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post #1 of 7 Old 06-18-2007, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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Kawasaki KLR Competition by Kawasaki Versys

Greetings!

Came upon this and discovered that it seems Kawasaki has introduced another 2008 model for the adventure rider. It looks like some may choose the Kawasaki Versys 650 over the KLR650 and I suspect Kawasaki will come out with a bigger brother in the future.

Check out the link and tell me what you think.

2008 Kawasaki Versys Link:

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/Articl...ID=4858&Page=1

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-18-2007, 12:19 PM
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Saw this a few weeks ago.

Huge strike for me for many reasons. Main ones being, just too small and why no rack on an adventure bike? Odd!!

Muffler looks very vulnerable down there.

I'm sure it fits a niche of some sort, but I don't see it.
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post #3 of 7 Old 06-18-2007, 01:14 PM
 
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It looks to me more like a UJM than an "adventure tourer" to me. But I like it. Now if they would just have some other color besides red.
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-18-2007, 03:27 PM
 
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Just keep in mind that the Versys is marketed as a "Sport" bike along side the Z1000, ZZR600, Ninja's 650r, 500r, and 250r. This is not an adventure / off-road bike. It is not even targeting the V-Strom 650 in its current state. I could see Kawasaki making some changes and having an alternate version, but have seen no evidence of that yet and it appears not to be available in California.
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post #5 of 7 Old 06-18-2007, 03:39 PM
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Definately fits better there texascycle. I guess people are getting the wrong idea because of the big review that kept saying "Adventure Tourer" over and over again. Seems just because the Magazines say it's true, it must be true.
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-18-2007, 04:16 PM
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http://www.kawasaki.com/Products/Detail.aspx?id=246

Kawasaki's link for the Versys. It is listed as a sport bike there and mentions nothing about dual sport capabilities. But, I like it. Love the look.

Just my 2 cents.

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post #7 of 7 Old 06-18-2007, 04:28 PM
 
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LOL ... I wish it were another adventure / tourer ... we have been deprived in the US market for quite some time. If you remember the Yamaha TDM850 / 900 that was briefly in our market ... its basis was the famous Super Tenere XTZ750 that won many Dakar Rallies (First row top right http://texascycleusa.com/photos.html). The Tenere in any of its forms has never been available in the US as far as I am aware ... and even today Yamaha has a really nice 5-valve single XTZ660 dp and motard in other countries. If the Versys does well, I will be surprised, but happily surprised.
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