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post #1 of 44 Old 06-13-2007, 06:33 AM Thread Starter
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"challenging Suzuki's V-Strom 650 "

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Articl...ID=4858&Page=1

"Kawasaki has unveiled a new addition to its stacked 2008 roster the mid-sized Versys."

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There have been some rumors going around for almost 2 years now about a new "Adventure Bike" from Kawasaki based on the Ninja 650R motor. I was kind of hoping it would be more of a KLE looking motorcycle instead of the Versys, which is already available in Europe and Canada.



Perhaps with our gasoline prices now approaching what the rest of the world has to pay for their fuel, we might be seeing more of a "European" culture with regard to motorcycles here in this country. Most of them use their motorcycles as transportation, not recreational vehicles.

It was reported via www.motorcycledaily.com that KHI was looking at a creating a "dualsport" based variant using this motor. Everyone, including myself, was hoping for a KLE650R kind of machine.

The Versys is kind of a disappointment - at least in my opinion.

Of course, I think it would be an excellent choice for a commuter setup.

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It has been available in Canada for a while now. I test rode one two weeks ago. I wasn't impressed. The motor felt really lifeless unless you revved it. I guess it is more sportbike in that way. The ergos are much more compact than the Wee, I felt pretty folded up on it. The one I rode had a badly adjusted rear brake that I had to really stretch to use. And worst of all was this annoying buzz from the cowling. I eventually found the source on the top of the instrument cluster, and rode most of the ride with my hand on it.

On the plus side, the windshield provides good protection and no buffeting! The overall design looks modern and sporty, though I'm not a fan of the exposed rear shock.

But, the biggest the knock against it: the front is even uglier than the Strom!!!

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"Kawasaki has unveiled a new addition to its stacked 2008 roster the mid-sized Versys."
I, for one, am glad to see it. Competition can only make the VStrom line better.

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I, for one, am glad to see it. Competition can only make the VStrom line better.
I totally agree with this. There aren't many reasonably priced choices for those of us who like Vstroms.

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I totally agree with this. There aren't many reasonably priced choices for those of us who like Vstroms.
Yup... more choices are a good thing. One other thing that I didn't like about the Versys ( besides the motor needs to spin to get anywhere ie. less strong at low rpm's) was there are no options for nobbies as the front tire is so small. I see it more as a street warrior than any off road capable.

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Well, that's exciting. The Wee-strom class of bike is hugely popular in Europe... where folks are inclined to use their bikes day-in and day-out.

The Versys validates the market the Vstrom has identified in the US... giving the Vstrom a credibility it couldn't really acheive unless some other company realized the Wee-strom niche was heating up.

Without a competitor to 'verify' a market niche, products often dry up and die -- appearing to all the world to be too far outside the mainstream to warrant attention.

I too find the front of the Versys amusing... but I'm ok with an unconventional look for an unconventional bike.

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no options for nobbies as the front tire is so small. .
bad assumption on your part, the Pirelli MTR60-Corsa is one of the best dual sport/rain tires available. If I could get them in strom sizes :mad:





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Last year I was interested in one after reading some road tests on it in European & U.K. magazines. Googled everything I could find on it. Even joined their website/forum. Then, learned I couldn't buy one. Just as well. I'm VERY happy with my Wee Strom.

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Glad to see the marketplace is growing. When I was looking for bikes had a hard time finding something that didn't force me to lean back at a 45 degree angle or examine the tops of my shoes........V-stron was the answer for me. Competition in this segment can only help push the V-Strom to even better quality , performance and longevity. I've seen the new Kawa and it's nice however won't be giving up my beloved V-Twin anytime soon.

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