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Kawasaki Versys 1000 first ride

The new Kawasaki Versys 1000 is currently being tested by MCN out in Tenerife. Here is Senior Road Tester Adam Child’s first impressions: “Putting its looks to one side for a moment – beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all – my immediate first impression of the new Versys 1000 is that it’s engine is a peach.” “The four-cylinder...

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Nov 03

Posts: 470

kl595 says:


Fair point Piggles but it is a bike from a Japanese manfacturer, even if it is made in Europe, and it is ugly :) Though more handsome than the bearded one's Kwak, it has to be said.

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Lightning Boy


Mar 07

Posts: 82


For me, its the wrong engine. The whole point of things like the 650 Versys is their real world, on road, usability. A 1000cc parallel twin would have hit the spot, the a nice long stroke would have been much more like it. This seems to remind me of some odd crossover specials where people have taken a Gixxer thou engine and dropped it into an off road style chassis... The Bakker Grizzly was one of the more famous examples I think. Shame really, I was looking forward to the Versys 1000.

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Aug 07

Posts: 76

marty1035 says:


Yet another 'new' bike cobbled together from existing parts and technology. None of the japanese are making significant advances in weight loss, new technology or economy.

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Feb 11

Posts: 3

GaryGSF says:


Adventure bikes are, on a whole, bought for touring. Very few see any off road stuff at all. Not everyone wants a huge lot of plastic around them when going touring and that's where adventure bikes come in. They give touring potential to people who don't want a touring bike. Horses for courses!

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Dec 10

Posts: 88

mogulthrash says:


Marty's got it - more bitsas. An era of bland expensive bikes. Cmon Kwaka - innovate.

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