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Spotted this one this morning. Seems a fair account.
They report gear change a 'clunky'. I think that it's more like the rider hasn't learn't to matched the revs to the gear's 'happy' speed.
My new bike (2,000 km now) still has a very heavy to operate gear selector operation in first to second. It's like there's a house brick bolted to the selector.
Other gears are all reasonable. My recent ride of a brand new zero km H2 SX show that Kawasaki can do a LOT better when they need to (more $$$, snickedly snick !).

Rob.
 

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Compared to other bikes I've owned, the shifting on the Versys is a bit clunky. My son's Yamaha MT07 is buttery smooth compared to it. That said, do I have any regrets buying the versys? NO. Would I buy the Versys again? YES.
 

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My new bike (2,000 km now) still has a very heavy to operate gear selector operation in first to second. It's like there's a house brick bolted to the selector.
Quite a few of us riding V650s found that, when we changed to a FULLY SYNTHETIC oil (15w-50 Mobil1 for ME), the shifting became (AND REMAINS!!!) much smoother.
 

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Kawasaki used the positive neutral finder and that can make the shift from first to second require a longer lever motion with a solid lift. Pre load the shifter a little and when you pull the clutch it will jump into 2nd easer. Go ride a big cruiser and then tell me the versys is clunky.
 

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Where is the 7 extra pounds over the 2015 with abs...?
Something severe happened, certainly not just plastics, led lights, TFT or traction control software...

I really hope the KTRC stays off after cycling the ignition....
 

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No idea where the all the added weight came from, but there is the also new windshield and seat and the changes in the framing for the plastic, a pound here a few ounces there can soon add up, things rarely get lighter.

The KTRC seems to default to mode 1 after power cycling from the Off selection, at least it can be shut off temporarily, not like the ABS.
 

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Sometimes a difference in reported weight is due to updated measuring method, e.g. different amount of fuel in the tank. I read some markets have regulations that "wet weight" must mean "full tank" rather than a nebulous "ready to ride (to the nearest gas station)".

I don't know if that's the case here tho.
 
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