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!
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.