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2015 V 1K is here

Driving past my local Kawasaki shop today and what do I see?







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Like that version a lot better than the first one that brought out and love the colour.
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The Key was in it!! You were supposed to take it and ride her home!!!

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Key was in it, the battery was NOT connected. I'll be riding it soon
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Driving past my local Kawasaki shop today and what do I see?

Nice. That's my next bike. Talked to my dealer yesterday. They won't be in my area (Ohio) until January. Going to head over today or tomorrow to put down a little earnest money.
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did you (or anyone else) sit on it? Does it feel taller and or heavier than the 650? I would LOOOOVE to get my hands on one (maybe leftover or lightly used in a few years).
Riding two up on the current v is less than desirable. That compounded with the fact I have only ever owned twins (ninja 650r, harley48, versys 650) I think its high time I get me a four cylinder.

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did you (or anyone else) sit on it? Does it feel taller and or heavier than the 650? I would LOOOOVE to get my hands on one (maybe leftover or lightly used in a few years).
Riding two up on the current v is less than desirable. That compounded with the fact I have only ever owned twins (ninja 650r, harley48, versys 650) I think its high time I get me a four cylinder.

I had a chance to sit on 2 new V1000ís at the International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach , CA.

I didnít get to ride them but my first impressions from just sitting on V1000ís are pretty high. I canít get over how comfortable the ergonomics are.(I'm 6'3") I didnít notice any extra weight or at least it wasnít that noticeable from just straddling the bike and keeping it up. The bike seems just as tall as my V650.(Thats a good thing for me) The fit and finish seemed on par with my V650. The saddle bags and mounts work nice. The adjustable windscreen is really easy to use. I also canít get over how good the orange looks in real life. It is not as red and it seems in the pictures, it has a touch more bronze in it.
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did you (or anyone else) sit on it? Does it feel taller and or heavier than the 650? I would LOOOOVE to get my hands on one (maybe leftover or lightly used in a few years).
Riding two up on the current v is less than desirable. That compounded with the fact I have only ever owned twins (ninja 650r, harley48, versys 650) I think its high time I get me a four cylinder.
I sat on it on the centre stand, it is tall I could not reach the ground. When I ride it I'll know more.
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did you (or anyone else) sit on it? Does it feel taller and or heavier than the 650? I would LOOOOVE to get my hands on one (maybe leftover or lightly used in a few years).
Riding two up on the current v is less than desirable. That compounded with the fact I have only ever owned twins (ninja 650r, harley48, versys 650) I think its high time I get me a four cylinder.
Get a test ride. You might be disappointed with the lack of low end torque from the I-4 engine. The 1000 CC engine might make up for that though.

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I'm leaning toward the v1. Currently ride a ZRX and is a blast, but looking for something that will be more touring friendly.
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I'm leaning toward the v1. Currently ride a ZRX and is a blast, but looking for something that will be more touring friendly.
I had one of them too. It's engine and build for serviceability played into my decision. The only things going against it as a tourer are minimal wind protection and lack of cruise control. Both are simple fixes. Seems the aftermarket has a pretty decent selection of those kinds of things for the previous generation of the bike.

The biggest concern to me is its height. I rode dirt bikes as a youngun, and even the sport tourers and standards I've had since were all too tall for me to flat foot, so that isn't a big issue. If it's too tall for me to securely get the bike off the stand with a passenger and luggage, I'll need to make other provisions. Looks like the aftermarket has a lowering link for the rear of the previous generation. I haven't read anything about the rear suspension being changed on the new one, so I assume I can remedy that easily enough.

There is a video of someone installing a lowering kit on the 650 on Youtube. They don't even bother changing the springs or spacers in the forks. The just drop the triple trees down the forks, cut an inch off the kickstand, and screw on a new foot on the kickstand.

The only real complaint I've read/heard about with the previous gen was that the fork was a little vague diving hard into corners. It appears that the fork configuration and settings were altered for the new one.

The one item I haven't seen for the previous gen that I'd like are highway pegs. They have them for the 650, but I couldn't find any for the 1k. I have them on my FJR and love the ability to move my legs about. Guess I have restless leg syndrome
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Small head insect looking in appearance. Just can't do it. I think that's why in early pictures the aux lights were so big - helped off-set the tiny head look.
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Small head insect looking in appearance. Just can't do it. I think that's why in early pictures the aux lights were so big - helped off-set the tiny head look.
You can't see them when you ride it.

I like this view:

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I think all V's should have an under mounted exhaust pipe.

Hate the big side pipe.....
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I think all V's should have an under mounted exhaust pipe.

Hate the big side pipe.....
From what I read, there is a big baffle box under bike that adds to the mass centralization. The downside is that even slip ons sound very muffled. They look nice though.

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Man this thread title needs a disclaimer: The 2015 v-1000 is here, in Australia haha j/k. I like the bike and that is comes with a 1000cc engine. But I thought they were gonna put a v-1000 like the sv1000. I guess it makes sense given that Kawi makes a few 1000cc in-line 4 bikes already Zx10r, Ninja 1000, Z1000. Interested to the see the power delivery on this bike.

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Nice Pics! Very professional. Those are better than bike magazines.
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I had one of them too. It's engine and build for serviceability played into my decision. The only things going against it as a tourer are minimal wind protection and lack of cruise control. Both are simple fixes. Seems the aftermarket has a pretty decent selection of those kinds of things for the previous generation of the bike.

The biggest concern to me is its height. I rode dirt bikes as a youngun, and even the sport tourers and standards I've had since were all too tall for me to flat foot, so that isn't a big issue. If it's too tall for me to securely get the bike off the stand with a passenger and luggage, I'll need to make other provisions. Looks like the aftermarket has a lowering link for the rear of the previous generation. I haven't read anything about the rear suspension being changed on the new one, so I assume I can remedy that easily enough.

There is a video of someone installing a lowering kit on the 650 on Youtube. They don't even bother changing the springs or spacers in the forks. The just drop the triple trees down the forks, cut an inch off the kickstand, and screw on a new foot on the kickstand.

The only real complaint I've read/heard about with the previous gen was that the fork was a little vague diving hard into corners. It appears that the fork configuration and settings were altered for the new one.

The one item I haven't seen for the previous gen that I'd like are highway pegs. They have them for the 650, but I couldn't find any for the 1k. I have them on my FJR and love the ability to move my legs about. Guess I have restless leg syndrome
You should be holding the bike upright before the passenger boards the bike.

The nothing that caused me to fall for the ninjas 650 was the hidden exhaust. That also played into getting the versus. With the bags on all the time, I don't mind the concours exhaust, so probably wouldn't mind the v1000.

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