10. 2008 Kawasaki Versys Road Test


The Kawasaki Versys was originally available only in the European market, but after a pronounced email campaign from the American riding public, Team Green decided to give the US market a shot. Judging by the number of you who read our test, you were as intrigued by the 650cc vertical-Twin as we were. While the Versys is closely related to the Ninja 650R, our test revealed the two bikes to be quite different.

As the name implies, the bike is quite versatile, a quality we noted in the review: “In many ways this motorcycle defies strict categories. Heck, even Kawasaki has it listed under both Dual Purpose and Sport on its website.” A fact that readers won’t be aware of is Editorial Director Sean Alexander’s unabashed love of the Versys, his personal bike. He is fond of pointing out to us – as we debate various bikes – that the Versys is the only bike a rider will ever need.

Read the full review: 2008 Kawasaki Versys Road Test

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  • Old MOron

    Four out of the top ten were (gulp) cruisers?!
    No wonder JB isn’t allowed to call them StoooPid any more.

    • Shawn Poorman

      Haha given that Harley still controls more than half of the entire USA motorcycle market, I’m not at all surprised that their bikes and the cheaper alternatives made the list. The big surprise here to me was the popularity of the monster review. Interesting that everyone wanted to check it out but they’re still not a huge seller.

      Maybe it’s the relatively low (compared to Japanese alternatives) price/performance ratio and relatively high cost of ownership. Or maybe it just looks so good that people wanna check it out but they don’t buy because Americans insist on fairings.

      For me, I’m in love with it. But if Yamaha decides to bring us ABS on the fz 07, I think I would buy it over the monster. The new Honda cbr650f is nice as well, but a bit porky for my taste. Decisions, decisions.

  • Garrett Gerard

    How many views did this article garner? That wasn’t mentioned anywhere, and I’m just curious. I’ve been a fan since before the $11.94 subscription days, and was one of the few who actually paid the subscription. BTW, since that time you’ve really progressed nicely. The video production quality of late has been really outstanding (e.g. the Harley Livewire video). Keep up the good work.

    • Evans Brasfield

      I have the listing in order of ranking but not the raw numbers. What specific article were you asking about?