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The New V1000 in the wild

Holy crap this bike is awesome!
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Looks very nice! I saw one for the first time in January at the bike show, and found it looks even better in person.

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Kawasaki has done a nice job of redesigning this bike. Great looking bike. The trade magazine test riders sing it's praises as well.
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Holy crap this bike is awesome!
The one thing I'm a little concerned about is the bags. They are fine for run of the mill stuff, but when the wife and I go away, I think they may be insufficient. They are 27 liters a piece. The Kaw top box is 47 liters.

Someone posted his new Shad topbox yesterday. You can get them up to 50 liters. And their saddlebags are 43 liters a piece. So we're talking the difference of 35 liters. Not small potatoes. With the stock saddlebags, one bag would be full with just a couple pairs of shoes each.

I wish Kaw would have at least made the bags rectangular instead of getting cute with the angles. My bag liners are rectangular, so the little angled bit of each saddlebag is probably useless if I use them. Now they are probably 20 liters a piece.

The Shad website showed their brackets fitting 2011-2014 V1Ks, so I reckon they'll fit, but I'll wait and see. I hate to pay to replace a perfectly functional part. Maybe I'll just have to get creative mounting the shoes externally.
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Tell us why.
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Well

1. I enjoy the '15 redesign over my '12.
2. The power! (There is a lot of it and you can use most of it in the real world.)
3. The seat is great for a stock seat!
4. For a bigger bike it doesn't feel heavy to me.
5. It is big enough for my wife and I to ride 2 up.
6. ABS (I've never had a bike with it. It doesn't make you stop any shorter but it increases stability)
7. Traction control and powers modes! (Once again never had a bike with them before.)
8. Gas mileage isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be with the bump up to 1000cc
9. It feels smoother overall (engine revs and suspension wise)

I'm a daily motorcycle commuter and don't own a car. The bike is great on the open road, city streets, in traffic and on trips. It is the best do everything bike for me and my riding needs/wants.

I honestly couldn't think of another bike i'd buy other than the new V1000. Kawasaki hit a home run with this bike. I just don't feel it is going to be as popular as it really should be in the USDM.

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Well

a. I enjoy the '15 redesign over my '12.
b. The power! (There is a lot of it and you can use most of it in the real world.)
c. The seat is great for a stock seat!
d. For a bigger bike it doesn't feel heavy to me.
e. It is big enough for my wife and I to ride 2 up.
f. ABS (I've never had a bike with it. It doesn't make you stop any shorter for it increases stability)
g. Traction control and powers modes! (Once again never had a bike with it before.)
h. Gas mileage isn't as bad as I thought it was going to be with the bump up to 1000cc

I'm a daily motorcycle commuter and don't own a car. The bike is great on the open road, city streets, in traffic and on trips. It is the best do everything bike for me and my riding needs/wants.

I honestly couldn't think of another bike i'd buy other than the new V1000.

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10. The slipper clutch is really nice.
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10. The slipper clutch is really nice.
And for the ignorant... what's a slipper clutch? Wiki tells me it lessens the engine braking when decelerating (cornering, for example). Does that pretty much sum it up? Lessens the felt effects of downshifting so you don't get that jolt as the engine slows the chain?
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And for the ignorant... what's a slipper clutch? Wiki tells me it lessens the engine braking when decelerating (cornering, for example). Does that pretty much sum it up? Lessens the felt effects of downshifting so you don't get that jolt as the engine slows the chain?
That's correct. You don't have to feel that jolt even without a slipper clutch. It requires that you raise the revs by blipping the throttle just before you downshift. This bike requires no such skill. Just kick it down and carry on.
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That's correct. You don't have to feel that jolt even without a slipper clutch. It requires that you raise the revs by blipping the throttle just before you downshift. This bike requires no such skill. Just kick it down and carry on.
And it is a way easier clutch to use in stop and go traffic. Less effort to engage.

"Based on feedback from racing activities, the Assist & Slipper Clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam) to either drive the clutch hub and operating plate together or apart.
Under normal operation, the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, which translates to a lighter clutch lever feel when operating the clutch.

When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tyre from hopping and skidding. This race-style function is particularly useful when sport or track riding." - From Kawasaki

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damn..I almost don't want to wait to get the '15 now! I was planning on getting it at the end of the season clearance.. but now I want to look at getting into it sooner rather than later. Thanks guys/gals. grmble.

I'll probably still wait, as that just makes more fiscal sense, but I can dream!
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I'll probably still wait, as that just makes more fiscal sense, but I can dream!
Motorcycle ownership isn't about fiscal sense.
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I say I'll wait today... I'll quite possibly change my tune before too long.. :P
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And it is a way easier clutch to use in stop and go traffic. Less effort to engage.

"Based on feedback from racing activities, the Assist & Slipper Clutch uses two types of cams (an assist cam and a slipper cam) to either drive the clutch hub and operating plate together or apart.
Under normal operation, the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, which translates to a lighter clutch lever feel when operating the clutch.

When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tyre from hopping and skidding. This race-style function is particularly useful when sport or track riding." - From Kawasaki

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And for the ignorant... what's a slipper clutch? Wiki tells me it lessens the engine braking when decelerating (cornering, for example). Does that pretty much sum it up? Lessens the felt effects of downshifting so you don't get that jolt as the engine slows the chain?
Uninformed perhaps!
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And for the ignorant... what's a slipper clutch? Wiki tells me it lessens the engine braking when decelerating (cornering, for example). Does that pretty much sum it up? Lessens the felt effects of downshifting so you don't get that jolt as the engine slows the chain?
Bummer !

I like the rudeness of those downshift and that engine braking

Well, I guess I will have to keep my 2009


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so you don't get that jolt as the engine slows the chain?
What jolt? If you learn your bike well (or cage for that matter) and rev match, there's zero jolt.

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Bummer !

I like the rudeness of those downshift and that engine braking

Well, I guess I will have to keep my 2009


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I think the 44t rear sprocket tamed some of the engine braking a bit.


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What jolt? If you learn your bike well (or cage for that matter) and rev match, there's zero jolt.



I think the 44t rear sprocket tamed some of the engine braking a bit.
Interesting. I've not ridden a V650, but I am used to engine braking. Not in shifting, but afterward, I always used engine braking to set my speed into corners. Not with the V1K. There is virtually no engine braking with this thing. Now I'm stuck using brakes to set my cornering speed. It's a whole new way of riding for me.
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