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Versys no longer a DS!

Well, go figure.

Kawasaki.com suddenly calls the Versys a Sport bike...

While I was shopping, (two weeks ago,) it was still a DS.

(no I didn't believe it then either...)

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A sportbike is what I call it

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If you own one your insurance man has already told you its classified as a sport bike Never was advertised as a dual spport and I never even for one second considered it a dual... KLE and the KLM 950 and the new hot KLM 990s, ya now you are talkin dual.
Oh I know, some guys on this forum take the V on fire roads and and plunge through streams and muddy roads, but they probably would take a chopper through the same stuff, just wired that way, some might call it adventurous...

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Kawasaki called it a Dual Purpose, not a Dual Sport.

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I agree i always saw it advertised as a dual purpose and not a dual sport. Most ins. co. do classify it as a sport bike. Get more money that way i think. I absolutely love my Versys and have had many bikes in the last 30 years but this one always makes me smile and have a blast on it. Agree also it is no more dual sport than the triumph tiger or the couple BMW GS 1150's i had. Triumph fianally dropped that title and called the tiger a street bike.

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This lil red bike will go wherever I point it. I've had it in some real crap. Pucker factor was high, but I made it.

I agree it's not a dual sport but with the proper mind set going on, it is an amazing machine. Just gas it.
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I would classify the Versys as a tall standard. We always used the standards for everything, back in the day!!!
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call it what you like

When I was pricing my insurance , they also asked me what it is..... If you call it a sportbike then they nail you hard for the insurance. I called it a dual sport and the insurance was half of a sport bike.....lol
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My agent says, "Dual Sport!"

And the next thing that he said was, "Hmmm, this is going to be a lot cheaper than your Ninja!" It's listed as a dual sport on my policy (Progressive.) I don't really care what sort of label it has, though I do like the cheaper (way cheaper) insurance. It takes me wherever I want to go, it does it dependably, and it makes me smile.


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Man, I was worried. I thought they had reclassified it as a quad...

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Old dirt bike and long time "GS" owner here. Have had my Versys for 1 1/2 years and 5K miles. No not a Dual-Sport more of a Sport Bike defiantly. I still love it thought and think Kawasaki designed it just for me and the way I ride and what I do.
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No not a Dual-Sport more of a Sport Bike defiantly. I still love it thought and think Kawasaki designed it just for me and the way I ride and what I do.
Thanks Kawasaki!!!
I have to throw a +1 on that statement.
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Does it really matter, We will all do our different things with it.

If you are big enough to handle it i believe it can be a Dual Purpose.

These bikes are just what they are.

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I certainly agree that the V can go wherever you want it to. When I started riding basically a bike was a bike was a bike. Where you could go had more to do with the exhaust and the rider and not much else.

And you're right it was listed as Dual Purpose, not ds. My fault...

I call it an upright street bike and I can ride it sitting up like a person, or like a librarian, like somebody said.

I just find it funny that KawiUSA has suddenly decided it has one purpose instead of two... We'll all do with ours what we please...

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It's an adventure bike.
What's that you say?
Well whatever you want it to be of course.


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It was marketed in Europe as an adventure-touring bike. I'd say thatís what it is. As far as insurance goes itís a hell of a lot cheaper then any pure-sport bike I've ever owned, only 100 more then my DRZ!! With the ride height and a wheelbase that short how could it be in the sport bike category?
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I think it deserves its own category.

I propose we call them "V-bikes". Versys, V-Strom. Any others in this category? (Some BMWs, I guess).

Characterized by
1) primarily a street bike (as opposed to track or dirt)
2) upright riding position
3) shaped like a dirt bike (if you look at the side profile) but styled more like a sport bike
4) larger than average gas tank

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Just took her out and rode her over the Ortega a few times. Man the handling of this machine in the twisties is sure confidence inspiring. What a fantastic bike even with stock tires and suspension bits. I honestly think this bike is easier to ride fast in the corners than my CBR and that is saying A LOT.

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When I was first looking at the Versys on the Kawasaki web site, they did have it under the Dual Purpose listing, then when the 2009 came out, they switched it to sport.
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When I insured my Versys, their program qualified it as a Trial.
I don't mind, I pay less that way
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