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Versys-X 400 speculations thread

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by PaD, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    I also agree. Bummer - we're not looking for the same old slightly updated dirt bikes.
  2. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Enthusiastic curmudgeon Supporter

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    Are we all so hungry for the VX4 that we've lost our otherwise acute Photoshop spotting skills? The 4 motorcycles in the pic are the EXACT same photo (X 4).

    So, the speculations that come to my mind are:
    1. Is this even an official Kawasaki release?
    2. Hopefully Kawasaki is not so crass as to hint at 4 new m/cs that are all the exact same so one might assume these pics are merely placeholders.
    3. Since the pics are thus assumed to be placeholders, can we jump to the conclusion that only 4 new bikes are coming? Can we even assume they are all of one ilk (i.e. dirt, street, etc.)

    I'm kinda of the mind that this release tells us virtually nothing, so I think we are free to keep wildly speculating.

    But I agree, I'm not gonna be too impressed with slightly updated and re-painted, same-o dirt bikes...

    JP
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  3. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    @Bullwinkle, the picture is real. It's posted on Kawasaki's website (https://www.kawasaki.com/), the labels are made up.

    Kawasaki says they will reveal the new bikes/UTV's in July (or 33 days from today).

    Gustavo
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  4. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    Let me ask you this: if they release VX4 with identical upgrades as N3 to N4 (engine, LED light, 13lbs lighter) would you buy it? trade your wee for?
  5. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Enthusiastic curmudgeon Supporter

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    Pretty much in a heartbeat, sight unseen.

    Okay, I guess I'd want to see it first. A picture would probably do.

    JP
  6. Fuzzy74

    Fuzzy74 Been here awhile

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    I would want to but hard to justify cash outlay. Not just depreciation of 300x, but all my upgrades probably won't fit.
  7. VDZride

    VDZride Been here awhile

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    If Gustavo is correct about Kawasaki just beefing up the graphics on dirt bikes the 390 will compliment my Vee2.
    Something lighter and better handling is what I want. Ergo, seat, etc. can be fixed.
  8. dancingweasel

    dancingweasel Virtual Tourist

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    I see the photo isn't on the Kawasaki UK web site. Does that mean they are just rehashed or new-to-America models? Also, they all have knobblies, not what I want from a VX4, so all in all, I think I'm going to be disappointed. There might still be hope - I'm holding out for the EIMCA this November.
  9. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    May not trade the Wee for it initially, but I'd probably buy one. If it turned out to work well on the longer trips I take too, then the Wee would probably go to a new owner.

    Gustavo
  10. cyclopathic

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    For me if it comes with the same level suspension (less than wee!) it just doesn't make sense; have 2 better bikes already. Heck even stock v390 ADV is better for not much more money.

    Spoked wheel argument on 5" suspension doesn't hold water IMHO.
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  11. jfauerba

    jfauerba Been here awhile

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    As for the Kawasaki web site picture, none of the bikes are the VX400. Simple fact, look at the front tires on all 4 bikes, knobbies/dualsport. Now look what type of tire comes on VX300, basically a street tire.
  12. Ken in Regina

    Ken in Regina Long timer Supporter

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    I'm not sure we can take anything from that picture. As @Bullwinkle pointed out, it's almost certainly Photoshopped. We need to remember that Kawasaki's advertising department is probably just as good at using Photoshop to hack together advertising material as anyone. The point is to create what the industry calls a "teaser" that primes the speculation pump but doesn't give anything away. They've clearly been successful!

    I'm sure this same sort of "analysis" is going on in other fora for other hoped-for Kawasaki models that might fit under those covers.

    ...ken...
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  13. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    Could be N400 powered KLR replacement then knobby justified.
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  14. SoManyFish

    SoManyFish Been here awhile

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    Slightly updated and repainted same-old bikes is more of an HD thing.
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  15. DavidM1

    DavidM1 Unicorn hunting

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    So, anxiously waiting for July 7.
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  16. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    Way to keep the thread alive! :D
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  17. Bt10

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    I’ve long been a proponent of companies making and saving money by reducing part number count. A year ago, GM was advertising they had 20 trims of a Silverado 1500, and their price was the highest per work capability. I see they’ve dropped to about 8 trims and $10k price drop per work capability. My independent bike mechanic was eyeing my versys and I explained we’re all waiting for the vx4 (he doesn’t keep up on new bikes) to “reduce the world wide part number count”. Seems even the executives and shareholders would be pushing “Lean”. :dunno
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  18. Fla_Dawg

    Fla_Dawg Adventurer Supporter

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    I would think in the motorcycle industry if Kawasaki, or any manufacturer, has a new model coming out there would be spy shots and rumors galore. I’d love to be pleasantly surprised though. I’ve been holding off on buying a 2nd bike to compliment my 230 just to see if any new models like a V400x will come out next year. I’ve waited this long, I can wait a couple more months.
  19. cyclopathic

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    What? pigs gonna fly on that day?
  20. RedEX

    RedEX NeverSatisfied

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    That's a Tuesday- weird pick for announcements, ya think?
    There is a certain set of railroad tracks near me, about a 20 foot incline before the actual tracks. If i hit the approach right, accelerating in 2nd gear on the V-Strom, i can catch air over the tracks. So Cyclo, just for you, i will fly my pig on July 7th. :D
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