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2009 or 2015 plus or something in between?

Hi. I own a 2014 Triumph Bonneville. While I really love the bike, I also want something more versatile, with luggage, fairing and such, but that I also enjoy riding. This brings me to the Versys. I was looking at a Versys when I got a great deal on the Bonne, and I think I still want one.

I like the reviews and the changes made to the 2015 plus bikes a lot, and the looks. I also like the looks of the others with the stacked headlights. I just like then in a different way.

It seems that nearly all the ones I see for sale locally are 2008 or 2009. I have no idea why that is. I occasionally see a Gen 2 Versys for sale, but they are usually nearly as expensive (or more so) than the super low winter pricing that I saw last winter on the 2015 models, which was as low as 5k (before dealer fees).

So I'm trying to decide whether to buy a 2008 / 2009 for between 3k and 4k (which is where they tend to be) or to do something else. I have the Bonne, so there is no rush to get a bike.

Any input is appreciated. Thanks.
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I picked up my 2009 early this spring and I haven't regretted it once. Very versatile bike and very fun to ride.

I would go with whatever fits your budget. From what I have read on here, there isn't a bad Versys to be had.
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You don't say where you are, so no idea if those are good prices.

if I still had mine, I would consider trading for that Bonnie. Love them.

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I've owned a version 1 and now a version 2. Main difference is cosmetic. Version 2 slightly smoother shifting and minutly improved vibration isolation. Biggest improvement is from version 2 to version 3 that adds ABS and revamped suspension as well as minute improvements in vibration control.

The version 1 looks much better with a BMW style VStream windshield IMO


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Sorry about the location. I'll have to update my profile. I'm in central Ohio.

Thanks for the feedback. I'm leaning toward the cheaper route also. I really like those 2015 models, but I don't need that, and it would save me some money toward my Speed Triple goal next year.

Probably going to be a three bike household eventually
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The 2008 is $3300, Red, new Michelins (doesn't say which ones), new gel battery. Also aftermarket exhaust, 3 windshields, and "quick detachable locking luggage" (I think it's Givi, but not really big ones). Just over 8k miles. Seems ok (from the CL ad), though I'm not a big fan of the red.

The 2008 is $3950, Blue. It has Barkbusters and Hepco Becker engine guards. 2650 miles. Looks brand new in the pics.

I prefer the blue, but I do want bags on this bike if I get one. Though I do want a tail bag, and neither has that. I also want the side racks and bags, which the red one has. Having said that, I also want crash bars and Barkbusters (or similar), which the blue one has.

So... These pop up from time to time. Rarely with really great prices (IMO), but some more reasonable than others. Thoughts?
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Ok, on the 2008:

The tires are actually Bridgestone Battlax.
The side cases are Givi E21's (no top case)
The current owner says the racks (side and rear) are Kawasaki, but the Ebay ad that he sent me from when he purchased the bike says they are Givi.

It also has been lowered (Moto Werk).
The slip on is a Yoshimura TRC.
Tank bra.
Stainless steel front brake lines.
Bar end mirrors.
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Ok, on the 2008:

The tires are actually Bridgestone Battlax.
The side cases are Givi E21's (no top case)
The current owner says the racks (side and rear) are Kawasaki, but the Ebay ad that he sent me from when he purchased the bike says they are Givi.

It also has been lowered (Moto Werk).
The slip on is a Yoshimura TRC.
Tank bra.
Stainless steel front brake lines.
Bar end mirrors.
Kawasaki's cases and racks are made by Givi....Kappa is also made by Givi.
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Kawasaki's cases and racks are made by Givi....Kappa is also made by Givi.
Thanks! As long as I can fit other, larger cases to the racks, and a nice top box, that's good news
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I've owned a version 1 and now a version 2. Main difference is cosmetic. Version 2 slightly smoother shifting and minutly improved vibration isolation. Biggest improvement is from version 2 to version 3 that adds ABS and revamped suspension as well as minute improvements in vibration control.

