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Generations?

As a new Versys owner what are the different generations?
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2008–2009 equals Gen 1
2010–2014 equals Gen 2
2015 equals GEN 3



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2007–2009 equals Gen 1
2010–2014 equals Gen 2
2015 equals GEN 3
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I guess I should have said U.S. Gens.


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Gen One was the first US offering - sort of ugly but a good machine.

Gen Two changed the headlight from sort of ugly to really ugly and altered the engine mounts, the exhaust tip, and assorted little bits.

Gen Three has a front end that now looks like many other Japanese bikes and isn't, in my humble opinion, anywhere near as ugly. Other "improvements" as well; someone who owns a 2015 can tell you more than I can.

The great thing is that, no matter which version you might choose, you can't see the front end from the saddle. It's still a great all around bike for the price.

Other responses will, no doubt, give you more information.

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I had an opportunity to test ride a Gen3 V1000, followed shortly by a Gen2 V1000... The Gen3 has a really nice slipper/assisted clutch, which I tested a couple times and was really nice in downshifting heavily (I say heavily in that I was going probably too fast for the lower gear, but I wanted to try the slipper clutch). The engine itself seemed to be smoother in it's powerband than the Gen2.. Outside of that, I didn't notice a lot of differences, but I only spent ~40 minutes on the Gen3, and 25-30 on the Gen2.

I'm strongly considering the Gen3 as a replacement for my lost Gen1.. See if I can make it happen in the next week or two.
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Gen3 650 engine slightly more hp and torque compare to gen 1 and 2 (who had same engine spec)


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2006–2009 equals Gen 1
2010–2014 equals Gen 2
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lol I was going to put 2006 but I checked wikipedia and it said 2007, bad wikipedia !!!
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Actually, Kawasaki's Versys 650 was first revealed in September 2006 as a 2007 model, available in black or burnt orange... It was based on the then new 2006 Er6. There never was any 2006 Versys 650.

http://www.lerepairedesmotards.com/e...versys-650.php
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lol I was going to put 2006 but I checked wikipedia and it said 2007, bad wikipedia !!!
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Actually, Kawasaki's Versys 650 was first revealed in September 2006 as a 2007 model, available in black or burnt orange... It was based on the then new 2006 Er6. There never was any 2006 Versys 650.

http://www.lerepairedesmotards.com/e...versys-650.php
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The Gen3 has a really nice slipper/assisted clutch, which I tested a couple times and was really nice in downshifting heavily (I say heavily in that I was going probably too fast for the lower gear
My V1K is the first bike I've ever had (or even ridden) with one. I like it.

I was finding rev matching kind of clumsy on this bike. It's so delicate and responds so quickly to inputs, that it can really be a challenge. Then I remembered that I thought it had a slipper clutch and I just banged down the gears and it sucked it up no muss no fuss.

Not sure if there is a downside (besides acquiring lazy habits), but there is plenty of upside.
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Gen3 650 engine slightly more hp and torque compare to gen 1 and 2 (who had same engine spec)


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Please post a link with the hp and torque comparisons. I've found a reference saying that, but nothing more. Where does the extra hp AND torque come from? Most 2015 articles barely mention it, but don't offer a comparison. Is it also lighter with 1/2 gallon more gas and added accessories, saddle bags, and top case? Weight is in hp calculations. It may be all of that, but it's hard to find apples to apples real comparisons

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For 2015 the Versys’ redline has been lowered by 500 rpm, but even so the power has been increased by five horsepower with an updated ECU and one-piece exhaust. While it’s tough to feel the difference without a direct comparison to a pre-2015, the power character is lively and feels a smidge stouter than before. Overall the power is best described as friendly and useful for any skill level.

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/159/20...irst-Ride.aspx

The 650’s parallel-twin engine is mechanically unchanged for 2015 but is matched to a new exhaust and updated ECU that combine to boost power output by 5 horsepower, Kawasaki claims. For added comfort—and thus, increased range—Kawasaki has replaced the forward most engine mount with a rubber piece for less vibration, plus dropped the rubber-topped footpegs 15mm and moved them 20mm further forward for more spacious and less-aggressive rider triangle. A larger, 5.5 gallon tank further increases range, while additional changes to the fueling bump efficiency by two percent.

http://www.sportrider.com/2015-kawas...-650-lt-review
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For 2015 the Versys’ redline has been lowered by 500 rpm, but even so the power has been increased by five horsepower with an updated ECU and one-piece exhaust. While it’s tough to feel the difference without a direct comparison to a pre-2015, the power character is lively and feels a smidge stouter than before. Overall the power is best described as friendly and useful for any skill level.

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/159/20...irst-Ride.aspx

The 650’s parallel-twin engine is mechanically unchanged for 2015 but is matched to a new exhaust and updated ECU that combine to boost power output by 5 horsepower, Kawasaki claims. For added comfort—and thus, increased range—Kawasaki has replaced the forward most engine mount with a rubber piece for less vibration, plus dropped the rubber-topped footpegs 15mm and moved them 20mm further forward for more spacious and less-aggressive rider triangle. A larger, 5.5 gallon tank further increases range, while additional changes to the fueling bump efficiency by two percent.

http://www.sportrider.com/2015-kawas...-650-lt-review
Thanks Invader. That's as good as it gets until a legit dyno comparison is available. It sounds like good changes using technology for real benefits, and no one beats the Japanese at electronics. I need to drive one.
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2006: "Thrashing unpaved roads, nifty touring beast!"


I was researching a little to try to learn what years were what colors, as I have seen some in pictures that were orange, or burnt orange, but never saw one in person. I ran into this that was kind of interesting and had bookmarked it.





KAWASAKI Versys 2006 - 2007

"Starting with 2006, the old faithful KLE 500 is accompanied by a new bike in its class: the Versys.

The name and looks are different, and a ton of changes have also been made on the tech side, but the new bike retains the versatile nature of the previous one.

Equally suitable for street riding and fast turns, the 2006 Kawasaki Versys can also handle the thrashing unpaved roads put up against it. Accessories can turn this bike into a very nifty touring beast, with plenty of storage using panniers.

The displacement of the parallel-twin engine went up to 649cc, with power increasing to 64 hp. The Versys received inverted forks and a sturdy chassis offering good handling and touring potential. The rear shock goes to the side for a more sporty look, while the wide handlebar provides easy steering in the city and on the forest roads, alike. "




I wonder, did they start out with black frames and side plastics like in the pics they showed for this article?






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http://www.autoevolution.com/moto/ka...ersys-2006-649

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