Versys: 50-State Legal

Well, it only took two years after its introduction in the rest of the world, but the Kawasaki Versys is finally California-legal for the 2009 model year!

2009 Kawasaki Versys
2009 Kawasaki Versys

I’ll make a special trip to the dealership to take a look at this one.  Everything I’ve read about this bike is that it is a fantastic all-rounder.  It’s zippy and fun, but well balanced, light, handles responsively, and…well…everything.

It’s said to be a great commuter bike due to its lightness and maneuverability.  It’s very economical, too, getting 60 MPG from the 650cc, counter-balanced, Parallel-Twin power plant.  Everything I’ve read says that this is a great all-rounder.

One shortcoming, however, is the 33-inch seat height.  That’s a bit lofty for smaller riders, and perhaps a little intimidating to newer ones as well.

But it’s reputed to be a dream to ride, so I think I’m going to try to wrangle a test ride, if possible, to see if I agree.

Author: Dale Franks

Dale Franks is the former host of The Business Day, ”a daily, four-hour business and financial news program on KMNY Radio in Los Angeles. From 2002-2004, he was a contributor on military and international affairs for TechCentralStation.com. Currently, he a publisher and editor of the monthly political journal The New Libertarian, as well as an editor of the popular web log, Q and O. Dale served as a military police officer in the United States Air Force from 1984 to 1993, in variety of assignments both in the United States and Europe, where he also was assigned to the staff of the Headquarters of Allied Forces Central Europe. In addition to broadcasting, writing, and speaking on various topics, Dale has also been a long-time technical training instructor on a variety of computer software and technology subjects. Dale has also long been involved with information technology as an accomplished web designer, programmer, and technologist, serving as the corporate knowledge specialist for Microsoft Outlook at SAIC, the nation's largest employee-owned corporation. Additionally, he is the author of a number of software user guides used for classroom training by one of Southern California’'s premier computer training and consulting firms. His book, SLACKERNOMICS: Basic Economics for People Who Find Economics Boring, is available from Barnes & Noble.