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Apparently the 2008 has a National Cycle V Stream Windscreen.
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Apparently the 2008 has a National Cycle V Stream Windscreen.
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Mrs. Toaster has a 2009. I am impressed. Hers was under $3000, but came pre-rashed quite nicely, nothing $350 in plastics wouldn't fix.

For long distance, we have soft saddle bags that work fine and won't scratch up, a trunk, and a big dry bag that lashes across seat and bags. Will get big front saddle bags / tank bag combo.

She thought the newer model was smoother and less exciting.
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Mrs. Toaster has a 2009. I am impressed. Hers was under $3000, but came pre-rashed quite nicely, nothing $350 in plastics wouldn't fix.

For long distance, we have soft saddle bags that work fine and won't scratch up, a trunk, and a big dry bag that lashes across seat and bags. Will get big front saddle bags / tank bag combo.

She thought the newer model was smoother and less exciting.
Thanks for the input. Unless I change my mind, I'm going to try to look at the 2008 Friday evening or Saturday, if it's still there. Considering the upgrades are mostly things that I would want anyway, and 8k miles, I think it's a pretty good price.
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I remember that bike. The original owner was a member here when i first joined in 2010. Well farkled and taken care of his sold it to buy a car.

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I've done a lot of research on the different generations. I'd always been interested in a versys in the past, but it's really the changes in the 2015+ model that won me over. I don't own one yet but have been looking. When I compare the differences, to me it's worth it to get the 2015 model. The oem-looking luggage, the adjustable windscreen, the smoother engine, the additional power, and the better fuel economy is enough for me. Plus I think the 2015+ looks better,

Through the end of June Kawasaki is offering $1k cash on new left over 2015 models. Should be able to get one for $7500 or less before taxes. Maybe a lot less.

Used 2015+ models are hard to find, seems that not many people are selling. I saw one on craigslist, for sale by a dealer, for $7k. A 650 LT model. Seemed like a good deal.
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I've done a lot of research on the different generations. I'd always been interested in a versys in the past, but it's really the changes in the 2015+ model that won me over. I don't own one yet but have been looking. When I compare the differences, to me it's worth it to get the 2015 model. The oem-looking luggage, the adjustable windscreen, the smoother engine, the additional power, and the better fuel economy is enough for me. Plus I think the 2015+ looks better,

Through the end of June Kawasaki is offering $1k cash on new left over 2015 models. Should be able to get one for $7500 or less before taxes. Maybe a lot less.

Used 2015+ models are hard to find, seems that not many people are selling. I saw one on craigslist, for sale by a dealer, for $7k. A 650 LT model. Seemed like a good deal.
Thanks for the tip on the $1k offer. I'll check with some dealers that aren't too far away and see what I can find. I like the 2015+ also, and am still considering going that route.
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Thanks for the tip on the $1k offer. I'll check with some dealers that aren't too far away and see what I can find. I like the 2015+ also, and am still considering going that route.
Have you gotten any quotes yet? I started a thread about left over 2015 pricing here: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...lt-models.html
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Have you gotten any quotes yet? I started a thread about left over 2015 pricing here: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...lt-models.html
I haven't the weekend got away from me. Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.

I really don't need to spend that much on another MC right now. But...
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I sometimes have seen the first gens with lower miles sell for less than really beat, boogered up KLR's bring. I had a KLR two bikes ago, and loved it, but I feel the "Vers has more or as much "value" because of the highway/touring ease with them.

I got my 2008 in the fall two years ago from a Honda dealer where it had sat all summer. A Versys is often misunderstood at a KAWASAKI dealer.... many people don't quite get what they are for, especially looking at one with no bags.

I paid $2,100 for mine.......

but I watched the price come down from $3,300 over the course of like 5 months. It had about 14,500 miles on it. Nothing wrong with it, some plastics/tank rash from the previous rider apparently frequently ratchet strapping it down in a pickup or trailer.






It all got tore apart and reworked in the winter after that.
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