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Kawasaki should really put a stock rear hugger on this thing

I'm looking at other Kawasaki bikes and they all have rear huggers, only Versys doesn't. How dumb is that? I mean, they're marketing the bike as both on and off road, right?
So why not put a rear hugger and let people take it off if they want to do off-roading. Wouldn't that be a logical way of thinking? They must know most people won't even come near a dirt road with this bike. It kinda reminds me of the gear indicator... how long will it take them to figure this out? It's not like putting it on will cause a massive dent in your production costs, it's just a piece of plastic.
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They are marketing the bike as off road where you live?

It is not in the Dual Purpose category on the US Kawasaki website.

I would not consider the Versys any more of an off road bike than any other street bike made.

There are aftermarket huggers if you desire one for your bike.
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This little hugger should keep your Versys snug and dry...Lol.
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The 1000 has a hugger....but you cheaped out and bought a 650...
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They are marketing the bike as off road where you live?

It is not in the Dual Purpose category on the US Kawasaki website.

I would not consider the Versys any more of an off road bike than any other street bike made.

There are aftermarket huggers if you desire one for your bike.
It's not strictly marketed as an off road bike, I never said that. It's not listed as Dual Purpose anywhere. But as an Adventure Tourer, that obviously includes off road and that's why the bike has such high ground clearance (and no rear hugger apparently). I know there are aftermarket rear huggers but bikes are not so popular where I live so it's going to be a hassle getting one. Not to mention probably way overpriced. Not that I have a choice anyway, I'm just saying I don't like the fact there isn't a stock one. That's all.

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The 1000 has a hugger....but you cheaped out and bought a 650...
I didn't cheap out, it's my first big motorcycle and I wasn't going to get a 1000cc because it would be a bad idea. Simple as that. Even if it had gold plated gas tank.
The only one who cheaped out here is Kawasaki for not putting a rear hugger on the 650.
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It's not strictly marketed as an off road bike, I never said that. It's not listed as Dual Purpose anywhere. But as an Adventure Tourer, that obviously includes off road and that's why the bike has such high ground clearance (and no rear hugger apparently). I know there are aftermarket rear huggers but bikes are not so popular where I live so it's going to be a hassle getting one. Not to mention probably way overpriced. Not that I have a choice anyway, I'm just saying I don't like the fact there isn't a stock one. That's all.


I didn't cheap out, it's my first big motorcycle and I wasn't going to get a 1000cc because it would be a bad idea. Simple as that. Even if it had gold plated gas tank.
The only one who cheaped out here is Kawasaki for not putting a rear hugger on the 650.
First we are all kidding, I own a 2015, and had a 07, my Skidmarx hugger went from my 07 to the 2015, best investment I ever made.

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It's not strictly marketed as an off road bike, I never said that. It's not listed as Dual Purpose anywhere. But as an Adventure Tourer, that obviously includes off road and that's why the bike has such high ground clearance (and no rear hugger apparently). I know there are aftermarket rear huggers but bikes are not so popular where I live so it's going to be a hassle getting one. Not to mention probably way overpriced. Not that I have a choice anyway, I'm just saying I don't like the fact there isn't a stock one. That's all.


I didn't cheap out, it's my first big motorcycle and I wasn't going to get a 1000cc because it would be a bad idea. Simple as that. Even if it had gold plated gas tank.
The only one who cheaped out here is Kawasaki for not putting a rear hugger on the 650.
The Versys is not an Adventure Tourer. It is a Faux Adventure Tourer because there is no category today for what the Versys is. It is a street bike that kinda looks like an Adventure Tourer.

I can put TKC-80s on a Harley and call it an Adventure Tourer. The Versys with the low exhaust is not intended to go anywhere a real Adventure Tourer can go.

