Versys owners checkin

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by pilot, Oct 17, 2007.

  1. llamapacker

    llamapacker Mr. Conservative

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    Doyline, Louisiana. Only one in area I believe. Bought mine in Kansas and rode home. Took 650 miles to go 480, ha! During breakin you can only do like 4000 rpm and 50mph, so stayed on backroads, mostly in Arkansas, 90 mo, 27 ar.

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  2. craftkr

    craftkr "Carpe Diem"

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    Ahh, on the other side of the state. Might have to get togethor for a ride. I want to see one in person. After reading the reviews it sounds like a nice package. And I have always been partial to Kawasaki. Nice lookin bike!
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  3. Rambo

    Rambo Adventurer

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    Got mine on monday! I've only been able to put 180 miles on it because its been raining and cold here in PA, but I loved every inch of those 180 miles so far.

    I've VERY pleased with the bike.
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  4. mk940

    mk940 diRk

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    I'm lovin' mine.
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  5. FXRocket

    FXRocket Phoneticide Squad

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    Was there a thread about replacing the wheels to get a larger size in here yet? If so what was the consensus?
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  6. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    Gustavo was supposed to check to see if the Wee-Strom front wheel will fit, but he hasn't gotten around to it yet. :ddog

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  7. G.Gordon

    G.Gordon Nation of Frustration

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    There is a Versys on every showroom floor I've stopped by lately. I really hope they offer another color in future seasons.
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  8. Prairie Dog

    Prairie Dog Been here awhile

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    Heck, I kind of like the "Ferrari Red" color it's painted!

    Just the fact Kawasaki listened to it's customers and dealers, relented and brought the bike to the states says lots to me about the fact they care.

    I continually hear the Honda devotees asking for the Transalp, Afria Twin and Varadero. Does Hondo listen to them?

    Same with the Yamaha afficinados. No Tenere, no XT660, just a new XT250. What's up with that?

    Kawasaki is gaining sales by listening to what the customer wants, not what the marketeers think we want!

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  9. cb4017

    cb4017 Adventurer

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    Northern Nevada
    I picked my Versys up on Wednesday and have put about 100 miles on it. So far I like it. It handles well. The engine is smooth and responsive. I had to adjust a few things due to poor/no dealer prep. Not sure about the seat, a bit hard and not much room to move around. I may have to try the high seat.

    A week ago I didn't know the Versys existed. I once had a 2006 Buell Ulysses. It was gone after a truck made a left turn on me. After healing I decided to replace it. My closest dealer had a 2006 Uly leftover rental bike with 900 miles. I was about to purchase the Uly when I decided to browse the Kawasaki web site and discovered the Versys. I looked at one, liked it and bought it. So far I have no regrets.
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  10. Prairie Dog

    Prairie Dog Been here awhile

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    cb4017,

    Let me guess here . . . .

    Headlight adjustment was off.

    Oil level was not right.

    Front brake line holder not installed.


    BTW, welcome to the Versys and also to ADVrider!


    So, since you have owned both a Ulysses and a Versys, how do the two motorcycles compare? My opinion is that the Versys is a Ulysses "Light". Same kind of handling, same kind of responsive motor and a very fun ride.




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  11. NVTS

    NVTS stupid hipster dufus

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    My Versys hauled me from Roanoke, VA to my family home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL yesterday. 18 hours in the rain. Ran like a top, didn't skip a lick! 50 mpg and a toasted stock rear tire. I'm reading 4200 miles since September, anybody else? WC
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  12. hunting1

    hunting1 Been here awhile

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    New member and Versys owner checking in, keep this alive!
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  13. UTCiv

    UTCiv Adventurer

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    A New Member and Central Ohio Versys owner checking in!

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  14. Gaston Gagne

    Gaston Gagne Past Easy

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    I'm coming up on a month of ownership. I haven't even been tempted to take it off road yet.


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  15. hunting1

    hunting1 Been here awhile

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    Great pictures! Mine has been on dirt roads, but nothing crazy!
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  16. Ramble

    Ramble Scramble

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    Does anyone have pics of the Versys with factory luggage??
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  17. hunting1

    hunting1 Been here awhile

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    Not mine, but borrowed from another site somewhere in BC. I have the trunk, but have not found the hard side bags yet.
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  18. 2xadv

    2xadv Adventurer

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  19. c881

    c881 Adventurer

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  20. HunterSon

    HunterSon Adventurer

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    East coast of Newfoundland. Mine is the orange one.

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