Wow- suspicion is so easily aroused! I can understand it, and in the spirit of openness I'll explain. And, even though I typically avoid emoticons, I'm going to use them just this once so as to be even more entertaining.
First, you might find that you can corroborate my story, limited though it may be, at this other thread: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=4502
Of course, the conspiratorial mind could conjure up a "story" with a good "back story" but I won't go there, but rather explain further.
I am in the predicament of needing to move overseas for my work. This is also somewhat corroborated by my "location" (above right, which was just me being honest), as I am currently in-between homes; I live in Vermont now and another country about 5 weeks at a time.
You might be asking, what is your work? (Spy?) Well, if I told you I'd have to muzzle you... or worse! No really, I'm currently a statistics professor at a small college, but will be moving back to more administrative affairs which will be international in scope, basically working with small colleges around mathematics teaching. If you want even more of my story, then I'm going to get suspicious of you!
Anyway, as you can perhaps imagine (if you believe I'm innocent), I'm really truly personally interested in data (in general), and particularly in geographical data, and the Versys has an interesting "geographical story" to tell so far. I remember reading with interest in Cycle World that there was a clamor to get the thing sold in the US to begin with, so it would be interesting just to know just how many were sold in the first US year versus in Canada and Europe, etc.
"Hmmm," you might be saying, "is this guy going to publish his findings in some rarified academic journal?"
(Probably not, I'd rather be riding!)
I'm a bike nut too, so of course I want data about my new favorite bike just for the hell of it... (I know, I'm trying to ingratiate myself to you Versys lovers and afficionadoes... or would you rather be called "well-versys'd"
I'll stop poking fun after this response. But you are asking for it if you really think this is some industrial spy syndicate using your forum as a jumping-off point... don't you think if I had any clout I'd just go steal the data like they do in all those movies?
If you read the other thread, I'm actually trying to weigh the options of selling my bike with being able to buy another in my eventual country of residence. I'd like to know: (a) if the Versys is available, and in what countries, and if so (b) how many are there (widely available, or only a few, in said country), and even which colors, etc. are available if possible. I may try my best to ship my bike(s) overseas, and that would be an adventure in itself! Or, I may need to sell mine, and then still need to buy from a nearby country and transport it somehow to my new home.
I don't exactly know at this point, but having a worldwide database of this data would help me figure it out. Even if you aren't a statistics professor, wouldn't you like to see these numbers, too?
I also analyze every big step in my life, almost to death; at this point I even get pleasure out of it
. Sorry if you can't understand that.
I'm not trying to be insulting. OK maybe I am, but it's actually me trying to explain that I tend to over-analyze things. Most people would probably just sell the bike, move, and buy something else.
By the way, before putting in my question here I actually called a few worldwide dealerships listed on Kawasaki's website, and they usually just told me whether they have sold any or not, a few told me how many, or if they intend to sell any next year, etc... If not, they were pretty open about their hopes and intentions to sell the Versys. But then of course those are just the dealers... Hm, I might just have to call corporate headquarters next... but will have to cloak my voice and set up a fake website and then I can sell the data to the highest bidder... gotcha, huh!?
I hope you can take my jibes with a grain of salt... but it does strike me that considering how many of you chimed in, my reaction thusfar is typical me. I spend most of my time being ganged up on by students! I always redouble my response to any onslaught. And, I don't take being ganged up on lightly!
I hope that's enough for you. Cheers, it's past my beer time.
I feel so...
You'll now have to collectively decide whether you feel ashamed of yourselves, now or ever...
But no need, this just proves what I tell my students all the time, "data is everywhere, even though it's surprisingly controversial to know the truth." Believe it or not, I really do talk that way in my lectures. Welcome to my world. Can you see why I usually limit myself to questions on any forum like this?