Tanshanomi's Snap Judgments

Kawasaki Versys

Thu, April 8th, 2010

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2010 Kawasaki 650 Versys
The Versys mill gets a higher score than its similar sister in the ER6-n despite making less power overall. There are two reasons for this: 1) the motor in the Versys is tuned for better low- and mid-range power, which makes it more fun to ride and where this particular motor is much less buzzy; and, 2) the twin-cylinder configuration better fits this bike's character.
Take the good steering, stability and maneuverability of the ER6-n, then add adjustable suspension and an upside-down fork.
I'm being kind and judging the nicely redesigned 2010 model, with its attractive new fairing and subdued black paint. (The earlier 2007–09 models wouldn't get more than a single point, especially in green.) Now if we could just do something about the exhaust and those black plastic potato chips bolted to the engine.
Not perfect, but typical modern Japanese 'hassle-free-ness.'
If you fit the bike, there isn't a better option out there: cruise, tour, strafe, commute and un errands — with economy, entertainment and comfort the whole time. One point off because a lot of riders don't have the inseam or limber knees the Versys requires.
A truly unique and innovative bike that every rider with long enough legs should seriously consider.
Now that it no longer has a headlight that looks like a hare lip, people should be snapping them up. Unfortunately, your local Kawasaki dealer probably has nothing but Ugly Betty leftovers in stock.