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Guy thought i was an idiot

Had a guy pull up next to me yesterday at a stop light. He was looking hard at my bike. I was sitting there with my modular helmet open to allow my head to breathe, and the guy looks at me and says "Hey, you spelt versus wrong ya know". I said "nope that's the name of the bike its a Kawasaki versys". He insisted "oh, well somebody spelt it wrong then cause there's no "y" in versus." At this point the light turns green and I take off. two sets of lights later he pulls up again... This time didn't say a word he was snapping pics with his cell phone shaking his head and laughing.
And I'm the idiot..

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At least he knows how to spell.

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I just say "It's short for Versatile System." and leave it at that.

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This time didn't say a word he was snapping pics with his cell phone shaking his head and laughing.
And I'm the idiot..
Just remember, it's you Versys them. And they got Google at their fingertips as they approach you from behind...at a red light...and they aren't slowing...
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Should have told him its Japanese for "Eat ****"

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Should have told him its Japanese for "Eat ****"

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That's a shame. When he posts the pics someone else will get the joy of telling him he's an idiot.
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Had a guy pull up next to me yesterday at a stop light. He was looking hard at my bike. I was sitting there with my modular helmet open to allow my head to breathe, and the guy looks at me and says "Hey, you spelt versus wrong ya know". I said "nope that's the name of the bike its a Kawasaki versys". He insisted "oh, well somebody spelt it wrong then cause there's no "y" in versus." At this point the light turns green and I take off. two sets of lights later he pulls up again... This time didn't say a word he was snapping pics with his cell phone shaking his head and laughing.
And I'm the idiot..
Hah. From smug to embarrassed in one easy spelling lesson. Hope he does post his photos so a lot of people can tell him he's not as clever as he thinks. He must have been from Maine.

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A local dealer near Anaheim, CA on the phone corrected me in my spelling from the way I pronounced it, and said, "It's spelled with a U and not a Y!" Needless to say, I did not buy a green 2014 model from him last December, 2014.

But actually, it is poor marketing in that it is a mental stumbling block for many who never pursue it further. Versus may have been a better name due to recognition and a meaningful tag. Because it is not a word, most people twist their forehead and forget it as soon as they turn around. I don't have time rationalizing a word to them.

I still think it's the best bike ever made, but the name was a rush job in their hurry to the market place upon model creation.

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They forgot the 'u' in Peterbilt too... But, they're engineers not English majors.

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Should have told him its Japanese for "Eat ****"
I just finished an exam, I needed that.

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I had a '99 Concours before this and I called it "the Conk" for short. I cannot think of a clever or shorter version of Versys. Too bad, I liked calling my bike the Conk. But got tired of a lumbering a heavy 80's technology bike around.
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At least he knows how to spell.
... SOME things...!


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Should have left him in the dust after the first light. Can he spell "bye, bye"?
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I just finished an exam, I needed that.

Hey I do what i can....

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I just say "It's short for Versatile System." and leave it at that.
That's exactly how the name was arrived at... If you can believe Wiki...

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Great post & commentary....

As you yell over the sound of a backfiring Harley as they try to conVERS with you, tell them it's the more sophisticated rich cousin of the KLR.

Which they wont understand either.




Friend of mine who likes my bike pronounces it a "Ver---Seaz"

Or Ver-ceaze.


Hell, the Versys is a misunderstood bike even on the floor of a Kawasaki dealership.
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It's a name anyway

It can be spelled any way the namer wants to spell it.
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Versus vs. Versys?

Makes a fine case for debadging, doesn't it? After having had several old Jeeps, I chose this as a replacement. I claim it to be a prototype dream machine fueled solely by my own wanderlust. Typical response is, "Huh?"
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