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Kawasaki Versys 1000

Kawasaki Versys 1000

4.2 from 13 reviews

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Craig

CraigSouth East Queensland, QLD

Batteries not included

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Whilst the bikes good overall I think it should have a disclaimer 'batteries not included' type of thing. I think 9/10 people will require an upgraded windshield. And the position of the radiator forces your hands to buy a radiator guard just to name a few.

Purchased in February 2018.


Year Round Rider

Year Round RiderVictoria, Canada

Perfect 2-up Sport Tourer, after some tweaks (2013)

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Purchased in June 2017 for $9,500.00.

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Mileage 17,500 km
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Big mistake

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I bought a 2016 based on reviews from owners and bike mags. The dealers also raved about it. My first thought were this is a very different riding style height of the seat to what I’m use to. I like to ride distance and ride hard and fast but it became apparent at speeds the bike was unstable the front went very light and the handle bars shakey. Taking corner wasn’t a pleasure it was like falling the back end weaving. The long and short of it I kept it for a year tried everything but this bike didn’t do it for me. The SX/ Fazer/GSX1250 fa are more my style. Personal opinion which many may not agree with. Ride carefull stay safe.

Date PurchasedNov 2016
Ian

IanGold Coast

  • 5 reviews
  • 14 likes

Love it!

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Date PurchasedDec 2016
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Ian
Ian

Excellent bike but missing just a few items to make it excellent

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This bike is great and with lots of power. It just needs a better windscreen, 12v outlet & gear indicator. It handles excellent and very comfortable for long rides. Very pleased with its traction control, 2 power levels & ABS. Kawasaki really made a good sport cruiser. I bought a new 2016 model, let's see what the 2018 brings.

Date PurchasedFeb 2017

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Second best bike

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Date PurchasedMar 2016

Henry

HenryMetropolitan Adelaide, SA

  • 8 reviews
  • 10 likes

Top tourer, a few niggles

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Date PurchasedJul 2013

smooth criminal

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My super commuter, all roads adventure tourer (not so quick on tracks but will do it), carver and monster it deserves a better rep than it has. It's a bit heavy compared to a multistrada or a sr1000xt, but will outlast them hands down and is often half the price!

Franks

FranksBrisbane

  • 3 reviews

Much better

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helen

helenocean view

  • 4 reviews
  • 3 likes

Top bike

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I have done 40000 klm. on mine in 20 months and not a problem. Good tourer. It eats up the miles. Ridden it to Longreach then to Atherton and back to Brissy. It goes around corners on rough country roads well. I found fuel economy good. I got 420 kilometres Out of a tankful once but I rode sedately and still had a over a litre left.


A fantastic machine... But...

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biggus

biggusTuross Head

  • 2 reviews
  • 4 likes

Magic bike

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FPiragibe
FPiragibe
FPiragibe
FPiragibe

I have recently fitted an aftermarket centre stand. My wife has been a lot easier since then.


FPiragibe

FPiragibeMetropolitan Adelaide, SA

  • 9 reviews
  • 17 likes
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Unbelievable: It's Even Better Than the VERSYS-650!

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Questions & Answers

Rob

Robasked

Quality control should be revised

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NickH

NickHasked

Im looking into getting a versys for my first sport-touring bike. My previous bike was a 04 Vulcan 800. im 6'5 and a little over 250. would a versys 650 be enough power. or should i just save up and get the 1000?

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Henry
Henry

Buy the 1000 and you'll be happier in the long run. The new 650 really is a great bike but with your height and weight I think you'd find it physically a bit small for comfort. The power would be OK as it has around 70hp and 45ft/lbs of torque, better fuel economy and cheaper running costs etc, but it's not a very big bike. There are quite a few used V1Ks around at very good prices, especially the original 2012-14 model, and I'd look at those first as there isn't much difference between the current and the first models. You can find a very good low km used V1K for way less money than a new 650. Also, the 2015 and onwards 650 is far better than the earlier models and the only one worth considering, but there aren't many of the non-LAMS versions around. I like mid-sized bikes and actually intended to buy one of the new 650s last year until I discovered it would have to be ordered in as the dealer only stocked the LAMS version. You'd probably find a used current model VStrom 1000 round the same price as a used current model V1K, and they are worth a look as well. Much better bike than the original VStrom 1000.

Franks
Franks

I agree with Henry, I think the 650 might be a bit small for you given you are a big bloke. Also the older 650 Versys could get pretty buzzy at speed. The current shape Versys 1000 has some improvements over the 2012 to 2015 model, It also comes with a centre stand standard which the earlier model did not..I have heard the handling is better and it gained a couple of HP. The Versys 1000 is a pretty competent bike and will do pretty well everything you ask of it. If you are into wheelies they are pretty good at this in the first two gears even with the traction control in level one. The setting keeps its memory too unlike other bikes.
I have moved on from my 2014 Versys 1000 but I did think it was a pretty good bike. It is hard to find the perfect bike however as there are always some improvements you want to make to suit your individual needs.
I also owned a 2012 Suzuki 650 Vstrom (non lams) and it was an awesome bike and although only a 650 made good power and torque and was never found wanting in the company of much bigger bikes. They are very comfortable, handle very well and fuel economy is outstanding averaging 4.2 litres per 100km. Even at 6ft 5in you won't find it uncomfortable.
Best thing to do is try out a few and you will then work out which is going to be best for what you want to do with it. Also check out youtube reviews to see what others think about the bike you are looking at buying..
Best of luck
Frank

helen
helen

Go for the 1000cc.you won't be sorry. I am sis six 105 kilos and the bike is perfect for me.


Battleaxe

Battleaxeasked

Hi guys
We are going on a Aus round trip. My wife fancy the Versys 1000. What is the lowest it can drop. How comfortable is it for long distances?
Thanks Battle axe

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Franks
Franks

Hi Battleaxe the new model (2015) is better than the older Versys 1000 and better on the eye too. You also get a centre stand as standard. Not sure what you mean by "what is the lowest it can drop" though. They are a pretty quick bike with pretty good torque at lower revs than the Z1000. I had to modify the seat on my 2014 model but others reckon it is not too bad. My wife liked the pillion seat which she found comfortable. The Kawasaki 1000 motor is bullet proof so you won't have any reliability issues. They also like putting the front wheel in the air in the first 2 gears.

Battleaxe
Battleaxe

Hi frank. My wife is bit short in legs department.72cm hight is already a stretch for her. She would like to move away from cruizer style .she likes this one but we will need to lower it... hence my question what is the lowest it can drop? Loweringkit? Cheers pierre

Battleaxe
Battleaxe

Hi frank. My wife is bit short in legs department.72cm hight is already a stretch for her. She would like to move away from cruizer style .she likes this one but we will need to lower it... hence my question what is the lowest it can drop? Loweringkit? Cheers pierre


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