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Review of the 2016 Kawasaki Versys 1000:
A Lot Of Experience Behind This Kawasaki Versys Review!
Author: Kenneth Richard Ferguson, 2021-04-19, viewed 643 times.
I am 67 years old and have been riding since I was 15. I have been in the saddle for 52 years. I had a bone marrow transplant last year to save my life. The thing that I missed most during my transplant process was, in order of importance, my wife, my dog, and my bike. As you can see from the attached picture, I am back on the bike! My doctor calls it ´the best therapy possible´.
According to my parents, I was disassembling and reassembling household appliances even before I knew what the word “engineer” meant. Furthermore, the appliances that didn’t work before I took them apart generally functioned like new when I tinkered with them and put them back together, although there were those few occasions when I turned perfectly good hardware into superb doorstops.
At the age of eleven, I managed to mount an old horizontal-shaft Briggs and Stratton lawnmower engine on a bicycle frame with the intent of creating a machine that would carry me at blinding speeds through the hills of my native West Virginia. Although I never tired of starting and revving the engine in our garage, I also never mastered the connection between the engine and the rear wheel, and thus never achieved forward motion from my dream machine. I did, however (although I did not realize it at the time) achieve something much more important – I convinced my parents that I was dead serious about this mechanical stuff, and no matter how much they disapproved of the idea, I was going to roll about on two wheels – with or without their blessing or assistance.
You have to understand that my parents grew up with Marlon Brando’s “Wild Bunch”, and everything that was evil in the world was embodied in two-wheeled vehicles – and here they had a greasy eleven year-old kid in the basement who was trying with all his might and mechanical ingenuity to build (and ride) the machine of their nightmares. As a parent myself, I can envision the spousal disagreements that preceded their eventual concession to buy me a MOTORCYCLE. Well, it wasn’t really a motorcycle, it was more a test of my mechanical capabilities and for their part, it was a stopgap measure to ultimately defeat my dreams and redirect me to something more socially acceptable like professional pool shooting or big-game hunting (my Dad’s preference).
My dad was a mine superintendent in West Virginia, and one of his employees had an old Honda Super 90 that he wanted to dispose of. Dad bought the machine for $50 and brought it home to me. The catch here is that the entire motorcycle resided in two cardboard boxes. As Dad shoved the boxes off the back of his pickup truck into the front yard, I remember him telling me “If you can put it together, you can ride it.”
Well, I made innumerable trips to the local Honda Shop (10 miles) on my bicycle to get parts and advice, I hung all of the parts of the bike (including the T-bone frame) on my mom’s clothesline for painting with cans of spray paint (I actually painted some of her white sheets a beautiful canary yellow). Needless to say, I got that bike reassembled, painted, and rode at ridiculously high speeds through the hills of West Virginia. From that point on, my life was measured not it years, but in motorcycles…
I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University in 1976 and 1978, respectively. During this period, I had to part with my fourth motorcycle, a 1972 Suzuki GS750J “Water Buffalo” to make some money to finance my graduate degree. After being gainfully employed by the Gulf Oil Corporation in 1978, I managed to buy back that same motorcycle, and kept it for 15 years.
Since that time, I have had over a dozen bikes - I actually found a 1945 Harley panhead (suicide clutch and all) in a barn in WV and rebuilt it from the ground up. Nothing against Harley, but I won`t try that again!
But, very honestly, the Kawasaki Versys 1000 that I currently ride is the BEST bike that I have ever owned or ridden! I moved to the Versys from a Vulcan Classic - which was a bit too heavy for my taste (and bad back). The Versys is comfortable on a long ride, fantastically versatile on our Hill Country roads. My wife and I have ridden the legendary "Twisted Sisters" in central Texas, and I couldn`t ask for a better companion!
In my honest opinion - backed by a lot of experience and scars, there is no better motorcycle!
Keep the rubber side down,
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