competition for the Vstrom 1000, only Kawasaki doesn't try to fool anybody by installing a 19" front wheel.
    It's an asphalt adventure bike.
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  16. bikerfish

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    looks like a great 2-up touring bike! hope they build it!
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  17. Snarky

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    No, Kawasaki, I do not want a Z1000 engine in a Versys, I want the Versys engine in a KLR.

    That said, wth is wrong with that Versys? Are those fairings different? They look odd... Also, why is it missing a pannier?

    Why did the person photoshopping the background out of the picture have shaky hands? Was he really excited?
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  18. FlyingFinn

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    MS1200 with Japanese reliability and price-point. Nothing wrong with that.

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  19. eakins

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    yep it's an upright street/tour bike. nothing wrong with that.

    ...this thread should be in road section not beasts however.
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  20. pluric

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    Yeah, the term used to be Sport Standard or Naked. Suzuki Bandit, SV 1000, Kawasaki Zepher?
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