Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Macclesfield, Cheshire, UK
Personally I'd reckon its too early to accept claims from a dealer that no 2009 versions are being sold, and that the Versys is being discontinued in Australia. I could well believe that there are unsold bikes sitting in their crates waiting for an owner. There are dealers in the UK still trying to sell brand new 2007 models (mind you they are also trying to charge more than some dealers are selling 2009 models).
I think the Versys came out in 2006 in Europe, mine is a two year old example.. Jan 2007 manufactured around Oct/Nov 2006 looking at the plastic panels)
If Kawasaki retain the model, then it maybe due for an update in 2010..2012 judging by what they have done with other models.
Although virtually everyone who has one, or seemingly rides one, raves about the Versys I don't see that many on the road. So its possible that model could be discontinued, due to poor sales. If you follow the thread here on dealers not selling the V you can see why. My local K dealer has just taken delivery of his 2009, several ER6 (Ninja 650's), no V in sight
It was very noticable that on a rideout in the UK last Sunday the V owners were all older, I'd guess the younger around early mid 30's, the older anywhere above 50. lots of grey hair or no hair on show when the helmets were (reluctantly) removed.
The problem I suspect may be that the bike doesn't appeal to the spotty teenager or boy racer, and there is plenty of competition for the 'mature'/older rider, from the likes of Triumph, Ducati and so on. it may well be that the bike appeals more to older riders who have more cash and are sidelining the V in favour of something more exotic. I was seriously considering buying a second hand Tiger, I'd even sort of looked at the Bonny or Scrambler. the Ducati multistrada is still a bit rich.
I suspedct the V will be around for a while longer yet, if for no other reason than they have to get rid of the stock!