New Kawasaki Versys 1000 in 2012

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

  1. jfman

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    BTW : the vibration is at 130/135 km/h if he keeps the stock gearing.

    If you put in a 16t front, you wont experience vibes on the highway at normal legal cruising speeds. That bike is short-geared anyway: when mine was stock I would turn intersections in the countryside in 6th gear and pull away w/o any issues. Power is torquey and linear. And no chugging unlike a vstrom. Good bike for those who need their sportbike ''fix'' once in a while. In twisties it decimates sportbikes; same wheels as a zx6r and a suspension that forgives the road defects more than the stiff sportbike stuff.

    My gripes with mine comes from the front wheel that bends too easely off road. I installed a stronger Concours front wheel for my second season and hopefully that fixes it. And I wish it had radial front calipers but im just being picky.



    What kind of a deal are they giving your brother?
  2. mesopotamia

    mesopotamia Been here awhile

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    9200$ + tx for a new 2013 leftover
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    Pretty darn good: I paid 9770 for a 2012 in 2013.
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    The dealer is also offering him a 2012 demo with 4500km + bigger windscreen + full one year warranty + 6000km service included for 8000$ + tx

    I think he wants to go for the 2012 demo because he will be able to test ride it first. The bike is already break in, and he will be able to experience the vibration level of what could be his bike before buying it. I think it's cool that way. The orange 2013 is good looking, but he also prefer the brownish grey of the 2012.
  5. jfman

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    My bike had 4500kms two weeks afetr I bought it. If you buyz used - Get them to throw in a spare rear tire. They wear out quick on this bike.


    2013 is less sobre - flashier but I would prefer a black frame and wheels.
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    mesopotamia Been here awhile

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    Yeah, I guess the fact thatbthe bike has 4500km doesn't make a big difference.

    Ok thanks, I'll tell him for the tire. But I bet it would be difficult for them to add anything else for that price...

    I never noticed that the frame and wheels were also black on the 2013. Yes, it's nice looking, but my bro is 47 years old and the orange is a bit to flashy for him. White 2012 is also good looking I find.
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    I haven't had significant vibration issues at any speed. What I do get is little rocks getting in between the plastic and hard parts and buzzing like mad! Easily removed, once I figured out what it was.
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    Yeah sometimes the front plastic have a buzz to them. I bought some felt tape (velcro) that i glued on the parts where the plastics mate and all is well.
  9. Cortez

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    Seems like there is no Kawasaki that does no do that, I've had my 650R
    apart at least 10 times finding all the rattling spots. Horrible build quality
    of the plastics.
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    Well there a reason you ca buy a full size liter bike fauxdventure bike with 120hp, abs and traction control for less than 10k new... :rofl
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    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    The new Caponord and V-strom 1k cost less here then the Versys, and I'm
    sure they won't have this plastics issue.

    Kawasaki seems to do it at every price point.

    650R's bodywork didn't look any better then 250R's or my friends ZX6R's..
  12. jfman

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    Yes the plastics are cheap: I owned 2 zx6rs and a zx10r wich has a fairing stay made from plastic that craked si I am aware.

    but MSRP is 100% BS: You will never be able to purchase the new Vstrom 1k for less than 10k CAD in Canada. NEVER... EVER
  13. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    We don't have those "issues" here in EU.

    Importer sets the price for the whole country, and everyone sells bikes for
    the price that says on the sticker. Both V-Strom and Caponord cost exactly
    the same here, $17.800 US dollars.

    Versys is more.
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    Ouch. Ouch, ouch, ouch. That's a lot of money.
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    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    That's what stuff costs here.
    My ER6F (Ninja 650) was same price as a ZX14 in USA back in 2007.

    And fuel costs twice as much too.
    And people make $500/month, if they're lucky to work..
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    Tyying on some slimmer wheels so I can fit real DS tires on there :D


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    Bump! :D

    Goto keep this alive, this might be my next bike!
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    Big difference,

    Week ago sold mu 2005 DL1000 & 2008 zzr1400




    Test rode new strom.

    Small, slow, lighter, forks better,wind blast, to small screen, too litle power gain from previos model, beter low grunt ( had old DL1000 3.5 years), Beter for slow stuff,mauntain passes, streets, riding agressively till 100km/h, after that booring.


    vERSYS

    Much more power, much comfier, better wind protection, bigger, maybe litle bit heavier, low grunt beter than i tnink before, engine with powerin it.
    Not so easy when speed is low. No so shiny super duper brakes, but same calipers like sv1000 and gsxrs750 so not too bad. (I had these calipers on my dl1000 installed)


    I forgot. Ride Big explorer 5 days ago, booring. I duuno where that 137hp is?
  19. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I met a guy while traveling who went from a 1200RT to a Versys 1k, said
    he wanted some more "thrills" and that's exactly what he got with the swap.

    He said they're very comparable for touring, yet very different when pushing it.

    He also mentioned that the Kawasaki feels smaller, but heavier.
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    Had a quick hour on one this morning. Unusual bike.

    Very comfy, reasonably light for a big bike. Quite nimble.

    One thing that felt truly strange was the motor. Didn't feel happy revving. Must be a real long stroke motor. Felt much happier short shifting. Didn't have the grin factor that the SX motor has.

    Odd world when a Kwak IL4 motor is less of a laugh than a BMW IL4..

    Supposedly Kawasaki UK has totally sold out and both the litre and 650 Versys models are getting a big overhaul for 2015..