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Don’t expect a world of changes in this entry level sport adventure segment. Traction control, new dash and slightly updated refresh looks is decent. Still a great value for what you get for the money IMHO. I am curious how the new Tiger 660 Sport Adventure will compete in this class. If i were looking for a middleweight adventure. The Tiger would also be on my short list of bikes to consider. I am holding out to see if they come out with an off-road Rally Version Tiger 660 for 2023. But back to the Versys. Subtle changes still get a thumbs up from me.
 

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But, is it enough to get you to trade in your current Versys 650, or chose it over the competitors? I wonder if anyone has collected data on who is buying new model bikes. I know in cars they know that changes in the mustang attract people to trade in their current mustang as well as steal sales from the other pony car makers.

I know for me, if I'm going to pay 10k to get a certain bike, but for 12k I can get a similar bike with all the features I desire, I will drop the extra money. Now if the 10k bike isn't selling well against the competition and the manufacturer drops 2k off the price, my "bargain" nature might kick in.
Yes, I do believe they and all other manufacturers use both focus groups and feedback from both previous and current owners. Then they compile the data and look at what are the must haves. Not every country requires cruise or standard heated grips.

Personally, that was important in my decision moving to the Triumph Tiger 900. I wanted cruise, various rider modes, TFT Dash, cornering abs, etc..Electronic suspension was not a must for me. Why the GT worked well for my needs. Plus I picked a gently used with 18mos left on the factory warranty for 12.5k. With only 1.3k miles. So much like you. I am also a bargain shopper. I splurged more than I wanted, but have a terrific motorcycle for me!

Now would I be tempted to trade my old 2016 650lt on a new one. Probably not. But if I were entering the segment, I can say I would seriously consider.
 

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I think people who say they want cruise control dont give further thoughts on this
1. It will increase the price
2. It will require some redesign and a new ECU
3. How good the cruise control will be? I.e Versys 1000 basic cruise control and Ninja's adaptive cruise control is worlds apart so is the price.
4. How much you will actually use it? It doenst work on low speeds and here in UK on motorways, you always end up changing your speed to take over, more so in wide 3-4 lane roads. Unless you want to cruise below speed limits i.e. 60-65 then yeah just it works
5. How technically is it possible? How many bikes are there with 649cc or less than have cruise control? Its always bigger and big bikes

One of top reasons why people love versys is the price and without drastically increasing the price I dont see how kawasaki could put it in. Maybe in years of time when tech and material become cheaper but defo not now
I agree with all the above. Why its the entry level segment. Much like a gateway drug!
 

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Unfortunately, in 2022, a cable actuated throttle is a hard no for me in a new bike. Any ride by wire platform will eventually have a slick after market cruise control, if one is not stock or offered as an option. They’ve made some decent upgrades, but not enough to beat or even meet the Triumph Tiger 660 Sport. My money will be going there or spending a bit more for the Tiger 900. Plus, I’m guessing there are no power increases in the same parallel twin power plant, and I’m more interested in a triple that puts out 80 BHP for the same price and sings a beautiful tune.
i can tell you the grunt of the 900 is very nice. I’m pleased with the bike.
 

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