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G'day, I'm waiting for a '2012' model due next month. Looking at the brochure the changes are basically minor cosmetic updates from the current model. Here in Oz we get a choice between black or black, so there's one decision I wont have to make. I'm working through the luggage options now...

Not only am i new to the Versys but I'm also about to become a first time bike owner, so it is going to be very interesting!
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Talking welcome from colorado!

Welcome to the family and the forum!...Enjoy your V...send pics..
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mate and nice colour choice.

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Welcome Mate and G'day. Black is nice on the Versys. I had no choice too when I got my 2011 V, but later on, red became available. It would be a tough choice.

The first thing I'll change out is the brake hose to a stainless steel braided hose. Improves the braking tremendously. But it could get you in trouble too if you hit it too hard.

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Not only am i new to the Versys but I'm also about to become a first time bike owner, so it is going to be very interesting!


Yep that's how I started too. And don't regret it for a second
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Welcome to the forum, mate.

Click on over to the Australian Kawasaki Riders Forum as well as here - http://www.kawariders.com.au/forum.php

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G'day, I'm waiting for a '2012' model due next month. Looking at the brochure the changes are basically minor cosmetic updates from the current model. Here in Oz we get a choice between black or black, so there's one decision I wont have to make. I'm working through the luggage options now...

Not only am i new to the Versys but I'm also about to become a first time bike owner, so it is going to be very interesting!
New for 2012
*Black main frame, swingarm and front forks with Metallic Spark Black color.

Looks awesome!

http://www.kawasaki.com.au/kawpublic.../KLE650DCF.pdf

ABS is also standard...
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Welcome...hopefully see you around
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Hi Dav, I'm still waiting on delivery. It could be a few more weeks yet. In the meantime I have headed up to Coffs and am hoping to go for a trail ride on a friends new Suzuki D-RZ400
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Cool, have fun (and a frozen banana)..and hope you get your V soon...you're in for a treat
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Today was the big day. I went to the dealer to pick up my new bike. On arrival the dealer sat me down and said with a bleak look that he had some news.

Turns out that Kawasaki in Australia are about to do a Versys promotion starting Nov 1 in which they will be including colour coded Kawa panniers and rack in any Versys new purchases. So I was one week to early!

But there was good news, the dealer spoke to Kawa and they agreed to bend the rules just a little and I will still get the luggage set-up at no extra cost!

Now that is the way to develop customer loyalty!

A mate rode the bike home for me and I had to dash straight back to work so I still haven't turned a wheel myself. Tonight though!
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Great news mate, good to see dealers going the extra, looking forward to pic's of the beast.
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Stand-up dealer there for sure. Stupendous!

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Good news about the panniers.
My wife saw your post and said she would have ridden the bike and left the mate in the car!

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Prior to the pick-up I had only ridden around a car park at 25kmh in 2nd gear at the pre-learners so i thought it wise to skip out on dealing with Alexandria traffic chaos until I have a bit more practice under my belt.
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and ride on, Matey. Suggest the motoman break-in for a new bike.
http://www.mototuneusa.com/break_in_secrets.htm

Did that and the exhaust note too sound different now. Rev her up to 10,000 rpms to polish the inside cylinders. Good rides, Begbiie

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I just had a call from the dealer and found out that along with the Givi panniers and rack, Kawasaki are also throwing a high windscreen and tank protector into their promotional deal! The downside is that it doesn't include fitting. Boo hoo
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