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Offline Gerrit

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2016 vs new 2019
on: August 09, 2019, 05:04:38 PM
I am an exiting V 650 owner, purchased in  Dec 2015.

So now I have an opportunity to pick up a mint 2016 Versys 1000 with loads of extras 2000kms on the clock.

I have watched endless reviews on You Tube and the consensus is that it is an awesome and underatted long distance tourer.

I know the 2019 model has a few extras but it will not come to South Africa, Kawasaki SA will only focus on Sports bikes locally, as BMW dominate the Adventure-Ttouring market locally so here is my dilemma, am I going to lose out on much, by not having the 2019 model ?

Have a look at the bike at the link below, and give me your thoughts.

http://www.fireitup.co.za/showroom/kawasaki/versys/2018/8a81c78b6bf9df37016c0a77983f3adf/

Regards,
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Offline DrGonzo615

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Re: 2016 vs new 2019
Reply #1 on: August 09, 2019, 06:23:49 PM
Basically you are going to miss out on some of the nice tech stuff.

no cornering ABS/traction control (but 2016 does have ABS and Traction control)

no cruise control (but you can get a Kaoko and several other cheaper options that are kinda the same thing)

no electronic suspension

no LED headlights.

All these things are nice but you definitely pay a premium for them as well.


I wouldnt worry about it too much though if you arent going to get the 2019 version at all.

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Re: 2016 vs new 2019
Reply #2 on: August 09, 2019, 06:26:49 PM
The bike is essentially the same without some of the sparkly bits as DrG says.

It is a cracking bike regardless.

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Re: 2016 vs new 2019
Reply #3 on: August 09, 2019, 07:37:20 PM
Thanks for the feedback guys, I think my biggest loss will be the colour LCD...But I'll just tape a cellphone over the dash for some colour :):)

Thanks I am gonna get it.

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Re: 2016 vs new 2019
Reply #4 on: August 09, 2019, 07:42:03 PM
*Originally Posted by DrGonzo615 [+]
Basically you are going to miss out on some of the nice tech stuff.

no cornering ABS/traction control (but 2016 does have ABS and Traction control)

no cruise control (but you can get a Kaoko and several other cheaper options that are kinda the same thing)

no electronic suspension

no LED headlights.

All these things are nice but you definitely pay a premium for them as well.


I wouldnt worry about it too much though if you arent going to get the 2019 version at all.

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Re: 2016 vs new 2019
Reply #5 on: August 22, 2019, 04:03:52 AM
I went through the same challenge and actually like the 2016 over the 2019 model. To me, all the electronic gizmos are not worth it.

The cruise control on the 2019 is great feature on the highway, but I installed a BrakeAway Cruise lock (see video below) and as a result I have about 80 percent of the automatic cruise control functionality. Once you dial in the suspension for your weight or upgrade the springs on the 2016 and add HID auxiliary light you will have most of the benefits of a 2019 model at a fraction of the cost.

I paid $7,500 for a new 2016 at a dealer lot recently.

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Re: 2016 vs new 2019
Reply #6 on: August 22, 2019, 08:42:55 AM
That looks like a good quality system .....does it perform as well as it looks  :question:   
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Re: 2016 vs new 2019
Reply #7 on: August 22, 2019, 09:46:25 AM
Great looking bike - it's even the best colour!

I bought a low-mileage 2016 which I got for a very good price. I wouldn't dream of paying thousands more for what is essentially the same bike, but with a few extra (unnecessary?) sparkly electronic bits of dubious value.  :761:
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Re: 2016 vs new 2019
Reply #8 on: August 22, 2019, 03:51:24 PM
All great comment guys!

I plan to keep my bike for a long time and hope to get 100K (US miles) from it. The one area that could cause complications when the Kawasaki warranty expires would be the electronic related items on the 2019 model. Because the 2019 design overall ties heavily into the computerized customization features (suspension, braking system etc), an system failure could be much more expensive to repair (and could impact resell value).

You can also purchase a high quality suspension system for the V1 from say Traxxion and have much better suspension components than OEM at smaller cost too. With an aftermarket component, the suspension is easily to serviced and can be revalved if the need arises. With the 2019 integrated electronic suspension, upgrading suspension bits could be challenging.
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Re: 2016 vs new 2019
Reply #9 on: August 22, 2019, 06:12:51 PM
*Originally Posted by Gerrit [+]
I am an exiting V 650 owner, purchased in  Dec 2015.

So now I have an opportunity to pick up a mint 2016 Versys 1000 with loads of extras 2000kms on the clock.

I have watched endless reviews on You Tube and the consensus is that it is an awesome and underatted long distance tourer.

I know the 2019 model has a few extras but it will not come to South Africa, Kawasaki SA will only focus on Sports bikes locally, as BMW dominate the Adventure-Ttouring market locally so here is my dilemma, am I going to lose out on much, by not having the 2019 model ?

Have a look at the bike at the link below, and give me your thoughts.

http://www.fireitup.co.za/showroom/kawasaki/versys/2018/8a81c78b6bf9df37016c0a77983f3adf/

Regards,
Gerrit de la Rey

I agree with everything said and you will love your new Versys regardless of the year.  I'm on my third Versys now with the purchase of the 2019 LT SE.  Wouldn't trade it for the world and love the new features.  Yes it costs more, debatable whether you need the extra tech and yes will cost more to repair etc etc etc. !!!

To heck with being practical, have fun and Lets Ride  :152: 

It's debatable whether motorcycles are practical anyway in western society.   :015:  Will save that for another discussion.

Last Edit: August 22, 2019, 07:12:32 PM by SaultGuy