picked up the newish LT model today, after riding it round a few hours here are my impressions of it.
its not tall. not to me at least. 5'9" w a 32 inseam and its perfectly doable, not flat footed doable but balls of both feet down with good control no problem.
gotta do something with the seat, that driving me into the tank shiznit has GOT TO GO. ill be taking a closer look at the spacer mod to get this under control.
then when i can actually sit on the whole seat ill see if its gonna be long distance worthy. theres a medium alaska sheepskin pad on standby..
it turns QUICK. its compact front to back and the steering is light the TKC 70's that are on it now will probably live out their natural life. but a set of good sport touring rubber is going on at the first swap
theres a puig touring screen on it now, the stock was included in the deal as well, itll probably stay in the plastic the puig does pretty well. and ive got good klim/stitch gear to handle any rain that gets by it. thats gotta be a windmill from hell with the little stock screen, not for me.
suspension feels a little soft need to break out the sag tape and get it set up to my 220lb self.
brakes, heard a lot about how the slide pin brakes are inadequate, not so much im thinking get into the abs and the rear wheel is floating thats good enough and more than most can handle, probably hit up speigler for a set of braided stainless lines. i prefer braided lines on all my bikes anyway.
motor, a bit fluffy under 4k but wants to rev like nobody's business. and decently smooth as well, yay rubber engine mounts. may get a flash from steve to clean up the low end, top end is fine.
gearing..WHOA stop 6000 rpm at 80mph indicated? is this normal. there may be a 43 tooth rear in the near future. im not used to running that many revs, motor seems perfectly fine with it
im a bit bugged out about it tho.. thats not natural. remember im coming from a concours 14 turn 6k on that in top gear and you are well north of go to jail speeds.
the luggage is good, kawa did a nice job on it. obviously made by givi but still they put the effort in to provide decent luggage. it will even fit my schuberth C3 pro lid in a side bag with room for other stuff, not a lot of side cases can manage that. well done to kawasaki.
lighting, headlights are meh, not the worst, but could be better. i have a set of cyclops H7 led bulbs that were supposed to go in my klr, ill try em in the versys and see what happens. if theres a bracket that will let me mount some good cyclops optimia driving lights without having to mount a crash cage please speak up.
dash layout, not bad, like the dual tripmeters and it has a fuel gauge yes!! the tach is good and legible, the digital speedo is weird to my old fashioned self but its easily readable ill adapt.
need to hit up motorworks for the above the dash bracket to mount my GPS and a voltmeter/usb charging port.
OH and which little 5 foot nothing 120lb size 4 shoe wearing engineer designed the footpegs. the bike came with motorworks lowering blocks on it but there not much there to lower. does anyone know of a bigger footpeg suited to someone with a size 11EE foot? that will fit this bike? they feel like tricycle pedals after the plastic is broken off of em..
those are my first initial impressions after 3 hours of ownership. feel free to comment in fact please comment of you have any ideas, especially in the gearing and footpeg dept..
Last edited by Mark Arnold; 10-06-2019 at 11:26 PM.