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« Reply #20 on: October 06, 2014, 04:57:53 pm »

Test road one last summer when the Kawi rep delivered a DEMO unit to my local dealer (They were available in Canada last year)

Key word in there was DEMO.

Why? The manufacturers giving away demo units in Canada is unheard of.  You want a test ride? beyond a very accommodating dealer, you wait for the factory demo ride truck to show up.  The one I rode, was out of that scope. It was a one off demo unit.

I thought "Wow! Kawi is really aggressive in the marketing of this bike".

Not so. They just had a wear house full of them because they weren't selling.

I found out during the demo ride.

In a world full of "meh", this is still more "meh".

Another beaked street motorcycle dressed up for a Saturday night run to Starbucks. Sorry, thanks for playing.
Saturday run to Starbucks is on the rider not the bike, sorry. That same rider who would ride this to Starbucks would ride (insert bike name here) to Starbucks so I don't get your point at all.  So a different bike would inspire that rider to go to, oh Tim Horton's instead?

I rode my 2008 Versys 650 with Givi luggage almost 30k in under two years including several 1000 mile days. This bike looks to be better in every way than that bike. But I did install real cruise control on it....
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« Reply #21 on: October 06, 2014, 08:26:02 pm »


Cable operated clutch (?) and no cruise control. Bummer.

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Wassamatta w/a cable operated clutch? It's worked fine for decades and decades. Why mess w/what works?

As fer cruise control, buy yourself a Throttlemeister & call it a day. Ok, ok, in a more perfect world, it would have CC but it doesn't- still wouldn't even be close to a deal breaker for me, especially not w/all the nascent goodness I know that already exists in the N1K version of the bike.  

And thank goodness it doesn't have a beak. I am so sick of the ADV look.

I refuse to believe this bike is a 'meh' bike.

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« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2014, 01:32:25 am »

I'm seriously awaiting this bike.   If vibration is minimal and fueling is good, think one's in my future.
The Suzuki VStrom is ok I guess, but just doesn't do it for me...especially that cheap luggage rack.
The super10  was so disappointing when I rode it ... rough motor, uninspiring.
Hope the price isn't too crazy
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« Reply #23 on: October 09, 2014, 08:12:56 am »

Cable operated clutch > hydraulic clutch.

If this is based on the N1k, I wonder if they improved the fuel economy. From everything I've read, N1k is in the high 30's/low 40's range. Buyers of this type of bike probably want better than that.


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« Reply #24 on: October 09, 2014, 10:47:40 am »

Regarding fuel economy, according to the Kawi UK website the bike can "get up to" 250 miles on the 21 liter tank.  So that is about 45 MPG based on USA measurements, MAX.  Guessing average high 30's to about 40?  Not all that great, not all bad, but not great really.
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« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2014, 08:17:38 pm »

This could be my next bike.  They really hit it with the styling.
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« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2014, 02:21:24 pm »


Regarding fuel economy, according to the Kawi UK website the bike can "get up to" 250 miles on the 21 liter tank.  So that is about 45 MPG based on USA measurements, MAX.  Guessing average high 30's to about 40?  Not all that great, not all bad, but not great really.

I've been getting highs of 40 mpg at steady 75mph speeds on my trips.  At a steady 80, I get around 38-39.  Most of the time I get 36-38 around town commuting but I commute in a spirited manner.  Mine is a 2011 and I always have the V35 side cases on...never off.  Without the cases I'm sure you can coax another 1-2 mpgs out of it.

Now, on the 2014 models, the sprocket sizes are the same but the 6th gear in the tranny is a little taller for nicer highway cruising.  Good for only another 1 mpg on a trip.

Busas and ZX-14Rs get better mpgs at highway speeds.  Still neither can out handle the N1K...a tradeoff I prefer.  Plus the N1k is nowhere near as ugly. Razz
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« Reply #27 on: October 14, 2014, 10:22:30 am »

What's Kawasaki's obsession with black fuel tanks on Versys...Versyses...Versii?
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« Reply #28 on: October 20, 2014, 05:16:53 am »

I saw the 'new' V1K @ the AIMExpo in Orlando yday and came away less than impressed w/its visual appearance. It was a nice enough bike but I can say w/all honestly that I would not trade my modded '11 N1K for the V1K. The V1K was just kinda boring looking, very utilitarian, especially in all black & positioned side by side w/this year's N1K, which just popped in green and black. The V1K just lacked pizzazz.

If I had to do it all over again, I think I'd buy another N1K & mod it for comfort, like mine is.
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« Reply #29 on: October 20, 2014, 10:47:19 am »


I saw the 'new' V1K @ the AIMExpo in Orlando yday and came away less than impressed w/its visual appearance. It was a nice enough bike but I can say w/all honestly that I would not trade my modded '11 N1K for the V1K. The V1K was just kinda boring looking, very utilitarian, especially in all black & positioned side by side w/this year's N1K, which just popped in green and black. The V1K just lacked pizzazz.

If I had to do it all over again, I think I'd buy another N1K & mod it for comfort, like mine is.
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Sounds to me like Kawasaki did it right. They made the N1k for you, and the Versys is for other people with different tastes.
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« Reply #30 on: November 05, 2014, 10:04:14 pm »

I think its great! Now people can get the Ninja 1K engine, but not get smoked by the insurance company Bigsmile

Kinda surprising that Kawasaki didn't call it the NINJA-Versys and screw it for insurance again! 
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« Reply #31 on: November 05, 2014, 11:34:16 pm »

The more I look at the pics, the more interested I am.  Called the local dealers and they have no idea when they'll be coming in.  
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« Reply #32 on: November 08, 2014, 11:52:43 pm »

I like the return of the high and wide honest to god handlebar, decent seat, and long wheelbase for two up comfort, and a centerstand.  To me this style of machine is more of a return to the UJM ergonomic package that worked well for years.    Plenty of lightweight supersports on the market for those who like to tour with their knees in their ears.  
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« Reply #33 on: November 09, 2014, 08:05:12 am »




Now no need to be jealous.  Bigok This will offer worlds more bike than the Ninja for certain riders, including cheap insurance


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« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2015, 07:05:08 pm »

I have to say that I love my New Versys. I came off a C-14 that I put 60K on and this bike has made me forget the old Connie. Lots of power, handles great, 150lbs lighter than the C-14 and it looks cool as hell. IMHO.









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« Reply #35 on: January 31, 2015, 07:06:49 pm »


Regarding fuel economy, according to the Kawi UK website the bike can "get up to" 250 miles on the 21 liter tank.  So that is about 45 MPG based on USA measurements, MAX.  Guessing average high 30's to about 40?  Not all that great, not all bad, but not great really.


I am averaging 43.7 mpg for the first 600 miles.

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« Reply #36 on: February 01, 2015, 02:11:36 pm »

That's really good.  The Ninja 1K I rode did not seem happy on the highway and revved really high, but it was a used bike and may have had the gearing changed.

Did Kawi smooth out the motor or use different gearing?
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