Tuesday, 24 March 2015 @ 01:34 PM ICT
Contributed by: news
Ask any person to describe an adventure bike and the first word they would probably use is tall. And so is the 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000, a motorcycle that had my 185cm frame on the toes to get if off the main stand. But the intimidation simply disappears once you start rolling. Even at walking speeds, it feels super stable and confident to filter through traffic. Which was a good thing because I also immediately found myself in a traffic jam filled with Bangkok's notoriously annoying motorists.
The Kawasaki Versys 1000 felt completely at ease, its height giving me a great vantage point while the upright position and sensible set pegs felt completely natural. It also has the lightest clutch pull I've ever experienced on a big bike, as friendly as on a Honda CBR150R. With time to kill, I began playing with the digital display using the toggle switch on the handlebar to find that you have two power models and three-levels of traction control which can also be turned off. The dials give you all relevant information including two trips, a clock, overall and real time efficiency and a distance to empty readout. The only omission was a gear position indicator... But that will be less relevant as somebody gets more used to the motorcycle.
At first the Kawasaki Versys 1000 doesn't attract a lot of attention, probably because of the black - orange paint scheme, which by the way is only one you can have in Thailand. (Seriously not my favorite color combo.) But it does turn a lot of heads particularly because of the shock value of the design which features a Ninja face on a high set semi fairing. The rear stands out too with a wide luggage rack that's suspended high over the fat 180-section tire, It's not a pretty design but it has plenty of shock value and the motorcycle should look striking in Kawasaki green or plain black as we can see in other countries.