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So I sold me 09 because I REALLY wanted the 2010 when I firs purchsed it but NOW I cant find a freaking dealer that has one in stock and they want to charge me extra for them to order one. WTF??????????
 

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I know. I bought my 2010 and have not seen another one on the street yet. Wait a minute, I haven't seen another Versys on the street at all in Florida. I don't get it!
I am beginning to think Versys owners are an elite group of forward thinking riders.
Seriously, it does seem like the Dealers don't stock anything but Sport and Cruisers. I thought we were past that by now.
 

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I looked and looked for a 2010 for the past two months in southern california. No luck. But..........on my way up to northern california, for Thanksgiving weekend, I stopped at Santa Barbara Kawasaki and viewed a brand new 2011. So beautiful...
 

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lots of factors that add up...

there's alot of factors that are adding up to this...

one, since the versys was introduced, there has been alot of units carried over to the next year before they were sold. (I bought mine new, non-current)

two, bike sales are down by about 30% from two years ago (have you noticed there's a recession on?)

three, dealers don't have the cash to sit on inventory like they used to (same recession involved here)

four, alot of dealers are going under so there is no way they want excess inventory at this time of the year that they are paying finance charges on

five, other than a few cosmetic changes, the versys hasn't changed, so why stock something that's not really anything new and was hard to get rid of in previous years?

FYI .......used and newer bikes are gonna be alot higher priced for the next few years, with alot less new ones being sold, there's gonna be alot less used available, driving up the prices.......................:interesting:.
 

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And don't forget six: Year end taxes on inventory are due shortly.

Rumor was that Kawa America only brought in a fraction of the 2010 models that they brought in for 2009 because of the recession and there were still so many 2009's sitting in the corporate warehouse(s).

I haven't seen the figures for 2011 but I'm betting they aren't bringing in many more than they did in 2010.
 

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Still, a fast growing segment of the motorcycle community is turning toward Adventure/Sport touring motorcycles. The Versys seems like it would be a good bet to carry during this time. It's inexpensive and a good daily rider for most. If this forum is any indicator, there has been a lot of interest in the Versys in the last several years.
I guess this is why I am not in sales or marketing.
I am holding on to mine. It will be a collector bike in 100 years.
 

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I know. I bought my 2010 and have not seen another one on the street yet. Wait a minute, I haven't seen another Versys on the street at all in Florida. I don't get it!
I am beginning to think Versys owners are an elite group of forward thinking riders.
Seriously, it does seem like the Dealers don't stock anything but Sport and Cruisers. I thought we were past that by now.
I don't know about us being part an "elite" group or me being a
"forward" thinking kinda guy but one things for sure...we ain't "sheep"!:D
LMAO.
 

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I think the V still sticks in the unique buyer category. Not a first time bike, not an old man's bike (cruiser), not a I want to be cool and wear leather (HD). It is clear by the lack of marketing that they really do not know how to market it...

Their money is better spent in these tough times marketing to what the masses want, and building the same. Bike manaufactures simply cannot afford to make a bike that will sit - no matter how good it is...I know Triumph has the new 800, but that is in a different price point...Triumph and/or BWM will make a LOT more per bike than Kawasaki will on the V.
 

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The most Versi I saw in one place, by far, was on the ride four of us took last fall in western Massachusetts. What a treat that was. I've still never seen a 2010 in person.
 

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The most Versi I saw in one place, by far, was on the ride four of us took last fall in western Massachusetts. What a treat that was. I've still never seen a 2010 in person.
FWIW I've seen 18+ at the same time/place, of which 2, possibly 3 were 2010 versions
 

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Velocity Powersports in Ladson, SC (about 25 miles from Charleston) got a black 2010 about three or four weeks ago...after selling the blue 2009 that sat on their floor for quite a long time. They still have a 2009 KLR.

I've been told by the Kawasaki and Triumph sales managers that Charleston area buyers don't have much interest in either the Versys or Tiger.
 

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I've never seen an ad in a magazine, have they ever marketed this motorcycle? I found it on the web by googling "best sport touring motorcycle", and that brought up the M.O.T.Y. video and pics. I was sold before ever seeing one on the showroom. When dealers say there is little interest, it's partly because buyers usually know more about the Versys than they do. When I got my "buyers orientation", the salesperson told me the bike was a five speed. Guess he was confused with the KLR. Most people buy a motorcycle for the wrong reasons. How it looks, how it sounds, how much horsepower, etc. I was shopping for a cruiser originally, but after reading so many tests and seeing how much they were alike, I noticed the editors were doing the same thing. The cruiser gets rated by what it looks like, most of the time, or how uncomfortable it is, or how easy it is to drag a peg or muffler. After I decided to buy a motorcycle that would be fun to ride and comfortable enough to ride all day, I realized I am a sport touring rider, not a cruiser.
 
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