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Well I just purchased the Yellow Versys at the BKK showroom. she will be wearing Number plates 131 by now. and she will stay there till January where we will ride up north for a 7 day tour.

The tourer versions are identical to the normal ones, maybe a few accssories to add. I am changing the exhaust for a twin bros but they cant confirm the exact fit yet for V ’12. so I may need to wait. The exhaust of the V is 12lb and the Twin Bro’s is 3lb.

I am not using tne hard side bags, I bought the Givi soft bags 371. and I dont need to fit the Attachment 5752 steel frame to carry them. On touring every little bit of weight matters.

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Prior to leaving Oz last year, I was seriously looking at the Kwakka 1400 tourer in this colour. ‘Tis a magnificent beastie.

Anyhow. The smoke and fires in the north have changed the landscape. After losing an argument with a power tool almost a month ago, I had been unable to ride (injury to my braking hand).

Yesterday I ventured out and could not believe the difference that the wholesale environmental desruction has made. The road I know so well seems unrecognisable. Corners which were characterised by a particular stand of brush or trees are now denuded and it is as though I have never ridden this road.

Despite this, and the lack of any view from Kiew Lom viewpoint, the twisty road is still a whole load of fun. The addition of a fine covering of ash has shown me that the Versys is, apart from all its other positive qualities, a fine vehicle for drifting. I suspect my sentiments may be a little different had I not replaced the worn Dunlops with Pirellis.

I bought the Versys at the end of August last year, have already passed the 10,000klm mark and I am no less impressed with the bike than I was after the first 1000klm. I have had three small scrapes inflicted by


Kawasaki Versys Tourer
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in Chiang mai traffic. One of the fairing and two on the Givi panniers.

Not one of the three offenders acknowledged the little prang with so much as an apology, even though I quizzed each of them.

One of them actually fell quite heavily on the footpath.

During the low tourist season this year, I may well escape our guesthouse and ride to Poo-ket to look at a couple of yachts which are there for sale.

I don’t need much of an excuse to go for a ride.

Update on the Chiang mai to Pai section of 1095: It is a great road for motorcycling. However, with my recent temporary digital handicap, I had to make a quick trip in the truck for we were running low on supplies which can only be bought from the delightful Rimping supermarket. Not being able to adroitly dodge the potholes and substandard road repairs. and with four, rather than two wheels in contact with the tar, I realised the road is a little shabby.

I doubt that there is a stretch much longer than 50 metres anywhere along the road after the climb begins, that isn’t badly scarred by repairs.

I stress it is still a great road for the bike but I fear that unless major restorative work is carried out it will not last well past the coming wet season. The substrate appears to not be so well compacted and the skin of tarmac is thin. When the ground becomes saturated and big trucks brake, they crease the surface as though it were a skin on custard.

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