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maxrates
02-04-2008, 07:46 PM
Any TWT members been on the Versys ?

Texfire
02-05-2008, 11:25 AM
I finally got a chance to sit on one, but that's my only experience with one so far. I can tell you how it fit me, but that probably won't do you any good.

Tex

ps- Just saw you were from Houston. It was at one of the Houston dealerships where I found one to sit on, can't remember the name but it was somewhere South of downtown and NE of Sugarland if I remember right. The salesman was making noises about a test ride if I called ahead of time next time I was in town, might want to call around.

ceddec
02-05-2008, 11:59 AM
There is one at Wild West Honda in Katy. I'm not sure of their take on test rides. Its a nice bike though.

Also try searching since there was a thread on this last summer I believe.

bones
03-19-2008, 08:34 AM
I sat on one last fall. I like it the seating and it felt light. Dealer didn't want my KLR and I could not sell it to fund the Versys at the time. I'd still like to find one used in the next year or so for commuting and what not. I am in love with EFI on bike snow that I have the bandit.

Skip Honeycutt
03-24-2008, 07:35 PM
Rode one last week at the local Kawasaki dealer. I REALLY liked it and I was there on my 04 1150RT beemer. Ups - decent power, weight, adventure touring ergos, factory bags available, overall fun factor. Downs - noticeable buzz at indicated 70-I kept trying to find another gear - it would have a +1 tooth countershaft sprocket before it left the dealer if mine and of course it's pretty much a one person bike unless your S.O. really, really loves you and is about a size 3 or smaller...

whitesands
04-03-2008, 02:58 PM
Alot of them seem to have a loud buzzzing sound...Watch a few online videos on youtube and you'll hear it..

bushwhacker
04-03-2008, 10:25 PM
There is one for sale here on the Forum -

http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=26485

stplank
04-03-2008, 10:40 PM
I rode one at the Houston bike show. Nice little bike. It would be great around town. I'd ride it long distance too. It liked to do wheelies but the Kawasaki tour guide didn't. Oops.

Bear on a bicycle
04-03-2008, 11:02 PM
I just bought one.

Bear on a bicycle
04-06-2008, 07:23 PM
In fact, here it is: :rider:

http://i59.photobucket.com/albums/g304/Bear_on_a_bicycle/Picture013.jpg

bones
04-07-2008, 08:23 AM
Congrats. I like them and would not mind buying one maybe next year if they change the color.

John Bennett
05-23-2008, 02:20 PM
I wish it had belt drive.

bones
05-23-2008, 02:29 PM
I wish it had belt drive.
Any reason other than preference? I have never owned a belt drive, so I am curious to it's benefit.

The more I think about it, I'd rather have an SV650 since it's a lot more sport, and still gravel is not out of the question

Transient
05-23-2008, 02:43 PM
Any reason other than preference? I have never owned a belt drive, so I am curious to it's benefit.
http://www.motorcycledaily.com/08may08_chainsvbelt_p1.htm - An article worth a few minutes. :)

Chirpy
05-23-2008, 02:54 PM
Funny, Kawasaki used to put belts on their 440s. Back when they imported 440s to the US.

John Bennett
05-23-2008, 03:02 PM
Any reason other than preference? I have never owned a belt drive, so I am curious to it's benefit.

Me either. I just think they are better than chains or shafts. I've always been somewhat jealous of my friends who have belt-driven bikes.

Mainly I like them because they are quiet.

From the article Transient linked to:

Belts are:

+ lighter than chains, to help reduce unsprung mass at the rear wheel.
+ do not rust
+ don't require as much adjustment, don't stretch as much
+ last longer
+ require no lubrication
+ don't leave oil splatter

I just hate chains. The shaft on my RT is heavy, with just a bit of annoying slack.

I want more bikes with belts.

Bear on a bicycle
05-23-2008, 04:26 PM
Any other TWT'ers own a Versys??

dukey33
05-23-2008, 06:22 PM
I want more bikes with belts.

Well, you know which manufacturer has an entire lineup of bikes with belt drive :trust:

Between this and your other thread for a more economic bike, there could be an 883 in your future.:zen:

Texfire
05-23-2008, 06:34 PM
Well, you know which manufacturer has an entire lineup of bikes with belt drive :trust:

BMW with it's F800S and ST line? :trust:

NX2000
05-23-2008, 08:29 PM
After seeing this thread, I got out and went by Wild West Honda and sat on the one in the showroom. It felt nice. I'd like to ride one.

I also sat on a new KLR650 that was next to it. The Versys won the "looks" vote over the KLR from my girlfriend.

bones
05-24-2008, 01:17 AM
I also sat on a new KLR650 that was next to it. The Versys won the "looks" vote over the KLR from my girlfriend.
A blind person would say the same thing. (not knocking your GF one bit) :lol2:

roughrider maximus
06-01-2008, 05:43 PM
Yes Bear.I own one, and live in New Braunfels now.

Bear on a bicycle
06-01-2008, 06:52 PM
Hello again, RRM. Moved to New Braunfels? San Antonio wasn't good enough for ya?? :mrgreen:


Still enjoying the Versys??

ceddec
07-14-2008, 07:09 PM
Hello again, RRM. Moved to New Braunfels? San Antonio wasn't good enough for ya?? :mrgreen:


Still enjoying the Versys??

