Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT Wins “Motorcycle of the Year” Award

Kawasakis large-displacement adventure bike beats out an impressive field for 2015 top honors.

IRVINE, CA – July 27, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – In response to popular demand, Kawasaki introduced America to the Versys® 1000 LT motorcycle in 2015. Now, Rider magazine has recognized it as 2015’s “Motorcycle of the Year.”

Rider Magazine Motorcycle of the Year

Rider cited the versatility of the Versys 1000 LT and its “best of both worlds” makeup – part adventure bike, part sport tourer – as a contributing factor in their decision to name it 2015 Motorcycle of the Year. “But what makes the Versys truly special,” say editors of Rider magazine, “is how easily it won the hearts and minds of everyone who rode it.”

“We are thoroughly overjoyed to receive this award for the Versys 1000 LT motorcycle,” says Kawasaki Manager, PR + Brand Experience Kevin Allen. “The large displacement adventure street segment has seen stiff competition as of late, but the value and the versatility of this machine, along with its proven engine and LT touring components truly set it apart. From a true enthusiasts’ publication like Rider magazine, this award is well appreciated and helps further justify the decision to grow the Versys family in America.”

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With new styling and powerplant, the Versys 1000 LT motorcycle retains the characteristics that made the Versys® 650 LT model so popular. It has a comfortable, upright riding position that allows you to stay on-board all day when touring, as well as long-travel suspension that helps ensure it can soak up the bumps on the road less traveled. Adjustable suspension means it can easily be set to carry a passenger, and a full load in its waterproof standard-fit KQR™ hard saddlebags, or entertain on back roads. And with its 1-liter engine, the 2015 Versys 1000 LT motorcycle is guaranteed to deliver plenty of fun.

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