New Kawasaki Versys 1000 in 2012

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

  1. tremor38

    tremor38 Long timer

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    YAMAHA made the TDM850.
  2. eddie bolted

    eddie bolted BOING!!!

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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!
  3. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    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.
  4. Dust_

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    Is there a place where I can read it? website, or maybe download link.

    I tried googling it but found nothing! :(:
  5. GrahamD

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  6. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    First off, I like the look of the Versys 1000. BUT, it's NOT an "ADV" bike in the sense that the R1200GS is. It's a street bike with comfortable seating. Just because you don't lie down on it like a GSX-R, or go feet first like most H-D products, doesn't mean it's an "adventure" bike. It has a 17" front. I don't get why everybody here thinks it's an ADV bike.
    Me? I'll probably make it my next bike, but I won't be taking it to TDF. I have a DR650 for that type of foolishness.
    Lyle
  7. Mugatu

    Mugatu Sidewalk adventurer

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    That's odd, because the test reports I have been reading so far mentionned spongy breaks and an abs that doesn't work well on bad tarmac :hmmmmm
    I'd sure like it better if the breaks were good, as it would be a good cheap bike to replace my crashed S10 :cry
  8. Dust_

    Dust_ Adventure Dreamer

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    Every review I read points to the awsome traction control aswell as the bosh abs as being one of the best in town.

    They to complain about the front forks, but that wouldn't be a restriction for me, as I'm sure I won't ride it half as hard as those testers do :lol3
  9. Mugatu

    Mugatu Sidewalk adventurer

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    I guess I'll make my own opinion once I'm capable of riding again then ;)
  10. Azmo

    Azmo beginner

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    exactly. I don't think that K somewhere states that R1200GS adventure it is the same kind of 'adventure' which is V1000 designed for. If you take an across-Europe trip as an adventure - that is a nice bike for completing that goal. If you are up to beaches, sand, serious dirt and other types of offroad - please reconsider, as versys 1000 is not the right choice.
  11. aquadog

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    Still thinking it was the right choice. Engine is breaking in nicely, starts to growl and go as the revs rise. No, it's not a GS. But a GS isn't a KTM, either, so it's all relative. And Kawasaki is right, very few "adventure" bike owners actually use them as such. If reality outweighs marketing, the Versys 1000 will be a hit.

    Of course, I also have a KLR and a KLX - not particularly a Kaw fan, just luck of the draw when I wanted a bike of a certain type. I still like the KLR, but am thinking that it might make more sense to jump straight from something like the Versys 1000 to a bike that's truly dirt worthy - and with respect, any bike that weighs as much as a GS and the like, is not.

    I still think it's *not pretty*, but I don't care. It's a good bike, and a good value.
  12. Kawidad

    Kawidad Long timer

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    Well, let's see some pictures of it.....:evil
  13. Murphy Slaw

    Murphy Slaw Long timer

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    What he said.....
  14. aquadog

    aquadog Dude Buddha

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    Better? Better photos later when I add the milk crate.
  15. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    I am hoping to bring this thread back to life. I am looking at replacing a few bikes I have with one. The ZG1000 being the thing I most want to get rid of. I'm thinking the Versys 1000 should make an excellent replacement for everything, still give me the long distance capabilities I want, plus the versatility I miss from my VStrom.
    The 1000 Versys is a bit of a rare bird around here, so not many people I can ask in person. I'm hoping for some input from people who have now had a chance to put some miles on theirs.
  16. Murphy Slaw

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    Bwahahahahahahaha.....

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  17. aquadog

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    It's now getting dark enough (twilight) by midnight that I can report that the lights are probably up to the job. Still liking it. Haven't noticed any front end uncertainty, but I don't ride as hard as a tester. Have now ridden two-up a bit, and it handles that duty well, you can tell it's not stressing the bike. Pillion is barely noticeable until you get down to walking speed. Brakes are fine, lots of grip, good feel. Just at the point where cables and chain have stretched a bit, tightened everything up, all is well. Decent wind protection (6'-1"), only upper arms get some blast.
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    jmlmjmjm Been here awhile

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    Zammy Been here awhile

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    I was informed ...NOT 2013.:cry
  20. Azmo

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    just returned from 7500 km trip on versys 1000. i made it from Moscow to the Austrian/Italian/Swiss Alps and through approx 17 different passes. Wind, rain, cold, everything was fine with this great stallion :D I am totally pleased :clap