I went to the Washington DC event today in Bowie, Maryland
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Check in line
Very well run and organized event and I was surprised at the test ride. It wasn't just around the parking lot. A Kawi rep led the groups on an approximately 20 mile ride through some city, twisty roads and a little highway.
Arrived at 8:15 am and it was raining. They wont ride in the rain, so I got my ticket to ride a new Ninja 1000 at 4:30 pm
Came back at around 4:00pm and set my sights on this beauty
All I can say is WOW. Great bike. Power delivery was similar to the 9'er only it is much more of a beast
. Great fit and finish, very smooth motor and transmission. Exhaust note sounded great out of the box. Hard to tell from just a test ride, but the seat was fairly comfortable. Leg room seemed about the same as the 9'er. I'm 6'3" and wished for just a little more. The pegs were back just a bit and had a little more forward body lean (I have stock bars on the 9'er), but was still pretty comfortable riding position. Handles pretty good in the twisties from what I could tell, but I had a guy in front of me on a ZX-6R that was slowing way down in the corners. Only real negative I felt on the ride, was that it was a hard bike to ride slow (city traffic), but maybe just because it was new to me. If I were ready to replace the 9'er this bike would be way up on the list.
Saw a couple of mishaps...This guy...
....crashed the Versys before he got out of the parking lot ...poor guy
Kawi has a great lineup and if one of these events come near you it's most definitely worth a look. If the weather is nice tomorrow, i'm going back for the Concours
All the pics I took are at Kawi Ticket to Ride