After 30 minutes of tearing along on a multitude of road surfaces, the die was cast and the deal was done.
During its short break in cycle, the Versys was subjected to all types of road surface, more off road than on, at high and low speeds, all of which quickly revealed its handling characteristics.But again, much will depend on how each is set up and rider skill.There are some pretty aggressive tires out there in sizes that can be put on to the Versys rims, as many have done, that make the Versys even more capable of handling the rough stuff.By the same token, if current sales and interest levels are any indication, the Versys is already well on its way to making an impression on the motorcycling world, in its first iteration.Pictures do not accurately reflect just how trim this package.Sport touring bikes face a particular challenge in the area of suspension tuning: should they cater more towards long distance comfort, or the responsiveness required to carve a canyon?The drive system is simple, cost effective and should be easy to maintain.The engine is a 4-stroke parallel twin of 659cc capacity.While it glides up and down with pushbutton-operated ease, I found that airflow was most comfortable for my 5'11" body when the windscreen was all the way down, enabling passing air to flow across my chest; at higher settings, it buffeted my helmet.H.B.C.s Reply: Gary, although I am currently working on a possible Part III to the submission, I hope the following information will address your questions in whole or in part: Expanded Horizons we only managed a partial over the horizon trip so far, just under.Is the Concours 14 simply a muscle bike with bags or the kind of bike you'd actually want to ride long distances?Ergonomics for the Long Haul, with More than a Touch of Sportiness.Other upgrades and accessories are ongoing or planned and they will be detailed in a possible follow-on to this article.While the considerably pricier BMW K1200GT offers electronically adjustable suspension settings which are easily set with the touch of a button, the Concours 14 opts for manually adjustable preload and rebound with the 43mm front forks, and hydraulic pre-load and rebound adjustability with the Uni-Trak.A slipper clutch smoothens shifts and reduces wheel-hop during abrupt downshifts by mitigating the difference between rear wheel speed and engine rpm.You will always see questions raised about whether the ABS should or can be disabled or turned-off, especially given mixed surface riding; that is about the only issue I would hope Kawasaki might address.The only moment of ABS-related doubt ma reduc place du parfum during two days of riding occurred while approaching a tight right-turn on the aforementioned 135-turn, serpentine road.Sharing is Good, Right?
They provide excellent control and feedback on gravel and dirt roads as well, which is where the second Versys has been spending most of its time.
The rear 270mm brakes are, incidentally, larger than the ZX-14's in order to cope with the Concours's greater weight.
In the rear, a unique gull-wing swingarm is mated to a Showa shock configured in an offset and lay-down position.