New Kawasaki Versys 1000 in 2012

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

  1. Spewboy

    Spewboy Not very Adventurous

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    I have just had the same dilemma, and I picked up my S10 this morning. I never got to ride a Versys but the quality of the S10 did it for me. It looked and felt integrated, where the Versys was full of compromises and bits from the Kawa parts bin. I reckon that it would go like stink though.
  2. Ride_There

    Ride_There Will ride for bacon.

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  3. aquadog

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    Motorcycle Sport & Leisure published a review and seem to love this bike. Cover blurb being "It's fast, easy, upright. It's brilliant to ride". They did mention the fork as feeling a big vague, but stated that a big piston fork with 6" of travel isn't going to feel like a sport bike (which, given the other attributes like power, some might have been expecting) and you'd probably get used to it.

    Reportedly very comfortable: "I can't remember the last time I rode a bike and felt as comfortable as I did on the launch. It felt easy to ride and had the oomph to plant a smile on my face with I asked it to." Nothing bad noted.
  4. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    The comfort is mentioned a lot, as is the smoothness. I think Kawasaki have gone for the Mr & Mrs of the ADVTourer market.
  5. aquadog

    aquadog Dude Buddha

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    Or us old farts! My FZ1 isn't extreme, but I'm looking for more upright, and more "all-rounder". Mind, they also mentioned exceptional steering and a motor that will grunt but still rev. It's a Kawasaki, after all...
  6. GrahamD

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    Any real world riding yet?

    The Aus prices are really good, so any real world owners out there :ear
  7. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    this may be 205, but it's a pretty good video. Apparently the V1000 handles pretty well. :D

    I hope it comes to the States!

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  8. GrahamD

    GrahamD Long timer

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    from the 9 bike "Adventure" bike test from MOTOCICLISMO Italy....

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=18193869#post18193869

    On road day 2

    My translation...

    Only Mrs Kawasaki could bear the looks but very popular on the bitumen amongst the testers for balance and neutral handling.

    Day 7

    My Translation...
    The Ducati is fast, exciting stable powerful, but is a bit on edge, and keeps you on your toes, not great in the tight stuff. The SM-T is gutless, unstable, [just exaggerating folks :deal] easy, but it likes the tight twisties.

    The Kawasaki is somewhere in between.

    Very interesting...

    Cheers
    Graham
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  10. aquadog

    aquadog Dude Buddha

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    Ordered one. It will be awhile before we have riding weather here, but looking forward to trying it out.
  11. Gregster

    Gregster Been here awhile

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    Tripletreat Been here awhile

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    Wow! That is some bizarre read.... :rofl
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  14. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    :lol3

    Click some of the links..
  15. svs

    svs All Hands on Deck!

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    I watched the earlier linked video clip yesterday.. Streamed it to my BIG TV at home from an iPad (via Apple TV-if you don't have Apple TV get it.. can stream from any apple device to yer TV -well worth $100) with the killer surround system... Cranked it up and watched that sucker FLY.

    WOW. That BIKE has a MOTOR..

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  16. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Tested figures:

    top speed 144.14mph
    0-60mph, 3.45 seconds
    quarter mile, 11.65 seconds
    Braking from 70mph to 0mph, 3.64 seconds
    top gear, 40mph to 120mph, 18.53 seconds
  17. Spencer54

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    I did a 200 mile test ride on one this weekend and it's a decent bike, not the best built thing in the world and truth be told a little dul. As a tool though it did evertything well, engine and box are as smooth as silk. Brakes are good but it weaves a bit at speed forks and set up felt a bit wrong like arse down and nose up.

    I went on motorways for 30 miles, a roads and from one side of London to the other.
    Initially I thought it would be a motorway cruiser and a liability in traffic, I was wrong.
    On the motorway it was a bit weavey as I mentioned, but around town it was a hoot.
    It was more nimble than the GSA I bumped into and quite thin which helped.

    Fuel consumption was anywhere from drinking it to super frugal.
    I tried hammering it to see and sure enough it drank it esp at high motorway speed, but then you expect that.
    What I didn't expect was it to do 65mpg at a constant 50 and trotting along.

    It's a good bike but it could do with a few mods to make it great, a pipe and a better screen and you,ll be a lot happier.
    But with it being only 500 quid cheaper than the Ktm why?
  18. aquadog

    aquadog Dude Buddha

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    Well, in Canada the price difference between a 2011 KTM and the 2012 Versys is $4,000. I haven't owned a KTM, but friends have owned 950 and 990's and from the Versys I expect better reliability (one 950 got bought back by the dealer it was so bad), easier servicing (some difficult access on KTM), and far more dealers and parts availability. For the $4,000 difference, I'm willing to make a few mods.

    The KTM is certainly more capable on trails, but very few people take a bike that big and heavy on a trail - or as a Kawasaki rep said at the introduction, "we didn't want to build a bike for a market that is largely illusory". For an "all-arounder" that can do gravel roads without flinching, I think Kawasaki has a reasonable answer. KTM is making great strides from earlier product, but reminds me a bit of Audi - the magazines rave about almost all the new models, but in fine print there is often some line about "and we had to replace the $7,000 transmission, but it was done under warranty, so not included in test costs". Right.

    Of course, since I'm waiting for my V1000 to arrive, I'm now officially biased! :wink:
  19. GrahamD

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    :lol3

    The KTM is hardcore and it is great to have that option for those gods of dirt out there. Gods cause lot's of trouble when they are bored. History tells us that.

    For mere mortals though, a good all round bike is just the ticket.

    It's good to have the choice for mere mortals these days with real budgets in mind. :freaky

    I thinkl judging by the amount of Stroms out there sleeping on the side of dirt roads and tracks, The illusory thing really only applies to those that are worried about things breaking and resale value.

    I know that KTM and Strom owners don;t seem to care about either as a general rule.

    I am looking forward to the sleeping Versys pics as well.

    But my biggest question is what is the plural of Versys?
    What do I write if I see two of them and what is the collective noun?
    Big questions I know, but we must be prepared. :deal
  20. svs

    svs All Hands on Deck!

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    That's a beautiful post. Like poetry. And this is the best line:

    Bravo my friend. Bravo!

    I love this place:clap