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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    Good on yah! I'm sure the new ride will give you many ear-to-ear grins and trouble-free miles. Will be interesting to see how quickly the aftermarket for this bike developes.

    Before I bought my S10, the 2010 Kawasaki Z1000 (same engine) was on my short list. When I finally decided something closer to the S10 better suited by purpose, I was a bit bummed that Kawi didn't offer anything remotely close in the same displacement class. A couple of months after I bought the Tenere, news of the Versys 1000 was leaked. If the timing of Kawi's release had been earlier, say at the same I was looking at TDMs and Stroms (prior to having much knowledge of the S10), there's a good chance I would have went with the Versys. Very satisfied with my purchase, but it's kinda crazy how the timing worked-out.
  2. aquadog

    aquadog Dude Buddha

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  3. Revan

    Revan Throttle Jockey

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  4. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    I've owned the Versys 650 for two years and the total is truly better than the sum of it's parts. Everything I've tossed at it it's handled with aplomb. I'm a big guy at 6'5" 260lbs and the Versys hauls me around quite well and handles remarkably well given it's budget suspension. I've added a Baldwin seat, steel braided brake lines, a couple of powerlet outlets, heated grips, and Z1000 mirrors.

    The only thing the 650 needs is another 20hp and torque to go with it. The 650 does fine when you're cruising around, and low speed work is a true joy. The fueling on mine is perfect. I used it as a media bike hauling a journalist around the Country Music Marathon a few months back and it was just as at home plodding around at 5mph as it is doing 80mph.

    That said, if I'm riding hard and fast, I've really gotta put the whip to 'er and if I happen to be going uphill...well, I can't kick her hard enough to keep up with my larger displacement riding friends. I have to make up time in the corners, which the Versys does quite well.

    If the 1000 is as good a bike as the 650, only with improved suspenders and more power, then I'm all in. Bring it on! Right now the Tiger 1050 and the Multistrada are the only options for me. I don't want any dirt riding ability. I just want a big, tall, comfortable sport bike....that I can actually afford (so that rules out the Multi).
  5. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    For me "Off Road" means reasonable dirt roads, which most street bikes can do without too much difficulty, so this thing should work just fine. Looking forward to fondling one in person soon.
  6. Stridercal

    Stridercal Adventurer

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    Look at HFL, Versys 1000 listed in EPA docs...
  7. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    Exactly. Sounds like exactly what I want too. How soon can I buy one ?
  8. aquadog

    aquadog Dude Buddha

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    Big, tall, comfortable, quite fast and handles well. That sums it up? I'm still loving mine. Nice riding position, my bad back isn't getting tired very quickly. By deliberately sitting back in the saddle, it's breaking in so it doesn't slide me forward like some have mentioned.

    My little fleet consists of the Versys, a 2003 FZ1, a 2005 KLR650, and a 2003 KLX400. I'm looking in the backyard and going "hmmmm.....". The Versys could pretty much replace what I use the FZ1 and KLR for. Not quite as good as either one at a few specific tasks, but certainly does both to a high degree. Sums up what I think of the bike.

    After the Versys was broken in, I was surprised how much power it does have, and how good it starts to sound making it. So far a radiator guard, hand guards for wind protection (because it wants to run fast), and maybe a bit taller screen (I'm 6'2") would be all I needed before tackling a long trip, say the Dempster. I may pimp it up a bit more for fun, waiting to see what luggage options come out (don't want side openers like the Givi cases Kawi sells). I would like a centerstand, would do that if it's feasible, for maintenance, tire changes.

    It's not the type of bike I'd take on something rough like the North Canol, but frankly I'll take my Jeep on those trips since they often need lots of extra fuel. You can only carry so much on a bike, and I find it frustrating not to take sidetrips for fear of running empty. (The Jeep has a couple flat rectangular boat tanks on the rack, so it's a bit of a supertanker). For the Dempster, South Canol, roads through the Caribou or Chilcotin, no problem.
  9. eakins

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  10. jmlmjmjm

    jmlmjmjm Been here awhile

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  11. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    It says it is coming to the USA with details released on October 2nd 2012.
  12. Zammy

    Zammy Been here awhile

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    :evil There are more Kawasaki "Events'' to be announced on Oct. 1st.:clap
  13. aquadog

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    Now that it's getting dark at nights, I can say that the headlight is also pretty good. Dark at night...what a concept. Come spring we'll be welcoming more light! SW-Motech now has some accessories out, centre stand, luggage, engine guards, skid. There's also radiator guards, some other brands of engine guards and luggage racks, handguards and the like. After market seems to be starting to respond. For Canadians, try A Vicious Cycle. Still pleased. Soon time to put the bike away for winter, but next spring I'll add a couple items.
  14. Stridercal

    Stridercal Adventurer

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    Anybody taken one of these things to the track yet?

    The lack of centerstand might be worthwhile if the bike can boogie on the track without embarrassing itself...
  15. Paulvt1

    Paulvt1 Long timer

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    Thanks for the SW Motech tip.

    Might have to test ride one - now you can get a centerstand for it..
  16. davidji

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  17. colodak

    colodak Been here awhile

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    One issue I'm having with this, as I read the pricing on a couple of sites, the US pricing on this bike is going to be close to $14,000 based on the pricing in other areas. That's kinda on the high side for a sport touring bike.
  18. GrahamD

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    That OK, The bikes kinda on the high side for a Sports Touring bike.
  19. RED CAT

    RED CAT Bumpy Backroader

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    Its $13,999. in Canada so it should be about $11,000. in the U.S. even though our $ is higher right now. Bikes are always cheaper in the U.S. We get shafted here price wise on just about everything. But I guess its alot worse in Europe and Austrailia.
  20. aquadog

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    Paid $12,800 out the door, good deal for the spring - I ordered one, so the dealer didn't have to put it on his shop financing, sometimes you can both benefit. I know the guys, didn't mind putting down a deposit to get a deal. I also needed a new quad, so we worked a combo deal.

    I usually wait until Christmas and act a bit like a vulture, choosing from what's left (you can usually get what you want if you search), but this time I was pretty sure that I wanted a specific model and for this summer. If there are any around this fall you can probably do as well or better. When I bought my 2003 FZ1 at Christmas of that year, it was almost $4,000 off list...some dealers just want old stock gone.