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Can someone tell me what my Versys is ??

What the heck did I buy?

Sportbike or Cruiser? No...that's obvious.

Naked? No
Dual Sport? No...the wheels are 17"
Sport-Tourer? No...not long legged, heavy or powerful enough
Dirt bike? ...no..obvious
Supermoto?....eh? not exactly but perhaps the closest category.

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According to Kawasaki, it's a sport bike.


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A great motorcycle.
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That's the fun thing no one can tell you what it is and keeps everyone guessing even the owner ha ha
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In Canada, it's in the 'Street/Touring' category... The name "Versys" is coined from its unique 'VERsatyle SYStem' design.

As explained by Kawasaki: "The Versys is one of those machines that exceeds the sum of its parts. Offering a truly superb platform from which riders can maximise riding fun in any number of street riding situations."
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They'd call it a "tall-rounder" in the UK. More bikes in this category: Triumph Tiger, Suzuki V-Strom, Ducati Multistrada, among others.

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I think ďSport TouringĒ fits it well ó but above all, itís Agile
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What the heck did I buy?
I have the same problem as you do. In fact, it is mostly non-riders who ask me, so anything beyond cruiser (you mean a Harley?) or a sport bike is already too nuanced. "What is a dual sport?".

Usually I try to explain in a few sentences without losing their interest. I have recently stored a picture on my phone, so I can answer the difficult-to-answer question with a quick "this" and whip out the phone and show the pic. That seems to quickly satisfy the curiosity.
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A "Modern Standard" mid weight bike

"Respect the Ride if you don't you Won't"
"A man's got to know his limitations"

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yep, same problem here: people see the bike & ask me if is off road or Supermoto, etc.
I don't know what to tell them, except to test ride one and they'll get it.
My Versys is doing all very well. Usually, one bike do it all is not a very happy recipe, but somehow Kawasaki nailed it with this Versys.
I sometimes tell them "is the bike of the year - go figure".
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I always say I bought a Versatile-system motorcycle. Or an "other"


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What the heck did I buy?

Sportbike or Cruiser? No...that's obvious.

Naked? No
Dual Sport? No...the wheels are 17"
Sport-Tourer? No...not long legged, heavy or powerful enough
Dirt bike? ...no..obvious
Supermoto?....eh? not exactly but perhaps the closest category.
I stole this from another member, I don't know how to link to his post so here is how he described it, pretty neat description.

"Lets put it this way, It is a jack of all traits, but a master of none. It is a better commuter than a big touring bike, it is a better touring bike than a crotch rocket, and a better sport bike than a cruiser."
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Its a great bike! I just got back from trail riding and it was great! I also had some gravel roads. No problem. Awesome!



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It's a pretty cool ride...but I am lame.



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What the heck did I buy?

Sportbike or Cruiser? No...that's obvious.

Naked? No
Dual Sport? No...the wheels are 17"
Sport-Tourer? No...not long legged, heavy or powerful enough
Dirt bike? ...no..obvious
Supermoto?....eh? not exactly but perhaps the closest category.
I like the term "Cross Over" as it applies in the automotive world. In the automotive world it is a term used to describe a vehicle that has the practical interior attributes of an SUV, but unlike a truck based SUV is not designed forge a trail or a bog, instead it is based on a car for superior car like handling on the pavement.

I would put the Triumph Tiger, Ducatti Multistrada, the new Honda Crossrunner in this category. Bikes like the WeeStrom that sacrifice some street performance for off road capability are more traditional "Adventure Tour".

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Kawasaki themselves say, ' Difficult to explain in words, and nearly impossible to categorise, the Versys is one of those machines that exceeds the sum of its carefully crafted parts.'

In the UK, most look on it as part of the Adventure Sports segment (even with the 17" front wheel as the Adventure Sports bikes tend to have a 19" hoop up front). It also slots into the Adventure Touring, Tall Rounder and Sports Touring slots, but personally, I like the way that fellow bikers find it difficult to pigeon hole the Versys, and why do we need to ?

It's fun, that's what it is.

Good luck exploring the infinite abyss
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It's a poor man's BMW GS or Ducatti Multistrada.
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I stole this from another member, I don't know how to link to his post so here is how he described it, pretty neat description.

"Lets put it this way, It is a jack of all traits, but a master of none. It is a better commuter than a big touring bike, it is a better touring bike than a crotch rocket, and a better sport bike than a cruiser."
"Jack of all trades, master of none." Like my grampa the pioneer.

Versys is in a class of its own... It is what it is. A damn good engine propulsed bike.
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It's a poor man's BMW GS or Ducatti Multistrada.
Well, as previously owning a BMW R1200GS for four and a half years and 25k plus miles, I can honestly say it was the best bike I've ever owned. Superb at what it is designed to do and after fitting a Sargent seat, all day comfort. It was economical, fast, handled well, lots of road presence and great fun. The boxer engine is charismatic and there is loads of usable power throughout the rev range. It's a brilliant motorcycle.

And also the worst bike I've ever owned. They are not without their faults and seem to have more than their fair share of problems. Main ones being gearbox seals failing, clutch failures, driveshaft failures, driveshaft seal failures, fuel pump control failures, antenna ring failures, dropping valves, poor finish and corrosion if not looked after etc.

I was lucky enough with mine and only had two recalls and the gearbox seals replaced (6 days before the warranty ran out, otherwise it would have been a £600 repair bill), but I am anal about looking after my toys and never ride during the winter as our roads department love chucking tonnes of salt down on the roads in bad weather. But I became so paranoid about not 'if' but 'when' the next major expensive fault would appear to leave me stranded at the side of the road. Yes, it might never have happened, but when you read about other owners time after time suffering problems (ukGSer.com is the place to find out all the highs and lows of GS ownership), well, I was happy to go back to the Japanese brands.

It has taken me three bikes since selling the GS to find what I've been missing in my riding, and the Versys now fills that void. I actually look upon it as a mini GS, but without the worry.




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It is the bike that puts a smile on my face everytime I throw a leg over it.
It is the bike that I can ride with my GPS on "shortest route".
It is the bike that I can ride with my sportbike friends and sport touring friends.
It is the bike that lets me see eye to eye with the SUV and PU drivers during my commute.
It is the bike that I can add full luggage to, and/or add full crash bars, skid plates, and hand guards to.
It's name is Versys and so far everyone who has seen it has complimented it's looks. Kawi definitely got it right in 2011 IMO.
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