I don't figure it will be available any time soon here in the states, but that 1043 cc motor has me mighty curious. I didn't want to highjack the thread talking about coming back to the 650 V, from the V1K, so I started my own.
I've found more and more things that I like about my Versys 650, particularly the engine. With it's uneven firing order, it's parallel twin makes a downright sexy sound when it gets up around 7 thousand rpm, or so. It's got a healthy lope at idle too
I've never really found it lacking in power, but I don't have any other history with any other bike than a KLR, so my take on power may be skewed in that respect. But I have to wonder about that inline 4 that Kawasaki borrowed from the Z1000 (heavily considered buying that) and tweaked a bit to put on a slightly beefed up Versys frame. All that being said, I'm not one to put form over function and if the only thing I'm going to be missing from the 650 is a pleasing sound, I'd be a little more than vain to forgo the V1000. I'm not one that goes searching for twisties, but I do enjoy having gobs of power at my disposal, should I need it to escape a hairy situation, or just to make the trip to point B that much faster.
That other thread got me wondering though, what would the detractors be to stay away from the 1000? Is it strictly weight, and/or handling? I like having a lighter bike, but is 70 pounds all that much when you've got roughly double the horsepower to carry it around?
Quoting myselt in order to answer your questions:
The V1K is really fast & strong, one can tour two up with luggage without any problems. It is amazingly easy to ride, you can never be in the "wrong gear" and it has really good brakes, twistys are no match for it neighter. Finally, its a great looking bike IMHO
The V1K have two power setups one "full" and one "Low" that delivers only 75% of the engines power. Well, I fail to see the use in this. Fuel economy is not much better in the "low" function. All it does is to make your bike go a bit slower. I used it in the breaking in period and never touched it again. Most of the guys on the V1K forum did the same. A function no one uses.
The riding position is not nearly as comfy as on the 650, granted that the V1K seat is thick & nice but its the ergonomics of the bike itself. I slammed on foot lowering pegs and bar risers but still not so nice as the 650.
Its a large and heavy bike, espesially on the garage way. I never learned to ride it the way I ride my 650.
But the main reason was the engine it self. For me at least, a bike should vibrate, it should almoust feel alive when your riding it. The V1K felt like driving a car on two wheels. Some people enjoy the in line four. I thought that I would, instead I ended up just useing the bike when I had to somewhere, rarely for any pleasure cruises.
Building-wise, both the bikes are of the same qualety as far as I can see, the V1K have more electrical gadgets and an aloy frame, but disk brakes rust just the same as on the 650. For me, less fancy stuff means less stuff that can brake and end up spoiling my vacation plans.
In conclusion, the V1K is a fantastic bike for those who enjoy this type of bikes, really good value for the money. One gets a bike thats equal to the R1200GS in every aspect but offroad, and seriously, how many owners really take the beemer offroad?