2009 Kawasaki 650R and Versys
September 22, 2008 at 1:54 pm #2127RupmiscParticipant
Just noticed that they were announced. Can’t tell if Versys was changed from 2008, but R650 was. May be lower seat, which I wasn’t looking for, but may be worth a look as alternative to 650 SV.September 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm #12500dcJohnParticipant
Well drat, between the bikes I wish it was the Versys that was having the seat lowered. I would love to move up to it next year as my second bike, but at 5’8″ w/30″ inseam I think the seat height is a bit of a problem.September 22, 2008 at 10:06 pm #12520spiccnspamParticipant
yet they still wont update the ninja 500..September 22, 2008 at 11:02 pm #12522September 23, 2008 at 12:52 am #12529ReindeerParticipant
Specs look the same on the 2009 Versys…
BUT the MSRP is up $200, and they dropped the red paint job from the lineupSeptember 23, 2008 at 12:56 pm #12549RupmiscParticipant
I have read the following: that the Versys is the same, except now legal in CA. The R has a lower seat, as well as rubber mounting in the rear, and a different shape on the gas tank. The naked version is the same as the R but for the fairing, and a .2 inch seat difference. From the specs, the Versys is about 10 pounds heavier, and the front and rear shocks are adjustable where the other two are only adjustable in back.
What I can’t tell is if there have been other modifications to the R and naked, that don’t show up on the Versys. Reading between the lines, i wouldn’t be surprised if the instruments were different on the Versys from those on the other two bikes. By lowering the seat on the R have they made it less comfortable for taller riders?
I could be wrong about what I conclude in the first paragraph. I would really like to know about the questions raised in the second paragraph. Feel free to correct and/or enlighten.
Also, when the hell will they get to dealers?
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