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Kawasaki Versys

Ken (R1200GS Adventure) and Mike V-Strom) discussing Verle’s Versys,

Motorcyclist magazine it 2008 Motorcycle of the Year. ) July 24, 2008: awareness of the just got a big boost. From the web site: The 2008 Versys™ an amalgam of Versatile and System was chosen as the Motorcycle of the Year of its real-world versatility. This machine was engineered to perform in a of settings, from the daily to cross-country adventures and even at the track day.

After the unique charms of this the editors at Motorcyclist had to agree, ‘The most impressive about the Versys is what it can do. would be just about The Versys has an irrational appeal to who’s tired of coloring the same old lines.’ In the end, the charms were such Motorcyclist’s final selection took far less time it has in prior years, ending an easy-win for this unique motorcycle.

The recurring question: is the Versys? Lack of a good may prevent the bike’s success in I wrote the introduction below after buying this in

July of 2008. In November of was still being asked it is.

While indulging in a coffee and at a popular motorcycle gathering I was approached by a rider I knew by but not by name. He had spotted my Versys and was What is it, he asked? I’ve seen one before.

Is it something a KLR? I responded, perhaps No, it’s nothing like a while wondering why anyone ask such a question. (I like the and have owned 6 of them but I believe that kind of is necessary to recognize when a is very different.) It should be even to a novice motorcyclist, the is nothing like a KLR.

question was asked by a middle-aged, motorcyclist, a long time BMW who revealed he was thinking of purchasing a sport motorcycle and was put off by the KLR’s height. This anecdote, for word true, reflects an all too misconception about what the is. Many people see a dual

Where does this come from? (I realize the Web Site for the US 2008 Versys it under both Sport and Sport but the people who do Kawasaki’s web often make mistakes.) I at a Versys and I see 17 inch wheels, tires, a low-slung (almost muffler and more suspension than normal on an average bike. I see a supermoto-inspired street suitable for good unpaved

I realize this may be two sports but not sport in the context of popular I never looked at the Versys and dual sport. Who’s here? I would be surprised and if someone looked at my Versys and Is it something like a Multistrada? It is like a Ducati Multistrada, not in obviously, but in functionality.

Europeans comfortable with such but motorcyclists in the USA are all too often inclined to new motorcycles into predefined of which they have too Is this one reason motorcycles for Europe so often fail in the US where image may play an all too role in selection? (Some want to call the Versys an touring motorcycle and I guess, that one can tour adventurously on any that should be an acceptable but for the fact that in popular adventure touring usually a motorcycle with some orientation but too big and heavy to be called a sport. More specifically, an touring motorcycle usually ready for intercontinental travel on all of roads.)


I believe most want motorcycles to fit recognizable motorcycles that display and equipment clearly identifying For instance, we expect a dual to have a clear dirt-bike a 21 inch front wheel, suspension, etc. Ideally for a dual sport should be a bike with lights and a of other equipment to make it legal.

We know what an touring bike looks It has a long-range fuel tank, suspension travel than a bike, good ground a comfortable seat and rugged cases. It looks ready to the long way ’round or down or

Some people seem to the Versys to be a dual sport or touring motorcycle. They a desire for a 19 inch or even 21 front wheel and dirt-oriented In my opinion, these people the point of 17 inch wheels and rubber which make the uniquely desirable as an upright bike.

It could have a street fighter or hooligan but for the long travel suspension to street bikes) which another dimension: the ability to the inevitable bumps when unpaved roads. Although may indeed be two purposes it still is not a purpose motorcycle as the term is understood and the Versys is simply not big for practical transporting of the luggage for international adventure.

I don’t seeing the term in print than my own, but I choose to such motorcycles Street Supermoto tracks comprise pavement and dirt. As such, the bikes represent exactly how of us (some of us anyway) ride: a lot of some of it fast and a lot of good and graveled roads, some of also fast. For most the mid-sized adventure touring work well enough: in the paved canyons, fast on the unpaved roads.

A few of us prefer the to be on twisty pavement; we’ll do on unpaved roads. What well for us are sporty street that have functional of supermoto motorcycles, those primarily being 17 inch sporty tires and long suspension. While supermoto bikes are usually based on bikes, what I call supermotos are usually based on bikes.

The Versys is actually on a sport bike and could be called a … sport but the longer travel suspension it towards street supermoto.

Although the Versys may have a identity in the minds of many there is no shortage of similar available from Europe. mid-to-large motorcycles with a theme: KTM SM, Duke; BMW G650 HP2 Megamoto; Ducati Hypermotard, the Multistrada fits the description as as the latest Triumph Tiger and models I’ve not named. the concept is understood and welcomed in In America, Buell briefly had the

So far the Japanese, with the exception of have offered only supermoto inspired machines. knows by now the Versys was intended for only. It is said a blizzard of inspired a last minute to bring the Versys to America, unadorned by the usual gaudy Japanese manufacturers seem to Americans want. I hope the who wrote letters understood they were wishing

None of the motorcycles mentioned are adventure touring bikes. All sporty wheels and tires long-travel suspension in common Supermoto machines. Most are stylish, exotic and sometimes Some have small tanks and inadequate seats for rides.

