Kawasaki Versys

The Kawasaki Versys has gone through its first service and the touring world is finally Bertie’s lobster. Here’s part two of the bike’s long-term review and road test.

So I’m currently (as I write this) sat in the Kawasaki Motors UK reception area after riding the Versys 1000 SE GT down for its first service. It’s a tad over the 500 miles.

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Modern tech (my smart phone) means this job never stops. So while I’d rather be quaffing the free coffee and biscuits, because I’ve just got off the bike I figured while it’s fresh in my notoriously unreliable memory, I may as well tap some words into my ‘smart’ phone while using my ‘dumb’ brain.

Firstly, the overriding feeling about the Versys SE GT is just overwhelmingly positive after a few weeks into ‘ownership’: I love just going for a ride on the thing. And that’s why we do it, right? Whether I’m going to the shops for more wine (naturally) or out for a day’s ride, I just love swinging my short leg over the thing.

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Of course, I have the bike connected to this very smart phone I have in my hands now, via Kawasaki’s Rideology app. Now, this system I will go into in a future article, but it allows you to access the bike’s info, (fuel economy, fuel level, electronic rider/suspension settings etc.) and even change them from the comfort of your armchair at home. Then it will ask you to confirm any updates when you switch on and/or you’re in Bluetooth range. You can also log trips, which has been hard to do for me from the off as (for some reason) the Versys and the phone would ‘say’ they were linked but you couldn’t actually log a ride. I will be exploring the app in more detail soon, but I can now say the trip feature works!

Tick-tock clocks

I know I said I’d been reading the manual last month about that complicated dash but I lied a