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post #1 of 16 Old 09-09-2008, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Kawasaki Versys

So has anyone gotten seat time on one? Seems to get good reviews. My wifer is looking to move up from her Rebel and doesn't like the cruiser thing, she tells me she wants something sportier but not a sport bike. It needs to be lite, comfy, good for around town and long hauls. I'm going to have her check out the SV650 and the Versys. I think she would like the luggage you can get for the Versys.

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I like the concept of the versus a lot.
I am not sure about the execution.
I have not gotten seat time nor do I knwo anyone with any real world knowledge of it. It seems quick enough and comfy enough.

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I've got about 50 miles of seat time on a Versys. Comfort was great. I'm used to a 919, so I'm not a good one to ask about power. I'm sure as a step-up bike, it's everything she would need.

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I don't like the Versys at all. KHI really dropped the ball on what the Versys should have been. They made it into a neat little vanilla UJM that is classified as a dual-sport. When in reality it is not much more than a glorified standard.

I sat on the first one brought to my dealership and noticed just how narrow and tight the seat is. Not very accommodating for a tourer by any means. The diminutive headlight and upper fairing holds no real-world value on wind or rain protection.

17" cast front and rear wheels means no off-roading beyond that of minor hard-packed dirt roads.

I witnessed first-hand, a Versys crash in grass at about 20 mph. The guy low-sided in front of me by standing it up in a sweeping curve and ran out into a field. As soon as he touched grass, the bike and rider went down hard on the left side. Even though he was in grass, it managed to crack the footpeg bracket in half at the point where the shifter linkage meets. It took us a couple of hours to get him limped home with a rigged combination of JB-Kwik, massive zipties and some steel-braided rope. After going through that mess with his bike, I was convinced the poor Versys is just not up to the challenges that I would have put it through.

Now, all that being said, it failed miserably for the types of riding I would want to do with it. I was really smitten when it was first announced and I had hoped for a beefed up version of the KLR. What I experienced was KHI's attempt at hitting the peak of the bell curve for riders. They decided to numb it down so that the mass-market appeal would sell. Kudos to them for selling a bunch of them, but I think it missed the mark on what could have been an extraordinary machine.

It might be a perfect fit for your wife, as she doesn't have the same expectations out of the machine. I hope it works out for the best, whatever you decide. At least you get to ride together and that's what counts.

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Thank you all for your feedback, as a 919 rider I can understand a bike that tries to be more than one thing without being great at any of them.I take your point James but off roading will not be in the cards for the wife " I hope".

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WebBikeWorld did an extensive review. http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcyc...wasaki-versys/

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It needs to be lite, comfy, good for around town and long hauls. I'm going to have her check out the SV650 and the Versys. I think she would like the luggage you can get for the Versys.
I don't think "light and comfy" describes the Versys.
How tall is your wife? Versys seat height is over 33".
I rode it and didn't care for it at all.
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Kristen was right on about TALL seat. The little Kawa R650 is basically the same bike with a 31" seat and nice upright bars. And more wind protection.

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Go with the SV650. Plenty of power / torque, lots of "mod-ability", lots of fun.

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There are no pretense ofthis bike being anything but a road bike. James, what gave you the impression it would be a substitute for your KLR?

I don't think you should write this bike off at all. Also, have her check out the 650 Ninja. I sat on one and it felt very nice to me. Nice and spread out, more humane upright position and such.

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There are no pretense ofthis bike being anything but a road bike. James, what gave you the impression it would be a substitute for your KLR?

I don't think you should write this bike off at all. Also, have her check out the 650 Ninja. I sat on one and it felt very nice to me. Nice and spread out, more humane upright position and such.
I was referring way back when they first announced the Versys. Long before it actually made it to market. Long before I bought my KLR as well when I was shopping for a replacement of my WeeStrom.

When it was first announced as a concept, they were clamoring on about long travel suspension, great ground clearance, a veritable WeeStrom killer, light, powerful dual-sport with wind protection. Then they went and put an underbelly exhaust on it, 17" cast wheels and upside down forks. Those are not attributes that make for a good dual-sport/adv bike. Heck, even the Strom still at least sports a 19" front wheel and high exhaust exit.

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Go with the SV650. Plenty of power / torque, lots of "mod-ability", lots of fun.
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I don't think the SV650 is on the lineup anymore, or either the dealers are tired of it and don't stock it.

Update~ They are still showing one for 2008, but, They are no where in sight in my area. I guess every one wants the off road bike look.

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