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2015 vs 2013?

I had a 2009 Versys and have been away from it for a while, looking to come back. My dealer has two new 2013's for good price and a 2015 on the floor. Was wondering if there was a preferred year. Thanks!


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I would buy the leftover bike if there was a substantial discount.

I have a '14 - and the price difference was enough to make me very happy.

We have a place here called Big St Charles PowerSports and they have new leftover 13's and 14's advertised at 5,000.

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I would buy the leftover bike if there was a substantial discount.

I have a '14 - and the price difference was enough to make me very happy.

We have a place here called Big St Charles PowerSports and they have new leftover 13's and 14's advertised at 5,000.
Wow, not that good of a deal here!


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If you want the goodies that the '15 comes with, and will be adding them to the '13 anyways, I say go with the '15. Because by the time you buy side cases, hand guards, better windscreen...you'll probably negate the extra cost for the '15 and have a bike that is already two years old. But if you don't plan on getting all those extras and just want to ride, then buy the '13 and save some money.
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If you want the goodies that the '15 comes with, and will be adding them to the '13 anyways, I say go with the '15. Because by the time you buy side cases, hand guards, better windscreen...you'll probably negate the extra cost for the '15 and have a bike that is already two years old. But if you don't plan on getting all those extras and just want to ride, then buy the '13 and save some money.
Great thought! I would want all the goodies for sure. 2015 sounds like the best choice! I really want to look at the 1000 also.


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I too bought a 2014 "left-over new, 0 mile" bike from a local dealer...
2014? $4999
2015? $7999

Having fun...

Edit to add....yes, if you want goodies, go for it. Bags and mounts are not cheap...Hell, you'll spend $300 in electricity just using your computer to search the interwebs for gear...
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2013 (or 2012) Vs. 650 may be the best bike every made.

I like a white or blue 2013, but the 2013 would be tops on my list if I had to look for one now in 2015.
If all you want is to go fast STRAIGHT, look at the V1K: o/w stay with the Vs. 650 - it's an incredible GIFT from Kawasaki to motorcycle riders!
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Hell, you'll spend $300 in electricity just using your computer to search the interwebs for gear...
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2013 (or 2012) Vs. 650 may be the best bike every made.

I like a white or blue 2013, but the 2013 would be tops on my list if I had to look for one now in 2015.
If all you want is to go fast STRAIGHT, look at the V1K: o/w stay with the Vs. 650 - it's an incredible GIFT from Kawasaki to motorcycle riders!
Why the 12 or 13 over the 15? What do you like better about them?


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The 2014 is the only mk 2 Versys to come with ABS. Other than that all mk 2 Versys (2010 to 2014) are identical. The new mk 3 Versys (2015 -) also have ABS. IMO ABS is worth the extra cost.

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I would buy the leftover bike if there was a substantial discount.

I have a '14 - and the price difference was enough to make me very happy.

We have a place here called Big St Charles PowerSports and they have new leftover 13's and 14's advertised at 5,000.
I drove across the state to get mine from there....the discount was enough I can almost get use to how ugly the thing is.

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I drove across the state to get mine from there....the discount was enough I can almost get use to how ugly the thing is.
Ugly is good.

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The 2014 is the only mk 2 Versys to come with ABS. Other than that all mk 2 Versys (2010 to 2014) are identical. The new mk 3 Versys (2015 -) also have ABS. IMO ABS is worth the extra cost.
Having ABS on my '15, I decided to give it a "trial" (prepared to get OFF the brakes REALLY quickly IF I had a problem!).

Going down a deserted, straight, paved road, I "hammered" the rear brake which got the ABS pulsing - everything worked just FINE...!

THEN I did the same on the front, tho' instead of "hammering" it, I just fed in more till it pulsed. Worked FINE, too.

Nice to know it's there in case I ever NEED it...!


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Having ABS on my '15, I decided to give it a "trial" (prepared to get OFF the brakes REALLY quickly IF I had a problem!).

Going down a deserted, straight, paved road, I "hammered" the rear brake which got the ABS pulsing - everything worked just FINE...!

THEN I did the same on the front, tho' instead of "hammering" it, I just fed in more till it pulsed. Worked FINE, too.

Nice to know it's there in case I ever NEED it...!

Does the 15 seat have the downward slop to the tank like previous models?


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Does the 15 seat have the downward slop to the tank like previous models?
Yes, and one of the FIRST things I did to my '15 was to raise the front of the seat, same amount as I have on the other two Vs.



NOT the best pic, but it does show how to do it! There are FOUR washers below the 'bridge' piece on each side, plus two above....

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All the washers are ABOVE the green bit that's attached to the tank, right? You're not tilting the tank? Looks like you're not, just making sure Did you use the stock screws that were in that "bridge" before or did you have to get longer ones to accommodate the washers? I'm now considering the same mod to see how it feels.

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Yes, and one of the FIRST things I did to my '15 was to raise the front of the seat, same amount as I have on the other two Vs.



NOT the best pic, but it does show how to do it! There are FOUR washers below the 'bridge' piece on each side, plus two above....
Thanks!


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All the washers are ABOVE the green bit that's attached to the tank, right? You're not tilting the tank? Looks like you're not, just making sure Did you use the stock screws that were in that "bridge" before or did you have to get longer ones to accommodate the washers? I'm now considering the same mod to see how it feels.
I found that info here. http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...en-1-2-vs.html

It's about halfway down the page.
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For my money I'll get the improvements tho subtle of the 15. I'm not a big fan of the looks of the older bikes. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
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For my money I'll get the improvements tho subtle of the 15. I'm not a big fan of the looks of the older bikes. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
If anyone thinks that the years before 15 are beauties one of two things....they lie or they are blind....and I own a 14.

Does the 15 have a compression setting on the rear shock, I don't remember and am too lazy to look it up again.

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