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Kawi's Ticket to ride did it's job on me.

Let's see, this is a Versys forum so I guess you don't have to wait for the punch line. LOL!
Anyway, I rode the Concours, Ninja 1000, Vaquero, Voyager, and Versys.

Yes, you guessed it, The Versys put the biggest smile on my face.

I bought my Ninja 650R in 2007 prior to the release of the Versys. The looks of the Versys didn't appeal to me at first, but I did like the ergonomics.

I recently got a GPS and whenever I put it on shortest route it likes to take me on some pretty broken up twisty, hilly roads. Not the type of road you want to be on when riding a sport bike.

Talked with my dealer today about trading in on a 2011. If you attend a ticket to ride event you get an extra $500 off a purchase and a game card where you might win an extra $250 off.

Hoping to finalize a deal this week. I just hope that the options available in Canada and Europe will become available in the USA.
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What options are you hoping for?
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What options are you hoping for?
I am moving my Givi V35s from the Ninja so I am hoping for the 2011 red color matched panels. nothing listed on the USA kawasaki site.

Also the color matched red hand guards.

I really like the Versys Tourer.
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Greetings and good luck on making your deal. If you can't find the panels mabey you could get the ones you have painted to match.


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I also had a 650R and also moved my V35 cases from my 650R ( thought they spent a year on my VFR before I got my versys. The vfr was nice in that is was smooth and sounded nice and was refined in several ways that a bike in the 650R/versys price point can't be but the reliability, relative lightness, and mpg brought me back to a 650. Plus a picked up a CBR600 so I don't really need anything sporty besides that. Just something very versatile that gets good mpg and thats the versys.
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Hey Addict,

Congratulations on the Versys, they're great bikes for sure!

The wife & I are Kawasaki employees and I was one of the escort riders at the Nashville event, I led the sportbikes on Saturday and the Connie/Versys/KLR line on Sunday......we may have talked.
My wife Lydia was the sign up lady there at the truck.

The route was a pretty good ride, just glad the weather moved out Saturday.

Glad you came out, good to know the demo ride helped in your decision. I'll let my boss know.

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The colour panels for the panniers strike me as being massively expensive for something that doesn't actually do anything.
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welcome and good luck with the purchase!
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Hey Addict,

Congratulations on the Versys, they're great bikes for sure!

The wife & I are Kawasaki employees and I was one of the escort riders at the Nashville event, I led the sportbikes on Saturday and the Connie/Versys/KLR line on Sunday......we may have talked.
My wife Lydia was the sign up lady there at the truck.

The route was a pretty good ride, just glad the weather moved out Saturday.

Glad you came out, good to know the demo ride helped in your decision. I'll let my boss know.

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Hey Dan. Yes, I was the guy on the 2010 Voyager. Interesting that the 2011 Versys is the same colors, but it sure looks different. I will know this weekend if I have a new ride in my stable.
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The colour panels for the panniers strike me as being massively expensive for something that doesn't actually do anything.
They make the otherwise strange looking items sticking out the side of the bike look like they actually belong.

Here they are on my Ninja 650R
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They make the otherwise strange looking items sticking out the side of the bike look like they actually belong.

Here they are on my Ninja 650R
I'll admit I hadn't viewed it quite that way, but it is a good point. My initial feeling was that it accentuated the width more than anything, making the machine look "hippy" - that is to say wide in the hips, broad in the beam, fat.

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They make the otherwise strange looking items sticking out the side of the bike look like they actually belong.

Here they are on my Ninja 650R
I guess they are interchangeable? So can you just swap the blue ones for red ones? If so i guess you could sell the blues to fund the reds. To my eyes, there's enough black on the red Versys for plain black to look decent, but everyone varies.
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I guess they are interchangeable? So can you just swap the blue ones for red ones? If so i guess you could sell the blues to fund the reds. To my eyes, there's enough black on the red Versys for plain black to look decent, but everyone varies.
yes, they are interchangeable.

I am now actually considering an '09 leftover in the blue. Will save some money and won't have to get rid of all my blue stuff. Test ride will tell how it compares to the 2011.
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If you read around this forum and the UK one, you'll get as many people that say they can't notice any difference in vibes as those that say they can, so for most people it seems to just come down to the styling preference and price.
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If you read around this forum and the UK one, you'll get as many people that say they can't notice any difference in vibes as those that say they can, so for most people it seems to just come down to the styling preference and price.
Thanks. Since I have 14,500 miles on my 650R I'm sure I will notice any difference in vibes pretty quickly. I didn't notice any on the 2011 I test rode. Now the Ninja 1000 on the other hand was quite buzzy at certain RPMs.
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I've got a lot of miles logged on both generations and own an '08. I can tell a little difference but it's not like day & night to me.

Some folks say there's a big diffence and some swear there's no difference.

Can't go wrong on either model, both are great bikes!

Sorry you and your buddy had to miss the first couple rides due to the weather but it was like you said when you were leaving.......if the weather would have been great, you wouldn't have gotten to ride so many models.

Keep us posted on what you decide.

Thanks again for coming out & buying another Kawasaki!!

We'll be in Charlotte this week-end.

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Picking up my new 2011 Versys tomorrow morning.

Now I am hoping Kawasaki brings in the parts so I can start turning it into a backroad tourer.

Time will tell whether this bike causes me to loose interest in my KLR 650.
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Brought the new versys home today.

This is going to be a fun bike. The suspension is definitely stiffer than my KLR 650 though. I don't think it will do as well on poor terrain. I will play with the suspension to see if I can make it more compliant.

Can't wait until I can get the bags mounted and take it on a long ride. Might have to go to West Virginia, or the Smokies, or maybe the Gulf coast.
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Congrats!! You're gonna love it.

This is how I've got mine set up for long week-end sport touring, does a great job.

Keep us posted with pictures.


Thanks again for riding with us and of course buying Kawasaki.
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