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Had a guy pull up next to me yesterday at a stop light. He was looking hard at my bike. I was sitting there with my modular helmet open to allow my head to breathe, and the guy looks at me and says "Hey, you spelt versus wrong ya know". I said "nope that's the name of the bike its a Kawasaki versys". He insisted "oh, well somebody spelt it wrong then cause there's no "y" in versus." At this point the light turns green and I take off. two sets of lights later he pulls up again... This time didn't say a word he was snapping pics with his cell phone shaking his head and laughing.
And I'm the idiot..:exactly:
 

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At least he knows how to spell.
 

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This time didn't say a word he was snapping pics with his cell phone shaking his head and laughing.
And I'm the idiot..:exactly:
Just remember, it's you Versys them. And they got Google at their fingertips as they approach you from behind...at a red light...and they aren't slowing...:eek:
 

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Should have told him its Japanese for "Eat ****" :D
 

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Had a guy pull up next to me yesterday at a stop light. He was looking hard at my bike. I was sitting there with my modular helmet open to allow my head to breathe, and the guy looks at me and says "Hey, you spelt versus wrong ya know". I said "nope that's the name of the bike its a Kawasaki versys". He insisted "oh, well somebody spelt it wrong then cause there's no "y" in versus." At this point the light turns green and I take off. two sets of lights later he pulls up again... This time didn't say a word he was snapping pics with his cell phone shaking his head and laughing.
And I'm the idiot..:exactly:
Hah. From smug to embarrassed in one easy spelling lesson. Hope he does post his photos so a lot of people can tell him he's not as clever as he thinks. He must have been from Maine. :D
 

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A local dealer near Anaheim, CA on the phone corrected me in my spelling from the way I pronounced it, and said, "It's spelled with a U and not a Y!" Needless to say, I did not buy a green 2014 model from him last December, 2014.

But actually, it is poor marketing in that it is a mental stumbling block for many who never pursue it further. Versus may have been a better name due to recognition and a meaningful tag. Because it is not a word, most people twist their forehead and forget it as soon as they turn around. I don't have time rationalizing a word to them.

I still think it's the best bike ever made, but the name was a rush job in their hurry to the market place upon model creation.
 

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They forgot the 'u' in Peterbilt too... But, they're engineers not English majors.
 

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I had a '99 Concours before this and I called it "the Conk" for short. I cannot think of a clever or shorter version of Versys. Too bad, I liked calling my bike the Conk. But got tired of a lumbering a heavy 80's technology bike around.
 

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Great post & commentary....

As you yell over the sound of a backfiring Harley as they try to conVERS with you, tell them it's the more sophisticated rich cousin of the KLR.

Which they wont understand either. :topsecret:




Friend of mine who likes my bike pronounces it a "Ver---Seaz"

Or Ver-ceaze.

Hell, the Versys is a misunderstood bike even on the floor of a Kawasaki dealership.
 

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Versus vs. Versys?

Makes a fine case for debadging, doesn't it? After having had several old Jeeps, I chose this as a replacement. I claim it to be a prototype dream machine fueled solely by my own wanderlust. Typical response is, "Huh?"
 

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