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    Default Kawasaki Versys 650: First impression, ride, and service...

    I booked the Kawasaki Versys 650 on the day the price was announced, without a test ride or even looking at the motorcycle in person. You just know it from within when it's the right ride for you. No other validations are actually required. After a few weeks of waiting, I got a call from the showroom that I could visit to see the motorcycle and it will be delivered to me after a couple of days.

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    First impression:

    Looks:

    • The matte finish seizes your eyes and wants you to keep touching the motorcycle. In a nice way, of course.
    • Its tall, baby. Not intimidatingly tall but you cant rest both your foot completely on the ground. Time to get a riding boot with a good heel.
    • The lovely green mono-shocks add a touch of elegance to a very beautifully designed motorcycle. A fully green Versys would
    • If you are going to find a fault with the fit & finish of this motorcycle, good luck bro!


    Feel:

    • When you sit on it, you know its going to be a really comfortable ride and saddlesore is the last word thatll come to your mind.
    • A pillion may find it a little difficult to get on the motorcycle, but rest assured, the view he/she will get would be nothing less than Google Maps street view with utmost comfort.
    • It feels slightly big at first. Then it starts to feels like it could be just the right size. Finally, it feels sleek and cut for the task. Point is, it grows on you.


    Sound:

    • Start the motorcycle, and it doesnt idle like the ones we are used too. The kind of idling that is usually in higher capacity motorcycles always idling a bit more that youd like.
    • But turn the throttle a little and you are in for a really sweet surprise. The way this engine revs is music to the ears and almost puts shame to every other motorcycle that calls itself refined.


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    Riding the Versys


    • Height & Weight: Two things that intimidated me so much in the first few days. With the right technique for mounting, a complete clarity on which leg to put the weight on, and a newly acquired smartness in how to park the motorcycle (so there is minimal requirement to pull/push it), means I can now leave these fears behind and focus on the riding experience.

    • In the city: Riding in the city isnt too difficult but my heart continues to skip a beat every time one of those ignorant/stupid Activa rider (without helmet & in most cases riding triples) comes too close to my comfort zone. Of course, hes the hero of his life with nothing to lose. Ive got a lot to lose in one fall, especially time waiting for a spare parts to arrive if something breaks. Such paranoia!

    • On the highway: A completely different story here. There is so much space on the roads and ample horsepower to play with. The real joy of the Versys is when you are by yourself cruising at 90km/h at 4,000rpm. To know that youre merely using only a third whats on offer will make you grin. By the way, wait until you hear the engine grunt when you hit that magical 5000rpm thats when the beast inside wakes up. Turbo boost!


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    The trips:



    1. Srisailam Temple: 500km round trip over a weekend. This trip was supposed to take care of the engine breaking-in and check how well it fairs in a typical Indian terrain that includes good & bad roads, national & state highways, straights & curves, plains and hills too. Throw in the tropical heat. In a typical corporate rating, Id give it a Consistently Exceeds Expectations. The motorcycle is stable & comfortable, eager & responsive. A real joy. The fact that I could do a 90 mins non-stop ride on the second day afternoon at speeds consistently close to 90km/hour is a testimonial. First returns for the massive investment!

    2. Bidar Fort: 300km in a day. The Mumbai roads for some reason are eternally in bad condition and under construction. Having a pillion did seem like a burden when the roads went missing. But, when the roads were back, it was as good as riding alone. A different route back meant unknown roads and a real test. Ended up being an amazing idea. Fantastic state highway with limited traffic was just perfect to cruise at 90km/h for hours again. Oh, so lovely!

    3. Ananthagiri Hills: 160km in an afternoon. With 800km behind me and a road Ive traversed enough times in the last decade, I hand enough confidence to push the boundaries a little. Ive never ridden a horse but this is the closest Ive come to riding one and that wonderful feeling of taming a mustang the reins were in my hand and I finally felt in control.


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    First Service:

    One of the big worries of buying a recently launched or even a higher capacity motorcycle is what really happens after its been purchased. A service at 1000km was going to be my first experience on how things would look like in the coming years. Booked an appointment. Went in early. Waited for everyone to turn up and then the service manager took over. The overall experience was impressive and I wish it continues to be so. Guess it helps when you are still an exclusive customer.

