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Offline Jacquelyn

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Versys 1000 Review
« on: January 30, 2019, 12:49:49 am »
Note - this is not a Versys 1K LT SE review, which is new for 2019.

This was a low mileage 2015.

Starting with ergonomics, the bike is set up to be very neutral and comfortable. I am 5'11 and found the seating position very relaxed and comfortable. Instrumentation is basic but purposeful. Fit and finish are acceptable for the price range, but if you sample other adventure bikes in different price strata, it becomes very obvious and looks a bit cheap to put it politely.

Engine is the Ninja 1000 motor with tweaks for midrange. Engine and handlebars are rubber mounted and do an excellent job of quelling the notorious buzz from the Kawi 1000. I did not notice any obtrusive vibration. In fact I would say it felt as smooth as my C14, maybe smoother.

Power is adequate, though it does feel down on torque to other bikes in the segment. The Triumph Tiger and 1250 GS have noticeably more grunt down low, which I prefer. I have not tried the Vstrom 1K or new Tracer GT, which would be comparable to the base versys. I mention the Triumph and BMW becasue if you are considering the LT SE Versys, you are at $18K MSRP, so you are likely cross shopping those bikes at that price point.

Suspension was just ok. It did a nice job of absorbing rough pavement (smoother than C14). However, it will wallow a bit when pushed.

Brakes were just adequate. Feel was pretty vague, but they worked fairly adequately.

Luggage was decent, though I really hate having to use a key every time I want to go into the bag.

Chain drive is a bit of a drawback for me. YMMV, but the older I get the less I want to fuss with things.

Summation: Pretty nice bike overall. I think I'd have a really hard time with the LT SE though at 18K. At that price it is to close to other bikes that offer more power and shaft drive. At the base price model, I think I might be more interested in the Tracer GT, which offers cruise control and the rowdy triple.
               

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Re: Versys 1000 Review
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2019, 01:08:05 pm »
Just for reference, I searched craigslist to see what bikes in this category are being offered for.

2014 Suzuki V Strom 1000 13k mi Bought new in 2015 Nicely farkled $6800
https://detroit.craigslist.org/okl/mcy/d/waterford-2014-strom-adventure-dl1000/6787860337.html

2015 Versys 1000 22K mi Nicely farkled $7000
https://phoenix.craigslist.org/cph/mcy/d/phoenix-2015-kawasaki-versys-1000lt/6795134393.html

2015 Super Tenere 28.2k mi  $8000
https://fayetteville.craigslist.org/mcd/d/fayetteville-2015-yamaha-super-tenere/6799424569.html

2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC 14.5k mi Nicely farkled $9000
https://lexington.craigslist.org/mcy/d/lexington-triumph-tiger-explorer-xc/6785028187.html

2015 KTM Super Adventure 1500 mi  $12,800
https://denver.craigslist.org/mcd/d/englewood-2015-ktm-1290-sa-steeles/6787718413.html

2015 BMW R1200GS 31k mi ESA NAV + extras $13,900
https://greensboro.craigslist.org/mcy/d/welcome-2015-bmw-r1200gs-with-nav5/6803749048.html

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Re: Versys 1000 Review
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2019, 05:28:25 pm »
I bought my 2015 V1K with ~6K miles for $9K last summer.  It was lightly farkeled with factory aux lights, Corbin seat, handlebar risers, and an aftermarket windscreen.  I thought I got a pretty good deal.  It has made an excellent stable mate for my Connie.  I rode it to the Nationals for my first real ride.  No complaints from me.  Pics are posted in the media gallery.
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