The Versys is affordable, fun and with an exceptional vertical 650 twin that even a could love.

The Versys in Europe coincided with my for a light-weight, upright sporty also suited for good roads. The supermoto-inspired street looked like they satisfy my wants; I preferred The Versys, despite it’s odd and funky plastic weld looked like what I

When it was announced that the US get the Versys I almost bought bolting at the last moment. If it had a v-twin instead of that vertical parallel twin, an configuration I considered devoid of and character in motorcycles from Nearly a year later, I was shopping for an upright sporty that I could also comfortably on unpaved roads.

time, I actually rode a and what should I discover but and character. My 40-year fear-of-Japanese-vertical-parallel-twin finally exorcised, I bought the

After 7500 miles. I find the Versys to be very with ergonomics designed upright-sporty with hands forward and moderately low, high and slightly back. don’t like that so perhaps they should be a big dual sport or adventure motorcycle.

Some say they to lower the footpegs on the Versys but I the pegs occasionally despite my weight to the inside of the turn cornering hard. Lowering the would be a big mistake for me. I find the comfortable for long, all day rides and don’t stop between fillups. Many people about the seat.

I can’t what they find with it. I’ve read it pushes you forward. I can’t and suspect they must be to sit in the wrong place.

I’m 6 tall and weigh 190 pounds and it me very well. The Versys lighter than it is and therefore nimble. The engine is delightful a wide, strong power

I get fuel mileage from the mid when riding hard and to well over 50MPG at a aggressive pace. It consumes no oil changes. Routine maintenance is

The air cleaner is well protected dusty roads. The suspension is for spirited riding, stiff both ends for my weight. who claim it needs stiffer probably never bothered to static sag or maybe they a lot more than me.

Even the Versys has been erroneously by manufacturer and dealers alike, still surprised how many the Versys is or should be a dual It should be obvious it is not a dual and was never intended to be. I’ve had dual sport and adventure motorcycles. I bought the Versys it is not a dual sport or adventure motorcycle but is an upright, mid-sized I can ride fast on pavement and explore unpaved roads.

The light weight, 50/50 distribution and 17 inch wheels sporty street tires are to corner speeds beyond I can do comfortably on dual sport or touring motorcycles with weight bias, taller-narrower wheel and even mildly tires. That’s why I bought the Nevertheless, I ride a lot of unpaved and the longer travel suspension, to street bikes, is beneficial.

I avoid big rocks with the muffler. I cringe when I someone knowingly claim you ride off pavement on street I’ve been doing it for years and find them for what I do and actually prefer tires on gravel roads. I the Versys to be one of the most planted I’ve ever ridden on roads. On several occasions exceeded 100MPH on gravel confidence.

If you’ve heard the is a handful on gravel, I assure you it was the not the motorcycle. On the other hand, one be careful to avoid serious On one ride with over 200 unpaved, including fast on several rocky 2WD mountain and up to 113MPH on good gravel I bent the front rim in three — not enough to lose air but unattractive.

I presume this was primarily by speed but perhaps because of light-weight wheels and tires with soft (I was using Dunlop Roadsmarts, a compound sport touring Solution: slow down. If I needed different wheels and I would go back to a dual or adventure touring motorcycle. I to focus on fast pavement and my off-pavement capability, thus the

Others may choose to do the opposite and look elsewhere. I know the Versys is and I won’t blame it for at what it was never intended to do. I ride off road, though.

I it, too.

I measure a motorcycle by how it to similar motorcycles I’ve or ridden; I value it according to how it does what I want it to do. I chose the Versys, my objective was to or come close to the performance of my recently owned KTM 690SM. I to do this with a relatively Japanese motorcycle offering range, comfort and weather

I truly admired the KTM 690SM was no surprise since after all it was a from a company with a heritage.

The Versys and KTM 690SM are in many ways although isn’t one of them. The 690SM and have similar horsepower, come with 17 inch and sporty Dunlop rubber, the wheelbase is 1.7 inches shorter the KTM, the rake is 1 degree the trail is nearly the same. The does weigh at least 90 more than the 690SM but have a 50/50 weight Both are ideal motorcycles for high corner speed.

I the performance similar.

The Versys has a power spread from 3000 to over 9000 more useful if less fun the KTM 690’s wicked mid-range. On I’ve sometimes seen indicated on the Versys. With a speedometer error (measured at lesser speeds by both GPS and watch) that’s a true 110 to

I consider this to be top speed as I the power curve and wind had reached equilibrium. Wind on the Versys is adequate but not as good as a The seat is all-day comfortable what I’ve read on forums. The 5 gallon fuel is appreciated; the Versys gets 50MPG if not pushed too hard it acceptable range for our remote roads. It’s stable at and holds a line well in

It’s nimble but not twitchy. The is unexpectedly planted and fast on and good dirt roads. seen over 100MPH on roads. Initially, I was concerned the wheelbase of the Versys might instability on gravel roads.

