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Greetings from Canada!

I was about ready to buy a Ninja 1000 when I heard about the Versys 1000. Same engine more or less, more bottom end torque where it counts, lots of HP for my uses, upright riding ergos, 2 up touring capability and to me, a very important feature is the inclusion of ABS.

I know some folks think ABS is for sissies, but as a long time rider, and for the last 10 years with ABS, I've only had 1 close call and I believe in that instant, ABS saved my butt.

It seems north americans, unlike europeans, aren't willing to pay a little extra for that feature. The Versys 650 is available in Europe with ABS.

Anyway, I'm going to check out the bike when it becomes available in March and will more than likely buy it. The only down side here is that they are only offering it in brown, the white isn't available in Canada this year. I really don't like the brown! Oh well..
 

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Welcome! I'm new to the world of motorcycling, and this website is great! I really with my 2012 V had the option for ABS, because I certainly agree with you there. I'd have paid more in an instant to have that feature.
 

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:welcome:Mingo, i have the Ninja 1000 and love it and ABS is great on that bike, also love my 08 650 Versys, have been spoilt riding the Ninja lately with its far superior brakes and power but still find the 650 v better in real tight twisty work and will be keeping it as its now a family friend :D.
Will probably look at trading the Ninja in on the new V 1000 next year as will observe what problems or issues happen with the new V1000, not a fan of current colours.

Looking forward to your feedback and photos of your new toy.

Phil
 

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Welcome from Ottawa! I'm looking forward to reading more about the 1000.

As for the ABS comments, I know of at least one rider at my office that considered the Versys until he learned that he couldn't get the ABS version. Then it was crossed off his list of potential bikes. That cost Kawasaki a sale. For myself, I probably would have purchased the ABS version if it was available, but it wasn't a deal killer for me.

Will my next bike have ABS? Hopefully, as it is something I'd like to have.

Dave
 

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Welcome! I saw the 2012 Versys 1000 in Toronto and I liked it a lot. Not crazy about the brown color either, but I think I could live with it. Hope you buy it and let us south-of-the-border folks know how it is :)
 

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As for the ABS comments, I know of at least one rider at my office that considered the Versys until he learned that he couldn't get the ABS version. Then it was crossed off his list of potential bikes. That cost Kawasaki a sale. For myself, I probably would have purchased the ABS version if it was available, but it wasn't a deal killer for me.

Will my next bike have ABS? Hopefully, as it is something I'd like to have.

Dave
Kawi needs to offer ABS on the Versys 650. I ruled it out in favor of a Vstrom 650 because the WeeStrom has ABS available.

Something that boggles my mind is Kawi's newest supersport bike, the ZX14R. It has all manners of launch control; 3 different levels of traction control to keep the back end from spinning or pointing the front wheel skywards, but ABS is not available "because of north ameraican sales of the ZX-10 ABS were poor"!!! Don't they know their demographics? 20 year olds want the fastest and baddest bike and don't care to spend extra for ABS, they're immortal :) The ZX14R with its 210 hp and fastest quarter mile of any production bike needs to have ABS just in case.. and its demographic is a more mature rider. They sell it with ABS in Europe.


Welcome! I saw the 2012 Versys 1000 in Toronto and I liked it a lot. Not crazy about the brown color either, but I think I could live with it. Hope you buy it and let us south-of-the-border folks know how it is :)
I'm going to hold out for a test ride first. I don't know if I can live with that color.. I like the white so much more.. or even better, black / toxic green!

Thanks for the welcome! :)
 

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Don't they know their demographics? 20 year olds want the fastest and baddest bike and don't care to spend extra for ABS, they're immortal :)
Interesting observation. The sales guys at the local Kawa dealership told me last week during a regular "I-don't-need-a-thing, I-just-want-to-be-here" visit that the average life span, in their experience, of big sport bikes is about 14 months. It's apparently the average time it takes the "demographic buyer" to throw it into the weeds violently which commonly results in one or more of the following: death; serious injury to self; serious damage to the machine; or scaring the holy crap out of self.

Seems to be the reason, or reasons, very few dealerships allow test rides aboard fire breathing sport bikes. Want a test ride on a Versys? Generally it's not a problem. Something to be said for not being among the target demographics. :thumb:
 

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I'm going to hold out for a test ride first. I don't know if I can live with that color.. I like the white so much more.. or even better, black / toxic green!
Don't worry about the color - I didn't even notice the color when I sat on one at the Vancouver Bike Show

I am sure the ride will sell it to you.

Big Aussie

PS I wish I had the budget for one (currently under-employed)
 

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:welcome:
 

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Welcome Mingo from White Rock, BC.

Totally agree with you on ABS. I spoke with the Kawi Canada rep last year and said I wouldn't buy the Ninja 1000 unless ABS was on the machine. I am seriously considering the Versys 1000 but haven't been able to see it in person yet. I think a demo ride will likely seal the deal, but I won't buy any bike without a test ride first.

I don't like the boxster engine in the BMW's, and their price is crazy. Multistrada is amazing, but I wouldn't spend the extra eight large to have one. The only real comparison is the Tiger 1050. I think that the Versys 1k will win me over, but I too wish we had another colour to choose as the brownish grey doesn't do it for me. Hope it (the colour) looks better in person. I actually like the styling of the bike, same as I like what I have. I just wish they sold it burnt orange, the fastest 650 colour.
 

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White is nice, but metallic brown on the V1000 looks better. I've seen both but prefers the brown over the white. White seems to make the front fairing looks bulkier. Love the sound of the inline 4 when it takes off.
 
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