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2008 Kawasaki Versys: MD Ride

In the distant past, I motocross as an amateur. I spent a bit of time on dirt bikes, and to day their ergonomics are more comfortable for me while riding.

supermoto became popular in several years ago (eventually to the United States), I remember excited about the development. machines, with upright minimalist styling and longer suspension. This seemed a formula for fun and versatility.

I was right, and bikes are catching on. even in the United States where we to be a bit slow.

Supermotos look in an urban-assault-weapon sort of way. is a lot of substance behind this Substance that revealed in several conversations I recently had knowledgeable motorcyclists and industry

These conversations started one while parked with buddies at the top of a notoriously twisty of road here in Southern known as Mt. Palomar. A series of tight switchbacks are freshly in grippy asphalt. the perfect for street riders who gravitate this sort of thing.

The of the conversation was the type of bike would dominate Palomar. I offered the opinion that Ward on his Honda CRF450R-based race bike (Ward, a legend here in the United has become one of the fastest supermoto in the world and a U.S. champion in his could beat a road champion (name anyone you even Valentino Rossi)on a race bike from the of Mt. Palomar to the top.

The consensus? The talented supermoto would win, hands In this environment, supermotos are too light and nimble for anything to compete (with the possible of a two-… GP bike).

While Husqvarna and other European have been all over the trend, the Japanese have failed to produce anything a state-of-the-art, street legal bike for sale here in the States (apologies to Suzuki and its Yamaha’s new 2008 WR250X like the real deal, but it be a while before we have a to test this machine.

If you read the title to this and wonder what this introduction is all about, pay attention. The Versys (available in Europe year) is now here in the United It is not a pure supermoto by any means, but it some of the supermoto sensations and I described above in a more format (I think Kawasaki it “versatile system”).

It features a state-of-the-art 649cc twin that was designed and from scratch by Kawasaki a of years ago, which is lighter and more compact the parallel twin featured in the 500 that has been around for years (decades?).

This DOHC twin also the Ninja 650R we tested, and in love with, when it was in late 2005 (as a 2006 You can see our riding impression of that here. In the Versys, the motor is for more low-end and mid-range, less top-end power.

The has a 180 degree crank, plus a shaft, that makes it a of a lot smoother than your British twin. With ECU digital fuel injection and cooling (not to mention the jets that spray oil on the of the pistons to further aid cooling), is one of the most modern parallel in production.

A six-speed transmission is to provide all the gear ratios for sane use on the street (or even if that is your preference). like some race Kawasaki designed the transmission as a cassette.

The trellis steel frame to hold the compact powerplant and in a manner that makes the narrow and nimble feeling. The and small engine also a longer swingarm. That has a linkage-less Showa shock directly to it, which is adjustable for preload and rebound damping.

A inverted fork is adjustable for and rebound damping and, the shock, provides more than your typical bike (5.9 inches of up front and 5.7 in the back).

In the braking two 300mm petal-shaped discs in are squeezed by two-piston calipers. The brake is a single 200mm disc gripped by a single-piston Fuel tank capacity is a 5 gallons (nearly a gallon than the Ninja 650R).

includes a highly legible tachometer and digital speedometer, with fuel gauge, dual trip meters and a

We sampled the Versys over a hundred miles of Southern roads, including freeways, sweeping turns, and extremely twisties. The Versys is extremely fun to It is comfortable, handles well, and has of the supermoto attitude and flickability.

While some supermoto-style are simply too tall, the Versys no problem for me (5′ 10″) when it to getting my feet on the ground. The is cut out rather deeply, and the machine is

The riding position is comfortable — and relaxed, although the seat to plant you in a single position can lead to “seat squirm” a few hours on the bike.

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At a claimed dry of 399 pounds, the Versys is not as light as a supermoto racer, of course, but it is lighter than most bikes, and nearly as light as modern sport bikes. the added leverage of the wide, bike-style handlebars, the Versys direction with little and seems to carry that well.

The torquey twin separates the Versys from displacement supermoto-style machines. bike is powerful enough, and enough, to tour on at relatively speeds. With few exceptions, displacement singles do not lend to extended freeway touring.

the Versys had no problem with the speed cruising, it was in the tight where the bike really out. At one point, while a very quick succession of I even locked the rear and “backed-it-in” to a few corners, which is I rarely feel comfortable on the street (the dirt is a matter). The Versys never

The chassis is stiff and controlled — when pushed like a bike.

The engine has plenty of power to launch you out of those tight turns. The throttle is smooth and the power comes on any hiccups.

The twin disc up front also had plenty of Feel and feedback was probably but the brakes were definitely to those we sampled on the Ninja

That extra inch or so of travel is put to good use, rebound seemed a bit quick, from the fork. After the time to slow down the rebound slightly, it felt in.

It is certainly a cliche, but the Versys is a machine. It is a bike that work well for inexperienced and still be loads of fun for experienced It is a good reminder that you need mega-horsepower to have fun on the

Is it a “versatile system”? I think so. It is a lot practical than a true but provides some of the same At the same time, you could on this thing with a (Kawasaki has optional saddlebags and available).

On top of all that, it is a heck of a lot than some of the more European supermotos. The Versys a U.S. MSRP of just

These days, mentioning the Versys should deliver than 50 miles from a of gasoline is also worthwhile. residents should note Kawasaki is not making the Versys in this state at this For additional details and specifications, Kawasaki’s web site here .

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