I have remembered that inches is the same wheelbase as the TR6 Triumphs I loved so much. were certainly fast on roads. The Versys is about the weight as those late-sixties 650s. The Versys 650 vertical even seems vaguely although the 180 degree crank give it a different character, as 15 or 20 more HP.

Performance exceeds my I’ve experienced no oil consumption, it not need high octane What’s not to like?

I’m not an racer who can tell you for certain why a is working well or describe it needs beyond setting sag and routine damping changes. just an enthusiastic rider on the backroads of western Colorado and the makes me grin.

Kawasaki Versys

FWIW: On I see riders saying they like to get different tires and try good unpaved roads on the the implication or stated opinion that one can’t ride off on street tires. This is not true and I’m doing I can to dispel this myth by Were talking good here — graded or dirt, not rough muddy

My Versys has seen indicated of 105MPH to 110MPH frequently a high of 113MPH on such first on the OEM Dunlop tires, now on Roadsmarts — sticky, sporty rubber. Long a rider on good unpaved this is the fastest I’ve gone on gravel roads. The street tires were in no way to this activity but they are when well leaned in a 100MPH paved canyon

There is no way I would compromise the excellent pavement capabilities dual sport tires. If I rode fast on paved roads I guess it wouldn’t But I do ride fast in the canyons. I ride fast on unpaved

When a rider claims a with street tires is on gravel (assuming the bike is in good shape and the tires are I assure you it’s the rider, not the or tires.

Adjustable Windshield December 24, 2008: 10,371 Installed MadStad Adjustable Mount .

Purchasing a motorcycle is as close as I come to …. I to believe I will pick a but I’m usually disappointed. I modify what I buy and sometimes end up it away.

My needs seem I want upper-body wind and protection with only a amount of turbulence and wind I refuse to look through a while riding and therefore seek the elusive still air I would like to keep at 80% of bugs off my face shield.

almost impossible to know if an untried windscreen will with my wants and even if I one that does, saying so has value to another rider as we all different requirements due to torso posture, climate and tolerance of noise and turbulence. On the Versys, I wind and bug protection unsatisfactory the stock shield in any of the 3 positions. A windscreen helped but not enough.

would work? What I was an easy way to experiment with and angle without buying windshields.

The MadStad Adjustable Mount provides that The Madstad bracket allows 3 of vertical adjustment (twice the stock Versys brackets and 25 degrees of angle adjustment stock upright to farther than you would ever (the stock bracket no angle adjustment without use of shims or spacers). MadStad consists of twisting a couple positioning the windshield and tightening the

Easy and quick without This range of adjustment, a mid-sized aftermarket windshield advises the stock Versys is too small for effective adjustment), is having several windshields to The MadStad bracket is a proven having been used by V-Strom riders.

I ordered the brackets on a Thursday, choosing because it was the least expensive expecting it to take a week to get to Colorado. It shipped on Friday the Tampa Post Office receipt shortly before I received it in remote western on Monday afternoon.

This kind of service USPS is just short of

The bracket assembly is made precision and installs easily clear instructions. I quickly air flow more to my liking endless possibilities yet to try. No wondering if an inch or so higher or would be better or worse. No unsatisfied curiosity about the angle.

I’m indecisive windshields. Now I can change my mind as as I like. Even if I could no setting I liked I would this product for letting me with what I think work. Additionally, I ride all here in western Colorado and the to adjust for different seasons is a

I’m impressed with the of this product. Be aware, seeking only an acceptable of wind, noise and bugs; if I a cocoon of still air I would get a

The MadStad Adjustable Windshield works as advertised and Mark of MadStad Engineering has been a to deal with. I had a couple and Mark responded promptly thoughtful consideration and good What more could a want?

MadStad Adjustable Mounts are available for the V-Strom and

Motorcycle stands September 26, 6014 miles. After the Versys suffer cosmetic from a topple off an old ill-fitting arm stand while my back was and two near-falls while I was close to catch it, I decided to purchase new and rear stands. Famous notwithstanding, modest research on the suggested I would be happy front and rear motorcycle and swing arm spools from Racing for a total of $147.40 shipping.

The stands were promptly, seem well were nicely packed and are to use without an assistant.

Givi August 1, 2008: 2099 Installed Givi windscreen, through Davis Service in Montrose, CO. Excellent quality professional detailing superior to alternatives.

Less expensive most homemade-look alternatives. above helmet visor was mostly about bugs on wind noise different but not buffeting not an issue.

Givi racks and Givi E21 side July 22, 2008: 1437 Installed Givi side and Givi E21 side cases. quality, close-fitting racks. expensive than alternatives. I the E21 cases from my previous

I like top loaders and the small E21 are big enough for me and seem esthetically for most bikes I’ve them on.

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