Are you? What do you see as versys strengths & weaknesses?

roughrider maximus
07-14-2008, 07:32 PM
Hi guys. I put about 3000 miles on the bike. It's a great all day runner, canyon carver, and light tourer. Great for around town commuting, or blasting down the freeway. Most of the time you have to look at the bike and remember that you are on a 650. Seems bigger and much faster.
It is nimble and quick from side to side, but dosen't do well in the dirt. I think with about $1500.00 to $2000.00, one could turn it into a great dirt bike, or just pull the motor and put it in a klr frame.......but I am sure Kawasaki has already thought of that.:lol2:
It is shorter than most bikes it size, and it would not be a good 2 up ride...no matter what you would do to it.
Well Bear, I lived at Brooks city base for a couple of years, but moved here to be around my kids for awhile. I might move back to Brooks city base though.RRM :rider:

Toxic_Tommie
07-14-2008, 09:55 PM
The more I look at that bike the more I like it! I may just have to throw a leg over one.

RTL
07-14-2008, 10:19 PM
Mainly I like them because they are quiet.

Belts are:

+ lighter than chains, to help reduce unsprung mass at the rear wheel.
+ do not rust
+ don't require as much adjustment, don't stretch as much
+ last longer
+ require no lubrication
+ don't leave oil splatter

One negative: very expensive if not impossible to change final drive ratio so you better like what the manufacturer chose!

TAPnTX
07-26-2008, 07:49 PM
I have had my VS since last fall, and now with around 6k miles on it I cant think of why I would ever sell it. It is just a great all around bike that is as comfortable commuting as it is in the twisty's. And it is very cheap to maintain and gets in the low 50 MPG wise.

Todd

Prothos
07-27-2008, 08:49 AM
i tried a versys and a Wee. I decied the wee was the one for. After research the wee has a long history or being reliable. A J Foyt here in Houston had a Versys on the show room when i was there last week.

Toxic_Tommie
07-27-2008, 09:01 AM
Seems to be more TWT in NB lately!

pacman
07-27-2008, 02:40 PM
What mpg is the Versys getting?

donroger1
07-27-2008, 04:32 PM
What mpg is the Versys getting?

Here is one answer...............

I have had my VS since last fall, and now with around 6k miles on it I cant think of why I would ever sell it. It is just a great all around bike that is as comfortable commuting as it is in the twisty's. And it is very cheap to maintain and gets in the low 50 MPG wise.

Todd

TAPnTX
07-27-2008, 06:28 PM
And I am not just cruising down the highway at 55 to get that mileage. :rider:

donroger1
07-27-2008, 07:32 PM
And I am not just cruising down the highway at 55 to get that mileage. :rider:

Todd only sees 55mph twice each trip.
Once on the way UP and once on the way Down.:lol2:

pacman
07-27-2008, 08:12 PM
Thanks. :thumb:

gabriel
08-06-2008, 01:03 PM
I bought one back in June and I love it. Of course it's my first bike so I have nothing to compare it to (except the Honda 250 I trained on in the MSF class). I have 1600 miles on it now and my only complaint is about after an hour of non-stop driving my legs start to ache. I am 6'2" 165lbs with a 34" inseam. As for the buzzing from the dash I don't hear it because my stupid helmet is so loud I have to wear earplugs! I'll be keeping this horse for a while.

Earthpilot
08-06-2008, 01:22 PM
Motorcyclist magazine names the Versys as the
"2008 Motorcycle Of The Year"

http://tinyurl.com/5pyprj

Chirpy
08-06-2008, 01:36 PM
One negative: very expensive if not impossible to change final drive ratio so you better like what the manufacturer chose!

Huh?

You just change pulley size, just like changing sprocket size.

Or were you talking about shafts?

ceddec
10-12-2011, 07:21 PM
Resurrection of an old thread for new toy.

So, anyone speak French?

http://www.motorcycledaily.com/2011/10/french-magazine-spies-prototype-kawasaki-1000cc-versys/

Mudclod
10-12-2011, 07:50 PM
I highly recomend them. Set up right they are great ADV tourer's. A friend and his wife doubled up on one with their gear and went to New Mexico and back no problem. Another friend put a 21.00 sprocket on his and loves the near gear ratio. Here it is in action! http://i795.photobucket.com/albums/yy239/mudclod/CIMG0489.jpg

Weljo2001
10-15-2011, 11:23 AM
Love Mine:mrgreen:

For Show:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4083/5014598610_1e1d12d68b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54181788@N06/5014598610/)
IMG_0752 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54181788@N06/5014598610/) by weljo2001 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54181788@N06/), on Flickr


Or Go:

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5063/5744003335_1ba3d316e7.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54181788@N06/5744003335/)
IMG_0128 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/54181788@N06/5744003335/) by weljo2001 (http://www.flickr.com/people/54181788@N06/), on Flickr

DallasDon
10-15-2011, 07:21 PM
Well I'm on my 2nd one. I loved the first one but my son talked me into buying a Goldwing. Big mistake. I quickly realized I wasn't one of those folks that is going to sit on an Interstate on cruise control for 500 miles (or more) at a time. Great, comfortable bike but not for me.

Sold it and bought another '09 Green one. Been there ever since. I actually liked it so much I invented a center stand and some highway pegs for it.

I have been riding for over 50 years and the Versys is the closest thing to the "best" all around bike I have ever owned. It's a terror in the twisties. Mine has seen the twisties from "the Dragon" to the Rockies.

Oh, great price too. Best bang for the buck in my opinion. Both sons have them now.