New Kawasaki Versys 1000 in 2012

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

  1. gonnagetthere

    gonnagetthere Been here awhile

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    Hadn't heard anything about either Versys model getting any form of major update. Would you by chance have a link or two that would lead to more information??

    I've been invited to ride a Versys 1000 by my local dealer. Will compare it to the Ninja 1000 I rode recently and enjoyed very much. The thought of an updated Versys 1000 will certainly make things even more interesting. :D
  2. jfman

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  3. Bolzen

    Bolzen Been here awhile

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    I actually don't mind that motor characteristics -- the bike is tall and suspension is not at its best in sharp cornering, so why would one want a revvy ZX behaivor in touring beast?
  4. cjh137

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    The dealer in Saskatoon has a new 2012 v10000 priced at $10,200. Might be a good step up for the 2008 650 I am on now.
  5. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Like the computer guys say, it's a feature, not a bug.

    When the first Z1000 came out to compete with the FZ1, no one could
    understand why they made the Z with "only" 125hp.

    But after you ride both (5 minutes will do), you'll soon realize that the
    fatter mid range of the Z makes a lot more sense then a screaming FZ1
    for 90% of riding situations. For the other 10% you're better off on a R1
    anyways.

    Now, in a Versys 1k, it makes EVEN MORE sense to have the engine tuned
    for low to mid range torque, especially when most (virtually all) of it's
    competitors have big torquey twins. A screaming I4 is not something
    that would make long distance touring comfortable, IMO.

    If you want that kind of an engine, you're probably looking at the wrong
    kind of bike to begin with (a big fat and tall touring pig).

    Don't get me wrong, I got a bike that redlines at 14k revs now, but I'd rather
    travel around on a NC750X with a 6250 redline, even if it has half the power
    of my bike.
    :D
  6. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I agree completely.

    I would also rather have a strong midrange, instead of high peak power where I will seldom, if ever, wind the tach needle. I want my bike to accelerate strongly in top gear for quick passes.
  7. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I just came back from a 1500 mile trip on my FZ6 and spent most of the
    time in the 4000 to 6000 rev range. While I was faster then 99% of traffic,
    I had to downshift a lot to "get away", and with +1 tooth up front I often
    had to overtake in 2nd gear that now reaches 99mph indicated.

    While that's a lot of fun, it attracts a lot of unwanted attention, and I'd rather
    ZOOM past on a ZX14 in 6th and no one will ever know I just went from
    50 to 100 in 2,X seconds.

    The dream!
    :D
  8. Bolzen

    Bolzen Been here awhile

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    Versys Mil in 2015 will probably not go without beak

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    There're also speculations on the V-800 based on Z800 version

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  9. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    I could live with that 800.
  10. mrbreeze

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    I can't figure out if those big blue things are supposed to be lobster claws or dolphin heads...

    I like the red one better.
  11. danketchpel

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    I'm glad to see the cyclops headlight design gone. I also like the red one better though I'm no fan of the beak fad. For the blue one, what is it with Kawi designs lately? It's like they hired some guy from the Japanese cartoon world.
  12. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    Top one is BS.

    Bottom one is, allegedly, a fair representation.
  13. Wallachian Spikes

    Wallachian Spikes Been here awhile

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    IMO the red one looks HIDEOUS so I hope it's just a bad photo shop. The blue looks good (not great) enough that I would consider buying it. Neither bike is likely to be available in the U.S. however, so it doesn't matter what I think.
  14. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    That's almost how I feel unless something changes.

    I'm kind sick of seeing new bikes come out and wondering if they will ever make it here.
  15. Bolzen

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    I think if Kawi did get to the states it would sell more than the new Vee, because from what it looks now it is a better bike.
    But shhh, please don't tell this to anyone! [​IMG]
  16. chadhargis

    chadhargis Too tall for sportbikes

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    I know it's blasphemy to say this here, but most people who buy adventure bikes never take them offroad (just like people who buy big 4x4 trucks and SUVs).

    For years, I've wanted an affordable "sportbike for tall people". There have been few examples brought to the US that meet this criteria. It seems that when a manufacturer adds a longer stroke suspension, a more comfy seat, and handlebars the price jumps up $3000. This is because they know more "mature" riders who can't fold up on sport bikes anymore are the target market and they have more disposable income.

    As a tall person, I'd love to have the Versys 1000. I had a 650 and enjoyed it, but it needed a bit more power. Nothing dramatic. I'd say 100-100hp to the wheel would be MORE than plenty. The Versys 1000 would do that and more.

    Sadly, we don't get it in the US. If we did, I'd more than likely be riding one. I'd love to have a Multistrada 1200, but I don't have $18k burning a hole in my pocket and buying a Ducati out of warranty can be scary. Been there, done that!
  17. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I would really like to have a go at this bike. Every time I see this thread pop up I get my hopes up...

    :cry
  18. lukasteam

    lukasteam Life is beautiful !!!

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    I'm in the same boat . 6'3" with 35" inseam . Tried Multistrada and was extremely cramped and uncomfortable on it , not much leg room and saddle was pushing me on to the tank . Yamaha Super Tenere fit me much better I feel like with the minor mods I can be really comfy on it and 600+ mile days would be a breeze :D . 2012-2013 left over Teneres don't brake the bank either You should check it out .

  19. danketchpel

    danketchpel Long timer

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    I agree, I'd love to ride this bike and see what it's like. In many ways it makes sense as a comfy long distance bike.

    I saw this parked out front of Kawi HQ in Irvine, so I shot some photos and sat on it. It's quite comfy. This is the first time I've seen it up close and personal.

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  20. Bolzen

    Bolzen Been here awhile

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    I discourage everyone else from trying it, since Dan has already done this so that doesn't work for him. Stelvio comfort with z1000 agility and general Japan characteristic feature - you turn the key and... it will start! :D