No doubt the all-new Honda NC700X is a great motorcycle, but it wasn’t long after the moto-press began throwing around terms like “revolutionary” and “game-changer” and “make mine red” before cooler heads (our readers) began to question the bike’s claim to unique fame. Dual-clutch transmission? It’s a fancy automatic; seen it. Built-in storage? Meh, the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(13)
Four Affordable Motorcycles For City Commuting and Cross-Country Adventure BMW F700GS vs. Honda NC700X DCT ABS vs. Kawasaki Versys vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
The Affordable Adventure One-Bike-Solution – Comparison Test Video BMW F700GS vs. Honda NC700X DCT ABS vs. Kawasaki Versys vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS.
Photographer : Fran Kuhn
You can’t blame people for asking what the Versys is all about. At first glance—or even the second or third— it doesn’t announce its identity in the same way plastic-clad sportbikes or chrome-adorned cruisers do. To get to the root of this 650 Twin’s true being, you have to ride it, and then its purpose hits [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photography by Bob Stokstad “Versys” is a contraction of “versatile system,” says Kawasaki. Marketing hyperbole? Not at all. After running up nearly 7000 miles on our long-term Versys, we continue to be amazed by this middleweight’s versatility. The parallel-Twin is a solid commuter, tourer and even sportbike. With its rev-happy engine, good suspension and ample [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
When Editor-in-Chief Edwards had a chance to ride a Canadian-spec Kawasaki Versys—an adventure-tour-style standard based on the popular Ninja 650R—he liked it so much that he suggested to Team Green they should sell the bike in the U.S. A few weeks later, Kawasaki announced the Versys would be available in 2007 as a 49-state model. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Dang fer’ners get all the good stuff, right? Neat, cool bikes that we should have, not just the Europeans. Well, Kawasaki has just done something about that particular imbalance of trade, announcing that the Versys 650 is coming stateside for 2008. In fact, it should be in showrooms within the month, priced at $6899. Versys [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)