Not to mention that the baby Versys would be A2 legal, giving Kawasaki a player for the ADV styled segment that is hot in Europe. In fact, I can't understand why they hadn't already done it.
They sell A2-ready V650s here. You can basically detune almost any bike that's up to 95 HP stock down to the 47 HP the A2 license permits and the dealers sell such versions.
IMO it's a better choice for someone with an A2 license, after two years (that you need in order to advance to full A) you can unlock the bike and ride the full-power version.
Originally Posted by fasteddiecopeman
To an old guy like me, THAT statement is incredible!
When I started riding in '63, the Triumph Bonneville (40 HP) was considered an 'expert-ONLY' bike, while NOW we consider the Versys 650 (w/ about 64 REAR-WHEEL horsepower!!!) a BEGINNERS bike.
Things DO change...!
Ha, true, but on then again the bikes of today are smoother, have better brakes, suspension, ABS etc., they're generally easier to ride despite being more powerful. My cage is a 150 HP Ford Focus and I think it's easier to drive than the sixty-something HP Fiats that we had in driving school. It's just point-and-go, the steering is light, the brakes are there, the electronic aids save your ass if you're being dumb. Peak engine power is not really a great indicator of how difficult a vehicle is to drive.
On the other hand, I actually wouldn't
advise the Versys 650 to a complete beginner. It's tall, weights a bit and the engine pulls from the lowest revs, so the on/off throttle behaviour can be twitchy. The Ninja 300 is just about perfect in that regard. Heck, it even has a slipper clutch, so you can't kill yourself with a botched downshift
I started out on a Honda CB 500, a bike that everyone around told me was perfect for a beginner. It had plenty of power (its 58 HP let me achieve about the same top speeds as the Versys [!] even though the torque definitely wasn't comparable), it was light, nimble, relatively smooth. Curiously though, it was more brutal when you accidentally downshift from 2nd to 1st. The engine braking just yanked you forward like a mofo. I rode one recently and confirmed it, that's not just newbie memories. Maybe it's a carb vs EFI thing? It also had no ABS, which ended up with a broken bone.
The next thing I got, and I wanted an easy bike with ABS
, was a Honda CBF 600. It's about the easiest thing you can ride. The power comes smoothly, the brakes are predictable, it almost never scares the crap out of you. I think it actually might be a better bike for a beginner than the 500, even though it's technically a 78 HP machine (and yes, it's faster than the Versys in the high end). It doesn't get any easier than this, unless you get a 300