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Kawasaki Versys

2010 Kawasaki Versys

love it, some hate it. get it, some don’t. I’ve that sentiment to be the bottom after spending some with the 2010 Kawasaki .

Some folks commented on how it looks. Others complained the position was too cramped. After the Versys around the office, staffers threw the keys at me just one day, others let me pry the keys out of their clinched Yet this 2010 version of the is not far removed from the very motorcycle that won Motorcycle Of The honors a few years ago from one motorcycle pub.

It’s mistaken for a GS-style, dual-sport/adventure knockoff from across the lot, while others it as completely capable. Just to show you can’t please

It’s not really a … but it’s not fully faired. not a sportbike, but it handles great. not exactly a dual-sport, but it has long travel and upside-down forks. It have a big engine, but it pulls in every gear.

And it’s not a luxury machine, but it has some features.

No matter what first impressions are, I you to read on and, if ever the chance, take a ride on a Versys. When you do, I doubt ever ridden a motorcycle a more “sit-up-and-beg” seating than this one. the 33″ seat height may be a stretch for it does combine with a seating position and some footrests for seemingly endless potential. I found my thighs to be parallel with the ground.

Tall handlebars reach up to the rider, and help raise the mirror position to boot. riding the Versys, I encountered no — perhaps a slight case of leg but I’m long-legged. It wasn’t enough to the fun of riding this machine.

from a few cosmetic changes, the twin is essentially unchanged previous years. There are new bushings at the rear engine to help reduce vibrations, and to the muffler, clutch cover, alternator covers, and radiator change up the visible engines a bit. The engine has been the most compact in its category and reduce the dimensions of the entire

The twin is tuned to deliver responsive power in the low to middle rpm for exceptional roll-on response; I call it almost unboggable. ideal for negotiating city or tight backroads and lends to the engine less busy. a smooth pleasure to ride. it in just about any gear, and be good to go. The under-engine muffler three-way catalyzer cleans up the and aids in mass centralization for handling.

A pair of 38mm throttle bodies with subthrottle valves below sharp ridability. The automatic idle system makes and warm-up easy without racing. The wait for a warm-up was minimal.

The look of the Versys is something ’50s science fiction. I can this is what folks then thought a Martian lander would look The Ducati Monster-esque frame off the look, yet it doesn’t plagiarize the trellis appearance. The Versys is narrow at the knees and pegs for comfort and control.

On that hollow, rubber-covered footpegs are new for and reduce vibration transmitted to the A distinctive, aluminum, gull-wing pushes on a lay-down Showa visible through the distinctive layout. It does grab from onlookers. The rear has adjustable preload and rebound and for 2010 the swingarm pivot rear fender, and taillamp been updated.

Paired to the shock the 41mm inverted up front has long travel and is in fork height, spring and rebound damping. Those are the important adjustments, and they standard on this totally do-it-all motorcycle.

Sitting the front end is a new fairing with dual headlight, and a new front and mirrors round out some changes. The larger, three-position-adjustable is intended to provide more for the rider, but you’re pretty exposed to the wind with upright riding posture. that windscreen is an instrument with a large analog and a digital panel with fuel gauge, odometer, trip meters, and clock.

bold numerals make easy to read. Other features in the cockpit often on Kawasakis, but not on other brands, are the flashers and flash-to-pass button. nice to have.

The new year also brings passenger grab rails, new cover material, and a little of the passenger seating position, the Versys even more — and passenger — friendly. There’s a amount of underseat storage After a quick peek the rear bodywork, it appears as that large, rear-hanging, monstrosity could be easily for a cleaner look.

The dual sportbike-styled 300mm front brake discs are of a floating and are acted upon by two-piston Out back there’s a single rear petal disc a single-piston caliper. All combine to plenty of stopping power. the wheels look like you’d find on the Ninja and ZX-10R.

The six-spoke wheels use material between spokes so rim is reduced along with wheel weight, aiding in acceleration, deceleration, and initial

Perhaps the name Versys is a on the word versatile. Or perhaps a word meaning joy ride an alien civilization. Folks make fun of things they understand.

For 2010, Kawasaki some mild changes to a bike, yet didn’t change it to make it fit any particular bike It’s just as misunderstood as it was. Although you have to it’s a bargain in today’s

There’s no doubt it’s fun to ride and looks as quirky as I think if you meet one, understand.

By Steve Lita, Photos by Bob

Name: Jon Langston, Associate

Height: 5′ 11″

Years Riding: 11

Bike: 1983 Kawasaki KZ LTD

I was the guy who eagerly tossed the keys to Steve after one measly day the Versys. I grew up on dirt and have spent significant aboard sportbikes, dual-sports, and and I have never, ever a nutcracker as ball-busting as this. The constantly pitched me forward. I to push myself back on the but the midsets provided no leverage. So I to hold myself back by my knees against the tank.

no luck because every I dumped a bit of speed, let alone I was thrust into the tank. 10 minutes, I was praying for a stop so I could stand up and shake out, as it were. But that work either, for with the 33″ height, my toes barely the ground and the hard seat was snug against my crotch.

I tried to stand up on the pegs, but the so tall it’s top-heavy, and I feel stable at speed.

And did I I hated the pencil-thin handlebar? It did to dampen the vibration that my hands into paralysis.

Kawasaki Versys

on, I also have to wholeheartedly with Steve’s assessment the Versys is ridable in any gear. true if you do most of your in residential neighborhoods or school But by the time I got to 40 mph, I was in fifth.

Sure, there’s a lot of throttle after that, and redline is but using the gears is part of my style, and the Versys had my left and ankle bored.

Name: Kopec, Online Manager

5′ 11″

Years Riding: 3

Personal Suzuki SV650

As a youth I many things from the in my tribe: how to hunt and fish, how to shelter, what plants cure sicknesses and relieve The ’80s were years of and growth for me and living in a town 40 north of New York City, I was on my own. I’m usually prepared and for whatever life dishes so while riding on one of my favorite routes, I decided to veer off the path and explore.

I found smack dab in a situation I’m usually, as I well prepared for, and I was. Being astride the Versys, I was in the wrong place on the bike. An unfamiliar series of gravely switchbacks seemed to go on for

After being able to negotiate the situation, I realized the turned what should been a white-knuckled experience a capable blast down the less traveled.

All kidding this bike’s great! the bike sticks to choppy, roads like a fish to water. The power’s plentiful and you do need to get the rpm up to feel the power, creates a slight buzz sticks with you awhile things slow down, but nothing to dwell on.

I was simply impressed with the capabilities and performance. At 5′ 11″, the seemed a little tall, I flat-footed at stoplights, but the seating was good, set me up where the pegs and were at a comfortable position, and quick maneuvers or standing on the over large bumps

For the money, I think it’s a If you’re in the market for an adventure but don’t want to break the you have to check it out. be doing yourself a disservice if you Great bike, good and completely capable in whatever you may ride into.


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