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Since Buffalo is a short jaunt over the Niagara River from Canada, I went to Toronto for the North American debut of the 2012 Versys 1000. Of course being a V owner I was pretty excited to see it in person and I was not disappointed. Here's a pic I took at the show (North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW). And for anyone out there also interested in Harleys and American made motorcycles, there will be an article about this show in the upcoming issue of Thunder Press magazine, written by yours truely. Even though it's primarily a Harley mag, I had to slip in a couple of plugs for the Versys


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So, the factory is going to allow side bags AND top bag at the same time on this bike. And do I see adventure tires mounted on the beast?

I have a friend that doesn't ride anything under 1000cc and he would love to see this bike come to the states.
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Are these coming to the United States? I was told yesterday they couldn't get the V 1000 to pass emissions so we will never see them here. I told the dealer I would like to see them if they get one. We'll see.

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Acc to Kawasaki, there were no plans to bring the 1k to the states when I checked a few months back. To my knowledge, that hasn't changed.

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Are these coming to the United States? I was told yesterday they couldn't get the V 1000 to pass emissions so we will never see them here.
I love the crap dealers say...That's his answer? Run to a new dealer.....

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So, the factory is going to allow side bags AND top bag at the same time on this bike. And do I see adventure tires mounted on the beast?
Here in Brazil, Kawasaki already bring this bike and they say that, in two months, they gonna bring the Tourer version, that came with side bags AND top case.
I think the tires are the Scorpion Trails.

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Just sitting on one at the dealer my impression was it carries it's weight better than the 650, as does the Tenere, as they both seem to have a lower center of gravity. Although they are heavier bikes they don't feel heavier at a stand still. It is physically bigger than the 650 though. I think the 650 looks nicer though and is a better value at nearly half the price.

I'm not sure why but the Japanese manufacturers seem to be using Canada as a test market for the US - probably because we are a tiny mirror of the US market with similar consumer demographics. They brought the 650 to Canada a year before the US and seem to be doing the same thing with this bike and the new Honda NC-700

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Kind of curious that a small change in the tunning of the engine used in the Ninja 1000 and the Z1000 will fail to pass emissions. Kawasaki might have chosen not to test it or might have not programed the ECU for US specs, but testing it and fail? I do not see that one happening. The most likely scenaro in my mind is dealers not wanting to sell it. It is easy to sell something that fits a specific niche. It is much harder to convince people that there are alternatives available.
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Kind of curious that a small change in the tunning of the engine used in the Ninja 1000 and the Z1000 will fail to pass emissions. Kawasaki might have chosen not to test it or might have not programed the ECU for US specs, but testing it and fail? I do not see that one happening. The most likely scenaro in my mind is dealers not wanting to sell it. It is easy to sell something that fits a specific niche. It is much harder to convince people that there are alternatives available.
There is NO way that is the reason for not selling it here! That dealer is pulling that excuse out of his arse.

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I'm not sure why but the Japanese manufacturers seem to be using Canada as a test market for the US - probably because we are a tiny mirror of the US market with similar consumer demographics. They brought the 650 to Canada a year before the US and seem to be doing the same thing with this bike and the new Honda NC-700
Canadians tastes are half way between Americans and Europeans. Even with cars, smaller cars are much more popular here. While HD is popular, it doesn't own the marketplace, primarily because there is no "buy American" mentality here. The only Canadian Bikes made are from Can-Am.

It makes sense to test bikes here. It is a small test market, (total population is 30+million people, how many are bikers I have no clue), and has demonstrated that if we back a bike, it will also be popular down south. Also our emmisions standards are strict, but less strict than California. I think if California had common emmisions standards with the rest of the continent, more interesting niche stuff from Europe and Japan would be for sale accross the USA.


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Acc to Kawasaki, there were no plans to bring the 1k to the states when I checked a few months back. To my knowledge, that hasn't changed.
I did a demo ride a couple of months back and also asked about the V1k. They said they can't comment, but while I was leaving a ride leader came over and happened to mention that they were currently riding the V1k in California, in the good old US of A! As he "couldn't comment on upcoming models", I took that to mean that at the dealer show in October they should be announcing it, and it will be available for demo rides next year, something he said sounded about right.

Guess we'll see pretty soon now...

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Today on a tip in different thread I checked the epa site and the Versys 1000 is certified for emissions for 49 states. That can mean it will be available soon in the US

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I was at the local kawi dealer today asking if the versys 1000 is headed to the states. He said everything was tight liped about it. But was hoping to hear something next month.

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Today on a tip in different thread I checked the epa site and the Versys 1000 is certified for emissions for 49 states. That can mean it will be available soon in the US

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I've seen the same info. Seems pretty certain. Somebody better alert malbitz's dealer! (See post # 3)

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Kawa have a big marketing thing going on in Times Square Sep 13. Is Ninja centric but they also mentioned other surprises. We'll see.
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I think it would be a good move for Kawasaki to bring the 1000 here. It would bridge the gap between the 650 Versys and the Connie for a sporty touring/adventure, not that the Conmie's in anyway a AVD bike. My "V" is a good little ST bike but for longer rides with a passanger the 1000 would be a better choice.

I just wonder it we're looking a Wee-Strom/V Strom where the smaller bike is the bike of choice for a lot of riders?

Or was that look THEN leap?
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I ask my dealer yesterday about the 1000. They said they will find out if it's coming in or not at the dealer meeting. But they didn't have a clue right now if it would or not. I trust them so if they don't know well...we'll find out at the end of the month.

BUT I'll keep my 650

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Since Buffalo is a short jaunt over the Niagara River from Canada, I went to Toronto for the North American debut of the 2012 Versys 1000. Of course being a V owner I was pretty excited to see it in person and I was not disappointed. Here's a pic I took at the show (North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW). And for anyone out there also interested in Harleys and American made motorcycles, there will be an article about this show in the upcoming issue of Thunder Press magazine, written by yours truely. Even though it's primarily a Harley mag, I had to slip in a couple of plugs for the Versys

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Here's a link to a Motorcycle News test of the V1000
http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/bi...-2012-current/

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