That's funny, because I was sitting at a Starbucks with my wife(on foot, thank you very much, ) and in that pouring rain today a couple was on one of them, rain gear, travel gear. I was thinking it must have been a ball(in that "shit now but great story later" kind of way). It had no decals and I did not know what it was.. we both thought it was a very nice bike. It was the same colour like the one in magazine too. Funky.
I bought mine just over a month ago and I havn't got of the dam thing yet. It's just too much fun.
I went with the faster black colour though.
"Every time Catherine would rev up the microwave I'd piss my pants and forget who I was for fifteen minutes" - Cousin Eddie
The Versys was on my short list, but I don't like to be on tippy-toes when I'm stopped. Cool bike, though!! From the minute I sat on my Bandit, I felt at home---sometimes it just works like that.
"Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees."
~Last words of Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson
Kawi's answer to the Vstrom, I guess. I tested the Vstrom and it rides good. Only problem is I don't like the styling of either. I'm sure it's a great bike, though. It has the same engine as the Ninja 650 which I rode a while a go for a few hours. The engine is great for all around riding.
“Calling upon my years of experience, I froze at the controls.”
– Stirling Moss
"I race to win." - Ayrton Senna
"If he had survived Imola 94, we would all be racing for second place" - Michael Schumacher
I like Vstroms a lot but the Versys is definitely better looking. However, Vstrom seems more dual-sporty then Versys as Kawi is not supposed to be ridden off road at all?
I saw one yesterday, and it looked pretty good. Just out of curiosity though, why 650cc?
Both bikes would be equally inadequate off road, so it doesn't matter which one is chosen. Good for Kawasaki. The move to large dual sports (or reasonable facsimile's) has been afoot for a while now.
I see your point, but I guess the same goes for the 650R and V-Strom.
side tangent...did anyone notice how awesome that site is? It seems like it has every magazine you could ever want.
What I like about the Versys is the 17 inch tire size so you can use motard style tires and do a track day with a bit of suspension modding to firm it up. As delivered it's pretty mushy.
Neither the Versys or the Vstrom are good looking bikes. But the Vstrom makes me want to chuck up last week's lunch while the Versys seems OK in an odd sort of way lost mongrel puppy way. It's the big front "pod" on the 'strom that I hate.
A backyard mechanic without a service manual is just like a hooker without a lamp pole.... they are both in the dark.
Well I can tell you this - my Ninja 650 was an absolute blast after a Leo Vince woke the thing up. That snorty twin pulled like a moose. The Versys sure is goddamned ugly though, and it is NOT an adventure bike.