I wouldn't even attempt this on my KLX250S


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They don't put the fender hugger on it for the same reason they don't put an accessory outlet, gear indicator, center stand, etc...., because if they included everything that everyone wanted, the cost of the bike would be $13,000+.
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The Versys is not an Adventure Tourer. It is a Faux Adventure Tourer because there is no category today for what the Versys is. It is a street bike that kinda looks like an Adventure Tourer.
What does low exhaust have to do with it? It's missing a muffler, that's all. It's the ground clearance that matters for off-road.
Or do I have that completely backwards where exhaust matters and clearance does not? Please correct me if that's the case.
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First we are all kidding, I own a 2015, and had a 07, my Skidmarx hugger went from my 07 to the 2015, best investment I ever made.
I believe you, everything gets dirty pretty fast underneath and the hugger is a must.
I'll look around for one and honestly the cheapest one will do, I don't require anything fancy. Just something to keep the dirt away.

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They don't put the fender hugger on it for the same reason they don't put an accessory outlet, gear indicator, center stand, etc...., because if they included everything that everyone wanted, the cost of the bike would be $13,000+.
I agree with everything you said except the hugger. It's just a piece of plastic mate and the cheapest plastic hugger would've been good enough for my taste.
I'm a minimalist kind of person and as long as it provides the basic of function, I'm a happy camper. Oh and btw, they DO put a gear indicator on it.
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@NightRider thanks for that video, it was a great way to start a Monday!

I too wish my V650 had a hugger of some sort. The spray kicked up by the rear tire makes a significant mess that I'd prefer to reduce. I realize there are a number of huggers available for the V650, but I find their prices to be excessive for what they are. For another bike, I bought a plastic trailer fender, trimmed it to fit then attached it to the swingarm. Most people thought it was a factory piece, so I guess I did a decent job. I plan on making some measurements and seeing if I can find a suitable fender for my V.

Speaking of building things, I noticed in the video that he had a GPS mount/bar above the gauges, behind the windshield, on his V. Does any one have any info on this? I've been pondering building something similar and could use some inspiration.

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...but you cheaped out and bought a 650...
I'm on my THIRD (ALSO on my FIRST as well...!) Versys 650, and that comment REALLY hurts....

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I'm on my THIRD (ALSO on my FIRST as well...!) Versys 650, and that comment REALLY hurts....
Yea my V-650 is the most fun street bike I have owned. I giggle every time I ride it. Plus it is super easy to work on and cheap to operate.

You liter bike guys don't know what you are missing.

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I'm on my THIRD (ALSO on my FIRST as well...!) Versys 650, and that comment REALLY hurts....

its all in good fun...

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We know what you're missing....2 cylinders...
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I'm on my THIRD (ALSO on my FIRST as well...!) Versys 650, and that comment REALLY hurts....
I'm sure talking like that on the 650 forum is against the rules. See if you can find a nice punishment for him, being a moderator and all.
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What does low exhaust have to do with it? It's missing a muffler, that's all. It's the ground clearance that matters for off-road.
The muffler is under the bike. It is the part that will take a hit if you bounce off of anything or try to clear a log. If you bike stalls while crossing a stream you flood the muffler.

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The muffler is under the bike. It is the part that will take a hit if you bounce off of anything or try to clear a log. If you bike stalls while crossing a stream you flood the muffler.
From what I understand about Versys, it has no muffler because the breadbox does all the muffling as well so Kawasaki decided not to put one in order to centralize mass. Apparently what we see is just a little bit of pipe with some styling on it. Is that incorrect?
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The muffler is under the bike. It is the part that will take a hit if you bounce off of anything or try to clear a log. If you bike stalls while crossing a stream you flood the muffler.
Clearing a log? On a Versys? That is not likely to be attempted unless you are very desperate or rather stupid. Or you have modified your Versys extensively, in which case you probably know what you are doing and this discussion about a close fitting rear fender is irrelevant to you.

As for flooding the muffler, forgive my confusion, but what is the problem with that? As long as the water level is below the exhaust ports, none will enter the engine. Since the engine is a wonderful air pump, won't it push the water back out as soon as it is re-started?

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From what I understand about Versys, it has no muffler because the breadbox does all the muffling as well so Kawasaki decided not to put one in order to centralize mass. Apparently what we see is just a little bit of pipe with some styling on it. Is that incorrect?
That "breadbox" under the bike is the Muffler. If the bike had no muffler it would be loud!!

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