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post #1 of 10 Old 01-15-2020, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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I just found out that my local Kawasaki dealer will be hosting a Kawasaki event next spring. I was told they haul in bikes and allow demo rides to anyone who has a motorcycle endorsement on their drivers license.

Has anyone attended one of these events? What was it like?
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-15-2020, 08:19 PM
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These events can range significantly. If they have a full demo fleet and there's not a big crowd, attending would be a good chance to whet your appetite.
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post #3 of 10 Old 01-15-2020, 08:24 PM
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I've been to a lot of test ride events. Basically, show up early to make sure you get a chance to ride the model you want to try out. Most companies have you follow a lead bike on a predetermined route. When you get back you can sign up for a different bike. It's a good way to sample other bikes, although I usually end up liking my own bike better.
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I've been to a couple, one riding Harley Davidsons and the other Honda. I really enjoyed them. The location I rode from gave us a decent test ride including on the highway. I had never rode a HD before so it was a good chance to ride something I would never buy. On the Honda ride I had a chance to ride the new Goldwing, again a bike I could never afford. Also the Trans Alp which will make you want to burn your KLR.

I'm hoping for a Kawasaki event to try the Versys and maybe a Concours.

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My experience with Yamaha was similar to teemstah's. I wanted to see how my body fit on an FJR. If memory serves, the route was significant mileage (30ish?) including an interstate spur and the BRP. I got there early and was on the first wave out. Maybe a dozen bikes, including lead and chase, nicely spread out. Unfortunately someone wrecked out on the interstate, about four miles from the start ending the rides for everyone for the day.
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My experience with Yamaha was similar to teemstah's. I wanted to see how my body fit on an FJR. If memory serves, the route was significant mileage (30ish?) including an interstate spur and the BRP. I got there early and was on the first wave out. Maybe a dozen bikes, including lead and chase, nicely spread out. Unfortunately someone wrecked out on the interstate, about four miles from the start ending the rides for everyone for the day.
Not a good day when someone goes down! Hope they were alright.
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-17-2020, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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[QUOTE=klr4evr;697121I'm hoping for a Kawasaki event to try the Versys and maybe a Concours.[/QUOTE]

I'm hoping for a Versys demo too.

A while back, my local dealer got a Concours demo in and let me take it out. Nice bike, but it did not fit me at all from an ergonomic stand point (mostly too big/long a reach for my small stature).

The Versys is going to have to make a huge impression for me to want to get off my fully dialed in KLR!!
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post #9 of 10 Old 01-17-2020, 09:12 PM
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I'm hoping for a Versys demo too.
..... The Versys is going to have to make a huge impression for me to want to get off my fully dialed in KLR!!
Can't u go ride a Versys at a dealer?

One dealer I tried to buy off of in Knoxville would not let u ride until u bought. I did buy a KLR there once because I was replacing a 2009 with a 2014.5 so I didn't need to ride it.

If you take your KLR off road, keep it. The Versys 650 has more power but would suck as a off road bike. If you want to give up riding trail, buy the 1000. Blows the Versys 650 away and after riding a KLR, the first time you peg the V1 throttle you'll wet yourself.

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Dealer does not have one right now. And, it's winter in Michigan!
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