New Kawasaki Versys 1000 in 2012

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

  1. vnsfxr

    vnsfxr BornAgainDirtyRider

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    +1 Love seeing multi purpose coming back now to get it here also
  2. cb4017

    cb4017 Adventurer

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    It's been tested by the EPA, It's sold in Canada and Mexico. I keep hoping it's just a matter of time before it's here.
  3. ph0rk

    ph0rk Doesn't Care

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    If they can keep it within $500 of the n1k and offer ABS I can't see why I wouldn't buy one.
  4. skysailor

    skysailor Rat Rider

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    It's not the same bike as the Strom. 650, or 1000. Kawasaki even says so in their marketing. It's a road bike. Sure, it'll do a gravel road. So will a Ducati Monster...but that's not the target market. I baffles me you guys stateside can't buy it though. Makes no sense.
    Lyle
  5. aquadog

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    Not sure there's that much difference to a Strom 1000, but I haven't ridden both. A guy at my dealership has, and said there wasn't much difference, both were primarily road bikes. I don't think Kawasaki is trying to fool anybody with the target market, they've been pretty clear what the V1000 is intended for.
  6. vnsfxr

    vnsfxr BornAgainDirtyRider

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    I'd say there is a difference between those two, of course we won't know how big till later this year:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19731234&postcount=57
  7. aquadog

    aquadog Dude Buddha

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    Have any of you in warmer climates - i.e. more riding time - had the chance to add any accessories yet? I'm thinking rad guard, centre stand, maybe a skid plate and luggage. A Vicious Cycle has both Givi and Motech luggage/racks, Motech has a centre stand and skid plate. If you have, please comment on how you like the bits, fit, etc. Thanks. Spring will get here eventually.....
  8. vnsfxr

    vnsfxr BornAgainDirtyRider

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    Try looking here - http://www.versys1000.com/index.php/board,28.0.html
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    aquadog Dude Buddha

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    Thanks!
  10. cb4017

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    I'm tired of waiting for Kawasaki to pull their head out of their behind. I tried to be patient but the weather is improving and it's time to ride, not sit around and wish the V1000 was here.

    So.. I bought a V-Strom 1000. Now that I got this thing, I really like it.

    See ya on the road....
  11. aquadog

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    Lucky bastards, riding! Only 6 to 8 more weeks of winter...I am jealous. :cry
  12. Azmo

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    added a rad guard - totally must have if you are going even close to the small gravel on the roads - the radiator looks totally unprotected (shame on you, kawasaki!)

    added Trax aluminium cases (2x45L) - these are using the quick-lock sw-motech base.

    added vario screen by Givi as stock screen is a sucky windbreaker and also does not really catch all the bugs

    also stock screen becomes crappy after 150km/h (who speeding? me? nooooooo :wink:)

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    2012-07-26 at 13-54-14 by azmotravel, on Flickr

    also it is a nice idea to replace the brake and clutch levers with folding ones, as stock levers are very long and if your bike falls on any side, there's a 90% probability that your lever would break

    also added heated grips (what kawasaki is offering) and they saved my hands several times - maybe i should also add handprotectors

    generally i spent ~19000 km in 2012 on my Versys 1000 and i am totally happy with the bike
  13. coast range rider

    coast range rider Been here awhile

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    Good choice on the V-Strom so you can ride NOW. I'm still racking up the miles every day on my DL650.

    Still not a peep from Kawasaki about selling Versys 1000 in the US.
    A great bike with good old Japanese reliability and affordability and not for sale US market.
    Well thank you Kawasaki!
    Makes it a lot easier to spend an extra $4,000 above the Versys 1000 price on a bike with lighter weight, better suspension, and more powerful motor. I am planning to pony up for the 2014 KTM 1190 Adventure.
    Thanks again, Kawasaki. :clap
  14. cb4017

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    I believe Kawasaki is losing a lot of potential sales in the US to folks like us. I was very happy with my Versys 650 and was prepared to buy the Versys 1000 as soon as my dealer started taking orders.

    Now that I have my V-Strom 1000 I am very pleased with it and wonder why I didn't buy one years ago.
  15. GrahamD

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    +1 Pity.
  16. Cruz

    Cruz Lost but laughing.

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    Hey Graham, have you had a chance to have a ride on one yet? :ear
  17. GrahamD

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    No. But When I have nothing to do one day :rofl
  18. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Spoken with local importer's friend today, the Versys 1k has been available locally for a while now (well, since launch).. zero sold.

    There's a couple of newly registered multistrada's, SMTs and GS's though..
  19. aquadog

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    Sure agree on the exposed radiator. Been using some old soft saddlebags, but think I'll go with the same cases you've got. Going to add barkbusters for wind protection, but probably not heated grips. Up here, by the time you need heated grips it's going to be winter so quickly there's not much cold weather riding to be had. Still waiting for spring....
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    For my fellow Canadians and Europeans: Hows does it compare to the DL1000?

    What I saw online was a match with the tiger and not the DL1000