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The NZ and Oz versions must be equipped with gravity enhancers to keep them from flying off the road - being upside down like you are.

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Jesus even NZ gets them before Australia nothing yet on Kawa OZ site
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I'm liking the 2015 Versys1000 more and more.
3 mode riding, 2 Power modes, Slipper/assist clutch

Has anyone actually read the AU page - full of speeling errors!

Accessory prices are: $AUD
Gear Indicator : $225.95
Helmet Lock : $185022.00 - YES THAT IS ON THE SITE
Frame Slider : $288.95
Fog lights LED : $563.05
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I'm liking the 2015 Versys1000 more and more.
3 mode riding, 2 Power modes, Slipper/assist clutch

Has anyone actually read the AU page - full of speeling errors!

Accessory prices are: $AUD
Gear Indicator : $225.95
Helmet Lock : $185022.00 - YES THAT IS ON THE SITE <--- COMES WITH FREE BIKE!!!!
Frame Slider : $288.95
Fog lights LED : $563.05
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lol I was gunna post that but you beat me too it
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I'm liking the 2015 Versys1000 more and more.
3 mode riding, 2 Power modes, Slipper/assist clutch

Has anyone actually read the AU page - full of speeling errors!

Accessory prices are: $AUD
Gear Indicator : $225.95
Helmet Lock : $185022.00 - YES THAT IS ON THE SITE
Frame Slider : $288.95
Fog lights LED : $563.05
I love it! The site is full of "speeling" errors! So why do you believe a hundred eighty-five thousand dollars is steep for a helmet lock? Kawasaki has to make a profit somehow. Oh wait. Maybe those clever Japanese think the Aussies won't notice

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I smell a trade in!! ?
At this stage no, im keeping the 650 for my lovely wife to ride as well as me to use as she does not ride much now as more into horse but I am trading in my 2011 ninja 1000 in 2015 for the updated version of the ninja 1000
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Since this was posted in the "Other Motorcycle Make and Model section", I was wondering if you have considered another make and model. I'm a kawi owner and love Kawis, and would love to have another, but the competition is huge:

Versys 1000, $14,900 CAD, 549lbs, 120hp

FJ-09, $10,900 CAD, 456lbs, 115hp

VStrom 1000, $12,399 CAD, 501lbs, 99hp

Tiger XRX, $13,799 CAD, 473lbs, 95hp

All of these bikes have multi mode traction control, and all but one has multi mode FBW throttles. One of them even has cruise control. I would like to hear from a future V1000 owner, why they stuck with Kawi.

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i love kawi but at those prices and weights i would be going FJ-09 without a doubt.
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i love kawi but at those prices and weights i would be going FJ-09 without a doubt.
I just keep reading reports in the magazines stating that the FJ-09's suspension is a bit sub-par....

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I just keep reading reports in the magazines stating that the FJ-09's suspension is a bit sub-par....
I dont have any complaints with the V's suspension, most likely because I have never ridden a bike with "good" suspension, but I have never heard it praised.

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Since this was posted in the "Other Motorcycle Make and Model section", I was wondering if you have considered another make and model. I'm a kawi owner and love Kawis, and would love to have another, but the competition is huge:

Versys 1000, $14,900 CAD, 549lbs, 120hp

FJ-09, $10,900 CAD, 456lbs, 115hp

VStrom 1000, $12,399 CAD, 501lbs, 99hp

Tiger XRX, $13,799 CAD, 473lbs, 95hp

All of these bikes have multi mode traction control, and all but one has multi mode FBW throttles. One of them even has cruise control. I would like to hear from a future V1000 owner, why they stuck with Kawi.



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I just keep reading reports in the magazines stating that the FJ-09's suspension is a bit sub-par....
The suspension on the Versys 1000 is it's weakest point. Read the reviews from serious journalists, like late Kevin Ash:

http://www.ashonbikes.com/content/ka...ys-1000-review

The '15 is just a "facelift" that includes "some" new plastics, quite a few remain THE SAME as on the old Manatee Versys, and the crappy suspension was carried over. Kawaski's bean counters had their way with the 1000 too, it's just that the lighter and smaller 650 is not affected as much as the piglike 1000.

Then there is the vibration, I'll take that from a twin, but from an inline 4? Heck, even Kevin Ash, who didn't find the Versys 650 vibrations to be a problem, found them annoying on the 1000!

