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In case you didn't already know...
Cut and pasted from Motorcycledaily.com....
"After our lunch stop in Rainbow, CA, I grabbed a Versys for the ride up into the high desert before Idyllwild. This bike is extremely popular for good reason, and I fell in love with it all over again.
The Versys has a bolt upright riding position -- sort of like a supermoto or a dirt bike. With the redesigned headlight and fairing, it has plenty of wind protection to keep the rider comfortable at higher speeds. The tall seat (Kawasaki offers an optional shorter seat, for shorter riders) will leave some riders on tip-toes at stops, but it creates a comfortable distance between the seat and pegs. The wide and high bars leave your hands, wrists and elbows completely relaxed.
But these things are not what make the Versys special. It is the handling. The slightly longer suspension travel makes the Versys feel far more plush than its siblings, without being wallowy. More importantly, it sticks like glue in corners. You get so confident, so quickly on the Versys that you soon find yourself using those wide bars to throw the bike from side-to-side through the twisties. This is not only great fun, it allows you to carry a pace that would humble most sportbike riders.
But the Versys is really about "versatility", isn't it? That's the magic of this machine. Touring, commuting, play riding -- you name it -- this bike is the perfect companion for almost all occasions. The closest competitor out there to the Versys is Suzuki's "Wee Strom", the smaller displacement (650cc) version of the V-Strom. That is a great bike, as well, but the Versys can run circles around it in the handling department, and it has better brakes."
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Last edited by antman325; 05-07-2010 at 11:10 PM.