Author [ES] [CA] [PL] [PT] [IT] [DE] [FR] [NL] [DK] [NO] [GR] [TR] Topic: 2019 Versys 1000...  (Read 61474 times)

nocny and 6 Guests are viewing this topic.

Offline TYKE

  • Versys Mega God
  • ******
  • Posts: 8664
  • Bike: 2019 SE GT
  • City / Town: Northern Ireland .
  • Country: gb
Re: 2019 Versys 1000...
« Reply #790 on: April 17, 2019, 08:14:53 AM »
*Originally Posted by MLC [+]
Exactly what I said - had a bit of correspondence with Kawasaki UK but was told that they all come with standard seat, the lower seat is an accessory so you pay an extra £353 and have 2 seats!! But I don’t want 2 seats, etc, etc!

Another option would have been for mother Kawasaki  to offer an adjustable seat, but I guess there are lots of other things which it may not have been possible to include within the price  :169:   
Be wary of an old man in a world where men die young

Roger (Rog)

Offline Sonny

  • Versys God
  • *****
  • Posts: 2723
  • Bike: '15 V1K LT, VN900C
  • City / Town: DFW, TX
  • Country: us
Re: 2019 Versys 1000...
« Reply #791 on: April 17, 2019, 03:55:48 PM »
Kaw offers a 3 point fitting system for buyers of the Vulcan S 650 twin, consisting of a choice of seats, footpeg / foot control locations and handlebar pull-back, which are tried on for size in the showroom and then your choice is provided at no charge. If you later change your mind and want a different item or items, then the cost is on you. So K knows how to administer such a system while maintaining a minimum inventory of parts. The Vulcan S costs half what the V1000SE does.

One can't help but imagine that fitting system has sold a lot more Vulcan S's and made money for the company. It's surprising this isn't being offered on the SE Versys, since seat height and comfort are perhaps the #1 complaint about earlier models of the bike.  :notsure:

OTOH, where do you stop with such an accommodation? Would buyers of every bike in the line begin expecting it? I guess it could be that the Vulcan S system has not worked out like K expected in some way... either the increased sales have not materialized or the shuffling around of spare parts has been more burdensome than they expected. I have no idea. The company would keep the details about this close to the vest.
G2Ergo throttle tube, Givi Airflow screen, Dan Moto carbon fiber exhaust, Grip Puppies, Moto Werk bar risers, Kaw rad guard

Offline TYKE

  • Versys Mega God
  • ******
  • Posts: 8664
  • Bike: 2019 SE GT
  • City / Town: Northern Ireland .
  • Country: gb
Re: 2019 Versys 1000...
« Reply #792 on: April 17, 2019, 05:48:48 PM »
I couldn't agree more Sonny, the 3 point system that K offers on Vulcan S sounds like a damned good idea  :169:     
Be wary of an old man in a world where men die young

Roger (Rog)

Offline Sir Rupert

  • Versys Pro
  • ***
  • Posts: 100
  • Country: gb
Re: 2019 Versys 1000...
« Reply #793 on: April 17, 2019, 08:26:53 PM »
Before the Versys I had a Honda CBF1000F (which seemed to be pretty much a Europe-only model  :027: ) It had a seat that could be moved between three positions in minutes using one Allen key. The rider's seat was held in a sort of carriage which could be slid in a way which lifted it and moved it back at the same time, though the pillion stayed in the same place. There was a sort of locking bar arrangement too, but it was pretty easy to do. The earlier version, which I also owned, had two-position handlebars as well, easily selected by undoing the bar clamps and reversing them. This gave a 'forward' and 'back' position.

I don't think that either of these would have added much to the manufacturing costs. They were very useful in optimising the ergonomics of the riding position. Shame that Kawasaki couldn't (wouldn't?) do something so simple on the Versys  :013:
No good deed goes unpunished.

Offline Sonny

  • Versys God
  • *****
  • Posts: 2723
  • Bike: '15 V1K LT, VN900C
  • City / Town: DFW, TX
  • Country: us
Re: 2019 Versys 1000...
« Reply #794 on: April 18, 2019, 05:38:20 AM »
They'd have to go back to the styling department to do that on the Versys, the way they thin and wrap the front of the seat around the tank. It can't be raised or lowered without interfering or creating a gap there.

Which, really, seat height and slope problems can both be addressed on the existing pan by reshaping the foam and maybe making some better foam choices. It's amazing Kawasaki doesn't do that quickly and effectively from year to year, considering the high sophistication of their engine building and other engineering abilities. But, nothing... until 2019.  :027:
G2Ergo throttle tube, Givi Airflow screen, Dan Moto carbon fiber exhaust, Grip Puppies, Moto Werk bar risers, Kaw rad guard

Offline TYKE

  • Versys Mega God
  • ******
  • Posts: 8664
  • Bike: 2019 SE GT
  • City / Town: Northern Ireland .
  • Country: gb
Re: 2019 Versys 1000...
« Reply #795 on: April 18, 2019, 07:56:34 AM »
Yes, as Sonny says, it's a case of there being sufficient available 'design space' to accommodate an adjustable seat  :169:   
Be wary of an old man in a world where men die young

Roger (Rog)

Offline uralrob

  • Versys Pro
  • ***
  • Posts: 63
  • Bike: 2015 V1k, 2008 V650
  • City / Town: Bridgewater N.S.
  • Country: ca
Re: 2019 Versys 1000...
« Reply #796 on: April 18, 2019, 11:35:56 AM »


 My wife's CBF 600 has the same adjustment system as the CBF 1000. At the front of the seat there is a flexible apron that closes the gap between seat and tank at any of the three settings.

 +1 for DIY adding or removing foam. It's not difficult and materials are very cheap. It does take time and a bit of patience however. I've done two V. 650s as well as the V1K with satisfactory results.

 Rob.

Offline stlee29

  • Versys God
  • *****
  • Posts: 1028
  • Good rides.....
  • Bike: V1K 2013
  • City / Town: Penang
  • Country: my
Re: 2019 Versys 1000...
« Reply #797 on: April 19, 2019, 12:23:17 AM »
This is a bloody great Bike....!

My V1K Blog: https://www.versys1000.com/index.php/topic,12733.0.html

Offline TYKE

  • Versys Mega God
  • ******
  • Posts: 8664
  • Bike: 2019 SE GT
  • City / Town: Northern Ireland .
  • Country: gb
Re: 2019 Versys 1000...
« Reply #798 on: April 19, 2019, 08:18:55 AM »
 :762:   
Be wary of an old man in a world where men die young

Roger (Rog)

Offline olie

  • Versys Pro
  • ***
  • Posts: 82
  • City / Town: Austin, TX
  • Country: us
Re: 2019 Versys 1000...
« Reply #799 on: June 28, 2019, 06:07:39 PM »

 



Recent Topics