Two years on a Kawasaki Versys The Ride So Far

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Kawasaki Versys

The Ride So Far

Two years on a Kawasaki

By Lance Oliver on May 29th,

Visiting the “Grand Canyon of the in Pennsylvania on my Versys.

Two years ago I bought a leftover 2009 Versys. I can say with certainty while it’s not the best I’ve ever owned, the best motorcycling bargain ever scored.

The so-called Recession was a great time to buy a new if you were fortunate enough to any money to do so and felt confident about your income to pull the trigger. Sales in the aftermath of the collapse of the housing and new motorcycles languished on dealers’ floors long after should have moved out the

It so happened that I was in need of motorcycle in 2009. My Speed had topped 80,000 miles, and it was still fairly reliable, on it had always required extreme of improvisation in packing. My Daytona 675 is a track bike, but forget long trips.

So I wanted something relatively inexpensive that could be with waterproof, lockable and would be comfortable enough for trips. Since I do a lot of work for the Riders of Kawasaki magazine, it be good to have a Kawasaki, It didn’t take much or shopping around to find incredible deals could be had on a

I always wanted to be able to say ridden to the ends of the earth. I had to for Worlds End State Park.

I bought this blue, Versys at Honda East in Ohio, on May 29, 2010, for $5,350 out the including sales tax. I put on Givi racks and E21 saddlebags for a under $400, rode it 500 miles so I could do the break-in oil and then loaded it with gear and set off for my annual trip to less than two weeks I bought it.

I always wanted to say I’d ridden to the of the earth, but I had to settle for stopping by End on the way. Still, in less than one of ownership I put more 3,000 miles on the Versys.

The curves of Hawks Nest, New on Route 97.

Of course that was not destined to last, but I have up steady miles in the two years with two additional trips to New two trips to Indianapolis for MotoGP, rides to the old family homestead in Virginia, runs to the hardware and just about any other transportation need. Over time, the only additional to the bike have been Acerbis and Symtec heated grips to try to my hands from freezing in the winter, since the Versys became my all-weather bike.

these two years and approximately miles, I’ve come to the strengths and weaknesses of the Versys.


Cheap to buy, and maintain. Mileage can top 50 mpg under conditions, and even when down the interstate it stays in the

Nimble handling. The 17-inch and sub-500-pound weight keep the maneuverable and fun to ride, even it’s loaded for the road.

The seating position is comfortable to ride all day. So far, my day has been around 720 miles.

good two-up. The Versys the additional weight with degradation in the handling department I expected.


Though the is a great bargain (especially for the I was able to pay), it does signs of corner-cutting. The fairing annoyingly. I fixed that some weather stripping, but two years the buzz is back. I fix it again, but since I always ear plugs. I’m considering just it instead.

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Another minor gripe is the brakes feel weaker for example, my two Triumphs, though get the job done.

That all-day I mentioned above? The only is the seat, which is a common among Versys owners. I think it’s fine for 100 miles.

On longer trips, I use an seat pad, which me ride all day.

The handling is as mentioned above, but the Versys feel a little tall and That’s the one thing that holds me from recommending it to new riders. they’re 6-5.

Experienced tend to ask me if the Versys has enough in the United States of Bigger is America, a lot of people have the that you can’t tour on a 650. The engine in the Versys is for midrange power, which well in the kind of daily-driver, sport-touring I use it for.

I won’t be drag-racing but I hardly even have to rev the middle of the powerband to quickly myself from 99% of the cars on the when the light turns and I want to extricate myself chaotic cluster of city

I happen to admire and love like the Kawasaki Concours 14, may well be the epitome of a sport-touring (depending on how you define sport-touring, is a very personal opinion can range widely in terms of vs. touring). It’s comfortable, powerful, for its weight and is packed with technology and features.

But I decided long ago would be happier if I never bought a motorcycle that more than 500 pounds. is the enemy. It makes everything, brakes to suspension to engine to work harder.

I happily to give up the shaft drive, adjustable windshield, remote tire sensors, keyless ignition and other gee-whizzery in order to save a hundred pounds and drop the price by two thirds. Others the full-luxury route, and I don’t them. After all, I’m not the Versys is best motorcycle

But at under $6,000, fully and ready for the open road, my is the best bargain found yet.

Postscript: about a Versys? The community at the forum is more helpful and than most.

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