So.. I've in the past 2 weekends, done about 700km ( Miles or something like that) and these included sporty runs, long distance, home-work-home travel, and even a dirt trail adventure.
All done on a Stock Kawasaki Versys
- Sporty Runs
I have not yet pushed to max RPM but have managed to get a true top speed of about 190 km/h, the Versys can summon more power from the 649cc P-Twin engine but i wouldn't suggest it until you are totally and 100% in charge and confident in your riding skill. She rides really beautifully at this speed, the engine sounds awesome, vibration is almost non-existent and COG and weight balance seem to be very well engineered. In-fact, i was racing a ZX9 through medium traffic, whizzing between traffic at around 160-170 km/h and beat the socks out of the ZX9 just because of the power in 6th gear between 5k and 8.5k and the ease at which the bike handles in and out. Or maybe i was just lucky...Mmmmm
The V is a dream at long distance, the stock seat for me is perfect! Yes, we don't all have the same butt size or are not as fat as others :P but there are alot worse seats out there, alot! So don't let posts like "the seat sucks man" put you off...These are usually guys who have been riding for 10's of years and know exactly what they want. Engine handles perfectly, stock tyres are good enough, fuel economy is good but I'll get back to this...
You will need a aftermarket windshield !! The stock windshield is good enough for the city and day to day riding, but long distance will tire you out very quickly as your constantly fighting the wind turbulence, this it seems also to affect fuel economy as it obviously causes alot of drag but all-in-all It's an all-round great touring bike ! and i would recommend it over the Wee storm any-day.
What can i say, Perfection...
Ok, so this bikes not made for Dirt and I'm not saying it cant be modified for Dirt, but i had great fun.
So, as said many many times before, You will need a Aftermarket Windshield !! And other than this the world is your doorstep.
This is not so much a technical review but a personal review of what i experienced.