    Washing was clean. Oil and filter changes were swift. The final checks were thorough. I loved that they allowed me to watch the work being done and even answered some curious questions. They were full of smiles, excited, and willing to listen to my concerns. Such a joy! (Note to self: Get a paddock stand). I was taken aback when the service manager decided to fix a broken indicator himself (remember I put it down on first day?). He ensured it was all sorted and even asked me not to bother changing it. All this, more than enough for me to feel that I could be in good hands.

    When I was riding back after spending a few hours, five thousand rupees, and some good discussion , I knew it was all worth it. At least for now, the blues have gone and the green lights are in! 6000km or 6 months from here Something tells me that the kilometers will come sooner...

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    Default Re: Kawasaki Versys 650: First impression, ride, and service...

    Ownership approved!

    Congrats.
    Please correct the broken pics.

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    Default Re: Kawasaki Versys 650: First impression, ride, and service...

    Congrats. lovely bike.Was just watching the comparo between Tiger and the Versys 650 on overdrive and it seems Versys 650 offers the best bang for the Buck.

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    Beautiful. Finally an ownership thread about the most talked about kid on the block. Lovely stuff! Keep us posted throughout. Ride safe!

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    And the guy lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles and watched sport on a big screen TV, went fishing and surfing, and played golf a lot, and drank beer and scotch and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up and farted whenever he wanted.


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    Default Re: Kawasaki Versys 650: First impression, ride, and service...

    Photo with a V-Strom 650, Registration plates looks foreign.

    Edit : alright found it : https://onaversys.wordpress.com/author/khaldurai/
    cheers
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    Default Re: Kawasaki Versys 650: First impression, ride, and service...

    Quote Originally Posted by Divya Sharan View Post
    Ownership approved!

    Congrats.
    Please correct the broken pics.
    Done! Thank you....

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    Quote Originally Posted by chetan6686 View Post
    Congrats. lovely bike.Was just watching the comparo between Tiger and the Versys 650 on overdrive and it seems Versys 650 offers the best bang for the Buck.
    When we did our ride to Srisailam, one of my friend's had rented Tiger 800 XRX. Here are the things that stood out for me:

    Good:
    - Sound: The Tiger sounds definitely better because it's a 3 cylinder engine.
    - New Rider Friendly: It's easier to ride because of it's lower seat height and feels a touch less heavier.
    - Pillion Friendly: Definitely a comfortable & much better experience for a pillion rider if they are on Tiger.

    Where it misses out:
    - Looks: Nowhere close to the presence or stature that a Versys has on the road. Tiger is still very awkward looking.
    - Suspension: It's suspension can't even be compared with Versys's Showa's SFF.
    - Dealer Network: If and when things go wrong, you are more likely to find a KTM/Kawasaki showroom to get sorted than a Triumph. It's wonderful that the Versys 650 is taken care by KTM dealer (Versys 1000 is by Kawasaki service) so hopefully a KTM mechanic may be able to fix for your Versys 650 as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Freak inExile View Post
    Photo with a V-Strom 650, Registration plates looks foreign.

    Edit : alright found it : https://onaversys.wordpress.com/author/khaldurai/
    cheers
    Was my first post and was struggling to get my way through the UI. Have edited the post have the correct pictures
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    Congrats Karthi on the Versys. I just commented on your blog and that's how I landed up here. I would love to listen to everything you got to say about the bike.

    The bike is definitely the best tourer within the 10L budget. Please share more pictures of the bike and also parts pricing if you have found access to it yet.
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    Firstly congrats on the mean machine and pls post a new thread at the tourer section for your rides with lots of pics to treat our eyes...
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    Default Re: Kawasaki Versys 650: First impression, ride, and service...

    congratulations on the ride man..

    I was planning to get the ninja 650 when I land in india but somehow am inclining more towards the versys day by day though the cost is a bit out of my budget

    Do update often (if not for anything else at least for poor me who hasn't ridden a motorcycle in two years). If you don't mind, can you let me know the on road price including all the bells and whistles?

    Subscribed and anxiously waiting for more reviews and lots of pics

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    Default Re: Kawasaki Versys 650: First impression, ride, and service...

    Congrats Buddy.

    Thats a great machine. I saw this bike just once, Like you had quoted, She is indeed tall and looks like Black Beauty.

    Ride safe and Happy miles ahead
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