New to the United States for 2015, Kawasaki Heavy Industries has given us what appears to be a Ninja 1000 on stilts. Joking aside, the newly redesigned Versys 1000 does share styling with the Ninja 1000, but it has an upright standard seating position, more suspension travel, hard side cases standard, larger adjustable windscreen, hand guards, etc. In the last three years, I've owned a Super Tenere, an ST1300, an NC700X, and a FZ-09. I liked the upright seating and extra leg room of the Tenere. I loved the poly-cylinder character of the ST1300 and the FZ-09. Liked the 17" wheels and handling of the NC700X and FZ-09. Liked the hard bags on three of them. Did not like the parallel twins very much on long trips, and didn't like the more cramped seating of the poly-cylinder bikes. Didn't like the heat and weight (slow speeds) of the ST1300. The Versys 1000 LT appears to keep everything that I liked about my previous bikes, and loses what I did not like. There are not many other bikes in the U.S. market that compare with this offering --- at least nothing in my price range. I remember thinking sometime last year how cool it would be if Honda updated/redesigned the ST1100, because that's where my tastes were converging. Bravo, Kawasaki! You have granted my wish! Mine was removed from the crate today. I'm picking it up Saturday morning.