10. Kawasaki Versys line

2015 Kawasaki Versys 650 and Versys 1000 LT Lost in all the Ninja H2 and H2R hoopla over at Kawasaki are two do-it-all performers: the $7,999 Versys 650 and $12,799 Versys 1000 LT. We’ve long been fans of the smaller Versys, and its ability to be one of our favorites in terms of practical, real world motorcycling. Hell, Editorial Director, Sean Alexander, loves it so much he actually used his own money and, gulp, bought one! The 650 Twin may not be the most character-rich engine out there, but it gets the job done. Really, the biggest complaint about it was its questionable styling, and for 2015 Kawasaki has addressed that issue. The new bodywork is much more elegant and modern looking, and thankfully, while Kawi was giving it a facelift, it went ahead and gave it more legroom, new suspension and brakes, and with the LT variant, luggage.

2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT Preview + Video

Our European friends have been enjoying the Versys 1000 for a few years now, and for 2015 we’re finally going to get to enjoy a thoroughly updated and more attractive version on this side of the pond. In fact, we’ll be getting the LT version, complete with bags, traction control ABS, and a similar facelift as the 650. Powered by a retuned version of the Ninja 1000 1043cc inline-Four, the bigger Versys is seemingly a Ninja 1000 with more suspension travel…which isn’t a bad thing. All in all, while the H2 and H2R are bikes I’m obviously excited to ride, the two Versys (Versii? Versailles?) models are ones I could actually live with everyday.