2013 Kawasaki Versys

2013 Kawasaki VersysAbout a week ago, I picked up a 2013 Kawasaki Versys.  I wanted a bike that is primarily a street bike but could also be taken off-road on some well groomed trails and forest roads.  I’ll be riding this out to California this year and look forward to exploring some new places that I was unable to visit in previous trips.

It’s relatively lightweight bike weighing in at around 450 lbs with a 650cc parallel twin and a reasonable amount of suspension travel.  I won’t bore you with all the details because it’s easy enough to find info on the web.  On the street, it has good power and handles well.  It’s a great bike for commuting.

While is not exactly a dual-purpose bike, it seems to be fine on easy dirt/gravel roads.  It’s well balanced and easy to maneuver at slow speeds so when I took it to a local state park and rode it on some easy trails I was pleasantly surprised at how well it did.  I consider it a successful test of its off-road abilities since I didn’t get stuck or drop the bike.

I’ve begun preparing the Versys for my trip to CA in a couple of weeks.  So far I’ve added SW-Motech crash bars, a pair of highway pegs, a taller windscreen, some soft luggage, a 12v power socket, and a couple of RAM mounts on the handlebars.  I’ll need to focus on the mediocre seat now.

Overall, the Versys seems to be a good all-around bike that would be a great first bike for someone to get started on.  It’s easy to ride with decent low-end power that builds nicely as you get the revs up.

You’ll hear plenty more about this bike in a couple of weeks as I start my cross-country ride.

2 thoughts on “2013 Kawasaki Versys”

  1. Congrats on the bike Mark… I’ve gotten the Dual Sport bug myself and Planning to pick up the Triumph Tiger 800XC… incredible on the Street and quite capable off-road as well… just waiting for the right deal. Let me know if you get to NorCal on your way through… you have a place to stay if needed or we can meet up for a ride if timing works out.


    1. I really would have liked to get a Tiger 800 but the Versys was much less expensive. I got a good discount as a leftover 2013. After spending a week riding the Kawasaki, I really can’t find anything wrong with it. It’s just a nice basic bike.

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