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Where is the Versys made?

Hello all! New to the forum, looking at the versys and thinking about buying one...

I am really interested in knowing for a fact, where are the Versys made. I know for a fact that the KLR650 is made in Thailand, as well as other Kawis. I am still unsure on the Ninja 250R, which some websites say Thailand, some say Japan.

The only way for me to know for a fact about the Versys is to ask you, the owners. I would really appreciate it if you could look at your bikes, check the VIN number and there it will say Made in Japan or Thailand. The engine doesn't count since usually the engine is Japanese and the other parts could be made somewhere else.

The only reason that I am asking is to be sure, I mean, I don't think it really matters, I am one of those that want to know exactly what they are buying, just a matter of knowing.

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I can't take a good picture of it because I have some cables partially blocking, but it says made in Japan (2009 model).
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Thanks zeke!

If you ever get the chance to take a pic that would be awesome!

I need some advice here...

I know this is a very versatile bike, I personally love the way it looks. But here's the deal, believe it or not, I am torn between this bike and the Honda CBR600RR. Totally different bikes, different comfort levels and types of usage. I am leaning towards the Versys since I will use the bike as a commuter, however, I know a lot of people who use sport bikes to commute as well with no problems. Another thing, I know how the CBR performs in terms of speed, etc, but, what about the Versys? Is this a "fast" bike, lets say, will it fulfill my "speed desires" as well to some extent?

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My 2007 was also made at Kawasaki's Akashi Works factory near Osaka, Japan.

http://www.motorcycle.com/events/kaw...our-87487.html
"Along the production lines, we saw several bikes being built, including the Z750, Concours-14, Z1000, Versys, Vulcans and KX dirt bikes. We also saw robotic welding of frames and raw ZX-14 and ZX-6R frames prior to the powder-coating process. It takes about 1.5 hours to complete a bike once its engine has been built. A rolling road dyno at the end of the assembly line (including a front-wheel roller so brakes can be checked) makes sure the bikes are ready for public consumption."

The Versys has good usable power at low and mid range, with enough top end to achieve 115-120 mph. Handling is great, as is comfort with a simple seat mod... It doesn't have my previous ZX6's top end rush, but is much more tractable and versatile.

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Thanks Invader

Okay, so looks like it is indeed manufactured in Japan. How can you tell, is there a specific part of the bike that states where it was manufactured?

Any of you guys are in the USA? I asked on another Kawi forum and they said it was made in Thailand.

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I'm in the USA. My 2008 Versys was manufactured in September of 2007. The VIN/Manufacturer's sticker located near the steering head says "Made in Japan" (bottom right corner, under the cables clamped to the frame)

The Versys has all the power and handling you would ever need for the street. It scoots and it's fun.

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I can't find that particular Made in Japan printed on the VIN sticker. Any photo of that would be great. Thanks.


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US & Canadian Versys are made in Japan, but the Euro ones are made in Thailand. There was a discussion on the other forum about their origin.

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Oh ok I thought it was the other way around.

A picture will be great!
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When "Twist the Throttle" did a profile of Kawasaki, I saw new Versys in the background. They were at the Akshi factory.

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It might be a little while before I can get a pick, the sticker isn't exactly in the most convenient place for photography.
The sticker is on the right side frame just aft of the steering head. The "Made in Japan" is printed on the bottom right hand corner of the sticker. As Zeke and I pointed out earlier, this part of the sticker is covered by cables/wires that are clamped to the frame. You can move them a bit with your hand to read the sticker, but getting a camera in there to take a picture will require some doing.

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Not sure how bad it is to post a pic of my VIN out on the Internet, but I wanted to test my redacting skills in mspaint.

**Edit: This is a US bike as well. I'm located in the Cleveland area.
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If it is of any help I got my versys last year .My son got a cbr600 now he is looking to trade his in and get a versys. Just so much more you can do on a versys.
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Thanks Zeke! I hope it wasn't too much trouble!

Yeah, so I'm definately getting a Versys now, I'm sold.

Question, my current "first bike" is a 1982 Honda CB650 Night Hawk. It's an inline-four, carburated 650cc bike. How do you think the Versys will compare to this bike?

1) More powerful?
2) Easier to drive?

Thanks!
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82 CB650 Vs Versys... Well lets go to the tape...

HP 49 vs. 63
Torque 31 vs. 45
Brakes Dual disc front/rear drum vs. Dual disc Front/Single disc rear.
Suspension, front: Yes vs. Upside-down fork adjustable for preload and rebound damping.
Suspension, rear: Dual shocks with pre-load adjustment vs. Monoshock preload and rebound damping Gull-type aluminum swingarm
Weight (wet) 485 vs. 454
Cooling Air vs. Water
Carburetor vs. EFI
Front tire 3.50S19-4PR (I don't even remember what the heck that means other than 3.5" x 19") vs. 120/70-17
Rear tire 130/90-16 vs. 160/60-17

So other than more power, lower weight, better suspension, brakes, tires & engine their basically the same, I don't even know why your bothering to get a new bike

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one of the letters of the Vin is a code for the manufacturing facility as well as another is for the country of origin..........

digits of vin are:
1-2 WMI country code
2-3 manufacturer

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4-8 VDS equipment codes

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9 check digit

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10 VIS model year
11 manufacturing plant
12-17 serial number
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10 VIS model year
11 manufacturing plant
12-14 WMI suffix
15-17 serial number
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Not sure how bad it is to post a pic of my VIN out on the Internet, but I wanted to test my redacting skills in mspaint.

**Edit: This is a US bike as well. I'm located in the Cleveland area.
Thank you very much! I will go check out mine. My V should be of European version bought in Hong Kong.


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Thanks Zeke! I hope it wasn't too much trouble!
Yeah, so I'm definately getting a Versys now, I'm sold.
Question, my current "first bike" is a 1982 Honda CB650 Night Hawk. It's an inline-four, carburated 650cc bike. How do you think the Versys will compare to this bike?
1) More powerful?
2) Easier to drive?
Thanks!
The Versys is a much better bike in just about every category, but I really liked those old nighthawks. I'd give the edge to the nighthawk in MPG, seat comfort, and seat height for those not possessed with a giant sized inseam. It's also nice to be able to bump start the carburated engine if the battery goes down.
I'd say keep and enjoy them both.

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Thanks for the replies guys!

I have a couple of new questions now...

1) So, basically, every Versys that has a VIN code starting with the letter "J" will be Japanese, correct?

2) I know the Versys has a digital speedometer and odometer, is it possible to program these either in KMH or in MPH ? I mean, since it's digital ?
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Believe J is for Japanese.

Page 34 of your owners manual will tell you how to change from MPH to KPH and back.

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