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Difference between the model years

As I'm scouring CL, Cycle Trader and the Dealerships for a Versys I can't help but wonder if there has been a major difference between the model years (other than paint color)? I'm talking about a difference that would lean me toward buying say a '10 or later vs. a '08.

These things seem to be few and far between on the used market, so when one comes up I don't want to hesitate about grabbing it up.

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2009 and earlier are pretty much the same, other than color and a few minor details. 2010 and newer have a new face and body plastics. The headlight is the most noticeable difference. Motor, wheels, frame, all the same, so most of the upgrades/changes are cosmetic. Which is a good thing, the Versys has a great motor. In my opinion, of course.

(And at the risk of upsetting the group of 2010 and newer owners, I don't think it looks better, just different...)



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That's exactly what I wanted to hear. I tried asking at my local dealership, but no one wanted to give me info on a bike they wen't currently selling.

Thank you!
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2010 model updates (from Ashonbikes)

"the revised passenger seat which is wider with more padding, softer footrest rubber front and rear to reduce vibration, a new rubber rear engine mounting added for the same purpose, new mirrors, radiator shrouds, engine side covers, the same LED taillight as the Z1000 and slimmer indicators."

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I've bought 4 stock seats off of an (1)08,(2)09,and a (1)2010 they were all the same....

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The 2009 model got a new brake pump for better brake feel and white turn indicators.
2010 was a major revision, new design, better mirrors, and the windscreen is adjustable in angle instead of height. The engine is now rubber-cushioned, but it does not make a huge difference.


In the german market, since 2008 ABS is no longer an option but installed on all bikes by default.

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Owned both 2008 and 2011 models, both pretty much 90% similar.
Difference mostly on cosmetics.

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The most significant difference for US Versi is that the 2008's are fastest.


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One key difference between the 2009 and older models, and the 2010 and later models is mounting both pannier and top box frames to the bike. It's officially supported (and thus easier to do) on the older models, but isn't officially possible on the 2010+ models. It's still possible, but requires a little more knowledge to pull off.
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FYI there are a couple <$4K in the east

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If you want to know, I know of a 2008 V for sale at Ducati Bellevue for $5k (?) with 15k miles
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If you want to know, I know of a 2008 V for sale at Ducati Bellevue for $5k (?) with 15k miles
WOW! That seems quite high, but I'm not familiar with the market in the NW.

I passed on an '09 blue one with 3000 miles and 10 months of the one year warranty left that the guy was willing to sell me for $4k.

The 2011 was just calling my name and the between the dealer and Kawasaki I got a price I was willing to pay.
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Fuel injection or ECU difference??

I owned a 2009 Versys that would pull the front wheel: easily in first gear, pretty easy in second gear, and moderately willing in third- over a bump or small rise. It was PEPPY....one of the sweetest motors I've had the pleasure of riding over the past 25+ years of street riding and ~50 bikes owned. The above performance was experienced without clutching and on relatively flat ground-- technique and power.

I rode a 2011 Versys. It felt detuned! No way would it pull the front wheel in 2nd/3rd, like my '09. This inquiry isn't about wheelies, but rather power. What changed from 2009 to 2011, to cause the bike to lose the "hit and pull" that it had in the 2009 bikes? Granted I've only ridden one 2011 bike, so I assume that it runs as it was engineered to perform. It (the 2011) ran smoothly and didn't miss...it just didn't have that feeling of raw horsepower.

Anyone know what was changed or why the '11 felt down on power? It's a 2000 mile bike, not ragged out.

Thoughts?

On a side note, the first Hayabusas were touted as the fastest, before they were "restricted" to limit topspeed. Has there been a performance restriction engineered into the later model bikes?

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Love my 2009 (I'm "confirmation biased", but I do like the looks of the older model). Not sure of anything different other than cosmetic differences. The one thing that i hope they improved on the newer models is that freakin' BUZZ at 4000-4300 rpms. I've tried 3-4 fixes (discovered on this forum) and can't find one to work - relieving one buzz creates another.
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My '12 doesn't have it or I'm to deaf to hear it.
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