Join Date: May 2018
Have you seen the new Versys 1000 ADV?
[FIXED it for you]
You likely haven’t because it doesn’t exist - yet. However, we are about to design it and you’re invited to the party. With any luck, a Kawasaki designer is lurking and may see it. Kon'nichiwa! My thoughts are this: if given one hour with a Kawasaki design engineer and a few shots of saki, what would you suggest to him or her regarding improving the design of the Versys 1000 that would make it a better bike in terms of adventure activities?
Right or wrong, ADV biking is really 2 segments. Single-track trails are definitely the domain of smaller bikes for two reasons - falling and maneuverability! You don’t have cat-like skills. You will fall. Picking up a 1000 is no easy feat. A 1200 is simply hell. That being said, 98% of our time is spent on the road, followed by encounters with dirt roads, 2-track trails and farm and gravel roads. Here is where bigger bikes shine. I have sailed all of my life. I learned early on that just because some have circumnavigated in 26’ boats doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. The same is true for bikes. Size really does matter in the adventure world. No such thing as one size fits all. Oh, physics, thou are such a heartless bitch!
Now, I am not familiar with the 650, so someone might want to copy this to that side of the forum. This is all about the 1000.
I will start the process. Please feel free to add your thoughts. After all, this is your next bike!
1. - Add a 7th gear! This engine is awesome, but a bit to revvy at higher speeds. A nice 7th (or even 8th) gear could bring the RPM’s below 3,000 to 3,200 which would be lovely on long stretches.
2. - Give us a real headlight! This light shines up signs okay, but is terribly anemic in terms of night sight. You must do better here.
3. - A seat redesign. I don’t know about the ladies here, but a bike seat that tilts forward tends to drive ballsticles into things in a most uncomfortable ways. Not sure how it works in Japan, but here, it’s less than manly-mannish to pull up to a stop with tears running down your face. I am teary right now.
4. - More front control cable and brake line length, please! This is a large bike. Little changes make big differences. Adding 3” to the front cabling would allow us to add risers that can make the bike more comfy.
5. - Cruise control. Really? Seriously?
6. - A backrest option. Okay, niggly, but would be nice. This bike can be geat with a pillion, but they are not as comfy as they could be with a comfy back rest the keep them planted firmly and stopping us from having the embarassment of turning around and picking them up every now and then when we forget they’re there!
7. - Dash compartments! C’mon people. There is room there. Use it up!
8. - Bash plate and crash bars. Yep, these are important pieces of kit on the new ADV version. Look forward to seeing them.
9. - Add Integrations for options not trinkets. The cigarette lighter should be standard, not an option. Sell inserts for USB or whatever. Fog light plugs? Additional tail light plugs? Cool! ADV bikes are highly customized. Make it a bit simpler for the rider to build what they need and you will be loved forever!
10. - Blinking brake light! This is a big deal to me - and a minor task for Kawasaki. It’s a big deal safety-wise.
11. - Add 30% to the bag size or add box paniers. This is needed. The shape of the current bags looks great, but not as functional as ADV riders need.
More to come.
12. - Heated grips. Yes, they are needed on cold, rainy, damp roads.
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Last edited by fasteddiecopeman; 08-25-2018 at 02:24 PM.