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2009 V vs. 2010 V

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I have a friend that is considering a purchase of a V. I let him ride mine today and he really loved it. But he was curious how the new 2010 compares with the 2009. He was wondering if the 2010 would be worth the extra bucks. He is currently riding a 2006 Honda Shadow.

Anyone out there have any experience with comparing both side by side? For example, have the improvements helped to dampen the vibration? I have not even seen one yet so I haven't a clue. Also, please forgive me if this has already been done on another thread.

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I went for the 2010, reasoning is resale value,vibe reports but most here will say there is no prob with the 09 and the 2010 felt softer and a little more comfy.

It was a close call i liked the 09 tank in one colour is better but also the discounted cost of the 09 was not enough to make it worthwhile getting an old model.

Theres not many changes but the 2010 looks better there is nicly shaped front fender better mirrows and heigher indicators for the cagers to see and another thing this may be negligable they claim better wind protection
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I have a 2009 V which I ride in NJ (1500 miles). I recently bought a 2010 V which I ride in WV (200 miles). The 2010 vibrates a little more than the 2009, surprisingly since the 10 has one rubber engine mount. The handlbars vibrate noticeably at 4500 rpm, and the foot pegs vibrate at 5500 rpm. I like both just fine, but my 2009 V runs a little smoother than the 2010. My "opinion" is that different bikes will vibrate - more or less - depending on how well the engines are balanced. I doubt Kawasaki actually spends much effort to balance them, so it's just "luck of the draw."

I love both bikes. If you have a choice, take a ride on each and watch for vibration at 4500 and 5500 rpm. Pick the smoothest. Windscreens are now available for the 2010. Might still have to look for rear bags.
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intersting where can you get 2010 wind screens
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I have a 2009 V which I ride in NJ (1500 miles). I recently bought a 2010 V which I ride in WV (200 miles). The 2010 vibrates a little more than the 2009, surprisingly since the 10 has one rubber engine mount. The handlbars vibrate noticeably at 4500 rpm, and the foot pegs vibrate at 5500 rpm. I like both just fine, but my 2009 V runs a little smoother than the 2010. My "opinion" is that different bikes will vibrate - more or less - depending on how well the engines are balanced. I doubt Kawasaki actually spends much effort to balance them, so it's just "luck of the draw."

I love both bikes. If you have a choice, take a ride on each and watch for vibration at 4500 and 5500 rpm. Pick the smoothest. Windscreens are now available for the 2010. Might still have to look for rear bags.
ScottyNeal, thanks for the post, but does the 2009 know you are out with a younger V?

Very interesting report on the vibration. I wish I could find one to ride around here. They are still trying to move the 2009 and the either don't have or don't want to put out any 2010 models. I did read a article on Motorcycle.com reporting the changes, but don't really go into how well it worked.

http://www.motorcycle.com/manufactur...iew-89580.html

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if anyone if following this thread, here is a related thread.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=8194
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CalSci has windscreens for the 2010 V http://www.calsci.com/motorcycleinfo/Versysprod.html

Twisted throttle said they "will" have Givi D410ST windscreens for 2010 V by the end of June. They're taking orders now.
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scotty wait for both engines to fully break in and then we talk about vibration subject.now its pretty early,imo for both of them
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I test rode 2007 (20K+ kms), 2009 (200+ kms), 2010 (3 kms). The '07 of course vibrated the most, couldn't find significant difference between the latter two, most probably because they were fresh engines. IMHO, when you have set your heart on a Versys, it will come down to two things when considering an '09 or '10. Cost and looks; Vibrations will just be an after thought. I paid $1200 more for the 2010 in Canada. I liked the new headlight and sleeker look around the tank area; I like the matte look of the tank as well (some people on this forum hate it). If I had it my way, I would have the entire bike in stealth matte black, to go with matte leather suit, matte boots and helmet. That and loose 50 punds to look a lean mean machine on a Versys (we know that neither of that is gonna happen ).

So don't go by what I or any one else tells you. Look at the bigger picture: don't be penny cheap and dollar foolish (did I get that right, )

If you really wanna feel the difference in vibes, ride a friend's cruiser and then test ride a V. If you want a vibe-free bike, go for a 4 cylinder (e.g. fz6 - well built, good linear power).

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Not sure if this is relevent to your question, but when I first got my 2010 I thought it had a considerable amount of vibes. Now that it has around 500 miles the vibes have been cut in half and are quite pleasent. I am assuming this is because the engine is breaking in. I break in my bikes fairly aggressively.

If you try to compare the vibes of an '09 bike that has some miles on it to a '10 fresh off the showroom floor with 0 miles you may not get the answer you are expecting.
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Thanks for the input. I'll check back when I get a few thousand on both bikes. I love both anyway.
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I love both anyway.
Exactly what I was trying to say ... vibes or no vibes... you will liek it either way.

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