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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old 06-13-2007, 08:02 PM Thread Starter
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New 2008 Kawasaki Versys

Check this out. Its like a tweener, half 650Rish - half dual purposeish. Interesting for sure.

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Kawasaki has introduced a brand new multi purpose motorcycle designed for all sorts of different riding styles and needs, the 2008 Versys. Itís a 649cc 8 valve parallel twin that looks pretty good.

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The new 2008 Kawasaki Versys is a machine which occupies a hard to define sweet spot in the motorcycling universe. Is it a practical commuter? Long-legged urban assault vehicle? Sportbike? Light Tourer?

The answer on all counts is a resounding Yes! This isnít a niche specialist but rather a jack-of-all-trades with user-friendly versatility as one of its many charms.

The 649cc parallel twin and the neutral handling and light steering chassis of the Ninja 650R sportbike made the perfect starting point for this comfortable gridlock commando. A swoopy gull-wing swingarm, long-travel inverted 41mm fork, six-spoke superbike-inspired wheels, adjustable-height windscreen and a comfortable cockpit were combined to create a motorcycle that just begs to be ridden wherever the pavement might lead.

The compact liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, DOHC, 8-valve, 649cc parallel twin engine was modified for the Versys motorcycle so it delivers smooth power thatís well-suited for off-the-line acceleration and flexible torque in the cut-n-thrust of a riderís morning commute. This engineís overall characteristics are entertaining for even the most advanced riders, yet predictable enough to inspire confidence in less-experienced motorcyclists.

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Its suspension offers the next level in sophistication: an advanced Showa rear shock featuring a free piston and two-stage damping valves for progressive compression damping which firms significantly as the shock moves through its stroke. This allows a longer wheel travel with a feel that is initially soft like a dual sport, but firms to near sportbike levels as suspension loads escalate. Of course, this advanced shock is fully-adjustable and connected to a beautiful aluminum gull-wing swingarm that is longer than average, thanks to a short/compact engine and chassis.

Up front, the Versys suspension continues the high-tech approach with a fully-adjustable 41mm tapered-tube inverted fork that combines the best of off-road and sportbike suspension action for a stiffness balance that is a perfect compliment to the chassis settings. In addition to a more-comfortable ride, the long-travel suspensionís soft-stroke allows easy control of the chassisí running angle by shifting the riderís weight.

Complimenting the able suspension is the carefully designed cockpit that features a two-piece seat constructed to provide optimum comfort to both the rider and passenger. An easy-to-read and informative instrument panel allows riders to quickly scan the gauges and get their eyes back on the road. Capping off the comfort list is an adjustable windscreen that can be raised or lowered to three positions in 20mm increments.
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That sir, is one ugly a-- bike.
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not really feelin' the front/headlight area.

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that front fairing and headlite make me wanna but it like the frame and funky lookin swingarm.

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Motard?
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I'll pass on that 'thing'
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For the most part like like naked bikes, however I don't find this one appealing.
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The only market I see for this bike is in an urban environemt. Its quirky and odd looking, but I bet it rides great, has useful torque and is cheap on the wallet.
I think this fits in the realm of the Triumph Tiger... niche market but the cunsumers who like these kinds of bikes are loyal and outspoken.


And yes, I think you could supermotard the hell out of this thing...
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Looks like a MultistrUlysseVstrom wannabe...
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But I would steal the suspension. "Fully adjustable inverted forks" Why the hell didn't they put that on my bike!? How much is this new thing gonna cost?

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MSRP...$6,899, If it wasn't so ugly I'd give it a good shot at going head to head with the SV.
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MSRP...$6,899, If it wasn't so ugly I'd give it a good shot at going head to head with the SV.
Not the versys. The 650R runs with the SV. If they put a really decent suspension on the 650R though, it would kill the SV.

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Not the versys. The 650R runs with the SV. If they put a really decent suspension on the 650R though, it would kill the SV.
That might be want Kaw likes to think, but according to the sales reports the SV walks all over it. I still think the versys could giv it a run with its fully adjustable suspension. Would be fun none this less, just remember to not think about how dumb you look on the damn thing while your riding it.
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I guess I am alone in saying I love this thing. LOL I like the fact that it looks different and sort of stands out.
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It's the same engine as the Ninja 650's parallel twin. The Versys is coming to the US? It was made for the European market because they want a versatile standard bike while Americans prefer their bikes to be toys.
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