New Kawasaki Versys 1000 in 2012

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by Shouk, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. Bolzen

    Bolzen Been here awhile

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    The Tracer may have better ergo and protection than the FZ, but it still a transition to the Versys in this regard.
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    I checked none of the 13K posts and now understood i saved a lot of time.
  3. MoBill

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    Tou....

    Nope.
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    Any news on when the V1000 hits the shops?
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    In Spain they are supposed to arrive this week.
  6. Bolzen

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    Folks are already testing it in Thailand
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    Cool. Warmer there than here...
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    It was a pretty good review. I'm glad to see Kawi rubber mounting the engine to get rid of the typical 4 cyl buzzy feeling.

    I sat on this bike at the Long Beach MC show and it's comfy and surprisingly light feeling. Of course no gas in it helped, but it feels lighter than a S10 or my Stelvio.

    I really think Kawi missed the boat by not putting shaft drive on it though, at least in my opinion.

    Otherwise it's a very nice sport touring bike that's comfortable.
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    It sort of likes to eat chains too.
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  12. Bolzen

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    Dan, seems like it would have gone against bike's main purpose, more in favor of a cruiser style.
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    They are in my local dealer. Got to get off my arse and pop down for a look. Can't see them putting on a demo for a while though...

    It'll be an interesting punch up between the Versys, the Yamaha Tracer and the Honda Crossrunner.
  15. Bolzen

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    The Tracer has just hatched out from the very accelerated rearer. Pretty raw bike.
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    The orange 1000 reminds me of the original 'bombay orange' of the 2006 CBF1000. On stilts.

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    Thanks Ray.
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    +1 :thumb
  19. MoBill

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    He comments about the suspension being a little soft...something like that--which is to be expected I suppose.


    I'm ready for a material change in what I'm using on a daily basis. I've considered the Ninja 1000 (2014 and later) but it feels so small to me....and I'm concerned I'll be forever trying to find the sweet spot.

    So, I'm thinking about minor mods to this here new Versys. front and rear suspension, exhaust and ECU. I'm trying not to buy the Multistrada....just like I didn't buy the KTM 690R and heavily modded a new DR650. The difference is that the DR is a very well established machine and I just had to copy the parts of other's builds that would work for me.
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    My take on the article's comments were that it was about perfect for a daily commuter and/or ST bike. OTOH, were you primarily looking for a sporty bike/SPORT-tourer, it may be a bit soft. They've set it up pretty obviously as primarily the former, I think.

    And I'm also trying to stick w/the better value, easier to own Japanese bikes. Tough, ain't it? But worth it in the long run, for me.