And just wait untill you see it guys, it's H-U-G-E. Look at a Ninja 1000, well, it's wider than a Ninja 1000.

If I were to replace my Versys 650, I'd definitely go with a FJ-09. The V-Strom would be the 2nd option, Triumph not even considered, V1K? Hell no! I'd get a Super Tenere 10 if I wanted to get a ridiculously huge and heavy bike. At least the S10 carries its weight low.
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The suspension on the Versys 1000 is it's weakest point. Read the reviews from serious journalists, like late Kevin Ash:

http://www.ashonbikes.com/content/ka...ys-1000-review

The '15 is just a "facelift" that includes "some" new plastics, quite a few remain THE SAME as on the old Manatee Versys, and the crappy suspension was carried over. Kawaski's bean counters had their way with the 1000 too, it's just that the lighter and smaller 650 is not affected as much as the piglike 1000.

Then there is the vibration, I'll take that from a twin, but from an inline 4? Heck, even Kevin Ash, who didn't find the Versys 650 vibrations to be a problem, found them annoying on the 1000!

And just wait untill you see it guys, it's H-U-G-E. Look at a Ninja 1000, well, it's wider than a Ninja 1000.

If I were to replace my Versys 650, I'd definitely go with a FJ-09. The V-Strom would be the 2nd option, Triumph not even considered, V1K? Hell no! I'd get a Super Tenere 10 if I wanted to get a ridiculously huge and heavy bike. At least the S10 carries its weight low.
some guys like their ride to be "BIG"...chubby chasers...
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The suspension on the Versys 1000 is it's weakest point. Read the reviews from serious journalists, like late Kevin Ash:

http://www.ashonbikes.com/content/ka...ys-1000-review

The '15 is just a "facelift" that includes "some" new plastics, quite a few remain THE SAME as on the old Manatee Versys, and the crappy suspension was carried over. Kawaski's bean counters had their way with the 1000 too, it's just that the lighter and smaller 650 is not affected as much as the piglike 1000.

Then there is the vibration, I'll take that from a twin, but from an inline 4? Heck, even Kevin Ash, who didn't find the Versys 650 vibrations to be a problem, found them annoying on the 1000!

And just wait untill you see it guys, it's H-U-G-E. Look at a Ninja 1000, well, it's wider than a Ninja 1000.

If I were to replace my Versys 650, I'd definitely go with a FJ-09. The V-Strom would be the 2nd option, Triumph not even considered, V1K? Hell no! I'd get a Super Tenere 10 if I wanted to get a ridiculously huge and heavy bike. At least the S10 carries its weight low.
you seem to have a bias against real bikes like the V1K without probably riding one, quite interesting.
I found one that might be something that might be more suited to you.


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I just keep reading reports in the magazines stating that the FJ-09's suspension is a bit sub-par....
from what I've read nowhere near as bad as the FZ-07 ...it's a pretty much standard fork set up..so finding some progressive springs may not be much of a problem...one of the areas our Versys is known for is a soft front suspension...all the companies seem to skimp there...a good adjustable front suspension would've raised the price considerably...
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The '15 is just a "facelift" that includes "some" new plastics, quite a few remain THE SAME as on the old Manatee Versys, and the crappy suspension was carried over.

At the front, the Versys 1000 is supported by a ĝ43 mm inverted cartridge-type fork.

New * Damping mechanism is now concentrated in the right fork tube.

New * Rebound and compression damping are about 30% less than on the previous model. The softer suspension action contributes to increased ride comfort.

New * Longer outer tubes (length increased 20 mm) increase fork rigidity. The more composed movement contributes to increased riding stability.

New * Long travel of 150 mm (unchanged from the previous model) contributes to the fork’s excellent bump absorption and road holding performance.

New * Top-out springs with revised a softer spring rate and increased length contribute to reduced shock at maximum extension, for increased stability

New * Stiffer rear shock spring (106 N/m >> 109 N/m) offers increased stability and more composed movement. The stiffer spring also suits the Versys 1000’s increased curb mass.

New * Approximately 30% less compression damping than on the previous model results in softer suspension action that contributes to increased ride comfort.

New * A remote preload adjuster means changes to suit tandem riding or luggage can be made quickly and easily by hand. The rear shock is also adjustable for rebound damping

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